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FALL EDITION 2022

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New Perspectives on Weimar Cinema

We invite essays that explore unfamiliar areas of Weimar film history, advance new readings of a specific film, or reflect on Weimar’s media theories. We are also interested in Weimar cinema’s afterlife in film noir and modern reworkings. Unpublished work (including lectures or dissertation chapters) and published articles are welcome, provided they are adapted to include embedded film clips and links to online sources. WeimarCinema.org seeks to offer new opportunities for online publishing.

Please send a one-page abstract or inquiries to weimarcinema@gmail.com. The deadline for submission of the essay is January 15, 2023. Accepted articles will be published in the Spring 2023 Edition of WeimarCinema.org and remunerated with a $500 honorarium. Authors retain full copyright.


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


Screening White Reassurance: Insecurity and Redemption in Four German Africa Films

DECKER, PHILIP
Oxford German Studies, 2022, Vol.51 (2), p.161-185

The Weimar Picture Palace: From Film to Cinema in Berlin Exile (1925 - 1928)

LUKE PARKER
from Nabokov Noir (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2022), pp. 30-68

Performative Figures of Queer Masculinity: A Media History of Film and Cinema in Germany until 1945

CHRISTIANE KÖNIG
London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022

Karl Freund : The Life and Films

GAVIN SCHMITT
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2022




OF INTEREST



All Quiet on the Western Front, a filmic adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s blockbuster anti-war novel “Im Westen nichts Neues” (1929) by the German director Edward Berger, premieres in a subtitled version on Netflix on October 27, 2022. This film is also Germany’s entry for the 2023 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. See reviews of the German film in USA Today, NPR, and New York Times. The Dossier on the German reception of the 1930 American adaptation is forthcoming.

A new restoration by the Deutsche Kinemathek of Razzia in St. Pauli (Werner Hochbaum 1932) premiered this fall at the 2022 Budapest Classics Film Marathon.

The Haunted Screen is the title of a six-part narrative podcast about Weimar cinema (available through Apple or Google Podcasts and Spotify). The six episodes are written and presented by Travis Mushett, professor of film & media at Fordham University. They run between 60 and 90 minutes each and concentrate on the classic films and directors. They are remarkably well researched and easy to listen to. A brief article about the podcast can be found here. (Thanks to Rick Rentschler for the tip.)

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).