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The early years of the 40s decade were not promising for the American film industry, however, Hollywood film production rebounded and reached its profitable peak of efficiency during the years 1943 to 1946. Advances in film technology (sound recording, lighting, special effects, cinematography and use of color) meant that films were more watchable and 'modern'. The films themselves took on a more realistic rather than escapist tone, as they had done during the Depression years of the 30s. The 40s also were the decade that saw the birth of a new genre in film noir ("black film") pared with the revival of gangster films.

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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943, in 17 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 21 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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