poccoverdesignWelcome to the website of The Promise of Cinema.

Bringing together hundreds of texts by theorists, intellectuals, and filmmakers, The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907-1933 documents the early twentieth century’s efforts to assimilate modernity’s most powerful medium. This website supplements the sourcebook and provides a research hub for those interested in early film theory. Alongside selections from the book, users will find a collection of German film-theoretical publications before 1933, links to films mentioned in the book, as well as suggestions for using the book for researching and teaching Weimar cinema. There are also illustrations of relevant film-technological devices and links to extensive online resources. In addition, the site features further texts in translation and original essays by scholars that engage with material from the book, as well as a creative rubric that explores media-theoretical concepts and constellations. We welcome contributions from users. Should you have relevant texts, announcements, reflections, or media material, please contact the editors.

All scanned texts are either in the public domain or comply with U.S. fair use guidelines. For original scholarly essays and translations, the copyright rests with the authors.

The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907-1933. Edited by Anton Kaes, Nicholas Baer, and Michael Cowan. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. More information at the University of California Press and on Amazon. For editorial reviews, please click here.