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Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality

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Siegfried Kracauer's classic study, originally published in 1960, explores the distinctive qualities of the cinematic medium. The book takes its place alongside works in classical film theory by such figures as B
Paperback, 488 pages
Published December 14th 1997 by Princeton University Press (first published 1960)
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David
Mar 05, 2008 David rated it it was ok
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Definitely worth a read. It's one of the notable works of film theory. I have problems with a lot of Kracauer's logic though.
Blair
Aug 30, 2013 Blair rated it really liked it
I personally feel that this is the bridge between the early onslaught of Nazi propagandism and the regime that followed. Kracauer is a visionary. His sense for where film belonged among popular culture is very valuable for understanding what happened during wartime Germany.
Rebecca Timberlake
Yet another book for my film class, so I only read about 2/3, but it was good. It was dense at times, and I had to re-read some things just to make sure I understood, but overall I liked the writing style.
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Fundamental.
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Born to a Jewish family in Frankfurt am Main, Kracauer studied architecture from 1907 to 1913, eventually obtaining a doctorate in engineering in 1914 and working as an architect in Osnabrück, Munich, and Berlin until 1920.

Near the end of the First World War, he befriended the young Theodor W. Adorno, to whom he became an early philosophical mentor.

From 1922 to 1933 he worked as the leading film a
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