hetalia germanics

An Evening at the Germanic Household
  • Prussia: I DON'T WANNA DIE!
  • Germania: What are yo-
  • Germania: Stop this at once.
  • Germany: *busts through the door* I SEE A LITTLE SILLOUETTO OF A MAN!
  • Germania: Oh come on. Austria, tell me you're not-
  • Austria: *aggressively playing piano* THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTING, VERY, VERY FRIGHTENING ME!
  • Germania: You know what I'm done. I accept my death.
  • Liechtenstein: Iceland, good morning~
  • Iceland: a-ah, Liechtenstein, good morning...
  • Liechtenstein: do you need help carrying all those files, perhaps? Oh, watch out for the stairs!
  • Iceland: n-no, I think I'm fine- Gah!
  • Liechtenstein: watch out! *catches Iceland bridal style*
  • Iceland: U-um...
  • Liechtenstein: ... let us go to the meeting room then, shall we~?
  • Iceland: N-Not like this!!
  • England: *arrives at meeting and puts a skull on the table*
  • Germany: What’s with the skull?
  • England: Oh, it’s my dad’s.
  • Prussia: OH, MY GOD!
  • England: No, it’s not my dad. It belonged to my dad. He used to put it out every Christmas to remind us that even though it’s Christmas, people still die. And you can put candy in it.
  • Prussia: My dad did that too!
  • Germany: Yeah Germania did...
  • England: Uh...
  • Scotland: But Germania was our dad...
  • America: Awkward...
History Time!

I said I would, so today I’m going to talk to everyone about German Expressionism, a distinct cinema style that emerged from Germany in the 1920s.

But first, a brief introduction to film history:
Before the 20s filming was mostly a novelty hobby. A few feature films did exist, some pioneering complex editing techniques (like we’re used to now; in the beginning it was just one shot of something happening until the film ran out!). By the time World War I rolled around, film cameras were used mostly to make recordings of the war or were dropped altogether (people quickly saw the use of film for propaganda reasons). But after the war ended, it became more of an art form and was really used for self-expression.

Now for a brief look into German history:
World War I was settled through the Treaty of Versailles, which made Germany responsible for paying back all the war debts to France and England. Germany was driven into economic ruin and debt and closed its borders in a period of isolation. 

Classic German Expressionism arose from the anguish of the people. Their money was worthless and they felt isolated and trapped within Europe. 

Sets like this (from the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, dir. Robert Weine, 1920) were common in Expressionist films. They were shot at low, odd angles with a high contrast between very light and very dark. The sets themselves were very Tim Burton-esque, being odd and distorted. Nothing seemed real, but this was reality in the film: dark and twisted.

(From Nosferatu, dir. F.W. Murnau, 1922)
German Expressionism also uses a lot of shadows and silhouettes to build an eerie kind of suspense and thrill, making it the ancestor of the modern horror/thriller movie. The use of contrast and shadows also makes it a predecessor to American detective films (Film Noir), but it is most notably the birth of the horror film. 

Essentially what directors were trying to do was share to the world what the German people felt; they felt helpless and alone, gripped at the throat of the rest of Europe.

In the 1930s with the rise of the Third Reich, films became most widely used for propaganda and very few Expressionist films were being made in Germany. However, most German Expressionist filmmakers fled Europe for America and brought their ideas about film with them, allowing for these dark and suspenseful themes to become part of American cinema (examples include F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang).

FF-German for beginners

To all the Gerita, Germancest, PruAme, Snowrabbit, etc fans
please stop translating the nickname “love” with “liebe”
because germans would never say this!
Yes love means Liebe but this is not a pet name for us ^^°
we use:
“Süßer” -sweety
“Schatz”- treasure
“Liebling” - darling
and if this isn’t enough you can use cute animal forms
“Hasi” - bunny
“Bärchen” - little bear

And don’t forget, that we write nouns with a capital letter :)
if you have a question about this or any other german word, or sentences or saying or what ever you can ask me everytime :)

  • Germany: Wait for it, wait for it. 9.01. Arthur Kirkland is officially late for the first time ever. Alright, let's do this. Who's got theories?
  • Prussia: His alarm didn't go off.
  • Germany: All three alarms, all with battery backups? Come on, who wants to take this seriously?
  • China: Ooh! He was taken in his sleep.
  • Germany: That's what I'm talking about. Super dark, Yao, but way more plausible than East's idiotic alarm clock theory.
  • America: I bet he tucked himself in his bed too tight and got stuck.