Kracauer’s Weimar geometry and geomancy (New Formations 61, Summer 2007)



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Publication date: August 1, 2007

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Esther Leslie

The article focuses on the cityscapes of Berlin and Marseilles in the 1920s and 1930s, taking a Marxist perspective on Kracauer’s analysis of the “mass ornament”. Leslie reads these spaces as lines of geometry, rationalist abstractions concealing and fusing with the irrational myths of capitalist culture, particularly that of an irrational and unknowable human nature. Spaces of film and cinema are reconfigured into mass ornamental rationality.