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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Runaway Hollywood: Global Production in the Postwar World

Paris Blues
July 19, 2019 -
August 24, 2019
In-person: 
author Daniel Steinhart will introduce films and sign copies of Runaway Hollywood: Internationalizing Postwar Production and Location Shooting on July 19 and 20.

After World War II, Hollywood faced a changing set of conditions at home—the end of vertical integration, the rise of television and falling audience numbers—and so it looked abroad for new filmmaking opportunities to counterbalance these domestic setbacks. Overseas production brought a number of advantages, allowing studios to capitalize on their frozen foreign earnings, cheaper labor costs and authentic locations. However, this move abroad brought challenges. Studio filmmakers such as William Wyler, Samuel Fuller and Fred Zinnemann had to figure out how to work with international crews and shoot in far-flung locations to achieve both realism and the spectacle of new color and widescreen technologies. There were also casualties to these changes. Hollywood unions called the phenomenon “runaway” production to underscore the loss of employment opportunities at home. Ultimately, the runaway trend set the stage for today’s vastly expanded networks of global production. Based on the new book Runaway Hollywood: Internationalizing Postwar Production and Location Shooting by film historian Daniel Steinhart, this series presents a selection of some of the now classic films that came out of this significant period of industrial and aesthetic transformation when Hollywood was making movies that were more international in scope.

Program and film notes by Daniel Steinhart.

Programs & Events

Image Title Date and Time Location Buy Tickets
Berlin Express

Decision Before Dawn  /  Berlin Express

July 20, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Funny Face

Funny Face  /  Paris Blues

July 27, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Anatahan

House of Bamboo  /  Anatahan

August 2, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Grand Prix

Grand Prix

August 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
El Cid

El Cid

August 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

August 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Fugitive

The Fugitive  /  Vera Cruz

August 23, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Longest Day

The Longest Day

August 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday  /  Three Coins in the Fountain

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater