German Expressionist Cinema

The World of Light and Shadow

Ian Roberts

Wallflower Press

German Expressionist Cinema

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Pub Date: August 2008

ISBN: 9781905674602

144 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $22.00£16.99

German Expressionist Cinema

The World of Light and Shadow

Ian Roberts

Wallflower Press

Before Hollywood's golden age, German expressionist film was arguably the most important cinematic movement in the medium's history. These 'symphonies of... iridescent movement' of Weimar cinema provide some of cinema's most iconic images, and its vivid contrasts and dark spaces constitute a major influence on Hollywood classics such as Citizen Kane (1941) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). This volume also offers insights into the technical and thematic developments of the Weimar film. Covering classics such as The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920) and Nosferatu (1922) as well as under-appreciated examples such as Asphalt (1929), this volume forms an essential introduction to one of cinema's most historically important movements.
An extremely accessible study of the major works associated with German expressionist cinema. The book provides lucid accounts of several prominent films coupled with illuminating background information about the filmmakers. Brad Prager, University of Missouri
The book certainly achieves its goal, which is to reveal the contours of Weimar cinema... Recommended. Choice

About the Author

Ian Roberts is Teaching Fellow in German and Film Studies at the University of Exeter.