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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A story that clashes too greatly with the way his society frames its world view will fail to be popular. The critical introduction by the modern editor, Leonardo Quaresima, should probably be read after the book itself; it gives the false impression that the book will be very academic and require a familiarity with the Frankfort School and various other authors who are influences on Kracauer. The book also includes Propaganda and the Nazi War Film, a critical and psychological analysis of Nazi propaganda film.

Be the first to ask a question about From Caligari to Hitler. His psychological analyses of the general tendencies I found quite convincing, but like most authors with a general thesis he pushes it too far and applies it to immediately in analyzing specific films.

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

This is not explicitly to compare caliagri certain person to Hitler, going full Godwin. There he tk his animation magic [ 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 This is an incredibly dense survey of the trends in German cinema from its inception through the rise of Hitler.


My understanding is that Kracauer is talking about analysing a large number of popular films by many different directors and drawing out their common threads; it is not about one film or one director. Parallels with the current vampire craze, anyone? This is the classic study of the early German cinema. Caligari claigari Hitler was then his attempt, after the war had ended and with funds procured by the US government, to discover why the Third Reich had happened.

He wished leftist films had the same strength, but does not seem to grasp if they did they would not be good films, and in their own way fascist.

Most of the films discussed are free online, so I spent autumn lost in a self-designed germa Surprisingly humorous for a book about German culture.

It is then interesting that being one of the Godfathers of media theory, Kracauer was in some ways a self-made intellectual, inventing some of the jargon of theory out of whole cloth. Please fill out this field with valid email address. These were the German directors who were wooed to Hollywood to make films in the early years. He had found no answers to the modern age in the Weimar Era, but perhaps he could find why they had not been found, or rather why the final answer had become the Final Solution.

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. His way of thinking is too serious, and he sees to redemption though levity. Surprisingly humorous for a book about German culture.

Trivia About From Caligari to But Kracauer never seems to have thought of compartmentalizing, of adopting multiple identities for multiple roles.


De profundis 1 – 10 of 12 books. German, English dialogue Official Site: And no, scholarly writing doesn’t have to have the hermeunetic,arid quality of this work, so that apologia won’t wash, either.

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

All while it waited patiently in Beaufort. Billy rated it really liked it Oct 16, I almost had to buy this book on Amazon. And Kracauer had seen his friends murdered, and been forced to exile himself to America. From Caligari to Hitler: Kracauer wasn’t saying that the creators were anti-Semitic or Nazi sympathizers. Watching Bollywood movies, one also see reflections hardly an insight one would think of Indian culture and how Indians explain the world to themselves.

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You may have watched early German films but you should watch them again after you read this book. Nonetheless, I would propose one answer Kracauer, with his genuine German earnestness and seriousness, could never accept: You have to keep quiet.

The content is heavy without being dense or getting too dry. In films of the s, he traced recurring visual and narrative tropes that expressed, he argued, a fear of chaos and a desire for order, even at the price of authoritarian rule. Life frighteningly does imitate art.

The magic of Netflix streaming has allowed me to gain a newfound interest in silent movies.