These pages gather films that can be paired with selected chapters and texts from the book. The material is intended to help bring the readings to life. Users looking for better-quality copies of the films below can consult the following lists of German films on DVD: 


  

1927-1933

 

1927

Berlin. Sinfonie der Großstadt / Berlin: Symphony of the Metropolis

Walter Ruttmann (61 min.)

See Ruttmann, “How I Made My Berlin Film,” text no. 207

Ruttmann, “The Absolute Fashion,” text no. 208

 

 

 

1927

Gespensterstunde / The Ghostly Hour

Curt Schumann (4 min.)

See chapter 16, Film as Knowledge and Persuasion

Arthur Lassally, Film Advertising and Advertising Films, text no. 240

Nikolaus, Advertising and Its Psychological Effects, text no. 246 

 

 

1927

 

Metropolis (Restored film)

Fritz Lang (150 min. with English subtitles)

See chapter 3, The Time Machine
chapter 9, The Specter of Hollywood
chapter  11, The Mobilization of the Masses
chapter 12, Chiffres of Modernity
chapter 13, The Expressionist Turn
chapter 14, Avant-garde and Industry
chapter 15, The Aesthetics of Silent Film
chapter 18, Technology and the Future of the Past

 

 

 

1927

Siren of the Tropics

Mario Nelpas, Henri Étiévant (4 min.), excerpt with Josephine Baker

See chapter 12, Chiffres of Modernity

Anonymous, The Charleston in One Thousand Steps, text no. 56

Giese, Revue and Film, text no. 181

 

 

 

1928

The Circus

Charlie Chaplin

See chapter 12, Chiffres of Modernity; chapter 9, The Specter of Hollywood

Benjamin, Chaplin in Retrospect, text no. 182

 

 

 

1929

Im Schatten der Maschine

Albrecht Viktor Blum (22 min.)

See Blum, “Documentary and Artistic Film,” text no. 45

 

 

 

1929

Chelovek s kino-apparatom / The Man with a Movie Camera

Dziga Vertov (69 min.)

See chapter 11, The Mobilization of the Masses; chapter 14, Avant-garde and Industry

Anonumous, “Candid” Cinematography, text no. 215

 

 

 

 

 

1929 

Melodie der Welt

Walter Ruttmann (48 min.)

See chapter 17: Sound Waves

Ruttmann, “The Absolute Fashion,” text no. 208

Ruttmann, “The Isolated Artist,” text no. 213.

Pinschewer, “Film Advertising,” text. no. 237

Ruttmann, “Principles of Sound Film,” text no. 250

 

 

 

1929

Mickey Mouse Plane Crazy

Walt Disney (6 min.)

See chapter 12: Chiffres of Modernity; chapter18, Technology and the Future of the Past

Benjamin, Micky Mouse, text no. 185

Diebold, The Future of Mickey Mouse, text no. 277

 

 

 

1930

All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone (131 min.)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Trailer)

See chapter 8, Image Wars

Kracauer, All Quiet on the Western Front, text no. 124

Tucholsky, Against the Ban on the Remarque Film, text no. 125

 

 

 

1930

Anna Christie

Clarence Brown, with Greta Garbo (2 min. Whiskey Scene in German)

See Chapter 10, Cinephilia and the Cult of Stars;

Kracauer, Garbo, text 61

Brod and Thomas, Love on Film, text no. 154

A.K., Done with Hollywood, text no. 139

 

 

 

1930

Der Blaue Engel / The Blue Angel

 

trailer in German

See chapter 9, The Spectre of Hollywood

Chapter 10, Cinephilia and the Cult of Stars

 

 

 

1930

Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau/Lightplay Black White Gray

Lázló Moholy-Nagy (6 min.)

See chapter 14

 

 

 

1930

Menschen am Sonntag / People on Sunday

Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, et al. 74 min. English subtitles)

See chapter 10 Cinephilia and the Culture of Stars

Chapter 12, Chiffres of Modernity

Chapter 15 Aeshtetics of Silent Films

 

 

 

1930

Amateur Film from Vienna 

Familie Rauchfuss (2 min.)

(from Stadtfilm Wien)

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See “Vienna is Filming!,” text no. 148

 

 

 

1930

Roter Wedding / Red Wedding

Documentary Photographs

See chapter 11, The Mobilization of the Masses

 

 

 

1930

Westfront 1918

G.W. Pabst (88 min., with English subtitles

See chapter 8, Image Wars

 

 

 

1932

Kuhle Wampe oder Wem gehört die Welt? / Kuhle Wampe or Who Owns the World?

Slatan Dudow and Bertolt Brecht (61 min., English subtitles)

See chapter 11, “The Mobilization of the Masses”

Brecht, “The Threepenny Lawsuit,” 1931, text no. 171

Ihering, “The Banned Kuhle Wampe,” 1932, text. 172