The Long Century's Long Shadow : Weimar Cinema and the Romantic Modern
Part of the German and European studies series
The Long Century's Long Shadow approaches German Romanticism and Weimar cinema as continuous developments, enlisting both in a narrative of reciprocal illumination.
The author investigates different moments and media as connected phenomena, situated at alternate ends of the "long nineteenth century" but joined by their mutual rejection of the neo-classical aesthetic standard of placid and weightless poise in numerous media, including film, painting, sculpture, prose, poetry, and dance. Connecting Weimar filmmaking to Romantic thought and practice, Kenneth S.
Calhoon offers a non-technological, aesthetic genealogy of cinema.
He focuses on well-known literary and artistic works, including films such as Nosferatu, Metropolis, Frankenstein, and Fantasia; the writings of Conrad, Kafka, Goethe, and Novalis; and the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, one of the leading artists of German Romanticism.
With an eye to the modernism of which Weimar filmmaking was a part, The Long Century's Long Shadow employs the Romantic landscape in poetry and painting as a mirror in which to regard cinema.