From Caligari to Hitler

From Caligari to Hitler

Director: Rüdiger Suchsland

Screening time: 12.04.2016. 21:00

Screening location: Kino Tuškanac

Runtime: 118 min

Awards: 1 win and 1 nomination Venice Film Festival 2014 Won Bisato d'Oro Best Film Nominated Venezia Classici Award Best Documentary on Cinema


The history and meaning of German cinema during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) is told in this fascinating documentary. Siegfried Kracauer’s famous 1947 book From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film provides the starting point. The central thrust of Kracauer’s thesis was that popular Weimar-era cinema contained strong premonitions of the rise of Nazism. Documentary maker Ruediger Suchsland intelligently explores and expands upon Kracauer’s themes. Featuring magnificently restored clips from newsreels, forgotten films and classics including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, People on Sunday, Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler and M, this is a compelling excursion into the cultural, social and political climate of what would eventually give rise to the darkest chapter in Germany’s history. It’s a must-see for movie lovers.

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