Weimar Republic (1918–33)

The era from 1918 to 1933, between the birth and death of a republic … Conjuring national myth on the screen was, from a left-wing point of view, the expression of an anti-republican attitude. Inversely, conservatives polemicized against “Proletkult” and films with social messages.
Ernst Lubitsch, F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang and G. W. Pabst were the era’s most prominent directors. Its stars were Pola Negri and Brigitte Helm, Emil Jannings and Otto Gebühr, Louise Brooks and Marlene Dietrich.
Everyday life and myths, triviality and trashiness, technology and horror: These were the elements that took shape in the films of the Weimar Republic. The warning signals that would herald the coming dictatorship were all too obvious.

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