Von Caligari zu Hitler

Von Caligari zu Hitler

Deutschland 2013/2014, Dokumentarfilm

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From Caligari to Hitler

The Weimar Republic, from 1918 to 1933, was the freest state on German soil; a wild era characterized by political disruption, economic crisis and cultural brilliance. It was also the most important period of German cinema, even to the present day. The aesthetic foundations were laid for the "seventh art"; Weimar's directors like Murnau, Lang, Lubitsch, Pabst, Sternberg and Ruttmann are still legendary today, and its stars are unforgotten.

Cinema concentrated many tendencies of the period after the First World War: a latent fear of destruction in German society as it danced on a volcano, between hedonist lust and inevitable crisis – an explosive mixture.

Siegfried Kracauer described this epoch in "Von Caligari zu Hitler", the best-known of German film books to date. It tells of world war trauma, the fear of crisis, and the longings for a leader in German film – in other words: the way in which film presaged the era of totalitarianism and anticipated its events. What does cinema know that we don't?

Suchsland's film investigates this question, tracing the diversity and riches of this film epoch. He shows that Weimar cinema was far more than Expressionism. It reflected the new possibilities, the sense of departure in a young republic.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Director:Rüdiger Suchsland
Screenplay:Rüdiger Suchsland (Konzept)
based on:Siegfried Kracauer
Director of photography:Harald Schmuck, Frank Reimann
Colour grading:Sebastian Göhs
Visual effects:Anke Trojan
Editing:Katja Dringenberg
Sound editor:Tobias Fritzsch
Sound:Tobias Schinko, Enrico Leube
Audio mixing:Tobias Fritzsch, Jürgen Schulz
Music:Henrik Albrecht, Michael Hartmann
Participation:Fatih Akin, Prof. Elisabeth Bronfen, Prof. Thomas Elsaesser, Volker Schlöndorff, Prof. Eric D. Weitz
Voice:Rüdiger Suchsland, Hans-Henrik Wöhler
Production company:LOOKS Filmproduktionen GmbH (Berlin)
in association with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz), Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (Wiesbaden), Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Berlin), Deutsches Filminstitut-DIF/Deutsches Filmmuseum (Frankfurt am Main), Filmmuseum München (DE), Praesens Film AG (Zürich)
Producer:Martina Haubrich, Gunnar Dedio
Producer (TV):Martin Pieper
Line producer:Jan Müller
Original distributor:Real Fiction Filmverleih (Köln)
Funding:Media Programm der EU (Brüssel), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Hessische Filmförderung (Frankfurt am Main), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel)
Length:119 min
Format:HD, 16.9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.11.2014, 148195, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (IT): 28.08.2014, Venedig, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 28.05.2015

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Originaltitel (DE) Von Caligari zu Hitler

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Length:119 min
Format:HD, 16.9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.11.2014, 148195, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (IT): 28.08.2014, Venedig, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 28.05.2015
 

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