Most of the well-known films of early German cinema are mentioned in the book, but the book also offers a wealth of background texts that can help bring the best-known films to life. Below is a sample syllabus matching texts from the book with some of the essential films of the Wilhelmine and Weimar eras.

Student of Prague (1913)

Das Kabinett des Dr Caligari (1919)

Opus 1 (1921) and abstract animation

Der müde Tod (1922)

Der letzte Mann (1925)

Der heilige Berg (1926 Metropolis (1927)

Berlin. Die Sinfonie der Großtadt (1927)

Menschen am Sonntag (1930)

Der blaue Engel (1930)