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Caligari, Hitler, Schreber

Author(s): Jesús González Requena

Journal: Trama y Fondo : Revista de Cultura
ISSN 1137-4802

Volume: 21;
Issue: El Holocausto;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Text theory | Psychoanalysis | Paranoia | Expressionism | Avant-garde art

Setting: The film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, was shot in 1919. That year, the German Work Party was founded, andAdolf Hiltler became a member of it. Both the premiere of the film and the first political meeting of the party –in whichHitler participated – took place in February 1920. 1st Thesis: Hitler must have seen the film shortly after the premiere,and it played an important role in the way his paranoid delusion ended up crystallizing. 2nd Thesis: There exists a similar structure between the film text, Hitler’s delusion and Schreber’s delusion. 3rd Thesis: The three cases enable us toclear up a diffuse form of paranoia that pervaded Europe in the period preceding the Second World War outbreak.
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