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Janis Plotkin: Femmes Fatales, Monsters and Murderers – the Jewish Presence in Weimar Cinema (Virtual on Zoom)

January 18, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Program Fee: Free

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.

4 sessions.

WATCH videos:

  1. January 18: https://youtu.be/b4HH4hDmM64
  2. January 25: https://youtu.be/QbjXuySrf60
  3. February 1: https://youtu.be/evyn_jVZWXk
  4. February 8: https://youtu.be/yI4iFvZY0MA


Trailer links:

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
Stefan Zweig
Newly translated by Anthea Bell 2009, University of Nebraska Press


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