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Philosophers at the Cinema returns to Cinema City in February with The Weimar Cinema series. 

The Weimar Republic  (1918-33) saw a flourishing of cinema that produced some of the greatest films of all time, before the Nazis came to power and brought an end to Germany’s first democratic experiment. In this season we show three masterpieces that showcase four major stars and explore some of the darker recesses of the human psyche. The films demand to be seen on the big screen and offer a great opportunity for philosophical engagement. Each film begins with a brief introduction by a UEA philosopher and is followed by chaired discussion. 

Monday 3 February 8.30 pm:

The Blue Angel (1933: directed by Josef von Sternberg)

Presented by Fiona Roxburgh












Emil Jannings plays a school-teacher in a military-like grammar school and Marlene Dietrich makes her breakthrough as a singer in a cabaret. The Blue Angel (based on a novel by Heinrich Mann) explores the clash between duty and inclination, and the purpose (and dangers) of education. In German with English subtitles. The film includes Dietrich’s most famous song, ‘Falling in Love Again’.
Monday 24 February 8.30 pm:

Pandora’s Box (1929: directed by Georg Wilhelm Papst)

Presented by Kate Lawton

This silent film brought American actress Louise Brooks to stardom, playing the role of Lulu, whose refusal to conform leads to a violent death after a picaresque career. Based on two plays by Franz Wedekind, Pandora’s Box offers a radical presentation of an independent woman in the modern world and asks how far we are free and how far determined. 
Monday 16 March 8.30 pm:

Nosferatu (1922: directed by F.W. Murnau)

Presented by Daniel Tilsley

This silent film survived by a miracle and is regarded as one of the most important products of German Expressionism. Max Schreck plays Count Orlok in a version of Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel Dracula. The showing offers a chance to explore the art of darkness and asks: would you like to live forever? And at what price?