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“Haunted Echoes: German Film and the First World War” - CANCELLED Event

Great War: Unknown War
12 March 2015
Lecture Theatre B Avenue Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Tracy Storey at .

Event details

This lecture series, “Unknown War”, is designed to show-case original research at the University of Southampton from across the Faculty of Humanities.

Unfortunately due to ill health we have to cancel the Unknown War lecture that was due to be given by Professor Tim Bergfelder on 12 March.  We will hopefully be able to reschedule the lecture soon and it will be re-added to this website.


Chaired by Professor Mark Cornwall,  Professor of Modern European History.

Germany’s film industry emerged from the First World War in a much stronger shape than it had been prior to 1914.  Realizing the medium’s potential for propaganda the Imperial Army and German banks had invested in the creation of a ‘national’ film culture.  Between 1918 and 1933, German cinema reflected on the legacy of the war in various and ambivalent ways. These included glorifying paeans to German heroism and hagiographic celebrations of the Prussian past, while expressionist classics such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Nosferatu visualised the psychological and physiological trauma in more allegoric forms. This paper maps the different ways in which German filmmakers of the 1920s attempted to make sense of the First World War and the changes it had brought.

For further information about Professor Bergfelder please visit his staff profile page.

This is a free lecture, to attend please book a place via the Online Store. Closing date for bookings is Monday 9 March 2015.

Speaker information

Professor Tim Bergfelder,Professor in Film

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