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Key work of art: Bauhaus Stairway (1932) - Oskar Schlemmer

Films: Freaks (1932) - Extase (1932)

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Vampyr (1932) - Carl Theodor Dreyer [Amazon.com]
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The International Style - Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Philip Johnson

    The International Style (1932) - Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Philip Johnson [Amazon.com]
    This work sets out to describe the aesthetic qualities intrinsic to the work of such architects as Le Corbusier, Oud, Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. The authors observed the distinguishing features that made possible a definition of a new "style": emphasis on volume as opposed to mass; regularity as opposed to symmetry; and dependence on the intrinsic elegance of materials as opposed to applied decoration. First published in 1932 to coincide with an architectural exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, this reissue contains a new foreword by Philip Johnson reflecting on the impact of these principles over 60 years after they were first set forth.

Extase (1932) - Gustav Machatř [...]

    Ecstasy (Extase) (1932) - Gustav Machatř [Amazon.com]

    ECSTASY
    (Gustav Machaty, Czechoslavakia, 1933)
    This much maligned film remains one of the great works of the poetic cinema, a sensuous story ofpassion and desire, seen entirely through a woman's eyes. Though known primarily for its then daring and unprecedented nude scenes, the film effectively attacked still another taboo in its lingering portrayal of Hedy Lamarr's orgasm (seen in her face only) during cunnilingus. Probably no other film in film history has been involved in more legal and censorial wrangling. --THE ATTACK ON PURITANISM: NUDITY Film As a Subversive Art (1974) - Amos Vogel

Film As Art (1932) - Rudolf Arnheim

Film als Kunst/Film As Art (1932) - Rudolf Arnheim [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

This is a book of standards, a theory of film. The greater part of it is an adaptation of Film als Kunst, first published in 1932 in the original German and in English by Faber and Faber in 1933.

See also: Rudolf Arnheim

Journey to the End of the Night (1932) - by Louis-Ferdinand D. CÚline

Journey to the End of the Night (1932) - by Louis-Ferdinand D. CÚline [Amazon.com]
When it was published in 1932, this then-shocking and revolutionary first fiction redefined the art of the novel with its black humor, its nihilism, and its irreverent, explosive writing style, and made Louis-Ferdinand Celine one of France's--and literature's--most important 20th-Century writers. The picaresque adventures of Bardamu, the sarcastic and brilliant antihero of Journey to the End of the Night move from the battlefields of World War I (complete with buffoonish officers and cowardly soldiers), to French West Africa, the United States, and back to France in a style of prose that's lyrical, hallucinatory, and hilariously scathing toward nearly everybody and everything. Yet, beneath it all one can detect a gentle core of idealism. -- amazon.com

Vampyr (1932) - Carl Theodor Dreyer

Vampyr (1932) - Carl Theodor Dreyer [Amazon.com]
In this chilling, atmospheric German film from 1932, director Carl Theodor Dreyer favors style over story, offering a minimal plot that draws only partially from established vampire folklore. Instead, Dreyer emphasizes an utterly dreamlike visual approach, using trick photography (double exposures, etc.) and a fog-like effect created by allowing additional light to leak onto the exposed film. The result is an unsettling film that seems to spring literally from the subconscious, freely adapted from the Victorian short story Carmilla by noted horror author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, about a young man who discovers the presence of a female vampire in a mysterious European castle. There's more to the story, of course, but it's the ghostly, otherworldly tone of the film that lingers powerfully in the memory. Dreyer maintains this eerie mood by suggesting horror and impending doom as opposed to any overt displays of terrifying imagery. Watching Vampyr is like being placed under a hypnotic trance, where the rules of everyday reality no longer apply. As a splendid bonus, the DVD includes The Mascot, a delightful 26-minute animated film from 1934. Created by pioneering animator Wladyslaw Starewicz, this clever film--in which a menagerie of toys and dolls springs to life--serves as an impressive precursor to the popular Wallace & Gromit films of the 1990s. --Jeff Shannon for Amazon.com

[...] Vampyr (1932), a surreal meditation on fear. Logic gave way to mood and atmosphere in this story of a man protecting two sisters from a vampire. The movie contains many indelible images, such as the hero dreaming of his own burial and the animal bloodlust on the face of one of the sisters as she suffers under the vampire's spell. The film was shot as a silent but had dialogue added later through dubbing. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Theodor_Dreyer [Aug 2005]

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