Essays and Chapters to Download

Authorship in Hollywood and Europe

"The Author of the Film: The Cultural Mode of Production", Thomas Elsaesser, New German Cinema - A History (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989), 40-73

"The Author in the Film: Allegories of the Artist", Thomas Elsaesser, New German Cinema - A History (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989), 74-116

"The Auteur Theory - From Artist to Brand" (1995)

“James Cameron’s Avatar: access for all”, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Volume 9, Number 3 (September 2011), 247-264.


Cinephilia and the Cinematic Experience

"Cinephilia, or The Uses of Disenchantment" Marijke De Valck, and Malte Hagener (eds.), Cinephilia: Movies, Love And Memory (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005), 27–44.

"Hollywood and the Cinephiles," C.W.E Bigsby, ed., Superculture (London: Elek, 1975) 199-216.


Contemporary Hollywood

“James Cameron’s Avatar: access for all”, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Volume 9, Number 3 (September 2011), 247-264.

The Mind-game Film”, W. Buckland (ed.), Puzzle Films – Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), 13-41.

"The Persistence of Hollywood: Reflexivity, Feedback, Self-Regulation", Thomas Elsaesser, The Persistence of Hollywood (New York: Routledge, 2012), 319-340

"The "Return" of 3-D", Critical Inquiry 39 (Winter 2013), 217-246.


Digital Cinema

"Digital Cinema: Convergence or Contradiction", A. Herzog, J. Richardson, C. Vernallis (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 13-44

"Pushing the contradictions of the digital: 'virtual reality' and 'interactive narrative' as oxymorons between narrative and gaming", New Review of Film and Television Studies, vol 12, issue 3 (2014), 295-311

"Truth or Dare: Reality Checks on Indexicality, or the Future of Illusionism," Anu Koivunnen and Astrid Soderbergh Widding (eds), Cinema Studies into Visual Theory? (Turku: D-Vision, 1998) 31-50.


Documentary Films and Essay Films

"Propagating Modernity: Information, Instruction and Indoctrination", Jonathan Auerbach, Russ Castronovo (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 233-256

"The Limits of Liberty and the Right to Self-Expression", Rotterdam Film Festival Brochure, February 1993, 6-7


Early Cinema

"'Is Nothing New?' - Turn-of-the-Century Epistemes in Film History", Andre Gaudreault, Nicolas Dulac, Santiago Hidalgo (eds), A Companion to Early Cinema (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 587-609

"Writing and Rewriting Film History: Terms of a Debate", Cinema & Cie nr 1(Fall 2001), 24-33.


Early German Cinema

"Sounds Beguiling: Franz Hofer and the Transformation of Music Genres in Early German Cinema" L. Quaresima, A. Rengo, L. Vichi (eds), La Nascita dei generi cinematographici (Udine: Forum, 1999) 391-406.

"Early German Cinema: A Second Life?" Thomas Elsaesser (ed.), A Second Life: German Cinema's First Decades (Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 1996) 7-37.


European Cinema

"ImpersoNations", Le cinema et les languages, Mise-au-Point 5 (2013) [in English and French]

"Film Festival Networks: The New Topographies of Cinema in Europe" Thomas Elsaesser, European Cinema - Face to Face with Hollywood (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005), 82-107.


Exile and Emigre Cinema

"Marlene Dietrich: ...."und sonst garnichts!": A Star Discourse between Negation and Deferral," Laura Vichi (ed.) L'Uomo Visibile/The Visible Man (Udine: Forum 2002) 395-399.

"Ethnicity, Authenticity and Exile: A Counterfeit Trade?" H. Naficy (ed.), Exile, Home and Homeland (New York: Routledge, 1998) 97-124.


Harun Farocki

“The Future of Art and Work in the Age of Vision Machines: Harun Farocki”, R. Halle, R.Steingröver (eds), After the Avantgarde – Contemporary German and Austrian Experimental Film (Rochester: Camden House, 2008), 31-49.

"Harun Farocki: An Introduction", Senses of Cinema 21 (July 2002)


Rainer Werner Fassbinder

"Retroactive Prescience: Fassbinder's The Third Generation and the Year 1979", Anna Fricke (ed.), Fassbinder JETZT (Frankfurt: DIF- Deutsches Filmmuseum, 2013)

"Fassbinder: Prodigal Son, Not Reconciled", Brigitte Peucker (ed.), A Companion to R.W.Fassbinder (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 45-52


Alfred Hitchcock

“Too Big and Too Close: Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang”, S. Gottlieb and R. Allen (eds.), The Hitchcock Annual Anthology (London: Wallflower Press, 2009), 146-170.

"The Dandy in Hitchcock" (originally published in Italian: "Il 'Dandy' di Hitchcock," Eduardo Bruno (ed.), Per Alfredo Hitchcock, Montepulciano, 1981, 93-105).


Stanley Kubrick

"Stanley Kubrick's Prototypes", Thomas Elsaesser, The Persistence of Hollywood (New York: Routledge, 2012), 213-222

"Screen Violence: A Clockwork Orange," C.W.E. Bigsby (ed.), Approaches to Popular Culture (London, Edward Arnold, 1976) 171-200.


Fritz Lang

"Metropolis Redux" (Preface to the 2012 edition), Thomas Elsaesser, Metropolis (London: BFI, 2012), 7-13

“Time, Space, Causality: Joe May, Fritz Lang and the German Detective Film”, Modernist Cultures Vol 5, No 1 (May 2010), 79-105.


Media Archaeology

 “Constructive Instability: YouTube”, in: Geert Lovink, Sabine Niederer (eds.): Video Vortex Reader: Responses to Youtube (Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2008), 13-31.

"The Camera in the Kitchen: Grete Schütte-Lihotsky and Domestic Modernity", in Christiane Schönfeld (ed.), Practicing Modernity: Female Creativity in the Weimar Republic (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2006), 27-49.


Transnational Cinema

“Real Location, Fantasy Space, Performative Place: Double Occupancy and Mutual Interference in European Cinema”, Temenuga Trifonova (ed.), European Film Theory (New York: Routledge, 2008), 47-61.

"Hyper-, Retro-, or Counter-: European Cinema and Third Cinema Between Hollywood and Art Cinema," J. King, A. Lopez, M. Alvarado (eds), Mediating Two Worlds: The Americas and Europe 1492-1992 (London: BFI Publishing, 1992), 119-135.


Women and Film

"The Women's Film in Germany", in Thomas Elsaesser, The New German Cinema (London: Macmillan, 1989), 183-206

"Touching Base: Women Filmmakers in the 1980s", Monthly Film Bulletin (December 1987)

"Margarethe von Trotta: Mother Courage and Divided Daughters", Monthly Film Bulletin (July 1983)

"Margarethe von Trotta: Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness", Monthly Film Bulletin (June 1981)


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