Warning Signs

Caligari poster

Siegfried Kracauer’s book, From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film, has become a classic. He traced the evidence of approaching totalitarianism in the films he analyzed.

Can we trace similar warnings signs in popular culture now?

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2 responses to “Warning Signs

  1. David Schatzky

    In her 2004 book Dark Age Ahead, the prophetic Jane Jacobs describes a culture (now) where what’s forgotten has been forgotten. There have been news stories recently reporting millennials favouring dictatorship over democracy. Yes, the warning signs are staring us in the face.

  2. Josef Eisinger

    I recall how during the McCarthy era many people (including Einstein) feared that the US was heading for totalitarian future and they were proved wrong. I believe that American democracy will again turn out to be more resilient than some fear today.