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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. From Caligari to Hitler: A landmark, now classic, study of the rich cinematic history of the Weimar Republic, From Caligari to Kracaudr was first published by Princeton University Press in 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, now classic, study of the rich cinematic history of the Weimar Republic, From Caligari to Caligair was first published by Princeton University Press in 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.
Kracauer’s pioneering book, which examines German history from to in light of such movies as The Cabinet of Dr. Now, over half a century after its first appearance, this beautifully designed and entirely new edition reintroduces Kracauer for the twenty-first century.
Film scholar Leonardo Quaresima places Kracauer in context in a critical introduction, and updates the book further with caliari new bibliography, index, and list of inaccuracies that crept into the first edition. This volume is a must-have for the film historian, film theorist, or cinema enthusiast.
In films of the s, he traced recurring visual and narrative tropes that expressed, he argued, a fear of chaos and a desire for hitlre, even at the price of authoritarian rule. The book has become an undisputed classic of film historiography, laying the foundations for the serious study of film.
Kracauer was an important film critic in Weimar Germany. A Jew, he escaped the rise of Nazism, fleeing to Paris in Later, in anguish after Benjamin’s suicide, he made his way to New York, where he remained until his death in He wrote From Caligari to Hitler while working as a “special assistant” to the curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s film division.
He was also on the editorial board of Bollingen Series. Despite many critiques of its attempt to link movies to historical outcomes, From Caligari to Hitler remains Yo best-known and most influential book, and a seminal work in the study of film. Princeton published a revised edition of his Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality in Paperbackpages.
Published May 21st by Princeton University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about From Caligari to Hitlerplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about From Caligari to Hitler. Lists with This Book. Jan 01, Printable Tire rated it it was amazing. I spent a great amount of time with Siegfried Kracauer over the last semester in a class I took on Weimar Cinema: Of the books I read last semester, Caligari to Hitler was my favorite.
Apart from being a good writer capable of beautiful phrases and stylistic flourishes, I find Kracauer to be an interesting, though tragic, figure. 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: Schooled as an architect, he wrote intellectual pieces for German newspapers during the 20’s, and was one of the first to take the ephemera of modern life movies, hotel lobbies, can-can girls as serious subjects worthy of observation.
To say he thought them worthy of observation is not to say he thought them of worth; but just as someone today might analyze reality television, selfies, or tumblr, he was one of the first at least in Germany to see popular activities as a mirror of the populace itself. It is then mracauer that being one of the Godfathers of media theory, Kracauer was in some ways a self-made intellectual, inventing some of the jargon kkracauer theory out of whole cloth.
For example, his essays in the Mass Ornament seem to show him attempting to find for the modern age an Answer: Nonetheless, I would propose one answer Kracauer, with his genuine German earnestness and seriousness, could never accept: One must be a part of the church and the lobby, commit to both but never fully to either, for total commitment to either inevitably leads to a fascism of your soul.
But Kracauer never seems to have thought of compartmentalizing, of adopting multiple identities for multiple roles. His way of thinking is too serious, and he sees to kracuer though levity. Caligari to Hitler was attempted years after the Third Reich had fallen, after Kracauer had forgone any versatility in his observations and had become more rigid in his judgments.
Before the Nazis had irrevocably conquered the hearts and minds of Germany but were quickly rising to such power, Kracauer had been offered jobs at leftist newspapers but had turned them down, perhaps believing, in vain, in the power of public debate over preaching to a complicit audience. 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 Kfacauer The same Germany that saw during the Weimar Republic an era of progressive ideas and sexual freedom became willfully conquered by authoritarian rule and fascistic ideology.
And Kracauer had seen his friends murdered, and been forced to exile himself to America. 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.
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. His perspective is often cycloptic, for he reads into everything a subconscious premonition of fascism. His perspective is then itself fascist, as he can no longer read any ambiguity into anything. At best, he comes off as obsessive, at worse, a conspiracy theorist. 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.
He seems to want caligwri 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.
And yet there must have been a solution. There must have caligair another solution, and I will find it if I search. Interestingly, he seems to be especially critical of youth films because the Nazis were particularly adept at influencing their disciples when they were young and in need of direction and discipline.
‘From Caligari to Hitler’ Review: A Study of Weimar Cinema – Variety
The fact that his quest is ultimately fruitless and desperate makes one believe that such an approach can only lead inevitably to heartbreak. Nov 07, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 11, Dara Salley rated it liked it.
I almost had to buy this book on Amazon. There was no copy to be found in the entire greater Columbia, SC library system. When I finally received the musty book there was a card glued to the back, listing all the dates when it had been checked out. The book was checked out less than a dozen times since it was purchased by USC Beaufort in My checkout date was I almost had to buy this book on Amazon.
I tried to imagine this lonely book sitting on the shelf for almost two decades. When it was last checked out I was in elementary school and knew nothing of the joys of German expressionism and silent film. I grew up, graduated kkracauer school and high school, got a B.
All while it waited patiently in Beaufort.
Venice Film Review: ‘From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses’
The magic of Netflix streaming has allowed me to gain a newfound interest in silent movies. After watching a dozen or so, I quickly realized that many of the best silent movies were made in Germany Metropolis, The Last Laugh etc. That struck me as odd because nowadays, Germany is not known for its film industry. This period is also an interesting moment in German history; the rebuilding of the economy after WWI, the rise of socialism and Hitler.
I was intrigued and wanted to know more. He uses that word several dozen times in each chapter.
It refers to the confusion of the German public after WWI and their unwillingness to extend their emotional and intellectual boundaries. Kracauer explains in detail how popular movies produced during this era exposed the immaturity of the German people during this period.
Other gitler show the nascent growth of the use nitler film as a means of propaganda, a skill that reached fruition during WWII. He is able to refer back to his past writings, and those of his fellow critics, and discern the authoritarian yearnings in mass entertainment. It reads like a thesis, with lots of repetition and conjecture. Kracauer’s treatise on that most influential of German Expressionist films is very caligaari 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.
His central thesis, that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was a reflection of the changing social mindset of post-World War I Germany and predicted the rise of Nazism, is not only far-fetched, but it’s not well fleshed out. He doesn’t address nearly enough German film Kracauer’s treatise on that most influential of German Expressionist films is very well-known in kradauer 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.
He doesn’t address nearly enough German films to establish the German social mindset kracsuer the time, and it’s clear that he hasn’t seen Caligari in a while. Maybe we can forgive him this, because this was before the DVD or even VHS era, but it makes the book a real anachronism. May 07, Nico Battersby rated it really liked it.
Fascinating for fans of film history. Apply some analysis to your own countries films – you’ll be amazed. Nov 02, T rated it really liked karcauer. A super fascinating subject matter – where culture, evil politics, and cinema art all meet up.
Siegfried Kracauer is very much like Walter Benjamin, in that he looks at popular culture and writes about it in a new light.
Basically what this book is about is Germany from the 20’s to the 30’s. Kind of scary in its scope and how mass entertainment or art can be reflective of what is happening in the that world. Sep 09, Jennifer rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Jennifer by: A classic in German film studies.