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From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014)

Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen (original title)
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Focuses on the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) and its 'collective spirit' in cinema. The purpose of film as a cultural tool is examined. Based on celebrated sociologist Siegfried Kracauer's seminal book 'From Caligari to Hitler' (1947).

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Rüdiger Suchsland
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Credited cast:
Rüdiger Suchsland Rüdiger Suchsland ... Narrator (voice)
Hans Henrik Wöhler Hans Henrik Wöhler ... Narrator (voice)
Fritz Lang ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Volker Schlöndorff ... Himself
Fatih Akin ... Himself
Thomas Elsaesser Thomas Elsaesser ... Himself
Eric D. Weitz Eric D. Weitz ... Himself
Elisabeth Bronfen Elisabeth Bronfen ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Abel ... Himself (archive footage)
Elisabeth Bergner ... Herself (archive footage)
Brigitte Borchert ... Herself (archive footage)
Bertolt Brecht ... Himself (archive footage)
Louise Brooks ... Herself (archive footage)
Lya De Putti ... Herself (archive footage)
Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)
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"Metropolis" (1927), "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920), "M" (1931), "Nosferatu" (1922), "People on Sunday" (1930), "Berlin, Symphony of a Metropolis" (1927) all rank among the classics and most influential films of European Cinema. FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER tells the story of early German Cinema as the story of social and cultural upheaval in the first republic, between 1918 and 1933. Siegfried Kracauer, who wrote the groundbreaking book 'From Caligari to Hitler' (1947) on this 'Weimar Cinema', is a central figure, as is Fritz Lang, the most versatile of all Weimar directors. The viewer will encounter the cast members of the young Republic's stage: Marlene Dietrich, Louise Brooks, Emil Jannings, directors such as G.W.Pabst and F.W. Murnau, writers like Billy Wilder and many more - those who helped shape the new art of cinema. Written by Rüdiger Suchsland

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What does cinema know that we don't?


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28 May 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Caligarista Hitleriin. Saksalainen elokuva massojen aikakaudella See more »

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[Suchsland on From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014)] Youth, freedom, irony, curiosity: Weimar is Modernity at its best and 'the' time of German cinema: By far the prime and richest period of our filmmaking. Cinema mirrors the turbulent era of the Twenties. These movies had it all! But more or less everything of it is forgotten, reduced to two or three footnotes. I wanted to take us all on an adventurous trip to this lost time, a trip which should entertain, move, surprise and remind us all of an open wound in our past. Siegfried Kracauer, a forgotten genius of cultural critique, is the perfect guide to an era, which is fascinating in its contradictions. This fascination and, yes: my love for this time and its cinema, I hope to share. See more »

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German Cinema Before Hitler
17 April 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Entertaining documentary that explores German cinema before Hitler came into play. The Weimar Republic is looked at from the span of 1919-1933 and we hear about countless careers including Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Ernst Luitsch, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder and Robert Wiene among others.

If you're a fan of German cinema then you'll certainly want to watch this documentary that clocks in just under two hours. There are a lot of clips from various movies shown but we also get interviews with some German historians who discuss these films and their impact around the world. I will admit that some of the narration seemed to try and be "too intelligent" by throwing certain thoughts out there that just didn't really fit with the films.

With that said, there's no question that this gives you a terrific look at German cinema during this period and there are some theories that if you view these films they give you an idea into the mindset of German's and they might explain why Hitler rose to power. Certainly some interesting things to think about. FROM CALIGARI TO Hitler is certainly worth watching.


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