In its retrieval and (re)construction, the past has become interwoven with the images and structure of cinema. Not only have mass media—especially film and television—shaped the content of memories and histories, but they have also shaped their very form. Combining historicization with close readings of German director Ernst Lubitsch's historical films, this book focuses on an early turning point in this development, exploring how the medium of film shaped modern historical experience and understanding—how it moved embodied audiences through moving images.
"This book recovers Ernst Lubitsch’s important early historical films and shows how they provide insights into the ways in which cinematic experience has shaped historical experience to this day." -Todd Herzog, University of Cincinnati
Introduction: Cinematic Historicity
1. Screening Pasts through Carnal Presence
2. Entangling Histories
3. History Class at 16 fps
4. Clio in Crisis