In early March, a few hundred brave souls fought their way through blinding snow and arctic temperatures and traveled to Syracuse for “Cinefest,” the annual convention hosted by the Syracuse Cinephile Society.
Archival Spaces: Memory, Images, History
Even though I have been studying German silent cinema for more than four decades, I had not previously heard of the name Hanns Brodnitz, at least not until my recent trip to Berlin, when my long time colleague at the Deutsche Kinemathek, Gero Gandert, gave me a remarkable book by him . Brodnitz’ Kino intim (un
The German language has a few virtually untranslatable words, often made up of two other words. One of my favorites is Schadenfreude, which means joy at the misery of others. Another is Zerstörungswut, which translates as destroying with anger, but actually means the lust for destruction.
Film academics usually include a list of their “research interests” in their resumes and short biographies. As a film historian I have been sustained by and identified with research into the exile of German-speaking filmmakers from Berlin and Vienna after Hitler’s ascension to power in 1933. Beginning with my Louis B.