Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Google eBook)

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Noah William Isenberg
Columbia University Press, Aug 13, 2013 - Performing Arts - 360 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - Greta - Goodreads

Good essays on some of the canonical films of the era, but are specialized topics rather than introductory texts. Read full review

Review: Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Film and Culture)

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a thoroughly fascinating read for anyone interested in the genre. sure to cause any reader to fill up their Netflix queue w/all of these classics. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Noah Isenberg is associate professor of University Humanities at Eugene Lang College-The New School, where he teaches literature, film, and intellectual history. He is the author, most recently, of Detour (British Film Institute, 2008).

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