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The Collapse of the conventional : German film and its politics at the turn of the twenty-first century - Jaimey Fisher

The Collapse of the conventional

German film and its politics at the turn of the twenty-first century

By: Jaimey Fisher (Editor), Brad Prager (Editor)

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Published: 9th August 2010
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While difficult questions of history, culture, and politics figured less prominently in the lighter cinematic fare of the 1980s and 1990s, German filmmakers have recaptured the world's attention since the turn of the millennium with vital, dynamic, and engaged works. In fact, today's filmmakers have turned back to many themes that were important in the 1960s and 1970s, when a movement of young filmmakers proclaimed the collapse of existing filmmaking conventions. In The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and Its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, editors Jaimey Fisher and Brad Prager present contributions from prominent German film studies scholars to examine the current politically charged and provocative moment in German filmmaking historically, ideologically, and formally as another break with cinematic convention. Fisher and Prager introduce the volume with a look back at the history of German film to define New German Cinema and identify the themes and motives that characterize its films and filmmakers. In the first section, essays explore the cinematic treatment of German national identity in historical films, including those that confront Germany's Nazi past, such as Downfall, The Miracle of Bern, and the TV-film Dresden. The second section takes on German cinema's examination of life in East Germany and the consequences of reunification by analyzing the films Good Bye, Lenin and The Lives of Others. The Collapse of the Conventional also examines new groundbreaking work by filmmakers such as Christian Petzold, Fatih Akn, and Christoph Hochhausler to investigate how German film critically approaches globalization and the end of the cold war. This collection shows that today's German filmmakers are delving into new modes of cinematic production in a global context. Students, scholars of film, and anyone interested in German and cultural studies will appreciate this volume. Contributors: Marco Abel, Roger F. Cook, John E. Davidson, Jaimey Fisher, Jennifer M. Kapczynski, Lutz Koepnick, Kristin Kopp, Elisabeth Krimmer, Barbara Mennel, Johannes von Moltke, Anna M. Parkinson, Brad Prager, Michael D. Richardson, Wilfried Wilms.

Introductionp. 1
Imitation of Life: The Aesthetics of Agfacolor in Recent Historical Cinemap. 39
Public Viewing: Soccer Patriotism and Post-Cinemap. 63
More War Stories: Stalingrad and Downfallp. 81
Neo-feminist Mütterfilm? The Emotional Politics of Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrassep. 109
Dresden: The Return of History as Soapp. 136
Terrains Vagues: Landscapes of Unification in Oskar Roehler's No Place to Gop. 157
German Historical Film as Production Trend: European Heritage Cinema and Melodrama in The Lives of Othersp. 186
A World of Objects: Consumer Culture in Filmic Reconstructions of the GDRp. 216
Playing Hide-and-Seek with Tradition: Games, Aesthetic Form, and Social Critique in German Cinema following the Wendep. 238
Imaging Germany: The (Political) Cinema of Christian Petzoldp. 258
Christoph Hochhäusler's This Very Moment: The Berlin School and the Politics of Spatial Aesthetics in the German-Polish Borderlandsp. 285
Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei: Edukating the Post-Left Generationp. 309
The Global Elsewhere: Ursula Biemann's Multimedia Countergeographyp. 333
Glimpses of Freedom: The Reemergence of Utopian Longing in German Cinemap. 360
Works Citedp. 387
Filmographyp. 411
Contributorsp. 419
Indexp. 423
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ISBN: 9780814333778
ISBN-10: 081433377X
Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 9th August 2010
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.99  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.72