9780851708836

Dietrich's Ghosts: The Sublime and the Beautiful in Third Reich Film

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    9780851708836

  • ISBN10:

    0851708838

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: British Film Institute

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Summary

This text looks at the star system under the Third Reich. Following the experiments of Weimar, much of cinema after 1933 became part of a wider Nazi backlash against modernism in all its forms. This study contributes to contemporary debates concerning the historical study of film spectatorship.

Author Biography

Erica Carter is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Warwick and author of How German is She?: Postwar West German Reconstruction and the Consuming Woman (1997).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii
List of abbreviations ix
INTRODUCTION 1(22)
Third Reich film and the fascist aesthetic
6(6)
Kant through Third Reich eyes
12(1)
Structure of the book
13(10)
1 FILM AS ART: A CINEMA OF PERSONALITY 23(33)
Film, personality and genius
26(7)
The 'personality' as cultural official
33(3)
The Ufa artistic committee
36(5)
The German Film Academy and the racial selection of genius
41(6)
Personality and genius as social fantasies
47(9)
2 THE ACTOR IN THE CINEMA OF PERSONALITY 56(28)
Actors versus stars
56(5)
Stars and personality
61(3)
Film acting and theatre
64(3)
Acting and physiognomy
67(5)
Personality and performance
72(12)
3 THE NEW FILM ART: EXHIBITION 84(24)
Cinema as theatre: the dramaturgy of reception
84(3)
Space-time transformations of spectatorship
87(15)
Spectatorship transformed?
102(6)
4 PERSONALITY AND THE VÍLKISCH SUBLIME: CARL FROELICH AND EMIL JANNINGS 108(28)
Carl Froelich as auteur-personality
110(2)
Froelich and camera
112(4)
Froelich and light
116(2)
Froelich versus Hollywood: star lighting in Traumulus
118(3)
Personality versus star: Jannings and Weissner
121(4)
Emil Jannings as sublime personality
125(3)
Jannings, spectatorship and the sublime
128(8)
5 MARLENE DIETRICH: FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE BEAUTIFUL 136(37)
Gender in the cinema of personality: the beautiful versus the sublime
137(6)
Film commentary contra the modern mass
143(2)
Dietrich as icon of beauty: The Scarlet Empress
145(4)
Eroticism and ambiguity: challenges to beautiful form
149(2)
Dietrich and the masquerade: The Devil is a Woman
151(4)
The masquerade in close-up: racial readings
155(3)
Desire: returning home to narrative
158(4)
Dietrich the prodigal daughter
162(11)
6 ZARAH LEANDER: FROM BEAUTIFUL IMAGE TO VOICE SUBLIME 173(30)
Leander as uncanny double
175(1)
Recruitment for the Reich, 1936
176(3)
Leander in German-language film, 1936-43
179(24)
7 LEANDER AS SUBLIME OBJECT 203(18)
War and the sublime
204(6)
Gender and the sublime
210(3)
The star system after Dietrich: Marlene's ghosts?
213(8)
Bibliography 221(16)
Index 237

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