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From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (Princeton Classic Editions) Hardcover – 18 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2Expanded Ed edition (18 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691115184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691115184
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"The thesis of this unusually interesting book is that the German films of the twenties were filled with premonitions of the German totalitarianism of the thirties."--Nation



"One of the great works of film history, this look at early German cinema, first published in 1947, is still a must-have for cineastes and scholars alike."--H.J. Kirchhoff, Toronto Globe and Mail



"The book is an invaluable guide to a golden period of cinema."--Christopher Wood, The Times

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"An undisputed classic of modern film historiography, Kracauer's From Caligari to Hitler had a major impact on the way we relate movies to history and society. Although Kracauer is not afraid of using such contested concepts as collective psychology and German 'soul,' his productive readings of Weimar films as harbingers of emerging fascism still resonate today. Leonardo Quaresima's engaging and erudite introduction is critical in situating Kracauer's project both in its historical moment and in our time."--Anton Kaes, University of California, Berkeley


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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2017
Format: Hardcover
This book shows how the cinema paralleled and sometimes helped form the German psyche. Yet it is more than just a documentary. This brings you from the beginning of the industry to show what Hitler inherited. However the information caries far beyond the political dimension.

I use it more for information on the film industry as a whole for that time and the basis of what we inherited today. It is interesting that from the beginning people complained that the film was to long and inclusive or too short and excluded characters form history or books.

Two good parallel and overlapping timeline books for the era are "Cagliari's Children: The Film As Tale of Terror" ISBN: 030680347X which is a different view on the same subject and "The UFA Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945 (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism, 23)"

They tried to capture the feel of the time and of the German actors' attitude toward film, in the movie "Shadow of the Vampire" (2001)
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