Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca – one of Hollywood’s most popular melodramas starring Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) and Humphrey Bogart (Rick).
Ostland Film grants the studio Rīgas Filma, the film production centre in Latvia during the German occupation, permanent company status.
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.
Decision taken to reopen the film studios in Riga, Tallinn, and Kaunas.
Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta). Artistic “manifesto” of Italian neorealist cinema.
The first Cannes film festival takes place. It later becomes the most influential festival in the world.
Film production resumed in Latvia – the first post-war feature films are Sons (“Dēli”) and Homeward With Victory (“Mājup ar uzvaru”).
Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon triumphs at the Venice film festival, discovering the exotic and relatively unknown Japanese cinema for the European festival circuit.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window – the British director’s experiment in Hollywood. He endowed the thriller genre with uniqueness and refined mastery.
First trial broadcast from the Riga TV studio.