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Janis Plotkin: Femmes Fatales, Monsters and Murderers – the Jewish Presence in Weimar Cinema (Virtual on Zoom)
January 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Many of the creators of early German cinema (1918 – 1933) were Jewish immigrants to Berlin from Eastern Europe. German Expressionist cinema, a revolutionary innovation, found Jews both in front of or behind the camera. The class features cinematic masterpieces that foreshadow the coming political storms. Femmes fatales and monsters abound in: THE BLUE ANGEL, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, THE GOLEM, and M.
Format: Introduction, film screening, post-film conversation.
- January 18: https://youtu.be/b4HH4hDmM64
- January 25: https://youtu.be/QbjXuySrf60
- February 1: https://youtu.be/evyn_jVZWXk
- February 8: https://youtu.be/yI4iFvZY0MA
BLUE ANGEL, 1930 – Joseph von Sternberg, Director
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, 1919 – Robert Wiene, Director https://www.kinolorber.com/film/thecabinetofdrcaligari2014restoration
THE GOLEM, 1920 – Paul Wegener, Carl Boese, Directors
M- 1930, Fritz Lang -Director
Suggested Background Reading:
The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch 1843 – 1933
Amos Elon. Picador 2002
The World of Yesterday
Newly translated by Anthea Bell 2009, University of Nebraska Press