The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt

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University of California Press, 1969 - Performing Arts - 360 pages
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The Golden Age of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound. From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari onwards the principal films of this period were characterized by two influences: literary Expressionism, and the innovations of the theatre directors of this period, in particular Max Reinhardt. This book demonstrates the connection between German Romanticism and the cinema through Expressionist writings. It discusses the influence of the theatre: the handling of crowds; the use of different levels, and of selective lighting on a predominately dark stage; the reliance on formalized gesture; the innovation of the intimate theatre. Against this background the principal films of the period are examined in detail. The author explains the key critical concepts of the time, and surveys not only the work of the great directors, such as Fritz Lang and F. W. Murnau, but also the contribution of their writers, cameramen, and designers. As The Times Literary Supplement wrote, 'Mme. Eisner is first and foremost a film critic, and one of the best in the world. She has all the necessary gifts.' And it described the original French edition of this book as 'one of the very few classics of writing on the film and arguably the best book on the cinema yet written.'
  

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Great insight into German Expressionist Film Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Crawford-margison - Goodreads

Awesome. And a lot of the key film references can be found on netflix instant streaming. I highly recommend The Hands of Orlac. =) Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the English language edition
7
the Influence of Max Reinhardt
39
Lubitsch and the Costume Film
75
The Stylized Fantastic
89
DecorativeExpressionism
115
The World of Shadows and Mirrors
129
Studio Architecture and Landscape
151
The Expressionist Debut of a Realistic Director
171
The Handling of Crowds
223
The Fritz Lang Thriller
237
Tragedies of the Street
251
The Evolution of the Costume Film
269
The Climax of the Chiaroscuro
285
The Decline of the German Film
309
The Dreigroschenoper Lawsuit
343
Sources of Illustrations
360

Murnau and the Kammerspielfilm
207

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