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Defa : East German Cinema 1946-1992 - Sean Allan


East German Cinema 1946-1992

By: Sean Allan (Editor), John Sandford (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th August 1999
ISBN: 9781571817532
Number Of Pages: 354

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Western scholars have not lost any of their fascination for East German culture. Cinema in particular continues to attract interest. This volume, the first one in English, traces the development of the main institution, the state-sponsored Deutsche Film Anstalt (DEFA), which was primarily responsible for film production in the former GDR from 1946, ceasing to exist in 1992. Although largely ignored outside the former GDR, the DEFA produced anumber of excellent films and scriptwriters that are examined here for the first time. This volume analyzes the representation of fascism and anti-fascism in the cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, the conflicts between the state and the film-makers of the 1960s, and the social-political criticism in the 1970s and early 1980s. Other key issues that arise from this comprehensive look at DEFA include its representation of women, the concept of "Heimat," the reception of the classical heritage, and the relation of DEFA cinema to other European film traditions.The comprehensive bibliography and a list of research sources on East German cinema make this volume an indispensable tool for students and scholars of the media.

Industry Reviews

..". the lucid style of all contributions ... makes this volume an accessible read to students ... this volume has also the bonus of offering an excellent appendix on sources for future research ... this collection of essays illustrates precisely why the quality of DEFA film-making should not be confined to the archives of history."����Journal of European Areas Studies

"A useful appendix provides research sources. Written in clear prose, these essays should interest undergraduates and generalists as well as scholars and faculty."����Humanities

Abbreviationsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
DEFA: An Historical Overviewp. 1
DEFA and the Traditions of International Cinemap. 22
'Letting the Genie out of the Bottle': DEFA Film-Makers and Film und Fernsehenp. 42
The Anti-Fascist Past in DEFA Filmsp. 58
Discussion with Kurt Maetzigp. 77
Rebels with a Cause: The Development of the 'Berlin-Filme' by Gerhard Klein and Wolfgang Kohlhaasep. 93
DEFA: A Personal Viewp. 117
Representations of Work in the Forbidden DEFA Films of 1965p. 131
Censorship and the Law: The Case of Das Kaninchen bin ich (I am the Rabbit)p. 146
Paths of Discovery: The Films of Konrad Wolfp. 164
From Models to Misfits: Women in DEFA Films of the 1970s and 1980sp. 183
The Concept of 'Heimat-GDR' in DEFA Feature Filmsp. 204
The Re-evaluation of Goethe and the Classical Tradition in the Films of Egon Gunther and Siegfried Kuhnp. 222
Idealism Takes on the Establishment: Social Criticism in Roland Graf's Film Adaptations of Markische Forschungen (Exploring the Brandenburg Marches) and Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)p. 245
The Documentary Work of Jurgen Bottcher: A Retrospectivep. 267
Documenting the Wende: The Films of Andreas Voigtp. 283
About the Contributorsp. 302
Research Sources for East German Cinemap. 305
Select Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 320
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ISBN: 9781571817532
ISBN-10: 1571817530
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 5th August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.41