A Critical History of German Film

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Camden House, 2010 - Performing Arts - 522 pages
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A history of German film dealing with individual films as works of art has long been needed. Existing histories tend to treat cinema as an economic rather than an aesthetic phenomenon; earlier surveys that do engage with individual films do not include films of recent decades. This book treats representative films from the beginnings of German film to the present. Providing historical context through an introduction and interchapters preceding the treatments of each era's films, the volume is suitable for semester- or year-long survey courses and for anyone with an interest in German cinema.BR> The films: The Student of Prague - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - The Last Laugh - Metropolis - The Blue Angel - M - Triumph of the Will - The Great Love - The Murderers are Among Us - Sun Seekers - Trace of Stones - The Legend of Paul and Paula - Solo Sunny - The Bridge - Young Törless - Aguirre, The Wrath of God - Germany in Autumn - The Marriage of Maria Braun - The Tin Drum - Marianne and Juliane - Wings of Desire - Maybe, Maybe Not - Rossini - Run Lola Run - Good Bye Lenin! - Head On - The Lives of Others Stephen Brockmann is Professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University and president-elect of the German Studies Association. He received the German Academic Exchange Service's 2007 Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies.
  

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Contents

Critical Film History and German Studies
1
Early German Film History 18951918
11
Early German Film History 18951918 Historical Overview
13
Der Student von Prag 1913 and Learning to Look
29
Weimar Cinema 19191933
41
Weimar Cinema 19191933 Historical Overview
43
Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari 1920 or Film as Hypnosis
59
Der letzte Mann 1924 or Learning to Move
71
Postwar West German Cinema 19491989
285
Die Brücke 1959 Film and War
303
Der junge Törless 1966 or Recapturing Tradition
315
Aguirre der Zorn Gottes 1972 Film and the Sublime
329
Deutschland im Herbst 1978 or Film and Politics
343
Die Ehe der Maria Braun 1979 or West Germany Rebuilds
357
Die Blechtrommel 1979 or Coming to Terms with the Nazi Past
371
Die bleierne Zeit 1981 Film and Terrorism
383

Metropolis 1927 or Technology and
81
Der blaue Engel 1930 and Learning to Talk
97
M1931 or Sound and Terror
113
Nazi Cinema 19331945
129
Nazi Cinema 19331945 Historical Overview
131
Triumph des Willens 1935 Documentary and Propaganda
151
Die große Liebe 1942 or Love and War
167
German Cinema at
181
Zero Hour 19451949
183
Die Mörder sind unter uns 1946 The Rubble Film
197
Postwar East German Cinema 19491989
211
Postwar East German Cinema 19491989 Historical Overview
213
Sonnensucher 1958 or Searching for the Socialist Sun
235
Spur der Steine 1966 or Traces of Repression
247
Die Legende von Paul und Paula 1973 or East Germany in the 70s
259
Solo Sunny 1980 or Even Socialism Cant Stave Off Loneliness
275
Postwar West German Cinema 19491989
283
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394
Der Himmel über Berlin 1987 Berlin City of Angels
399
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401
German Film after
411
Reunification 19902010
413
71
429
Der bewegte Mann 1994 or West German SelfAbsorption
437
Rossini 1997 or West German SelfAbsorption Criticized
447
Lola rennt 1998 or Cool Germania
457
Good Bye Lenin 2003 or Farewell to the Socialist Motherland
469
Gegen die Wand 2004 or Germany Goes Multicultural
479
Das Leben der anderen 2006 or the Power of Art
489
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Associate professor of German, Carnegie Mellon University.

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