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Weimar Cinema; An Essential Guide to Films of the Era

Weimar Cinema; An Essential Guide to Films of the Era

Edited by Professor Noah Isenberg 

"Weimar Cinema is the volume on this fascinating era of international film history."—Gerd Gemünden, Bookforum

"This superb collection... [is] an excellent overview of the critical frameworks of German film studies... Essential."—Choice

"A well-constructed and welcome introduction to a number of classics."—Philipp Stiasny, German History

"With its detailed filmography and intelligently organized index, this work could easily serve as the primary textbook for a survey of Weimar film."—Glenn R. Cuomo, German Studies Review

Taken as a whole, the sixteen remarkable films discussed in this provocative new volume of essays represent the brilliant creativity that flourished in the name of German cinema between the wars. Encompassing early gangster pictures and science fiction, avant-garde and fantasy films, sexual intrigues and love stories, the classics of silent cinema and Germany's first talkies, each chapter illuminates, among other things: the technological advancements of a given film, its detailed production history, its critical reception over time, and the place it occupies within the larger history of the German studio and of Weimar cinema in general. Readers can revisit the careers of such acclaimed directors as F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, and G. W. Pabst and examine the debuts of such international stars as Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, and Marlene Dietrich. Training a keen eye on Weimer cinema's unusual richness and formal innovation, this anthology is an essential guide to the revolutionary styles, genres, and aesthetics that continue to fascinate us today.

Paperback
376 pages
Columbia University Press, 2009
6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
ISBN 9780231130554
Film, Essays 

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