Siegfried Kracauer on the role of the Film Critic

“The film critic of note is conceivable only as a social critic. His mission is to unveil [enthüllen] the social images and ideologies hidden in mainstream films and through this unveiling to undermine the influence of the films wherever necessary.”

“The Task of the Film Critic” The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, Siegfried Kracauer (1932)


Found in the recent collection of Siegfried Kracauer’s American Writings: Essays on Film and Popular Culture


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