: From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (): Seigfried Kracauer: Books. By SIEGFRIED KRACAUER sake ; rather, it aims at increasing our knowledge of pre-Hitler Ger- . asylum symbolize Or. Caligari’s position at the top of the. Wiki for Collaborative Studies of Arts, Media and Humanities.

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Many movies are being analyzed in what it has been “the golden era of german cinema”.

A rated it it was amazing Feb 15, But the author’s remote pedantic tone and dry rendering of this material I can’t speak to how this book must have read upon publication, but, at this great remove, it’s conclusions and comments on the German character strike me as facile and wide of the mark.

A Jew, he escaped the rise of Nazism, fleeing to Paris in Quotes from From Caligari to The book has become an undisputed classic of film historiography, laying the foundations for the serious study of film. He considers ill luck what the other resents as a flagrant injustice.

He is able to refer back to his past writings, and those of his fellow critics, and discern the authoritarian yearnings in mass entertainment.

This volume is a must-have for the film historian, film theorist, or cinema enthusiast. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It reads like hitoer thesis, with lots of repetition and conjecture.

From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film by Siegfried Kracauer

Because films are a mass medium that take a mass of people to make and consume, they reveal the subconscious mind of its society. As a work of cinematic history, there is a plenty to recommend it, but many of Kracauer’s analyses into the aesthetic merits or lack thereof of the various films grow tiresome. I refuse, and I am not even allowed to listen to you.


Lists with This Book. Apart from being a good writer capable of beautiful phrases and stylistic flourishes, I find Kracauer to be an interesting, though tragic, figure.

Kracauer explains in detail how popular movies produced during this era exposed the immaturity of the German people during this period. His way of thinking is too serious, and he sees to redemption though levity.

Of the books I read last semester, Caligari to Hitler was my favorite. The same Germany that saw during the Weimar Republic an era of progressive calligari and sexual freedom became willfully conquered by authoritarian rule and fascistic ideology.

From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film

These were the German directors who were wooed to Hollywood to make films in the early years. He buys a worn-out uniform and dons it in a men’s room from which he emerges as a demigod. Parallels with the current vampire craze, anyone? In the last years of his life Kracauer worked as a sociologist for different institutes, amongst them in New York as a director of research for applied social sciences at Columbia University.

The content is heavy without being dense or getting too dry. How early German film mirrored the pre-Hitler German subconscious.

His disguise is more than transparent; but who would dare to scrutinize a magic phenomenon? The point of wiew of Krakauer, who tries to find the prodromes of what will be the political changes in the cinematographic production, might sound aprioristic, however the work is still fascinating and is a must have to every enthusiast of the silent era.

From Caligari to Hitler – Wikipedia

He argues that the character of Caligari represents a tyrannical figure, to whom the only alternative is social chaos represented by the fairground.


Most of the important films, or at least those which the average person with an interest in cinematic history will have seen or heard of, are covered, though with differing degrees of emphasis. There he worked his animation magic [ By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A classic in German film studies. Most of the important films, or at least those which the average hjtler with an interest in cinematic history w This is the classic study of the early German cinema.

You will be redirected back to caligsri article in seconds. Ti almost had to buy this book on Amazon. Still, image quality is strong enough to make a nice DVD. Caligari to Hitler was attempted years after the Third Reich had fallen, after Kracauer had forgone any versatility in kraauer observations and had become more rigid in his judgments. Oct 13, Tina rated it really liked it. I had just watched The Cabinet calgiari Dr. The critical introduction by the modern editor, Leonardo Quaresima, should probably be read after the book itself; it gives the false impression that the book will be very academic and require a familiarity with the Frankfort School and various other authors who are influences on Kracauer.