Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era

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Taken as a whole, the sixteen remarkable films discussed in this provocative new volume of essays represent the brilliant creativity that flourished in the name of German cinema between the wars. Encompassing early gangster pictures and science fiction, avant-garde and fantasy films, sexual intrigues and love stories, the classics of silent cinema and Germany's first talkies, each chapter illuminates, among other things: the technological advancements of a given film, its detailed production history, its critical reception over time, and the place it occupies within the larger history of the German studio and of Weimar cinema in general. Readers can revisit the careers of such acclaimed directors as F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, and G. W. Pabst and examine the debuts of such international stars as Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, and Marlene Dietrich. Training a keen eye on Weimer cinema's unusual richness and formal innovation, this anthology is an essential guide to the revolutionary styles, genres, and aesthetics that continue to fascinate us today.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookforum - Gerd Gemunden
Weimar Cinema is the volume on this fascinating era of international film history.
German History - Philipp Stiasny

A well-constructed and welcome introduction to a number of classics.

Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television - Ian Roberts

Weimar Cinema will prove equally useful to teachers of undergraduates as to those engaging in ongoing scholarly research into this fascinating period in German filmhistory.

German Studies Review - Glenn R. Cuomo

With its detailed filmography and intelligently organized index, this work could easily serve as the primary textbook for a survey of Weimar film.

Bookforum - Gerd Gemünden

Weimar Cinema is the volume on this fascinating era of international film history.

Weimar Cinema is the volume on this fascinating era of international film history.

— Gerd Gemünden

944 Los Angeles

A super collection of essays about sixteen dynamite flicks.


This superb collection... [is] an excellent overview of the critical frameworks of German film studies... Essential.

German History
A well-constructed and welcome introduction to a number of classics.

— Philipp Stiasny

German Studies Review
With its detailed filmography and intelligently organized index, this work could easily serve as the primary textbook for a survey of Weimar film.

— Glenn R. Cuomo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231130554
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: Film and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 727,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Noah Isenberg is associate professor of University Humanities at Eugene Lang College-The New School, where he teaches literature, film, and intellectual history. He is the author, most recently, of Detour (British Film Institute, 2008).

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Suggestion, by Hypnosis Stefan Andriopoulos 2. Of Monsters and Magicians: Paul Wegener's The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920) Noah Isenberg 3. Movies, by Money Christian Rogowski 4. No End to Nosferatu (1922) Thomas Elsaesser 5. Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse, by the Gambler (1922): Grand Enunciator of the Weimar Era Tom Gunning 6. Who Gets the Last Laugh? Old Age and Generational Change in F.W. Murnau's The Last Laugh (1924) Sabine Hake 7. Inflation and Devaluation: Gender, by Space Sara F. Hall 8. Tradition as Intellectual Montage: F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926) Matt Erlin 9. Metropolis (1927): City, by Cinema Anton Kaes 10. Berlin, by Symphony of a Great City (1927): City Nora M. Alter 11. Surface Sheen and Charged Bodies: Louise Brooks as Lulu in Pandora's Box (1929) Margaret McCarthy 12. The Bearable Lightness of Being: People on Sunday (1930) Lutz Koepnick 13. National Cinemas / International Film Culture: The Blue Angel (1930) in Multiple Language Versions Patrice Petro 14. Coming Out of the Uniform: Political and Sexual Emancipation in Leontine Sagan's Mädchen in Uniform (1931) Richard W. McCormick 15. Fritz Lang's M (1931): An Open Case Todd Herzog 16. Whose Revolution? The Subject of Kuhle Wampe (1932) Marc Silberman Filmography Contributors Index

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