Tag Archives: Visual Culture

Weimar Cinema at Berlinale 2018

Bildschirmfoto 2017-11-24 um 15.30.32Weimar film fans have something to celebrate in 2018: the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale has just announced a whole section devoted to Weimar cinema next year, from Georg Lamprecht’s gritty proletarian drama Die Unehelichen (1926) to  Friedrich Dalsheim and Gulla Pfeffer’s ethnographic documentary Menschen im Busch (1931):”The Retrospective of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival will focus on the great variety of cinema in the Weimar era. Some one hundred years ago, at the end of World War I and the dawn of the Weimar Republic, one of the most productive and influential phases in German filmmaking began unfolding, a creative era that went on to shape international perception of the country’s film culture, even to the present day. For “Weimar Cinema Revisited”, the festival will present a total of 28 programmes of narrative, documentary, and short films made between 1918 and 1933. … Most of the silent film screenings will be accompanied by music played live by internationally renowned musicians.”

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Radio Feature on Marlene Dietrich

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Marlene Dietrich’s death, Resonance FM repeated Marlene Dietrich – Beyond Top Hat and Tails, a radio feature we posted about before. It is available to listen online until 13 May.

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933

august_sander_secretary_at_west_german_radio_in_cologne_1931_printed_1992A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool shows portraits of Weimar Germans by August Sander and Otto Dix: ‘Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933 presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) – two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.   Continue reading

Exhibition on Jazz Age fashion

A fashion illustration showing models wearing various party dresses.     Date: 20th June 1928

A fashion illustration showing models wearing various party dresses. Date: 20th June 1928

The Fashion & Textile Museum in London is currently showing clothing and fashion photography from the 1920s, “a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929”. According to the exhibition catalogue, “women’s clothing in the 1920s reflected dizzying social change on an unprecedented scale. From Paris and London to New York and Hollywood, the decade following the Great War offered the modern woman a completely new style of dressing.”

The exhibition programme includes Charleston dance classes and a talk by Caroline Cox about “1920s Hair & Beauty”. Continue reading

Pamela Hutchinson on the History of Silent Film

The journalist Pamela Hutchinson is regularly writing about the  history of silent film and its stars. For her column “Silent but deadly!“, appearing fortnightly in The Guardian, she has covered Clara Bow, Lotte Reiniger, and Rudolph Valentino. She also writes for Sight&Sound and Silent London. An interesting resource for any scholars of silent cinema!

Beyond Berlin: Working-class photography in the Ruhr area

Vor der Westfalenhütte, Dortmund, 1928-1933

Vor der Westfalenhütte, Dortmund, 1928-1933

The Ruhrmuseum Essen is currently hosting an exhibition of Erich Grisar’s documentary photography from 1928-1933. Grisar is primarily known as a working-class writer and journalist, and this new show puts his photography work centre-stage for the first time. Spiegel Online features a selection of photos from the exhibition.

The Eintänzer: a Social Type of the Weimar Republic

gigoloThe ‘New Woman’ is well known as a female (role) model and character in Weimar culture. But what about embodiments of Weimar masculinity? The traditional German image of manliness had taken a serious hit by the nation’s defeat in the war, so it is obvious that masculinity was as contentious a field as womanhood. However, there is not much research out there yet about this issue. Continue reading