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

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

by Noah Isenberg
     
 

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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

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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.

Choice

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

Bookforum
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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231503853
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Film and Culture Series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
376
File size:
29 MB
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Johannes von Moltke

A substantial collective accomplishment, a real contribution to the fields of German studies and film studies, as well as for a general public interested in film and film history.

Brigitte Peucker

This anthology fills a distinct need: it brings together pertinent work previously published on Weimar cinema with new work in the field to provide a collection of essays that will be extremely useful for teaching.

Eric D. Weitz

Noah Isenberg has brought together a superb collection of essays on Weimar cinema. Raucous, scary, and erotic, the pioneering films of Weimar Germany still generate surprise and pleasure and are critical to our understanding of the modern condition. Each of these authors is an expert in the field and provides a fresh and insightful reading of some of the era's greatest films, from the renowned Cabinet of Caligari and The Blue Angel to the superb, though less famous, People on Sunday. Weimar Cinema is a must read for film lovers and anyone interested in that turbulent, exciting period of German history.

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