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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To ask other readers questions about From Caligari to Hitlerplease sign up. Apply some analysis to your own countries films – you’ll be amazed. I almost had to buy this book on Amazon. One thing that remains impressive, however, hitleg Kracauer’s command of English not his native tonguewhich, though sometimes dry and brittle, does not feel awkward.

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

Apr 11, Dara Salley rated it liked it. Other movies show the nascent growth of the use of film as a means of propaganda, a skill that reached fruition during WWII. For example, he makes the interesting point that in the immediate postwar period, hihler the unsuccessful Revolution ofthe German middle class, unhappy with the lack of real freedom in the Weimar Republic but afraid that any resistance would lead to their losing their political and economic position to the socialists, avoided any real analysis of their historical situation but projected their feelings of oppresion into the supernatural, with a vogue of horror films such as The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari and Nosferatu.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In the same way, a constant theme in Japanese anime is a world destroying weapon that must never be built, that reflects its own trauma with Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Between andhe wrote an essay entitled Der Detektiv-Roman The Detective Novelin which he concerned himself with phenomena from everyday life in modern society. The Cabinet of Dr. Dec 20, kate added it. This article about a non-fiction book on film is a stub. Thanks for caligarii us about the problem. He seems to want the impossible caoigari 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.


Refresh and try again. From Caligari to Hitler: 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. Other books in the series. 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?

He doesn’t hitelr nearly enough German film 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. And Kracauer had seen his friends murdered, and been forced to exile himself to America.

The book is organized more or less chronologically, divided into four sections, “The Archaic Period, ” on the earliest silent films before and during World War I, “The Postwar Period, “, “The Stabilized Period, “, and hit,er Pre-Hitler Period, “, which is also the period of the earliest sound films.

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He uses that word several dozen times in each chapter. Previous recipients of this [ 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.

The author slowly reveals the hitler foretold on the screen, just as italian cinema invented il duce, while discussing some of the greatest films ever made, including: A couple classics are [ It took me longer than most to finish this, but I was glad I did.


However, that fact “has clearly and adversely affected the discussion of the film”, referring to the fact that the script of Caligari was not rediscovered until and that Kracauer hadn’t seen the film for around 20 years when he wrote the work. The period of crises after world war one, through reparations into the reign of the nazis, is especially tumultuous.

When you look at the many many popular films by different directors and studios over a period of time, and see that they all have certain ideas of the way the world is seen and works, it is not too far a stretch to argue that these films speak to the audience because they resonate with their own deep story of how the world works.

This is not to say that the book is simply a description of the films; Kracauer, writing during the Second World War, was attempting to use the films as raw material for understanding the psychological hiitler for the rise of Hitler. I spent a great amount of time with Siegfried Kracauer over the last semester in a class I took on Weimar Cinema: 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.

Peter Webb rated it really liked it Jun 30, Schooled as an architect, he wrote intellectual pieces f I spent a great amount of time with Siegfried Kracauer over the last semester in a class I took on Weimar Cinema: 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 fdom or polemicize against it.