SOUND CINEMA 1929-1933
WELCOME TO A WORK IN DEVELOPMENT
Currently a graduate student at the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA, Andreas-Benjamin Seyfert received his B.A. in English and German Literatures from the University of Geneva. Working both within and outside the academic context, he has acquired experience in creative and academic writing, teaching and the arts more generally.
artwork for Das grosse Bilderbuch des Films,
UCLA Special Collections
The aim of this project is to build a database that will provide comprehensive information about all feature sound films produced in the times of the Weimar Republic from 1929 to 1933.
Once the data is organized in the specific digital landscape designed for this database, it will be able to serve as a “digital notebook,” organized in such a way that it will provide a structured space to critically interpret, evaluate and analyze bibliographic sources dealing with the films and people linked up in the base, creating an interactive platform to productively take notes while making it easier to switch from data analyses at a micro-level to a macro-level in the matter of a few clicks.
The finished database will constitute the solid basis of primary and secondary sources (data about the people involved and the films themselves, a summary of previous arguments made by scholars) and a way to engage them directly through one's own work (responses, comments and notes) which will be all integrated into one extensive pool of information.
Developed on Airtable, the database so far integrates only all-talking German-language fiction features shot at least in part on German soil. Depending on how the project evolves, one could expand it to incorporate a broader range of films.
During the experimental and development stages of the project this blog documented its various efforts.