1942 November 26

Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca – one of Hollywood’s most popular melodramas starring Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) and Humphrey Bogart (Rick). 

1943 November 1

Ostland Film grants the studio Rīgas Filma, the film production centre in Latvia during the German occupation, permanent company status. 

1944 October 28
  • Nikolai Cherkasov – Ivan the Terrible 

Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible (Иван Грозный) – part 1 of biographical drama about the XVI century Russian Tsar. Part 2 is forbidden in 1945, dramatically influencing Eisenstein’s fate. The film is screened in 1958 after the director’s death, and the end of the Stalin era. 

1945 February 3

Decision taken to reopen the film studios in Riga, Tallinn, and Kaunas.  

1945 September 27

Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta). Artistic “manifesto” of Italian neorealist cinema. 

1946 September 20

The first Cannes film festival takes place. It later becomes the most influential festival in the world. 

1946/ 1947

Film production resumed in Latvia – the first post-war feature films are Sons (“Dēli”) and Homeward With Victory (“Mājup ar uzvaru”). 

1951 September 10
  • Rashômon 

Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon triumphs at the Venice film festival, discovering the exotic and relatively unknown Japanese cinema for the European festival circuit. 

1954 August 1
  • James Stewart in Rear Window 

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window – the British director’s experiment in Hollywood. He endowed the thriller genre with uniqueness and refined mastery. 

1954 November 6

First trial broadcast from the Riga TV studio. 

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