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NosferatuA Symphony of Horror$
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Cristina Massaccesi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780993238451

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780993238451.001.0001

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(p.13) Chapter 1 – Contexts
(p.3) Devil’s Advocates

Cristina Massaccesi

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses how Nosferatu (1922), along with many other of the films produced during the Weimar Republic and despite its apparent detachment from current events, can be doubtlessly interpreted as a vehicle to express the inner anxiety and unrest that were at work in Germany during the dramatic and unruly years that followed the end of the First World War. To fully understand the film, one needs to be able to orient oneself around the political and historical events that were triggered by the defeat in the world conflict and that precipitated the social and political situation in the country. These occurrences also had a strong — and unexpectedly positive — impact over Germany's cultural and cinematographic output that once unrestricted from the stuffy and backward climate of the old imperial order, became free to innovate and experiment with unprecedented enthusiasm. The chapter then looks at the Weimar cinematographic industry and the German Expressionist movement. It also explores the stylistic traits of Expressionist cinema.

Keywords:   Nosferatu, Weimar Republic, Germany, Weimar cinematographic industry, German Expressionist movement, Expressionist cinema

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