Special Effects and German Silent Film: Techno-Romantic Cinema (Film Culture in Transition) (Hardcover)

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In recent decades, special effects have become a major new area of research in cinema studies. For the most part, they have been examined as spectacles or practical tools. In contrast, Special Effects and German Silent Film, foregrounds their function as an expressive device and their pivotal role in cinema's emergence as a full-fledged art. Special effects not only shaped the look of iconic films like Nosferatu (1922) or Metropolis (1927), but they are central to a comprehensive understanding of German silent film culture writ large. This book examines special effects as the embodiment of a "techno-romantic" paradigm that seeks to harness technology - the epitome of modern materialism - as a means for accessing a spiritual realm. Employed to visualize ideas and emotions in a medium-specific way, special effects thus paved the way for film art.

About the Author


Katharina Loew is Assistant Professor of German and Cinema Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Product Details
ISBN: 9789463725231
ISBN-10: 9463725237
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Language: English
Series: Film Culture in Transition