Modern Cinema — Film in the Weimar Republic
The Weimar Republic was founded 100 years ago. On the occasion of this anniversary, we look back at the relationship between cinema and everyday culture, the innovations of the film trade and the emergence of film criticism and theory in the 1920s.
Like no other art form, cinema reflected the spirit of the modern era: fashion and sports, mobility and urban life, gender issues and the emergence of psychoanalysis characterize the films of the period, which would have a profound influence on international film aesthetics.
Screenplays, posters, props and cameras highlight film’s references to literature, arts, architecture and social developments. The exhibition also sheds light on the work of women behind the camera, who have frequently fallen into oblivion. It presents 21 women professionals within the film industry who played decisive roles as producers, directors, screenwriters, or set designers.
Along 19 main topics, we lead you through the "roaring 20s" – from the first cinema palaces right into the heart of Babylon Berlin and to the sudden end of artistic freedom under the National Socialists.
Artistic Director, Board: Rainer Rother
Executive Director, Board: Florian Bolenius
Artistic Director Bundeskunsthalle: Rein Wolfs
Executive Director Bundeskunsthalle: Patrick Schmeing
Curator: Kristina Jaspers
Media Curator: Nils Warnecke
Project Management Deutsche Kinemathek: Peter Mänz
Project Management Bundeskunsthalle: Susanne Annen, Angelika Francke
Curatorial assistance and scholarly research: Annika Haupts
Coordination: Vera Thomas
Scholarly Assistants: Anna Heizmann, Peter Riedl
Editor Deutsche Kinemathek: Karin Herbst-Meßlinger
Editor Bundeskunsthalle: Helga Willinghöfer
Translations: Gérard A. Goodrow
Design Exhibition Architecture and Graphics: Atelier Schubert, Stuttgart
Construction of Exhibition Architecture: Camillo Kuschel Ausstellungsdesign, Berlin
Exhibition mounts: Sabina Fernández-Weiß
Reproductions: d‘mage, Berlin
Engineering: Frank Köppke, Roberti Siefert
Media and Lighting Equipment: Stephan Werner
Media Editing: Stanislaw Milkowski
Graphic Design: Pentagram Design, Berlin
Head of Communications: Sandra Hollmann
Marketing: Linda Mann
Online Editor: Julia Schell
Press: Heidi Berit Zapke
Education: Jurek Sehrt
Guided Tours and Workshops: Jörg Becker, Kaaren Beckhof, Jürgen Dünnwald, Jessica Dürwald, Gitte Hellwig, André Meral
Our special thanks go to all colleagues of the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen.
A joint exhibition of Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin, and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.
The exhibition is supported by
In cooperation with
The Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek is funded by
Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien