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Elsaesser, Thomas 1943-2019

Works: 139 works in 675 publications in 4 languages and 23,710 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Motion pictures  Drama  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Silent films  Biographies  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Translator, Commentator, Publishing director, Creator, Author of introduction, Author of screenplay, fmd, pan
Classifications: PN1993.5.G3, 791.430943
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Most widely held works about Thomas Elsaesser
Most widely held works by Thomas Elsaesser
The last great American picture show : new Hollywood cinema in the 1970s by T Elsässer( )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 2,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s has remained a Golden Age. As the old studio system gave way to a new generation of American auteurs, directors such as Peter Bogdanovich, Bob Rafelson, Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman helped create an independent cinema. The protests against the Vietnam War, the Civiel Rights movement and feminism saw the emergence of an entirely different politcal culture
European cinema : face to face with Hollywood by Thomas Elsaesser( )

31 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fassbinder's Germany : history, identity, subject by Thomas Elsaesser( )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ch. 7 (p. 175-195), "Frankfurt, Germans and Jews: 'The City, Garbage and Death'", discusses Fassbinder's controversial play, written in 1975. Its first performance in Frankfurt in 1985 caused a scandal - it was perceived by many as an antisemitic work. Contends that the play was misread - it is not antisemitic, although it depicts antisemitism. The hero, called "The Rich Jew", is a cliché, a composite figure which German antisemitism has for centuries projected onto the Jews. It is the "Other" who embodies the fears of postwar West Germans, and serves as the object of their hatred toward their former victims. The existence of such a figure allowed the Germans to view Germany as a nation of victims and to ignore any other type of victim
A second life : German cinema's first decades by Thomas Elsaesser( )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

German cinema is best known for its art cinema and its long line of outstanding individual directors. The double spotlight on these two subject has only deepened the obscurity surrounding the popular cinema. A Second Life<i/> performs a kind of archaeology on a period largely overlooked: the first two decades of German cinema. This collection of essays by established authors refocuses the terms of a debate that will develop in the years to come concerning the historical and cultural significance of popular cinema in Wilhelmine Germany
Writing for the medium : television in transition by Thomas Elsaesser( )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television
Film history as media archaeology : tracking digital cinema by Thomas Elsaesser( )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since cinema has entered the digital era, its very nature has come under renewed scrutiny. Countering the 'death of cinema' debate, this book presents a robust overall argument for cinema's current status as a new epistemological object of interest to philosophers, while also examining the presence of moving images in museum and art spaces as a challenge for art history
Studying contemporary American film : a guide to movie analysis by Thomas Elsaesser( )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How should the student set about analysing contemporary American cinema? This book takes an innovative approach to film analysis: each chapter examines the assumptions behind one traditional theory of film, distils a method of analysis from it, and then analyses a contemporary American movie. It then goes beyond the traditional theory by analysing the same movie using a more current theory and method. Traditional theories featured include mise en scene criticism, auteurism, structural analysis, narratology, studies of realism, psychoanalysis, and feminism. More current theories include new and post-Lacanian approaches to subjectivity, cognitivism, computerised statistical style analysis, the philosophy of modal logic, new media theory, and deconstruction. Films analysed include Chinatown, Die Hard, The Silence of the Lambs, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Back to the Future, Lost Highway, plus two European imitations of American filmmaking, The English Patient and The Fifth Element. All students of film and popular culture will find this book ideal preparation for writing clear, well-structured, detailed analysis of their favourite American movies."--Jacket
Harun Farocki : working on the sight-lines by Harun Farocki( )

16 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this monograph - the first critical publication on Farocki in English - leading scholars from the United States, France and Germany assess his work from differing perspectives, bringing to bear a range of theoretical and political concerns as well as reflecting on his exemplary biography as a film director, artist and media theorist." "The analytical essays are complemented by interviews, a selection of writings by Farocki himself and an extensive filmography."--Jacket
New German cinema : a history by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

36 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aim of this study of contemporary German cinema is to set the significant films and film-makers in their proper context. The author explains the nature of the German film industry, the cultural inheritance of its film-makers, and the social and political climate within which they work
Metropolis by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

39 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores the cultural phenomenon of Metropolis, its different versions, its changing meanings, and its role as a storehouse of database of the 20th century
Weimar cinema and after : Germany's historical imaginary by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and German and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

German cinema of the 1920s is still regarded as one of the 'golden ages' of world cinema. Films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora's Box and The Blue Angel have long been canonised as classics, but they are also among the key films defining Germany as a nation uneasy with itself. The work of directors like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst - having apparently announced the horrors of fascism, while testifying to the traumas of a defeated nation - still casts a long shadow over cinema in Germany, leaving film history and political history curiously intertwined. Weimar cinema and after: Germany's historical imaginary offers a fresh perspective on this most 'national' of national cinemas, re-evaluating such labels as 'Expressionist film' and 'The new Sobriety' and even putting 'fascinating fascism' and film noir in a different, international context. Thomas Elsaesser questions the conventional readings which link these genres and movements solely to the legacy of German romanticism and nationalism, and offers new approaches to analysing the function of national cinema in an advanced 'culture industry'. Elsaesser reads the major films as well as popular entertainment cinema against the contradictory background of avant-garde modernity and consumerist modernisation from the 1920s to the late 1930s. He argues that Weimar cinema's significance lay less in its ability either to promote socialism or predict fascism than in its contribution to the creation of a community sharing a 'historical imaginary' rather than a 'national identity'. In this respect, German cinema in the Weimar period anticipated some of the problems facing contemporary nations in reconstituting their identities by means of media images, memory and invented traditions. -- from back cover
Early cinema : space, frame, narrative by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the twenty years preceding the First World War, cinema rapidly developed from a fairground curiosity into a major industry and social institution, a source of information and entertainment for millions of people. Only recently have film scholars and historians begun to study these early years of cinema in their own right and not simply as first steps towards the classical narrative cinema we now associate with Hollywood. The essays in this collection trace the fascinating history of how the cinema developed its forms of storytelling and representation and how it evolved into a complex industry with Hollywood rapidly acquiring a dominant role. These issues can be seen to arise from new readings of the so-called pioneers--Méliès, Lumière, Porter, and Griffith--while also suggesting new perspectives on major European filmmakers of the 1910s and 20s. Editor Thomas Elsaesser complements the contributions from leading British, American, and European scholars with introductory essays of his own that provide a comprehensive overview of the field. The volume is the most authoritative survey to date of a key area of contemporary film research, invaluable to historians as well as to students of cinema [Publisher description]
Film theory : an introduction through the senses by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is the relationship between cinema and spectator? That is the central question for film theory, and renowned film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener use this question to guide students through all of the major film theories' from the classical period to today' in this insightful, engaging book. Every kind of cinema (and film theory) imagines an ideal spectator, and then imagines a certain relationship between the mind and body of that spectator and the screen. Using seven distinctive configurations of spectator and screen
Die Büchse der Pandora : Variationen auf das Thema Frank Wedekinds Lulu = Pandora's box : variations on the theme of Frank Wedekind's Lulu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in German and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her
The BFI companion to German cinema by British Film Institute( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmtheorie zur Einführung by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2019 in German and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinema futures : Cain, Abel or cable? : the screen arts in the digital age( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cinema Futures: Cain, Abel or Cable? presents a careful and forceful argument about predictions that tend to be made when new technologies appear. Examining the complex dynamics of convergence and divergence among the audio-visual media, the authors are realistic in their estimate of the future of the cinema's aesthetic identity, and robustly optimistic that the different social needs audiences bring to the public and domestic media will ensure their distinctiveness, as well as the necessary openness of cultural meaning and creative input."--BOOK JACKET
German cinema-- terror and trauma : cultural memory since 1945 by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, Thomas Elsaesser reevaluates the meaning of the Holocaust for postwar German films and culture, while offering a reconsideration of trauma theory today. Elsaesser argues that Germany's attempts at 'mastering the past' can be seen as both a failure and an achievement, making it appropriate to speak of an ongoing 'guilt management' that includes not only Germany, but Europe as a whole
The persistence of Hollywood by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most influential figures in the study of classical Hollywood cinema examines various paradigms for reading Hollywood and its cinema. Thomas Elsaesser considers the applicability of classical film theory and alternatives to it
Rainer Werner Fassbinder by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in German and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Studying contemporary American film : a guide to movie analysis
European cinema : face to face with HollywoodFassbinder's Germany : history, identity, subjectA second life : German cinema's first decadesWriting for the medium : television in transitionStudying contemporary American film : a guide to movie analysisHarun Farocki : working on the sight-linesNew German cinema : a historyMetropolis
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Elsaeseris Tomas

Elsaesser, T. 1943-

Elsaesser, T. 1943-2019

Elsaesser, T.P. 1943-

Elsaesser, Th 1943-

Elsaesser, Th. 1943-2019

Elsaesser, Thomas, 1943-

Elsaesseris Thomas

Elsaser, Tomas

Thomas Elsaesser deutscher Filmwissenschaftler

Thomas Elsaesser Duits historicus

Thomas Elsaesser film historian and professor of Film and Television Studies

Thomas Elsaesser German film historian

Thomas Elsaesser professor académico alemão

Thomas Elsaesser tysk professor

אלזסר, תומס

אלססר, תומס

엘새서, 토마스 1943-

엘세서, 토마스 1943-

エルセサー, トマス


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