Introduction
  Benjamin, Walter
  Bismarck, Otto v.
  Brecht, Bertolt
  Celan, Paul
  Döblin, Alfred
  Fontane, Theodor
  Grosz, George
  Grünbein, Durs
  Heartfield, John
  Honigmann, Barbara
  Isherwood, Christopher
  Johnson, Uwe
  Kleist, Heinrich v.
  Kollwitz, Käthe
  Kracauer, Siegfried
  Lang, Fritz
  Lasker-Schüler, Else
  Liebermann, Max
  Liebknecht, Karl
  Luxemburg, Rosa
  Marc, Franz
  Ossietzky, Carl v.
  Riefenstahl, Leni
  Ruttmann, Walther
  Schinkel, Karl Friedrich
  Speer, Albert
  Tieck, Ludwig
  Tucholsky, Kurt
  Ury, Lesser
  Varnhagen, Rahel
  Wenders, Wim

 

 
Kracauer, Siegfried

b. Feb. 8, 1889
d. Nov. 26, 1966


an influential German-Jewish film historian and theoretician best known for his championship of realism as the truest function of cinema. Cultural affairs editor (1920-33) of the Frankfurter Zeitung, Kracauer left Germany after the rise of Adolf Hitler, and during World War II he conducted research into Nazi propaganda films for New York's Museum of Modern Art. His From Caligari to Hitler (1947) was an exploration of the roots of Nazism in the German cinema of the 1920s. Kracauer's most important work, Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality (1960), argues--withmore intensity than consistency--for a cinema devoted to the presentationof real-life people in real-life situations in a style from which all theatrical or aesthetically formal elements would be excluded.

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