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Sirens and Sinners: A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918-1933

Sirens and Sinners: A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918-1933
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Sirens and Sinners: A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918-1933

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By Hans Helmut Prinzler

"Germany’s Weimar period is endlessly fascinating, and this book explores one of the many art forms that blossomed in that time and place."—Women's Wear Daily

"The images are a pleasure to behold and present the reader with a representative cross-section of the period’s major films and aesthetic styles. . . . Recommended."—Choice

"Smolders as it captures the visual influence of Weimar film and its stars. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Between the First and Second World Wars, under the Weimar Republic, Germany became the scene for one of the most creative periods in film history. Through the silent era to the early years of sound, the visual flair and technical innovation of its filmmakers set an international standard for the possibilities of cinema as an art form, with movies such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora’s Box and M building a legacy that not only shaped the world of film but also had a lasting impact on all the visual arts.

The selected films give a wide-ranging overview of Weimar cinema at its finest, with daring themes such as sexuality and social issues tackled by iconic stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Louise Brooks. Beautifully reproduced film stills capture the bold visions of great directors such as Fritz Lang and Ernst Lubitsch, while the text sets the historical scene and gives an intriguing insight into what these films meant to the society that created them.

The movement was brought to a close by Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. Many of the greatest directors, screenwriters and actors were forced to flee Germany, a large number making for Hollywood from where their talents were shared with the world.

308 pages
443 illustrations, 335 in duotone
Thames and Hudson, 2013
10.3 x 1.3 x 12.4 inches
ISBN 9780500516898
German History, Film

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