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Description: 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.'
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Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/7/1974
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
|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|
|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|