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Weimar Germany
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/10
189 Ratings

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

Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das Deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen

Directed by Rüdiger Suchsland
Germany, 2014
Documentary, History, Biography
  • German
  • English
Weimar Germany

Synopsis

Using a montage of footage from the highest quality restorations, the film illustrates Siegfried Kracauer’s 1947 thesis that the rise of Nazism is anticipated in many themes found throughout Weimar cinema, while situating Kracauer in the philosophy and histories of the time.

Our take

The cornerstone of our series on cinema from Weimar Germany is Rüdiger Suchsland’s sweeping documentary. Visualizing Siegfried Kracauer’s influential book from 1947, the film uses beautiful restorations of films by Lang, Murnau, and others to contextualize the period and showcase its masterpieces.

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Critics reviews

Exceptionally beautiful restored film clips are the main reason to see it.
September 05, 2014
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