Nick Smedley: The Roots of Modern Hollywood
Presentation with visuals followed by Q&A

Thursday 13 November 2014

2.30pm - 3.30pm  (no interval)
Leconfield Hall  Petworth  GU28 0AH

45 minute presentation with visuals followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. Nick Smedley will then be available to sign copies of his book.
Film expert Nick Smedley, talks about his latest book which looks at developments in Hollywood cinema since 1970.
The book examines around 100 films which illustrate Smedley’s contention that American filmmakers persist in examining what constitutes American liberalism in an otherwise feverishly capitalist and individualist culture.
His fascinating investigation – which contains exclusive interviews with such giants of Hollywood cinema as Michael Mann and Peter Weir, as well as emerging talents Paul Haggis and Tony Gilroy – also highlights Hollywood’s long tradition of opposition to global conflicts (with the exception of World War II), and demonstrates how Hollywood’s deeply ingrained hostility to feminism has slowly crumbled since the 1990s.
NICK SMEDLEY is a distinguished historian of American cinema, and one who pioneered the use of archival materials and research in the study of Hollywood. Alongside articles and booklets on American and British cinema, Nick has published A Divided World: Hollywood Cinema and Emigre Directors in the Era of Roosevelt and Hitler, 1933-1948 (Intellect, 2011), an account of American fi lms in the Golden Age, focusing on Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. Nick frequently lectures on cinema at fi lm societies around the country, including the Petworth Film House, the Athenaeum Club in London, and the British Film Institute.
In association with Petworth Film House
Reserved Seating
Adult £10
18 and under £4

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