This genre reflected the need of a people in a specific situation at a specific period in time." [Art Abstracts] "Down These Seen Streets A Man Must Go: Siegfried Kracauer, Hollywood's Terror Films and the Spatiality of Film Noir." New German Critique: An Interdisciplinary Journal of German Studies. One reason for their popularity is their attempt to replace reason with subtle fantasies.
" (with Michael Krause) / Niels Kruger -- A story from a Berliner courtyard / Katarina Peters -- Excerpt from an interview with Katarina Peters / Masud Rajai -- Die Alten Filme / Andreas Dohler.
The Weimar cinema was considered as an avant-garde involving figures such as Hans Richter, Walter Ruttmann and Lotte Reiniger.
The transition of the Weimar cinema to Nazi cinema was influenced by modernism.
This genre involved Germany's own attempt to come to terms with the war and Nazism, and the film reached back past the vulgarity and kitsch of Nazi film to the period of classical German cinema of the 1920s, the Expressionist era, where the crooked streets and painted shadows of Expressionism have become reality in Germany's ruined cities.
The Trummerfilm died out in the 1950s with the onslaught of the Cold War and the division of Germany. "History played a role in the popularity of Nazi entertainment films.
Traditional German figures become outsiders while the foreigner assumes more of a German identity. Bessel: Alternative Memories of the Great War in German War Films of the Late 1920s." History & Memory: Studies in Representations of the Past, vol. Both the Soviet and the British-American authorities recognized the German public's need for information and entertainment through film, for reasons that included showing films from their own countries to reeducate the brainwashed German Volk and documenting the war crimes of the German nation.