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Culture of Light Cinema and Technology in 1920s Germany






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Publisher:  University of Minnesota Press
Summary: Cinema is a medium of light. And during Weimar Germany's advance to technological modernity, light - particularly the representational possibilities of electrical light - became the link between the cinema screen and the rapid changes that were transforming German life. In Frances Guerin's compelling history of German silent cinema of the 1920s, the innovative use of light is the pivot around which a new conception o...f a national cinema, and a national culture emerges. Guerin depicts a nocturnal Germany suffused with light - electric billboards, storefronts, police searchlights - and shows how this element of the mise-en-scene came to reflect both the opportunities and the anxieties surrounding modernity and democracy. Guerin's interpretations center on use of light in films such as Schatten (1923), Variete (1925), Metropolis (1926), and Der Golem (1920). In these films we see how light is the substance of image composition, the structuring device of the narrative, and the central thematic concern. This history relieves German films of the responsibility to explain the political and ideological instability of the period, an instability said to be the uncertain foundation of Nazism. In unlocking this dubious link, A Culture of Light redefines the field of German film scholarship.

Guerin, Frances is the author of Culture of Light Cinema and Technology in 1920s Germany, published 2005 under ISBN 9780816642861 and 0816642869. One hundred four Culture of Light Cinema and Technology in 1920s Germany textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, four used from the cheapest price of $18.10, or buy new starting at $30.68.
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Culture of Light Cinema and Technology in 1920s Germany

ISBN-13: 9780816642861

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