Interwar Years 05/02/2013 11:08:00
A Laboratory on Top of a Graveyard
The opportunities that happened after World War 1
The legacies from the world war
Important to look at the decades between WW1 and WW2
There were lasting legacies
The Bolshevik revolution would not have been possible without the Tsarist
Mussolini’s state was also possible because of the shattering effect of the
It was fuelled by expectations in the war.
There was the ever presence of death but still provided much possibility for
The Cabinet if Dr. Caligari
Not categorizable as a German film
Had a desired effect to create an anti war message
The film tells the story of a scientist (Dr. Caligari) who has a
sleepwalker who he is able to put into a trance and control his
movement. The Doctor controls Cesare (the sleepwalker) to kill
people whom he has a grudge against.
Francis tracks these killings back to Caligari, who he finds is in the
mental hospital and is in charge there.
There was a request to change the ending where they make Francis
an inmate at the hospital and that this whole thing was played in
The film is slightly expressionist.
Set in 1920, they create this world out of whack.
Treaty of Versailles
Blamed for everything from the rise of Hitler to WW2 and even the
Germany lost about 10% of it’s territory due to the treaty
The territory of Denmark was due to winning that in the war Germany lost many of territories due to warfare not because of the
Post-war German territory had larger German and East Prussia
separated by Poland
Germans complained about the Polish Corridor through Germany
In the fall of 1918 it was Ludendorff and Hindenburg
Kaiser abdicate and that the German’s fight for peace
It was Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President to insist of national self-
The idea that nationalities, linguistic groups, religious groups should
have the right to their own government
Was his idea to create liberal democracies
Couple with democracy was to be the foundations of