From Caligari to Hitler - A Psychological History of the German Film

ISBN-10: 0691115192

ISBN-13: 9780691115191

Edition: 2nd 2004

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Description: A landmark, now classic, study of the rich cinematic history of the Weimar Republic,From Caligari to Hitlerwas first published by Princeton University Press in 1947. Siegfried Kracauer--a prominent German film critic and member of Walter Benjamin's and Theodor Adorno's intellectual circle--broke new ground in exploring the connections between film aesthetics, the prevailing psychological state of Germans in the Weimar era, and the evolving social and political reality of the time. Kracauer's pioneering book, which examines German history from 1921 to 1933 in light of such movies asThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, M, Metropolis, andThe Blue Angel, has never gone out of print. Now, over half a century after its first appearance, this beautifully designed and entirely new edition reintroduces Kracauer for the twenty-first century. Film scholar Leonardo Quaresima places Kracauer in context in a critical introduction, and updates the book further with a new bibliography, index, and list of inaccuracies that crept into the first edition. This volume is a must-have for the film historian, film theorist, or cinema enthusiast.InFrom Caligari to Hitler, Siegfried Kracauer--the German-born writer and film critic who shared many ideas and interests with his friend Walter Benjamin--made a startling (and still controversial) claim: films as a popular art provide insight into the unconscious motivations and fantasies of a nation. In films of the 1920s such asThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, M, Metropolis, andThe Blue Angel, he traced recurring visual and narrative tropes that expressed, he argued, a fear of chaos and a desire for order, even at the price of authoritarian rule. The book has become an undisputed classic of film historiography, laying the foundations for the serious study of film. InFrom Caligari to Hitler, Siegfried Kracauer made a startling (and still controversial) claim: films as a popular art provide insight into the unconscious motivations and fantasies of a nation. In films of the 1920s, he traced recurring visual and narrative tropes that expressed, he argued, a fear of chaos and a desire for order, even at the price of authoritarian rule. The book has become an undisputed classic of film historiography, laying the foundations for the serious study of film. Kracauer was an important film critic in Weimar Germany. A Jew, he escaped the rise of Nazism, fleeing to Paris in 1933. Later, in anguish after Benjamin's suicide, he made his way to New York, where he remained until his death in 1966. He wroteFrom Caligari to Hitlerwhile working as a "special assistant" to the curator of the Museum of Modern Art's film division. He was also on the editorial board of Bollingen Series. Despite many critiques of its attempt to link movies to historical outcomes,From Caligari to Hitlerremains Kracauer's best-known and most influential book, and a seminal work in the study of film. Princeton published a revised edition of hisTheory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality in 1997.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Editor's Note
Introduction to the 2004 Edition
Preface
Introduction
The Archaic Period (1895-1918)
Peace and War
Forebodings
Genesis of Ufa
The Postwar Period (1918-1924)
The Shock of Freedom
Caligari
Procession of Tyrants
Destiny
Mute Chaos
Crucial Dilemma
From Rebellion to Submission
The Stabilized Period (1924-1929)
Decline
Frozen Ground
The Prostitute and the Adolescent
The New Realism
Montage
Brief Reveille
The Pre-Hitler Period (1930-1933)
Songs and Illusions
Murderer Among Us
Timid Heresies
For a Better World
National Epic
Supplement: Propaganda and The Nazi War Film
Nazi Views and Measures
Film Devices
The Swastika World
Screen Dramaturgy
Conflict with Reality
Note on the Inaccuracies
Bibliography
Updated Bibliography
Name Index
Film Index
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