The Resource Hollywood in Berlin : American cinema and Weimar Germany, Thomas J. Saunders

Hollywood in Berlin : American cinema and Weimar Germany, Thomas J. Saunders

Label
Hollywood in Berlin : American cinema and Weimar Germany
Title
Hollywood in Berlin
Title remainder
American cinema and Weimar Germany
Statement of responsibility
Thomas J. Saunders
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • American motion pictures not only entertained all social classes and film tastes in Weimar Germany but also served as a vehicle for American values and a source of sharp economic competition. In Hollywood in Berlin, Saunders examines the significance of Hollywood's presence in Germany through an analysis of the imported films and the commercial, social, and artistic discourses which they generated. He explores the phases of audience and critical appreciation of Hollywood - from avid curiosity and enthusiasm through growing disenchantment and saturation - as they relate to the ever-expanding front of the American film invasion. His fascinating discussion of Erich von Stroheim's Greed, which opened in Germany in 1926, shows how closely the violent reaction to the film on the part of critics and moviegoers alike paralleled the swelling fear of Amerikanismus and its perceived challenge to traditional German values. By correlating Hollywood's changing contribution to Weimar culture with the multiple contexts in which the films and their values were received, Hollywood in Berlin illuminates a vital moment of cultural encounter in the twentieth century. In addition, it successfully restores to the study of Weimar cinema its long-neglected international context and historicizes the ongoing struggle to safeguard the specificity of national cinemas from domination by Hollywood
  • Charlie Chaplin, Hollywood's most famous film star, went almost unnoticed when he visited Berlin in 1921. Three years later, Jackie Coogan was mobbed by Berlin fans. Within two years after that, audiences were protesting with howls and angry whistling against the American motion pictures that dominated Berlin's leading theaters. Yet before the decade was over they were lining up to hear Al Jolson sing in their first experience of sound film. These roller-coaster reactions are engagingly documented by Thomas Saunders as he explores an outstanding example of one of this century's most important cultural developments: global Americanization through the motion picture. The setting is Berlin, the cultural heart of Central Europe and home of the only film industry after World War I to rival Hollywood's. The invasion by American films, which began in 1921 with overlapping waves of sensationalist serials, slapstick shorts, society pictures, and historical epics, initiated a decade of cultural collision and accommodation. It fueled an impassioned debate about the properties of cinema and the spectre of wholesale Americanization, while facilitating unprecedented levels of cultural and economic exchange
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
791.43/0943
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1993.5.G3
LC item number
S34 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Weimar and now
Series volume
6
Label
Hollywood in Berlin : American cinema and Weimar Germany, Thomas J. Saunders
Publication
Note
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-325) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The setting: Weimar Germany and the motion picture -- German-American film relations: competition and cooperation -- Hollywood in Berlin: the initiation, 1921-1923 -- The Hollywood invasion: Amerikanismus and Amerikamudigkeit -- Excursus: popular culture and American hegemony -- Comic redemption: the slapstick synthesis -- German-American production in Hollywood and the meaning of national cinema -- The coming of sound and the waning of America
Control code
ocm44960123
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 332 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520083547
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36896676
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44960123
  • acls0520083547

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