An essential work of the cinematic history of the Weimar Republic by a leading figure of film criticism. First published in , From Caligari to Hitler remains an . By SIEGFRIED KRACAUER sake ; rather, it aims at increasing our knowledge of pre-Hitler Ger- . asylum symbolize Or. Caligari’s position at the top of the. Wiki for Collaborative Studies of Arts, Media and Humanities.

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Ritesh Ramaiah rated it it was ok Nov 17, The book is a survey covering four major periods: Apply some analysis to your own countries films – you’ll be amazed. Caligari was a reflection of the changing social mindset of post-World War I Germany and predicted the rise of Nazism, is not only far-fetched, but it’s not well fleshed out. As speculative sociology, it has hitleer flaws; as the performance of an agile, serious-minded though playful critic, it’s masterful.

Other movies show the nascent growth of the use of film as a means of propaganda, a skill that reached fruition during WWII. To support Open Culture’s continued operation, please consider making a donation. However, that fact “has clearly and adversely affected iracauer discussion of the frrom, referring to the fact that the script of Caligari was not rediscovered until and that Kracauer hadn’t seen the film yo around 20 years when he wrote the work.

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And calgari you are crushed, you just have to submit to it. But the author’s remote pedantic tone and dry rendering kracaur this material I can’t speak to how this book must have read upon publication, but, at this great remove, it’s conclusions and comments on the German character strike me as facile and wide of the mark.

We hope he and others start to adapt other works in the future. Basically what this book is about is Germany from the 20’s to the 30’s.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My checkout date was I almost had to buy this book on Amazon. Fascinating for fans of film history. In the last years of his life Kracauer worked as a sociologist for different institutes, amongst them in New York as a director of research for applied social sciences at Columbia University.


‘From Caligari to Hitler’ Review: A Study of Weimar Cinema – Variety

It took me longer than most to finish this, but I was glad I did. This book was all that and more! These were the German directors who were wooed to Hollywood to make films in the early years.

Kracauer has a particular point to make; however, his well researched study of the films of the Weimar Republic support his thesis.

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

Kracauer was an important film critic in Weimar Germany. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I tried to imagine this lonely book sitting on the shelf for almost two decades. kraxauer

A superb study on early German cinema and the mass psychology behind it. Then you will still belong to us.

Before the Nazis had irrevocably conquered the hearts and minds of Germany but were quickly rising to such power, Kracauer had been offered jobs at leftist newspapers but had turned them down, perhaps believing, in vain, in the power of public debate over preaching to a complicit audience.

Kracauer’s treatise on that most influential of German Expressionist films is very well-known in film circles and is an interesting read, but it doesn’t hold up to today’s scrutiny and should really only be read for historical purposes. One must be a part of the church and the lobby, commit to both but never fully to either, for total commitment to either inevitably leads to a fascism of your soul.

Perhaps the films don’t intrinsically reveal all that Kracauer alleges they do; what’s important is that they can be and have been, in service of this very volume read this way, and with remarkable insight and theoretical consistency. You may have watched early German films but you should watch them again after you read this book. We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads.

This is the classic study of the early German cinema.

A Psychological History of the German Film is a book by film critic and writer Siegfried Kracauerpublished in Most of the important films, or at least those which the average person with an interest in cinematic history will have seen or heard of, are covered, though with differing degrees of emphasis. Ruediger Suchsland, Hans Henrik Woehler.


This article about a non-fiction book on film is a stub. He wrote From Caligari to Hitler while working as a “special assistant” to the curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s film division. One thing that remains impressive, however, is Kracauer’s command of English not his native tonguewhich, though sometimes dry and brittle, does not feel awkward.

Now, over half a century after its first appearance, this beautifully designed and entirely new edition reintroduces Kracauer for the twenty-first century. The period of crises after world war one, through reparations into the reign of the nazis, is especially tumultuous. Open Preview See a Problem? A landmark, now classic, study of the rich cinematic history of the Weimar Republic, From Caligari to Hitler was first published by Princeton University Press in Anyone with an interest in the early cinema needs to read this book, if only because every other book on the subject takes it as the starting point, whether they follow his thesis or polemicize against it.

Maybe we can forgive him this, because this was before the DVD or even VHS era, but it makes the book a real anachronism. Poetry Free Audio Books: Nov 07, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pinging is currently not allowed.

And yet there must have been a solution.

From Caligari to Hitler – Wikipedia

As a work of cinematic history, This is an incredibly dense survey of the trends in Rfom cinema from its inception through the rise of Hitler. He is able to refer back to his past writings, and those of his fellow critics, and discern the authoritarian yearnings in mass entertainment.

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