Theory of Film
The Redemption of Physical Reality
Siegfried Kracauer
With a new introduction by Miriam Bratu Hansen


Siegfried Kracauer's classic study, originally published in 1960, explores the distinctive qualities of the cinematic medium. The book takes its place alongside works in classical film theory by such figures as Béla Balázs, Rudolf Arnheim, and André Bazin, among others, and has met with much critical dispute. In this new edition, Miriam Bratu Hansen, examining the book in the context of Kracauer's extensive film criticism from the 1920s, provides a framework for appreciating the significance of Theory of Film for contemporary film theory.

Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966) was a German intellectual who wrote extensively on modern culture and everyday life. From 1924 to 1933 he was cultural editor of the Frankfurter Zeitung. He emigrated to the United States in 1941. He is the author of From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of German Film (Princeton), The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays and History: The Last Things Before the Last.