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FALL EDITION 2022

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UPCOMING


LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO/ PORDENONE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

The program for 2022 is now available. For updates, check here, and on Twitter and Facebook.
OCTOBER 1-8, 2022


NEW IN THIS EDITION


Hans Helmut Prinzler’s Chronik des Weimarer Films is an updated chapter from his legendary chronicle of one hundred years of German cinema, published in 1995. See also his website for his reviews of publications about German cinema since 1961.
Sara Hall’s essay “Babylon Berlin: Pastiching Weimar Cinema,” newly adapted with clips for this website, examines the reworking of filmic tropes from the 1920s in the TV series Babylon Berlin (Season 1-3: 2017-2020; Season 4 begins in October 2022).


RECENTLY PUBLISHED


Ernst Lubitsch Made the Hollywood Comedy Sublime

ALEX ROSS
The New Yorker (August 15, 2022)

See also Rick McCormick, Sex, Politics and Comedy: The Transnational Cinema of Ernst Lubitsch (Indiana UP, 2020).

Höhenrausch: Das kurze Leben zwischen den Kriegen

HARALD JÄHNER
Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2022

Judging from his brilliant bestseller Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955, this will be the best-researched and most readable book on Weimar culture.

Billy Wilder on Assignment: Dispatches from Weimar Berlin and Interwar Vienna

NOAH ISENBERG
Princeton UP, 2021

See also Joseph McBride, Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge (Columbia UP, 2021)

Lulu’s Smile: An Archive of Trauma in Die Büchse der Pandora (1929).

SHOSHANA SCHWEBEL
The German Quarterly 95, no. 2 (2022): 149–166.




TIPS FOR RESEARCH



The Pordenone Silent Film Festival is the world’s leading international silent-film festival. Each October, many hundreds of archivists and scholars from around the world meet to see the most recent restorations of silent films. The festival has screened more than than 300 films from the Weimar Republic since it began in 1982. For a complete database of Weimar films shown between 1982 and 2018, click here.

Fritz Lang made a brief audio recording (“Leitworte”) about the universal language of cinema to mark the premiere of Metropolis in January 1927. The recording, transcript, and translation are here

Filmportal.de offers a succinct introduction to Weimar film in English (with valuable links to historical documents in translation). Check here

Geschichte des dokumentarischen Films in Deutschland, vol. 2, the authoritative 673- page history of documentary cinema in the Weimar Republic, is now available online. Edited by Klaus Kreimeier, Antje Ehmann and Jean-Paul Goergen, it was published by Reclam in 2005. Vol. 1 (Kaiserreich) and vol. 3 (Drittes Reich) are also online. Vol. 4 (nach 1945) is in production.

Zensurkarten -- An extensive collection of German film censorship records is now digitized and available online. (Thanks to Oliver Hanley for sharing this information here).