Into the Mouth of the Moloch

Janet Ward

in Weimar Surfaces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924734 | DOI:
Into the Mouth of the Moloch

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The excellent age of German silent film, coinciding as it did with the emergence of the New Objectivity out of the inverted spirit of expressionism, was experienced as an architectural event. In this conscious architecturalization of film, the 1920s German film industry surpassed more than any other national cinema of any era. Weimar cinema was a technological façade that projected moving three-dimensional images about modernity to audiences sitting before a two-dimensional screen—just as the vision of city life shown to the protagonist of Karl Grunes's 1924 film The Street (Die Strabe) comes to him initially like a film projected on the wall of his room. Obviously, the surfaces of the film were like the temptations of the city for Grune's protagonist, hard to resist, the cinema in 1920s Germany, and become one of the largest industries in the country.

Keywords: expressionism; architecturalization; Die Strabe; Grune; Karl Grunes

Chapter.  18496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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