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Elsaesser, Thomas 1943-

Works: 115 works in 426 publications in 3 languages and 18,775 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Silent films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Motion pictures  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Film adaptations  Biography 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Other, Contributor, Honoree, Publishing director, Creator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, pan
Classifications: PN1993.5.G3, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Thomas Elsaesser
Most widely held works by Thomas Elsaesser
New German cinema : a history by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and German and held by 865 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
Die Büchse der Pandora : Variationen auf das Thema Frank Wedekinds Lulu = Pandora's box : variations on the theme of Frank Wedekind's Lulu by G. W Pabst( Visual )

7 editions published in 2006 in German and held by 759 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
Early cinema : space, frame, narrative( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 698 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]
Weimar cinema and after : Germany's historical imaginary by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and German and held by 609 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
The BFI companion to German cinema by British Film Institute( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film theory : an introduction through the senses by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is the relationship between cinema and spectator? This is the key question for film theory, and one that Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener put at the center of their insightful and engaging book, now revised from its popular first edition. Every kind of cinema (and every film theory) first imagines an ideal spectator, and then maps certain dynamic interactions between the screen and the spectator's mind, body and senses. Using seven distinctive configurations of spectator and screen that move progressively from 'exterior' to 'interior' relationships, the authors retrace the most importan
Studying contemporary American film : a guide to movie analysis by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last great American picture show : new Hollywood cinema in the 1970s by T Elsässer( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 428 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
Fassbinder's Germany : history, identity, subject by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and German and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of the most prominent and important authors of post-war European cinema. Thomas Elsaesser is the first to write a thoroughly analytical study of his work. He stresses the importance of a closer understanding of Fassbinder's career through a re-reading of his films as textual entities. Approaching the work from different thematic and analytical perspectives, Elsaesser offers both an overview and a number of detailed readings of crucial films, while also providing a European context for Fassbinder's own coming to terms with fascism
A second life : German cinema's first decades by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

15 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 328 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
European cinema : face to face with Hollywood by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cross section of European cinema since 1960. The interface of "world cinema"" and the rise of Asian cinemas, the International film festival circuit, the role of television and the changing aesthetics of auteur cinema are a broader framework of the forces at work on the European cinema
Cinema futures : Cain, Abel or cable? : the screen arts in the digital age( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 257 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
Filmtheorie zur Einführung by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in German and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harun Farocki : working on the sight-lines by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

14 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 207 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."--BOOK JACKET
Händler der vier Jahreszeiten The merchant of four seasons by Rainer Werner Fassbinder( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in German and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This despairing yet mordantly funny film charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor
Writing for the medium : television in transition by Lucette Bronk( Book )

17 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 192 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
The persistence of Hollywood by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 181 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
German cinema-- terror and trauma : cultural memory since 1945 by Thomas Elsaesser( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In German Cinema - Terror and Trauma Since 1945, 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. In a series of case studies, which consider the work of Konrad Wolf, Alexander Kluge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Herbert Achterbusch and Harun Farocki, as well as
Persona by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in Swedish and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An actress who has had a nevous breakdown and the lonely nurse who comes to care for her gradually assume each other's identity
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New German cinema : a history
Alternative Names
Elsaesser, T. 1943-

Elsaesser, T.P. 1943-

Elsaesser, Th 1943-

Elsaser, Tomas

Thomas Elsaesser deutscher Filmwissenschaftler

Thomas Elsaesser Duits historicus

Thomas Elsaesser film historian and professor of Film and Television Studies

אלססר, תומס

엘새서, 토마스 1943-

엘세서, 토마스 1943-

エルセサー, トマス

English (152)

German (28)

Swedish (2)

Early cinema : space, frame, narrativeWeimar cinema and after : Germany's historical imaginaryThe BFI companion to German cinemaFilm theory : an introduction through the sensesStudying contemporary American film : a guide to movie analysisThe last great American picture show : new Hollywood cinema in the 1970sFassbinder's Germany : history, identity, subjectA second life : German cinema's first decades