European Civil War Films: Memory, Conflict, and Nostalgia

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Routledge, Oct 2, 2012 - Social Science - 206 pages
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This book examines the ways in which late twentieth-century European cinema deals with the neglected subject of civil war. Exploring a range of films about the Spanish, Irish, former Yugoslavia, and Greek civil wars, this comparative and interdisciplinary study engages with contemporary debates in cultural memory and investigates the ways in which cinematic postmemory is problematic. Many of the films present an idealized past that glosses over the reality of these civil wars, at times producing a nostalgic discourse of loss and longing. Other films engage with the past in a melancholic fashion. These cinematic discourses articulate contemporary concerns, especially the loss of ideology and a utopian political horizon in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989, a date that marks a significant break in European history and an accompanying paradigm shift in European cultural memory.

Filmmakers examined include Trueba, Cuerda, Loach, Jordan, Kusturica, Dragojević, and Angelopoulos.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Postmemory and Cinematic Modes of Representations
5
Cinematic Postmemoriesm of the Last Great Cause
21
Michael Collins and the Wind That Shakes The Barley
66
Underground and No Mans Land
92
The Travelling PlayersThe Uses of Intertextuality
117
7 Conclusion
146
Appendix I
155
Notes
157
Filmography
173
Bibliography
175
Index
185
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Eleftheria Rania Kosmidou is Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Salford, UK.

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