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Kracauer, Siegfried

A trained architect, the German–Jewish cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer (born in Frankfurt am Main in 1889, died in New York City in 1966) quickly gave up his profession in the early 1920s to devote himself to philosophical and sociological studies. First as a journalist and editor with the Frankfurter Zeitung and then as a film and cultural theorist, he was an original and prolific writer who explored the quotidian experiences, popular culture, and mass entertainments of the modern metropolis. Influenced by Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the sociology of his former professor in Berlin, Georg Simmel, and closely associated with the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research (the Frankfurt School), Kracauer came to develop a highly critical and frequently pessimistic vision of contemporary urban ...

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