2017-2018 History and Film Series

 

From Caligari to Hitler: History and Cinema in Interwar Germany,
1919-1932

This series follows the itinerary set by the classic work of film criticism, Siegfried Kracauer's 1947 book From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of German Film. Over the course of the fall of 2017 and Spring of 2018, we will explore the cultural unconscious of a nation struggling with its modernity through an examination of the films of Robert Weine, Fritz Lang,  F.W. Murnau, Arnold Fanck, and G.W. Pabst.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

dir. Robert Wiene

1h 7mins

Wildcat Theater
Thursday, September 7th, 7pm

 

Robert Wiene's expressionist masterpiece, tells the tale of an itinerant hypnotist who commands his unwitting somnambulist to murder his enemies and abduct a beautiful young woman.

 

Nosferatu (1922)

dir. F.W. Murnau

Silent, Black and White
1h 22mins

Wildcat Theater
Thursday, October 5th, 7pm

F.W. Murnau iconic adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula features Max Schreck as Count Orlok, a vampire who travels from the remote frontiers of Europe to terrorize a small German town.

 

The Holy Mountain (1926)

dir. Arnold Fanck

Silent, Black and White
1h 40min

Wildcat Theater
Thursday, November 2, 7pm
 

Undisputed master of the mountain film genre,  Arnold Fanck tells the story of an alluring dancer (Leni Riefenstahl) who is drawn with a rugged young engineer into a sublime, but deadly, alpine wilderness.

Sunrise (1927)

dir. F.W. Murnau

Silent, Black and White
1h 34mins
Wildcat Theater
Thursday, December 7, 7pm

A simple farmer is seduced by a sophisticated urbanite vacationing near his small rural village and is persuaded to murder his kindly wife. A change of heart brings the man to his senses, but only after his wife suspects the plot and flees.

 

Metropolis (1927)

dir. Fritz Lang

Silent, Black and White
2h 33mins
Wildcat Theater
Monday, January 22, 7pm

Future society is riven into two classes. The workers who toil like machines beneath the city's surface are incited to rebellion against their privileged masters by a deceptive female automaton.

 

The Last Laugh (1924)

dir. F.W. Murnau

Silent, Black and White
1h 30mins

Wildcat Theater
Monday, February 12, 7pm

An arrogant big city doorman is consigned in his old age to become a lowly bathroom attendant and becomes a laughing stock to friends and family. 

Pandora's Box (1929)

dir. G.W. Pabst

Silent, Black and White
1h 49mins

Wildcat Theater
Monday, March 12, 7pm

Based on Frank Wedekind's famed "Lulu" plays, G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box features Louis Brooks as the fallen young woman who brings powerful men to ruin. Driven herself to destitution, Lulu finds her own end in the murderous embrace of a sexual maniac. 

M (1931)

dir. Fritz Lang

 Black and White
1h 39mins

Wildcat Theater
Monday, April 9, 7pm

Driven to hysterical fear by the sexual predator in their midst, denizens of a large city mobilize a massive manhunt. The pursued man is trapped, but defends himself before an impromptu tribunal, explaining that he kills in spite of himself.

 

For questions, contact Brady Brower at mbrower@weber.edu.