Closes January 10, 2016

Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 tells the fascinating story of immigration, acculturation, and innovation that influenced Hollywood film as an American cultural phenomenon.

After coming to power in early 1933, Hitler took control of the German film industry and used cinema to fuel his propaganda. As a result, many German-speaking film icons fled to America and became the actors, directors, writers, and composers of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.”

Through costumes, props, film footage, and personal memorabilia, the exhibition explores how beloved films such as Casablanca and Double Indemnity were shaped by these pioneering film artists.


Presenting Sponsor: Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Kelly
Supporting Sponsors: Nicor Gas, Irving Harris Foundation, and Lance & Brenda Feis. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Museum special exhibitions.
Media Sponsors: Chicago Magazine and WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
Community Partners: Chicago Cultural Alliance, DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts, Goethe-Institut Chicago, Loyola University Chicago School of Communication, Music Box Theatre, Wilmette Theatre
This exhibition is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. It is co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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