Emilie Altenloh received her PhD. for a dissertation, Zur Soziologie des 
Kino. Die Kino- Unternehmung und die sozialen Schichten ihrer Besucher, in 1913 
(published Jena, 1914). Translated by Kathleen Cross and published in Screen in 

After World War II she became a member of the German Bundestag under her 
married name, Emilie-Kiep-Altenloh, and in 1979 a Foundation was named in her 
honor in Hamburg. 

According to German sources, this is the first film dissertation world-wide.

Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak
Curator, Hollywood Entertainment Museum
Professor, UCLA 
Editor, The Moving Image
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