The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945

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University of California Press, 1 jan. 1999 - 451 pagina's
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Universum-Film AG -- best known by its signature logo, Ufa -- was once the largest, most exciting movie company in Europe. Founded by the German High Command as a propaganda medium during World War I, and always central to Germany's nationalistic big-business interests, Ufa was also home to the most innovative talents of the Weimar Republic. Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, and Ernst Lubitsch were Ufa stars; Metropolis, The Blue Angel, and Dr. Mabuse were only a few of its finest works.

From its dazzling theaters, to its state-of-the-art studios and processing labs, from its comprehensive multimedia publicity campaigns to its avant-garde art films, Ufa challenged Hollywood for cultural dominance and market share in Jazz Age Europe. But the story grows darker after the simultaneous advent of sound films and National Socialism. The story of Ufa under Hitler, when technically superb films continued to be made, is the story of the corruption and destruction of this vital company by the state that had brought it into existence.

 

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THE UFA STORY: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945

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Kreimeier, former cultural editor of the German magazine Der Spiegel, traces the history of the film company that is synonymous with the golden era of German film. Ufa, the Universum Film ... Volledige review lezen

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Under the auspices of the Universum-Film AG (Ufa) film company, German cinema of the Twenties and early Thirties reached a high level of technical excellence and creativity. Hitler and propaganda ... Volledige review lezen

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Fade In
3
Preview
7
Part
27
Ludendorffs Golem and How It Came into the World
29
The Movies and Everyday Life During the War
34
The First Year of Ufa
38
Lay Down Your Arms Cinema and Revolution
48
Ufa Goes Abroad
61
The Year 1933
205
Converting Ufa into a StateControlled Company
221
Ufa and the Reich Film Guild
229
Consumerism Eroticism and Cinema in the Nazi State
236
Architecture Film and Death
247
Ufa under State Ownership
255
Newsreels Cultural Films and Education for War
266
Propaganda and Unpolitical Entertainment before the War
274

On the Way to Becoming a Major Film Power
65
Inflation and Expansion
76
Ufa Films in 192022
85
The Builders Guild in Ufas Studios
97
The Aesthetics of the Grandiose in Ufas Theaters
111
The Cathedral in Crisis
121
Ufa and the Intellectuals
131
Was There an Ufa Style? The Limits of Illusion
146
Ufa under Hugenberg
158
German Musicality and the Arrival of Sound Film
173
The Last Years of the Republic
186
Part
203
Soldiers of Art? The Stars of Ufa
289
Ufa Goes to War
303
Survival Is All That Matters
318
German Film Policy in the Occupied Countries
331
Goebbels and Melodrama
341
The End of UniversumFilm AG
354
Trailer
365
Epilogue
387
Fade Out
391
Notes and Sources
393
Index
419
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Klaus Kreimeier was cultural editor for Der Spiegel and has taught at the German Film and Television Academy. A freelance journalist, he lives in Berlin.

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