The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt

The Haunted Screen Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt The Golden Age of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound From The Cabinet of Dr Caligari onwards the principal films of this period were char

  • Title: The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt
  • Author: Lotte H. Eisner
  • ISBN: 9780520024793
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Golden Age of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound From The Cabinet of Dr Caligari onwards the principal films of this period were characterized by two influences literary Expressionism, and the innovations of the theatre directors of this period, in particular Max Reinhardt This book demonstrates the conThe Golden Age of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound From The Cabinet of Dr Caligari onwards the principal films of this period were characterized by two influences literary Expressionism, and the innovations of the theatre directors of this period, in particular Max Reinhardt This book demonstrates the connection between German Romanticism and the cinema through Expressionist writings It discusses the influence of the theatre the handling of crowds the use of different levels, and of selective lighting on a predominately dark stage the reliance on formalized gesture the innovation of the intimate theatre Against this background the principal films of the period are examined in detail The author explains the key critical concepts of the time, and surveys not only the work of the great directors, such as Fritz Lang and F W Murnau, but also the contribution of their writers, cameramen, and designers As The Times Literary Supplement wrote, Mme Eisner is first and foremost a film critic, and one of the best in the world She has all the necessary gifts And it described the original French edition of this book as one of the very few classics of writing on the film and arguably the best book on the cinema yet written.

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    1. Una magnífica panorámica por la historia del primer cine alemán en la que Lotte Eisner, una de las más grandes escritoras sobre teoría y análisis del cine, revisa a través de los recursos cinematográficos y estéticos utilziados en éstas las grandes películas del llamado expresionismos alemán. Imprescindible.

    2. Another book read for my Weimar Cinema class. Almost an unsettling detachment from plots and a focus purely on aesthetics permeates this page. Like Kracauer, Eisner occasionally mentions films that aesthetically predict Nazi style but no judgement is made of them. She often partakes of loaded sentences like "The German spirit is one of darkness, and he is often attracted to the uncaring void of the universe." I made that one up but it seems like something she would write. I'm often interested in [...]

    3. Lotte Eisner's great book length study on German Expressionist films. She has the final word, with respect to this subject. Hell, she knew these people as well!

    4. Twenty-five years ago I took a film theory class as part of my college degree, and was given a list of 9 books as required reading. Surprisingly, I got an A- for the class despite not reading any of them. I tried to start reading one or two of the books, but the subject matter was far too abstract for me to care about. Over time, I gave all the books away except for this one, and finally, last week, I pulled this one off the shelf and started reading. Much to my surprise, it wasn't a painful rea [...]

    5. German Expressionist cinema is one of my favorite styles, which was most prevalent in the 1920's. Eisner's examination of this, and the influence from the great German stage director, Max Reinhardt is a must read for anyone interested in this topic.

    6. I’ve been reading Lotte Eisner’s The Haunted Screen which is regarded as one of the greatest books of film criticism. It’s about German cinema in the 1920s, and more especially about the German films in the Expressionist style. She points out that the roots Expressionist film did not magically come into being with Robert Wiene’s great 1919 film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. The roots of Expressionism can be traced back at least as far as Paul Wegener’s The Student of Prague, made in 1913 [...]

    7. The first major books on Expressionist cinema in Germany, and it remains pretty much the undisputed Bible on the subject. Eisner has an interesting way of analyzing her topic—films are grouped in ways that aren't always expected, and she approaches each film in a way that at first seems idiosyncratic, perhaps even a bit scattershot, but the elements she does end up focusing on always turn out to be enlightening and endlessly evocative. I didn't make it all the way to the end because I was look [...]

    8. I understand that The Haunted Screen is basically the definitive account of German Expressionism, and I can see why that is so. Eisner's book is interesting and very intelligent. She talks about a wide variety of films, some readily available (Metropolis, M, Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens) and some that she might very well be making up . . . except there are film stills to prove it, so never mind. Anyway, they are currently obscure, is what I'm saying. I don't know if I bought everything [...]

    9. книга, которую нужно прочесть каждому кинокритику, чтобы осознать свое меcто в этой мире.

    10. Awesome. And a lot of the key film references can be found on netflix instant streaming. I highly recommend The Hands of Orlac. =)

    11. помимо прочих познавательных радостей, которые приносят книги вообще, эта подарила крайне уместный ныне афоризм Готфрида Бенна из "Искусства и власти" (1934): "Новая молодежь принадлежит власти"

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