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Chapter 5: Germany in the 1920’s

The reasons for growth for the German Film Industry after the war were:
The diminishing of anti-German sentiment in enemy countries.

A brief abolition of censorship was due to:
the leftist political climate in Germany, directly after the war.

Ernst Lubitsch
First German fim director hired to work in Hollywood.

Die Brücke (The Bridge)
A group of german expressionist painters

The Frame Story
A narrative technique of German Expressionist literature was adopted by screenwriter for Expressionist films.

During 1920’s Expressionist directors referred to the sets as:

In German Expressionist films, the narrative often pauses or slows briefly while:
Elements of mise-en-scene align into eye catching compositions.

Common tactics for blending elements of mine-en-scene in German expressionist film:
The juxtaposition of similar shapes
The use of stylized surfaces
The use of symmetry

Three major directors of German Expressionist era:
F.W. Murnau
Fritz Lang
Robert Wiene

Many Expressionist sets used false perspective to form an ideal composition when seen from a specific vantage point, limited the use of what angles?
High and Low angles.

German Narratives where commonly:
Told from the viewpoint of a mad narrator
Involved with elements of horror or fantasy
Set in the past

“Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler”
A Fritz Lang film used contemporary setting within modern German society for the purpose of social comment.

After nearly going bankrupt, the Ufa production company was bailed out by a loan from:
Hollywood movie studios

A significant factor of the decline of German Expressionist Cinema was:
The departure of Expressionist Filmmakers to the USA

In the 1920’s German Avant-garde became less concerned with extreme emotions and more focused on:
The social situation in German

In order to export films to the major market outside of Germany, the big German production companies made films in the mid-late 1920’s that:
Stylistically appeared virtually indistinguishable from Hollywood pictures.

German scenarist Carl Mayer is considered to be the main force behind:
The Kammerspiel genre.

What are the traits of the Kammerspiel genre?
Limited number of settings
An unhappy ending
A story that takes place in a short span of time

During the 1920’s HollyWood cinematographers and designers visited German studios in order to pick up tips on the use of:

“The Last Laugh”(1924) and “Variety”(1925) were both internationally renowned for their:
Spectacular camera movements.


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