Ecran Demoniaque

ISBN-10: 0520024796
ISBN-13: 9780520024793
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/7/1974
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The Golden Age of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound. FromThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligarionwards the principal films of this period were characterized by two influences: literary Expressionism, and the innovations of the theatre directors of this period, in particular Max Reinhardt. This book demonstrates the connection between German Romanticism and the cinema through Expressionist writings. It discusses the influence of the theatre: the handling of crowds; the use of different levels, and of selective lighting on a predominately dark stage; the reliance on formalized gesture; the innovation of the intimate theatre. Against this background the principal films of the period are examined in detail. The author explains the key critical concepts of the time, and surveys not only the work of the great directors, such as Fritz Lang and F. W. Murnau, but also the contribution of their writers, cameramen, and designers. AsThe Times Literary Supplementwrote, 'Mme. Eisner is first and foremost a film critic, and one of the best in the world. She has all the necessary gifts.' And it described the original French edition of this book as 'one of the very few classics of writing on the film and arguably the best book on the cinema yet written.'

Film critic, poet, and historianLotte H. Eisner(1896-1983) was Chief Archivist for the French Cinematheque and a member of the French Leacute;gion d'honneur.

Foreword to the English language edition
The Predisposition towards Expressionism
The Beginnings of the Expressionist Film
The Spell of Light: the Influence of Max Reinhardt
Lubitsch and the Costume Film
The Stylized Fantastic
The Symphonies of Horror
'Decorative' Expressionism
The World of Shadows and Mirrors
Studio Architecture and Landscape
The Expressionist Debut of a 'Realistic' Director
Kammerspielfilm and Stimmung
Murnau and the Kammerspielfilm
The Handling of Crowds
The Fritz Lang Thriller
Tragedies of the Street
The Evolution of the Costume Film
The Eye of the Camera in E. A. Dupont
The Climax of the Chiaroscuro
Pabst and the Miracle of Louise Brooks
The Decline of the German Film
Appendix: The Dreigroschenoper
Lawsuit Principal Works Mentioned in the Text
Selective Filmography, 1913-33
Index Sources of Illustration

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