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Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism #45: Siegfried Kracauer's American Writings: Essays on Film and Popular Culture

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Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966), friend and colleague of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, was one of the most influential film critics of the mid-twentieth century. In this book, Johannes von Moltke and Kristy Rawson have, for the first time assembled essays in cultural criticism, film, literature, and media theory that Kracauer wrote during the quarter century he spent in America after fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. In the decades following his arrival in the United States, Kracauer commented on developments in American and European cinema, wrote on film noir and neorealism, examined unsettling political trends in mainstream cinema, and reviewed the contemporary experiments of avant-garde filmmakers. As a cultural critic, he also ranged far beyond cinema, intervening in debates regarding Jewish culture, unraveling national and racial stereotypes, and reflecting on the state of arts and humanities in the 1950s. These essays, together with the editors' introductions and an afterward by Martin Jay offer illuminating insights into the films and culture of the postwar years and provide a unique perspective on this eminent émigré intellectual.

Synopsis:

“We know Siegfried Kracauer as a brilliant Weimar essayist, a Frankfurt School fellow traveler, and a pioneering postwar film theorist. This collection of his American writings uncovers fascinating corners of his film and cultural criticism, firmly placing him in the context of the New York Intellectuals as well.”—Peter Decherney, author of Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet.

About the Author

Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966) was a member of the Frankfurt School, and is considered one of the great film critics of the 20th century.

Johannes von Moltke is Associate Professor of German Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, author of No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema, (UC Press).

Kristy Rawson is a graduate student in Screen Arts and Cultures at Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface: Notes on the Edition

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Affinities

Part I. A Cultural Critic in New York

1. Why France Liked Our Films (1942)

2. Hollywoods Terror Films (1946)

3. Jean Vigo (1947)

4. The Revolt against Rationality (1947)

5. On Jewish Culture (1947)

6. Filming the Subconscious (1948)

7. Psychiatry for Everything and Everybody (1948)

8. Those Movies with a Message (1948)

9. National Types as Hollywood Presents Them (1949)

10. The Mirror Up to Nature (1949)

11. Preston Sturges, or Laughter Betrayed (1950)

12. Art Today (1961)

13. About the State of the Humanities

14. A Statement on the Humanistic Approach

15. Talk with Teddie (1960)

Part II. Film Reviews

16. An American Experiment (1941)

17. Dumbo (1941)

18. Film Notes from Hollywood (1941)

19. A Few American Films (1941)

20. William Wylers New Bette Davis Film (1941)

21. Flaherty, The Land (1942)

22. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

23. Paisan (1948)

24. The Decent German (1949)

25. The Eternal Jew (1956)

26. A Few Notes on The Connection (1961)

Part III. Book Reviews

27. In Eisensteins Workshop (1943)

28. The Russian Director (1949)

29. The Movie Colony (1942)

30. A Lady of Valor (1947)

31. The Teutonic Mind (1948)

32. Consciousness, Free and Spontaneous (1948)

33. Indologian Holiday (1948)

34. Portrait in Film (1948)

35. Total Teaching (1949)

36. Pictorial Deluge (1950)

37. Movie Mirror (1950)

38. Réflexion faite (1952)

Part IV. Toward a Theory of Film

39. Stage vs. Screen Acting (1950)

40. The Photographic Approach (1951)

41. Silent Film Comedy (1951)

42. The Found Story and the Episode (1956)

43. Letter to film 56 (1956)

Afterword: Kracauer, the Magical Nominalist / Martin Jay

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520271838
Author:
Kracauer, Siegfried
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Martin
Author:
Jay, Martin
Author:
Jay
Author:
Von Moltke, Johannes
Author:
Moltke, Johannes Von
Author:
Rawson, Kristy
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism
Series Volume:
45
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w photograph
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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