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From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das Deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen

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Directed by Rüdiger Suchsland
Germany, 2014
Documentary, History, Biography
      German
      English

Synopsis

Using a montage of footage from the highest quality restorations, the film illustrates Siegfried Kracauer’s 1947 thesis that the rise of Nazism is anticipated in many themes found throughout Weimar cinema, while situating Kracauer in the philosophy and histories of the time.

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What does the cinema know that we don’t? Rüdiger Suchsland’s sweeping doc on the cinema of Weimar Germany visualizes Siegfried Kracauer’s potent thesis from the influential 1947 book. Using beautiful restorations of films by Lang, Murnau and others, it contextualizes the period and its masterpieces.

Synopsis

Using a montage of footage from the highest quality restorations, the film illustrates Siegfried Kracauer’s 1947 thesis that the rise of Nazism is anticipated in many themes found throughout Weimar cinema, while situating Kracauer in the philosophy and histories of the time.

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From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the MassesDirected byRüdiger Suchsland
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Awards & Festivals

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Venice Film Festival
2014 | Winner: Best Film (Bisato d'Oro)

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