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Enchanted by Cinema: Wilhelm Thiele between Vienna, Berlin, and Hollywood

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Volume 29

Film Europa

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Enchanted by Cinema

Wilhelm Thiele between Vienna, Berlin, and Hollywood

Edited by Jan-Christopher Horak and Andréas-Benjamin Seyfert

Foreword by David Thiele and Linda Thiele

374 pages, 20 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-536-2 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (May 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-537-9 eBook


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William Thiele is remembered today as the father of the sound film operetta with seminal classics such as Drei von der Tankstelle (1930). While often considered among the most accomplished directors of Late Weimar cinema, as an Austrian Jew he was vilified during the onset of the Nazi regime in 1933 and fled to the United States where he continued making films until the end of his career in 1960. Enchanted by Cinema closely examines the European musical film pioneer’s work and his cross-cultural perspective across forty years of filmography in Berlin and Hollywood to account for his popularity while discussing issues of ethnicity, exile, comedy, music, gender, and race.

Jan-Christopher Horak is former Director of UCLA Film & Television Archive. Previously he was Director at Munich Filmmuseum, and Curator, George Eastman Museum. He has had professorships in Rochester, Munich, Salzburg, UCLA, and Miami, and presently is teaching at Chapman. He has published more than three hundred articles and reviews in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Japanese, and Hebrew publications.

Andréas-Benjamin Seyfert is PhD candidate at the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities with a gender studies concentration. His publications include a chapter in Goethe als Literatur-Figur (Wallstein Verlag, 2016) and a contribution to Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema (Berghahn Books, 2020). In his dissertation, he focuses on lost films of the late Weimar Republic.

Subject: Film and Television StudiesHistory: 20th Century to PresentJewish Studies
Area: Germany


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