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Contemporary debates, German Film, German History

Renewed Interest in Weimar Culture and Architecture

For an entire semester our German 200 seminar has explored Weimar Germany’s history and culture from multiple perspectives. Here are a few links to current exhibitions and shows that demonstrate the timeliness of our investigations.

The MOMA in New York has two exhibits, one focusing on kitchen design and, especially, on the famous “Frankfurter Küche” designed by Austrian architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926-27.

Frankfurter Küche

Click here to get to the MOMA exhibition site.

Also to be found at the MOMA is a new exhibition, starting today, about Weimar Cinema, called “Daydreams and Nightmares.” The New York Times has a review of the exhibition:

German cinema of the Weimar years has given us some of the most famous images in film history: Cesare the somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) loping through the crooked alleys of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” the proud hotel doorman (Emil Jannings) reduced to a quivering washroom attendant in “The Last Laugh,” the robot Maria (Brigitte Helm) coming to life circled by rising rings of electricity in“Metropolis.”

Yet these represent only a narrow sample of a vast national industry, which at its height was second only to Hollywood in the number of films it produced, some 200 to 500 a year.

Beginning Wednesday, “Weimar Cinema, 1919-1933: Daydreams and Nightmares,” a four-month, 81-film program at the Museum of Modern Art will help fill in some of the gaps in our perceptions of this rich and influential body of work. Programmed by Laurence Kardish of MoMA in cooperation with the Deutsche Kinemathek and theF.W. Murnau Foundation, the series includes not only perennial classics like Fritz Lang’s“M” (Dec. 9) and F. W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” (Dec. 12), but also dozens of titles that have been rediscovered and restored in recent years, many presented with English subtitles for the first time in the United States.

Read the full article here.

 

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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