The Long Century’s Long Shadow: Weimar Cinema and the Romantic Modern

By Kenneth S. Calhoon

© 2021

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.

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  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 54
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The Long Century’s Long Shadow explores what is cinematic about the developments in literature, art, and aesthetic thinking that emerged in Germany at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

The Long Century’s Long Shadow: Weimar Cinema and the Romantic Modern

By Kenneth S. Calhoon

© 2021

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 54
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The Long Century’s Long Shadow is a book that stays with one well after reading it. A luminous, fascinating, and deeply researched examination of the entwinement of Romanticism and modernism in German cinema of the Weimar period; Calhoon brings aesthetic intensity, historical range, and cinematic detail back into our understanding of the overall picture."


    Keya Ganguly, Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

    "Contrasting Weimar film classics with rigorous and wide-ranging interpretations of poetry, literature, painting, and sculpture spanning from Caspar David Friedrich to Disney’s Fantasia, The Long Century’s Long Shadow provides a highly original approach to German cultural history."


    Gerd Gemünden, Sherman Fairchild Professor of the Humanities and Professor of German Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College
  • Author Information

    Kenneth S. Calhoon is a professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Empathy Begets Abstraction

    2. Under the Sign of Insomnia

    3. Nightwatching

    4. A Pause in the Action

    5. Facing the Image

    6. Necessary Advances

    Epilogue: Music of the Third Kind

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