Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966) was a film critic and independent sociologist and theorist. He is the author of The Mass Ornament and Theory of Film (Princeton). Leonardo Quaresima is professor of film history and criticism and director of cinema studies at the University of Udine.
One of the great works of film history, this look at early German cinema, first published in 1947, is still a must-have for cineastes and scholars alike. --H. J. Kirchhoff, Toronto Globe and Mail The book is an invaluable guide to a golden period of cinema. --Christopher Wood, Times The thesis of this unusually interesting book is that the German films of the twenties were filled with premonitions of the German totalitarianism of the thirties. --Nation