South Africa: New Book: Interplay of Film History – on the reception of film of the Weimar Republic in South Africa 1928-1933

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The cinema of the Weimar Republic in the "golden twenties" is rightly regarded as one of the most innovative periods of film history. A new book published in South Africa looks at how these films affected the culture of the country. Starting from 1928 onwards in the world depression, the German film industry was able to get into the South African Union market and overcome the previous dominance of US film distributors. The success of UFA silent movies like "Varieté", ­ "fist" or "Metropolis" made the German cinema extraordinarily popular and star such as Emil Jannings or Brigitte Helmet in South Africa became celebrities. This new book documents the impact of these films on film-making and viewing in South Africa.