Kafka Goes to the Movies
Since many of Kafka's visits to the cinema occurred during bachelor trips with Max Brod, Zischler's research took him not only to Kafka's native Prague but to film archives in Munich, Milan, and Paris. Matching Kafka's cinematic references to reviews and stills from daily papers, Zischler hunted down rare films in collections all across Europe. A labor of love, then, by a true man of the cinema, Kafka Goes to the Movies brims with discoveries about the pioneering years of European film. With a wealth of illustrations, including reproductions of movie posters and other rare materials, Zischler opens a fascinating window onto movies that have been long forgotten or assumed lost.
But the real highlights of the book are those about Kafka himself. Long considered one of the most enigmatic figures in literature, the Kafka that emerges in this work is strikingly human. Kafka Goes to the Movies offers an absorbing look at a witty, passionate, and indulgently curious writer, one who discovered and used the cinema as a place of enjoyment and escape, as a medium for the ambivalent encounter with modern life, and as a filter for the changing world around him.
Theatre Library Association: George Freedley Memorial Award
Theatre Library Association: Richard Wall Memorial Award (TLA Book Award)
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The Kaiser Panorama
That White Slave Girl Again
Paris in Dotted Lines, or the Theft of the Mona Lisa
Torn Away, or Lützow's Wild Chase
The Arbitrary Example, or The Other
An Invisible Sight, or The Heartbreaker
The Movie Queen
The Light...the Screen...Slaves of Gold
Au Revoir and Déjà Vu
Afternoon, Palestine Film