German Silent Films



Entries on my website
·       Der Geheimnisvolle Klub – Joseph Delmont, 1913, 40’.  http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=59
·       Im Lebenswirbel - Heinz Schall, 1916, 75’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=46
·       Nach dem Gesetz - Willy Grunwald, 1919, 79’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=46
·       Heddas Rache - Jaap Speyer, 1919, 67’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=52
·       Nerven – Robert Reinert, 1919, 110’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=68
·       Der Golem – Paul Wegener, 1920, 86’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=10
·       Hanneles Himmelfahrt – Peter Urban Gad, 1922, 105’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=104
·       Raskolnikov (Robert Wiene, 1923, 151’). http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=55
·       Erdgeist – Leopold Jessner, 1923, 90’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=98
·       Schatten - Arthur Robinson, 1923, 85’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=37
·       Der Demütige und die Sängerin - E.A. Dupont, 1925, 90’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=49
·       Der Anwalt des Herzens - Wilhelm Thiele, 1927, 84’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=49
·       Bigamie - Jaap Speyer 1927, 98’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=52
·       Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grossstadt – Walter Ruttmann, 1927, 79’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=48
·       Asphalt – Joe May, 1929, 94’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=2
·       Tagebuch einer Verlorenen – G.W. Pabst, 1929, 125’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=100
·       Menschen am Sonntag (Robert Siodmak & Edward G. Ulmer, 1930, 76’). http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=18
·       Weltstadt in Flegeljahren – Heinrich Hauser, 1931, 67’. http://www.peterbosma.info/?p=blog&blog=25
 
Some screenings at the Dutch Filmmuseum
 
Found footage films
Die Verlorenen is based on footage from Berlin in the 1930s. The rise of Nazi Germany in these troubled years put an end to the production of Die Verlorenen. Reynolds discovered, remade and completed the film between 2011 and 2013. Nearly all scenes were shot in public art spaces like the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Sprengel Museum in Berlin.
The young English writer Christopher joins a cabaret in Berlin consisting of an eccentric old man, young artists, dancers, performers and musicians. Down in the basement, Christopher witnesses experiments that negotiate the terrain between life and death and are enigmatic rather than scientific.The title refers to the work Christopher Isherwood began to write after having lived in Berlin between 1929 and 1933. ‘The lost’ not only alludes to ‘the erring and the damned’ as a reminder of the tragic political events taking place in Germany, but also refers to individuals cast out by polite society.
Screened at EYE Film Institute Netherlands, 11 October 2015, with musical accompaniment by Gerard Bouwhuis (piano), Heleen Hulst (violin and foley), Jellantsje de Vries (viola and foley).
 
Early German sound films
·       Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück (Phil Jutzi, 1929)
·       Melodie der Welt (Walter Ruttmann, 1929)
·       Die Dreigroschen Oper (G.W. Pabsit, 1931)
·       Berlin Alexanderplatz (Phil Jutzi, 1931)
·       Razzia in St.Pauli (Hochbaum 1932). English title: Raid in St. Pauli.
·       Die verliebte Firma (M. Ophüls1932)
·       Die lachende Erben (M. Ophüls, 1933)
·       Morgen beginnt das Leben (Werner Hochbaum, 1933)
·       Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (Luis Trenker, 1936)
·       Zu Neuen Ufern (Douglas Sirk, 1937)
·       Berlin: Gigant der Arbeit, Stadt der Schönheit (Leo de Laforgue, 1936-1939)
 
Further Reading
·       Eisner, L.H.  (1969) The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt. Berkeley: Univesity of California Press.
·       Isenberg, N. (ed. 2009), Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to the Classic Films of the Era, New York: Columbia University Press.
·       Pflaum, H.G. (2002) German Silent Movie Classics, Wiesbaden: Friedrich-Wilhelm Maurnau Stiftung / München: Transit Film GmbH.
·       Roberts, I. (2008) German Expressionist Cinema: The World of Light and Shadow, London and New York: Wallflower.