Weimar Culture Revisited
Edited by: John A. Williams
Contributing Author: David Imhoof
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Faculty-authored chapter: "Blue angel, brown culture : the politics of film reception in Göttingen," by David Imhoof This essay joins others in studying the vibrant, explosive, yet ultimately doomed culture of Weimar Germany. It details the political implications of Josef von Sternberg’s pathbreaking “Blue Angel,” the film that launched Marlene Dietrich’s career and rewrote assumptions about women in cinema. Although Germans from across the political spectrum liked the movie, this study of how it was received demonstrates that ultimately “The Blue Angel” strengthened male control of public life and bolstered the growing Nazi movement.