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MODERNIST CINEMA

Film in the Weimar Republic

14 December 2018 to 24 March 2019

In the Weimar Republic, in the years between 1918 and 1933, film emerged as a new form of art. Dubbed the ‘seventh art’, it was experienced collectively and in public in the cinema. The rise of the modern mass medium was swift. Cinema in the 1920s provided scope for experimentation and formed the nucleus for today’s international film aesthetic. German film production and, with it, directors like Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and Fritz Lang and actors like Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings achieved worldwide recognition, and for a while the German film industry was seen as a serious competitor to Hollywood. The exhibition sheds light on what was new and original about the new medium and on its relationship and interplay with literature, the fine arts, architecture, psychology and socio-political developments. The mise-en-scène of the exhibition and a series of media installations foreground the ground-breaking innovations. Another focus is on the cinema-going public of the period whose perception of the world was substantially shaped by the novel cinematic language.

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€10/ €6.50 (concessions), Family ticket €16

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Show bibliography
Illustrations
  1. Still photograph, Die Frau im Mond, Germany 1929, direction: Fritz Lang, Source: Deutsche Kinemathek, © Horst von HarbouStill photograph, Die Frau im Mond, Germany 1929, direction: Fritz Lang, Source: Deutsche Kinemathek, © Horst von Harbou
  2. Still Photograph, M (Fritz Lang, 1931), Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv, Photo: Horst von Harbou© Horst von HarbouStill Photograph, M (Fritz Lang, 1931), Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv, Photo: Horst von Harbou
  3. Poster Design by Albin Grau, 1922, Nosferatu, (F. W. Murnau, 1922),Source: Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell AusserrhodenPoster Design by Albin Grau, 1922, Nosferatu, (F. W. Murnau, 1922), Source: Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden
  4. Still Photograph, Filmstudie, (Film Study, Hans Richter, 1928),Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – FotoarchivStill Photograph, Filmstudie, (Film Study, Hans Richter, 1928), Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv
  5. Erwin Splettstößer, Christl Ehlers, Brigitte Borchert and Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday, Robert Siodmak, Rochus Gliese, Edgar G. Ulmer, 1930),Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – FotoarchivErwin Splettstößer, Christl Ehlers, Brigitte Borchert and Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday, Robert Siodmak, Rochus Gliese, Edgar G. Ulmer, 1930), Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv
  6. Still Photograph, Der Fürst von Pappenheim, detail, (The Masked Mannequin, Richard Eichberg, 1927)Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – FotoarchivStill Photograph, Der Fürst von Pappenheim, detail, (The Masked Mannequin, Richard Eichberg, 1927)Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv
  7. Louise Brooks and Speedy Schlichter, Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (Diary of a Lost Girl, G. W. Pabst, 1929)Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – FotoarchivLouise Brooks and Speedy Schlichter, Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (Diary of a Lost Girl, G. W. Pabst, 1929) Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv
  8. Production still, Zigeuner der Nacht, Germany 1932, direction: Hanns Schwarz, Source: Deutsche Kinemathek,© Hans G. CaspariusProduction still, Zigeuner der Nacht, Germany 1932, direction: Hanns Schwarz, Source: Deutsche Kinemathek, © Hans G. Casparius
  9. Production Still of Die Dreigroschenoper, detail, (The Threepenny Opera), Germany/USA 1931, direction: G. W. Pabst, Source: Deutsche Kinemathek,© Deutsche Kinemathek – Hans G. CaspariusProduction Still of Die Dreigroschenoper, detail, (The Threepenny Opera), Germany/USA 1931, direction: G. W. Pabst, Source: Deutsche Kinemathek, © Deutsche Kinemathek – Hans G. Casparius
  10. Der Tanz der Maschinen-Maria (The dance of Robot Maria, Brigitte Helm) Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927), Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv, Photo: Horst von Harbou © Deutsche Kinemathek – Horst von HarbouDer Tanz der Maschinen-Maria (The dance of Robot Maria, Brigitte Helm), Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927), Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Fotoarchiv, Photo: Horst von Harbou © Deutsche Kinemathek – Horst von Harbou

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
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Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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