Lichtspiel is the title of the most recent novel by Daniel Kehlmann. It tells the story of G.W. Pabst, the celebrated film director of the Weimar Republic, who rose to fame with films such as The Joyless Street (1925, with Greta Garbo and Asta Nielsen) and The Threepenny Opera (1931). After a failed attempt to establish himself in Hollywood, Pabst returns to Europe. On a trip to his home country Austria, he and his family are surprised by the start of the Second World War. The borders are closed and they can no longer get out of Nazi Germany. Pabst is ensnared by the Nazis, blackmailed and ultimately continues to make films. The book about cinema, power and non-resistance was published by Rowohlt in October 2023.