FROM CAUGARI TO HITLER. A PSYCHOLOGICAL HISTORY. OF THE GERMAN FILM. By SIEGFRIED KRACAUER. PRINCETON UNIVERSITYPRESS. : From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (): Seigfried Kracauer: Books. Venice Film Review: ‘From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of Kracauer’s thrust, that the themes in Weimar cinema prefigure the.
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A Psychological History of the German Film was in that first huge batch of books I bought to place on my shelf. I had just watched The Cabinet of Dr. Alas, it also sat on my shelf unread, along with some other thick critical tomes.
Because films are a mass medium that take a mass of people to make and consume, they reveal the subconscious mind of its society. Kracauer wasn’t saying that the creators were anti-Semitic or Nazi sympathizers. But there was something in the air, so to speak, that in retrospect made Hitler seem like an inevitable real-world outcome of these various forces.
Or look at how each version of Batman is seen as reflecting concerns of the time in which it is made. This is not explicitly to compare a certain person to Hitler, going full Godwin. But rather, Kallgren looks to our own blockbusters, our stories, our own culture industry to see what greater narrative is going on here.
The contradictions come thick and fast at the end, and will provide much to debate. We hope he and others start to adapt other works in the future.
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We look to the folk tales and myths of a people to understand how they understand their own society. My understanding is that Kracauer is talking about analysing a large number of popular films by many different directors and drawing out their common threads; it calugari not about one film or one director. No film maker lives apart from his own culture and in telling a story he draws on the cultural and moral wells of his society to frame that story.
A story that clashes too greatly with the way his society frames its world view will fail to be popular.
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When you look at the many many popular films by different directors and studios caligarri a period of time, and see that they all have certain ideas of the way the world is seen and works, it is not too ca,igari a stretch to argue that these films speak to the audience because they resonate with their own deep story of how the world works.
I would add to that the idealisation of the small town as the true holder of Red White and Blue virtues. Watching Bollywood movies, one also see reflections hardly an insight one would think of Indian culture and how Indians explain the world to themselves.
It reflects the existing caste stratification in Indian society. In the same way, a constant theme in Japanese anime is a world destroying weapon that must never be built, that reflects its own trauma with Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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