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The Emergence of Film Culture: Knowledge Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-Garde in Europe, 1919–1945

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The Emergence of Film Culture

Knowledge Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-Garde in Europe, 1919–1945

Edited by Malte Hagener

390 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-423-6 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (September 2014)

ISBN  978-1-78533-354-5 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (February 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78238-424-3 eBook

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“…the book offers a rich and articulated picture of the organization and building of film culture in interwar Europe, and proves to be very keen in disclosing unexplored corners of well-known national film histories (as the Italian and German ones), but also of little explored scenarios (such as Swedish film culture or the Yugoslavian case).” · Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

“[C]ontributes significantly to...a welcome turn among film historians who increasingly inscribe individual films, directors, and national practices within transnational, regional, and global film cultures...has the potential to become a key reference for critical approaches to film cultures in interwar Europe.”  ·  Steven Ungar, University of Iowa

“This newest anthology is a wonderful contribution to the field...offer[ing] valuable takes on the development of European film culture in the interwar period...[I]t goes beyond the usual suspects (say, France and Germany) to examine the flourishing of a new film culture in many other contexts throughout Europe.  There is an opening up of film historiography here in a way that is quite exciting and quite productive.”  ·  Dana Polan, New York University


Between the two world wars, a distinct and vibrant film culture emerged in Europe. Film festivals and schools were established; film theory and history was written that took cinema seriously as an art form; and critical writing that created the film canon flourished. This scene was decidedly transnational and creative, overcoming traditional boundaries between theory and practice, and between national and linguistic borders. This new European film culture established film as a valid form of social expression, as an art form, and as a political force to be reckoned with. By examining the extraordinarily rich and creative uses of cinema in the interwar period, we can examine the roots of film culture as we know it today.

Malte Hagener is Professor of Media Studies at Philipps Universität Marburg. He is the author of Moving Forward, Looking Back: The European Avant-garde and the Invention of Film Culture, 1919-1939 (Amsterdam UP 2007) and with Thomas Elsaesser of Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (Routledge 2010).

Subject: Film and Television Studies
Area: Europe


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