Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History and Cinephilia (Film Europa 14)

Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History and Cinephilia (Film Europa 14)

By: Mattias Frey (author)Hardback

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Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there has been a proliferation of German historical films. These productions have earned prestigious awards and scored at box offices both at home and abroad, where they count among the most popular German films of all time. Suddenly, however, a significant departure has been made from the country's prominent cinematic take on history: the radical style, content and politics of the New German Cinema. With in-depth analyses of the major trends and films, this book represents a comprehensive assessment of the historical film in postwall Germany. Challenging previous paradigms, it takes account of a postwall cinema of retro-flection as a complex engagement with various historiographical forms and, above all, with film history itself.

About Author

Mattias Frey is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent. His research revolves around German and Austrian cinema, historiography, matters of media reception and consumption, the history of classical and contemporary film theory, movie criticism, and cinephilia. His work appears in Cinema Journal, Screen, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Framework, Film International, and Senses of Cinema, as well as numerous anthologies and reference works. He is the co-editor of Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice and Spectatorship.


List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Rebirth of a Nation: Das Wunder von Bern, the 1950s, and the Reactions to the New German Cinema Chapter 2. Pop Retro-vision: Baader, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, and the RAF Film Chapter 3. The Ambivalent View: 23, Historical Paranoia, and the 1980s Chapter 4. "Ostalgie," Historical Ownership, and Material Authenticity: Good Bye, Lenin!andDas Leben der Anderen Chapter 5. Unification, Spatial Anxiety, and the Recuperation of Material Culture: Die Unberuhrbare Chapter 6. The Future of the German Past Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780857459473
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
  • ID: 9780857459473
  • ISBN10: 0857459473

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