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Richard Basehart

'Hollywood Exiles in Europe': Feeling alienated and anxious

'Hollywood Exiles in Europe': Feeling alienated and anxious

Most everyone knows about the Hollywood blacklist of the late 1940s, about how it drove progressive filmmakers into self-imposed exile in Europe. What happened next, what those people did once they settled in overseas, is considerably less known, and the films they made while there can be almost impossible to see. A significant new series from the UCLA Film & Television Archive is poised to change all that.

"Hollywood Exiles in Europe," a 14-film retrospective starting Friday at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater, shows us a selection of these films, some as familiar as the Jules Dassin noir double bill of "Rififi" and "Night and the City,"...