DCP - HD - 2014 - German - 118 - Color / Black & White

From Caligari to Hitler

Von Caligari Zu Hitler (original title)

A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

The film tells the story of German Cinema in the Twenties between Expressionism and New Sobriety. This was the most important period of German Cinema, a time full of wonders and invention. The aesthetic foundations were laid for the "seventh art".

FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER is the first feature documentary ever on German Cinema of the Twenties. It shows well known films, but furthermore forgotten, never shown or totally unknown material. This is an entertaining rollercoaster-trip to the best period of German Cinema and into the abyss of sub-consciousness. 

Rüdiger Suchsland


Rüdiger Suchsland lives in Berlin. Studied History, Philosophy and Political Science; works now as a journalist, writer and cultural activist. Primarily a regular contributor and critic for print, radio and internet, he is also a speaker, instructor and author on the thematic subjects of film, history, theory, East Asia, zeitgeist and popular culture. He is a curator in the team of the film-festivals in Mannheim-Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen. Together with Josef Schnelle, he co-authored the book "Zeichen und Wunder: Das Kino von Zhang Yimou und Wong Kar-Wai." (2008).










Rüdiger Suchsland

Original language: German
Produced by: LOOKS Filmproduktionen GmbH
In collaboration with: Arte/ZDF


Venice Classics- World Premiere

Vienna International Film Festival

IDFA 2014 - Best of Fest

Goteborg International Film Festival – Goteborg Classics

Hong Kong International Film Festival - Filmmakers and Filmmaking

Istanbul Film Festival

BAFICI – Secret Story of Weimar Cinema

IndieLisboa – Director’s Cut Section

Shanghai International Film Festival – Documentary Section

Jerusalem International Film Festival - Cinemania section