From Caligari to Hitler

From Caligari to Hitler 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 Siegfried Kracauer a prominent Ge

  • Title: From Caligari to Hitler
  • Author: Siegfried Kracauer Leonardo Quaresima
  • ISBN: 9780691025056
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 1947 Siegfried Kracauer a prominent German film critic and member of Walter Benjamin s and Theodor Adorno s intellectual circle broke new ground in exploring the connections between film aesthetics, the prevailA 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 1947 Siegfried Kracauer a prominent German film critic and member of Walter Benjamin s and Theodor Adorno s intellectual circle broke new ground in exploring the connections between film aesthetics, the prevailing psychological state of Germans in the Weimar era, and the evolving social and political reality of the time Kracauer s pioneering book, which examines German history from 1921 to 1933 in light of such movies as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, M, Metropolis, and The Blue Angel, has never gone out of print Now, over half a century after its first appearance, this beautifully designed and entirely new edition reintroduces Kracauer for the twenty first century Film scholar Leonardo Quaresima places Kracauer in context in a critical introduction, and updates the book further with a new bibliography, index, and list of inaccuracies that crept into the first edition This volume is a must have for the film historian, film theorist, or cinema enthusiast.

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    1. I spent a great amount of time with Siegfried Kracauer over the last semester in a class I took on Weimar Cinema: along with this book, I also read a significant amount of his Weimar-era essays collected in the Mass Ornament. Of the books I read last semester, Caligari to Hitler was my favorite. Apart from being a good writer capable of beautiful phrases and stylistic flourishes, I find Kracauer to be an interesting, though tragic, figure. Schooled as an architect, he wrote intellectual pieces f [...]

    2. a pretty fascinating look at the flow between art and culture. it's a little more of a "chicken and the egg" relationship than the book wants to admit - it basically takes the stance that germany's weimar cinema paved the psychological road for hitler's rise to power - but the bottom line is that it is one of the first serious discussions of films power over political and cultural zeitgeist. just because it's popular entertainment doesn't mean it won't influence the way we think, people.

    3. I almost had to buy this book on . There was no copy to be found in the entire greater Columbia, SC library system. I didn’t particularly want to own this book, and luckily my boyfriend was able to obtain a copy from a small satellite branch of USC. When I finally received the musty book there was a card glued to the back, listing all the dates when it had been checked out. The book was checked out less than a dozen times since it was purchased by USC Beaufort in 1972. My checkout date was scr [...]

    4. 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. His central thesis, that The Cabinet of Dr. 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. He doesn't address nearly enough German film [...]

    5. A super fascinating subject matter - where culture, (evil) politics, and cinema art all meet up. Siegfried Kracauer is very much like Walter Benjamin, in that he looks at popular culture and writes about it in a new light. Basically what this book is about is Germany from the 20's to the 30's. Kind of scary in its scope and how mass entertainment or art can be reflective of what is happening in the (that) world.

    6. aaarggghghh. i used this book for a research paper about murnau's nosferatu, and boy howdy was it frustrating. the "procession of tyrants" argument is half-baked at best. he theorizes that you can watch the rise of fascism through murnau/lang/forgot the other director off top of my head, and he tries to look back, but the whole idea feels cherry-picked for evidence. (i think i sort of agreed with him while i was reading and writing, but now i'm re-reading and feel rather iffy on the whole thing. [...]

    7. Interesante. Aunque pueda parecer que un análisis a posteriori puede enfocarse para que demuestre el resultado que ya conocemos, no es menos cierto que, al menos las grandes películas alemanas de la época que conozco, lo que propone Kracauer no es descabellado.Y sirve también para repasar el cine de esos "tiempos interesantes" (ironía)

    8. Surprisingly humorous for a book about German culture. The period of crises after world war one, through reparations into the reign of the nazis, is especially tumultuous. the films made pierce the germanic psyche in the depths of its disarray.I have discovered that studying film provides a far more complex and layered history than straightforward political history books, which I am enjoying a great deal.Most of the films discussed are free online, so I spent autumn lost in a self-designed germa [...]

    9. This is the classic study of the early German cinema. The book is organized more or less chronologically, divided into four sections, "The Archaic Period, 1895-1918" on the earliest silent films before and during World War I, "The Postwar Period, 1918-1924", "The Stabilized Period, 1925-1928", and "The Pre-Hitler Period, 1929-1933", which is also the period of the earliest sound films. Most of the important films, or at least those which the average person with an interest in cinematic history w [...]

    10. This is an incredibly dense survey of the trends in German cinema from its inception through the rise of Hitler. Written by Siegfried Kracauer, a cultural critic in Germany at the very time he describes, the book is rich in detail and insight into the development of Expressionism and what came after. Kracauer, himself Jewish, fled Germany at the birth of the Nazi regime, eventually settling in the United States, where From Caligari to Hitler was published in 1947. As a work of cinematic history, [...]

    11. Apesar dos pesares, gostei bastante. Como é um livro antigo (1946), tive que relevar algumas coisas. Não tem um bom panorama histórico, fica tudo meio jogado ou pouco explicado, então eu entendi porque tenho base, mas talvez outros não conseguissem muito bem.Um problema das análises, que, apesar de justo, incomoda, é o fato de serem completamente spoilers. O autor conta os filmes, resumidamente, até o fim. O lado bom é que minha memória é fraca e eu já esqueci a grande maioria dos fi [...]

    12. 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. I thought the book did a good job when it focused on the workmanlike task of just cataloging films from the silent era when Weimar was a cinema powerhouse equal to Hollywood today, and of course I have no complaints about the photographs. But the author's remote pedantic tone and dry rendering of this material [...]

    13. An incredibly ambitious attempt to psychoanalyze -- through film -- the cultural components that built up to the Nazi regime. As speculative sociology, it has its flaws; as the performance of an agile, serious-minded (though playful) critic, it's masterful. 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.

    14. Kracauer has a particular point to make; however, his well researched study of the films of the Weimar Republic support his thesis. This is not only a book for film buffs, but a film for anyone interested in the cultural history of Germany and some of the touchstones of its perilous journey to fascisim.

    15. Great work to learn expressionism in the german cinema. Definitely convincing study to understand the relations between German society and their cinema from 1985 to 1933 (and even more). You may have watched early German films but you should watch them again after you read this book. Thus, one can totally understand Kracauer's word on this subject.

    16. Good book if you are interested in German film or even the time just before the rise of Classical Hollywood film. These were the German directors who were wooed to Hollywood to make films in the early years.

    17. Ok, this isnt a light read, but it's fascinating in how it explains the psychological state of Germans after WWI and how it led to WWII. It took me longer than most to finish this, but I was glad I did.

    18. written a few years after the end of WWII this author theorizes that subject matter in German films from the 20's-30's predicited the rise of a leader like Hitler. interesting stuff, lots of fascinating film stills

    19. A superb study on early German cinema and the mass psychology behind it. A fascinating read for any fan of German Expressionist cinema.

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