"This is an original, deeply-researched approach to the fascination produced by German silent cinema, with welcome emphasis on the contributions of creative technicians working with their directors. The author evokes films with loving, accurate finesse. Her perspective is especially valuable in its use of key German-language materials from the period."
- Janet Bergstrom, University of California, Los Angeles
"Loew’s masterful analysis, including never-before-seen production details of the most emblematic films of German cinema’s Golden Era, decisively shifts special effects from the margins of film history to the very center of our conversation about silent cinema’s claims to art."
- Scott Curtis, Northwestern University, author of The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany
"Meticulously researched and carefully argued, Special Effects and German Silent Film is a superb study of how technology, imagination, and a flair for the occult orient cinema toward its enchanted Romantic past and catapult it to its sublimely high-tech future."
- Jennifer Fay, Vanderbilt University, author of Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene