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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Views Read Edit View history. A fascinating read for any fan of German Expressionist cinema. From Caligari to Hitler: Ruediger Suchsland, Hans Henrik Woehler.

Watch The Cabinet of Dr. He uses that word several dozen times in each chapter. It took me longer than most hitleer finish this, but I was glad I did.

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And yet there must have been a solution. Later, in anguish after Benjamin’s suicide, he made his way to New York, where he remained until his death in Inhe released Theory of Film: You will be redirected back to your article in seconds.

Surprisingly humorous for a book about German culture. You have to keep quiet. Technology, Perception, Culture, which is an English translation of a German study on early cinema. Where Horror Film Began: 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 prevail A landmark, hitlee classic, study of the rich cinematic history of the Weimar Republic, From Caligari to Hitler was first published by Princeton University Press in Be the first to ask a question about From Caligari to Hitler.


Also, in the beginning, Kracauser rushes over what he calls “the archaic period” of German cinema fromit could be possible that there was not much research at that time, but if you are interested in German films from that time period than I recommend Film The book has become an undisputed classic of film historiography, laying the foundations for the serious study of film. Perhaps like other intellectuals his view of the Nazis at that time was also one of incredulousness, for how could such an obvious conglomeration of buffoons and thugs and schmaltz win the hearts and minds of Germany?

With the rise of the Nazis in Germany inKracauer migrated to Paris, and then in emigrated to the United States. Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast.

The Cabinet of Dr. Dietrich Scheunemann, somewhat in defense of Kracauer, noted that he did not have “the full range of materials at his disposal”.

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

So it’s a mixed bag, but an important read caliari students of early German cinema. Directed, written by Ruediger Suchsland. 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. Archive All posts by date.


Still, image quality is strong enough to make a nice DVD. Caligari to 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.

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View all 4 comments. Quotes from From Caligari to To support Open Culture’s continued operation, please consider making a donation. He seems to want the impossible in films, some ideal cinematic progressive propaganda vision, and sees the lack of this vision, be it through popular and sentimental or artistic and ambiguous films, to be complicit with the rise of fascism.

A Psychological History of the German Film was in that first huge batch of books I kracaur to place on my shelf.