Weimar Cinema and After

Weimar Cinema and After

The work of directors like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst, which having apparently announced the horrors of fascism, while testifying to the traumas of a defeated nation, still casts a long shadow over cinema in Germany, leaving ...

Author: Thomas Elsaesser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135078591

Category: Performing Arts

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German cinema of the 1920s is still regarded as one of the 'golden ages' of world cinema. Films such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Dr Mabuse the Gambler, Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora's Box and The Blue Angel have long been canonised as classics, but they are also among the key films defining an image of Germany as a nation uneasy with itself. The work of directors like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst, which having apparently announced the horrors of fascism, while testifying to the traumas of a defeated nation, still casts a long shadow over cinema in Germany, leaving film history and political history permanently intertwined. Weimar Cinema and After offers a fresh perspective on this most 'national' of national cinemas, re-evaluating the arguments which view genres and movements such as 'films of the fantastic', 'Nazi Cinema', 'film noir' and 'New German Cinema' as typically German contributions to twentieth century visual culture. Thomas Elsaesser questions conventional readings which link these genres to romanticism and expressionism, and offers new approaches to analysing the function of national cinema in an advanced 'culture industry' and in a Germany constantly reinventing itself both geographically and politically. Elsaesser argues that German cinema's significance lies less in its ability to promote democracy or predict fascism than in its contribution to the creation of a community sharing a 'historical imaginary' rather than a 'national identity'. In this respect, he argues, German cinema anticipated some of the problems facing contemporary nations in reconstituting their identities by means of media images, memory, and invented traditions.
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Weimar Cinema and After

Weimar Cinema and After

Germany's Historical Imaginary Thomas Elsaesser, Professor in the Department of Art and Culture Thomas Elsaesser. Hollywood movies from the 1930s , 1940s and 1950s have used European avantgarde movements from the 1910s and 1920s ...

Author: Thomas Elsaesser

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041501235X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 472

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Offers a fresh perspective on this most 'national' of national cinemas, re-evaluating the arguments which view genres and movements as typically German contributions to twentieth century visual culture.
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Mind the Screen

Mind the Screen

it necessarily remains inside its own fantasy formation and open to be overturned by others.33. Notes. 1. Thomas Elsaesser, Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary (London: Routledge, 2000) 3-4.

Author: Jaap Kooijman

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789089640253

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 374

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Mind the Screen pays tribute to the work of the pioneering European film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, author of several volumes on media studies and cinema culture. Covering a full scope of issues arising from the author’s work—from melodrama and mediated memory to avant-garde practices, media archaeology, and the audiovisual archive—this collection elaborates and expands on Elsaesser’s original ideas along the topical lines of cinephilia, the historical imaginary, the contemporary European cinematic experience, YouTube, and images of terrorism and double occupancy, among other topics. Contributions from well-known artists and scholars such as Mieke Bal and Warren Buckland explore a range of media concepts and provide a mirror for the multi-faceted types of screens active in Elsaesser’s work, including the television set, video installation, the digital interface, the mobile phone display, and of course, the hallowed silver screen of our contemporary film culture.
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Pictorial Affects Senses of Rupture

Pictorial Affects  Senses of Rupture

In: Anton Kaes, Nicholas Baer and Michael Cowan (eds.): The Promise of Cinema. German Film Theory, 1907–1933. Oakland 2016, 210–212, here 210–211. 437 Thomas Elsaesser: Weimar Cinema and After. Germany's Historical Imaginary.

Author: Michael Wedel

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110612370

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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German film in the Wilhelmine and Weimar periods is regarded as marked by a strong sense of cultural conservatism and the aspiration to be recognized as an art form. This book takes an alternative approach to the history of German cinema from the emergence of the early feature film to the transition to sound by focusing on the poetics of popular genres such as the disaster film, melodrama, the musical and the war film, exploring their cultural reverberations and modes of audience address. Based on the assumption that popular cinema contributed immensely to the breakthrough of a modern audiovisual "culture of the senses" in Germany between 1910 and 1930, Pictorial Affects, Senses of Rupture offers close readings of a number of rarely analyzed films, including one of the first cinematic adaptations of the Titanic disaster from 1912 and the German version of All Quiet on the Western Front from 1930. Restoring the films' horizons of historicity by locating them at crucial points of intersection between social, cultural, technological and aesthetic discourses, this book argues for the prominent role popular German cinema’s own forms of discursivity have played within the historical formation of modernity.
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Composing for the Screen in Germany and the USSR

Composing for the Screen in Germany and the USSR

In Als die Filme singen lernten: Innovation und Tradition im Musikfilm 1928–1938, ed. ... Davidson, John E. Deterritorializing the New German Cinema. ... In Thomas Elsaesser, Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary.

Author: Robynn J. Stilwell

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253028679

Category: Music

Page: 201

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Despite the long history of music in film, its serious academic study is still a relatively recent development and therefore comprises a limited body of work. The contributors to this book, drawn from both film studies and musicology, attempt to rectify this oversight by investigating film music from the vibrant, productive, politically charged period before World War II. They apply a variety of methodologies—including archival work, close readings, political histories, and style comparison—to this under explored field.
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Historical Dictionary of Crime Films

Historical Dictionary of Crime Films

In Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective, edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy, 197—219. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003. v. ... Weimar Cinema and After: Germany 's Historical Imaginary.

Author: Geoff Mayer

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810879003

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 514

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The Historical Dictionary of Crime Films covers the history of this genre through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on key films, directors, performers, and studios. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about crime cinema.
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The A to Z of German Cinema

The A to Z of German Cinema

In The Films of G. W Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema, edited by Eric Rentschler, 103-15. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990. . Weimar Cinema and After: Germany 's Historical Imaginary. New York: Routledge, 2000. —.

Author: Robert Charles Reimer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810876118

Category: History

Page: 467

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The history of German film is diverse and multifaceted, considering the five distinct German governments (Wilhelmina Germany, Weimar Republic, Third Reich, Federal Republic of Germany, and German Democratic Republic) and two national identities (Gerany and Austria) of the past 120 years, Paradoxically, the political disruptions, as well ad the natural inclination of artists to rebel and create new styles, has allowed for the construction of a German fil narrative. Disuncture generates distinct points of separation and also highlights continuities between the ruptures. The A to Z of German Cinema examines the history of German conema through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on directors, actors, classic films, maor cinematographers, composers, and producers.
Categories: History

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema

Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity. ... “Learning to Love the Movies: Puzzles, Participation, and Cinephilia in Interwar European Magazines.” Film History 27 (4, ... Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary.

Author: Barbara Hales

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789208733

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 388

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The burgeoning film industry in the Weimar Republic was, among other things, a major site of German-Jewish experience, one that provided a sphere for Jewish “outsiders” to shape mainstream culture. The chapters collected in this volume deploy new historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to understanding the significant involvement of German Jews in Weimar cinema. Reflecting upon different conceptions of Jewishness – as religion, ethnicity, social role, cultural code, or text – these studies offer a wide-ranging exploration of an often overlooked aspect of German film history.
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Afterlives Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany

Afterlives  Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany

40 Thomas Elsaesser, Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary (London: Routledge, 2000), 4. 41 Siegfried Kracauer, “Photography,” in The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, ed. and trans. Thomas Y. Levin (Cambridge: Harvard ...

Author: Steve Choe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441186454

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Weimar cultural critics and intellectuals have repeatedly linked the dynamic movement of the cinema to discourses of life and animation. Correspondingly, recent film historians and theorists have taken up these discourses to theorize the moving image, both in analog and digital. But, many important issues are overlooked. Combining close readings of individual films with detailed interpretations of philosophical texts, all produced in Weimar Germany immediately following the Great War, Afterlives: Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany shows how these films teach viewers about living and dying within a modern, mass mediated context. Choe places relatively underanalyzed films such as F. W. Murnau's The Haunted Castle and Arthur Robison's Warning Shadows alongside Martin Heidegger's early seminars on phenomenology, Sigmund Freud's Reflections upon War and Death and Max Scheler's critique of ressentiment. It is the experience of war trauma that underpins these correspondences, and Choe foregrounds life and death in the films by highlighting how they allegorize this opposition through the thematics of animation and stasis.
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Expressionism and Gender

Expressionism and Gender

Elsaesser, Thomas: Social Mobility and the Fantastic: German Silent Cinema, in: Wide Angle. A Quarterly Journal of Film History Theory & Criticism, 5 (2/1982), S. 14–25. –: Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary, ...

Author: Frank Krause

Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH

ISBN: 9783899717174

Category: Social Science

Page: 193

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English summary: A comprehensive overview of gender-historical trends in Expressionism is still a desideratum; the number and heterogeneity of such trends call for a diverse range of specialized studies. This volume makes an important contribution to cultural-historical research on the links between Expressionism and gender; it deals with literature (especially prose), film, plays by Ernst Toller, and paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The contributions explore topics such as fantasies of male birth, sexuality in contexts of money and traffic flows, aspects of maternal practice, crises of masculinities, gender symbolism, prostitute figures, and women as means for the increase of male social power. The findings suggest that future research should focus more strongly on three ways in which expressionists problematize gender positions: on symbolically meaningful transgressions of gender roles, on contradictory specifications of gender-coded identities, and on de-essentialized modes of sexual expression in the force fields of technology and social power. German and English text. German description: Eine umfassende Bestandsaufnahme genderhistorisch bedeutsamer Tendenzen des Expressionismus steht nach wie vor aus; angesichts der epochalen Vielfalt dieser Tendenzen lasst sich das Bild der expressionistischen Moderne nur mit Hilfe einer Vielzahl kleinerer Schritte in unterschiedliche Richtungen aktualisieren. Der Band leistet einen wichtigen Beitrag zu jener Bestandsaufnahme; neben der Literatur, insbesondere der Prosa, werden u.a. Strassenszenen von Ernst Ludwig Kirchner und Filme der Weimarer Republik berucksichtigt. Die Beitrage behandeln maskuline Geburtsphantasien, Sexualitat in Kontexten des Strassen- und Geldverkehrs, Aspekte mutterlichen Handelns, krisenhafte Maskulinitaten, Geschlechtersymbolik, Prostituiertenmotive sowie Frauenfiguren, die als Mittel zur Steigerung mannlicher Macht fungieren. Die Befunde legen nahe, drei Varianten der Problematisierung von Geschlechterpositionen im Expressionismus kunftig starker zu berucksichtigen: die symbolisch bedeutsame Uberschreitung von Spielraumen der Geschlechter, die widerspruchliche Codierung geschlechtermarkierten Sinns sowie die Darstellung von Substanzverlusten sexueller Beziehungen im Wirkungsfeld instrumentellen Handelns.
Categories: Social Science