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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Destructive Villain or Gigantic Hero?

Destructive Villain or Gigantic Hero?

The Transformation of Godzilla in Contemporary Popular Culture

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(p.190) Chapter 18 Destructive Villain or Gigantic Hero?
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The Supervillain Reader
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Stefan Danter

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0018

In “Caligari,” reprinted from Siegfried Kracauer’s hugely influential monograph From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of German Film, Kracauer details the history of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the German Expressionist masterpiece that established the cinematic template for the “mad scientist” character trope. In particular, Kracauer outlines the process by which “a revolutionary film was thus turned into a conformist one,” both presaging and helping to pave the way, in his estimation, for rise of the Third Reich.

Keywords:   Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (film), Han Janowitz, Carl Mayer, Robert Wiene, Eric Pommer

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