German Postwar Films

German Postwar Films

Edward Dimendberg, Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004), p.64. In a recently published essay, Tim Bergfelder argues that there is little continuity between American and postwar German ...

Author: W. Wilms

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230616974

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This volume offers a cultural, aesthetic, and critical reappraisal of German 'rubble films' produced in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and constructs their meaning in a historical context.
Categories: Performing Arts

The American Impact on Postwar Germany

The American Impact on Postwar Germany

Cinema , Spectatorship , And The Problem Of Postwar German Identity Heide Fehrenbach Spectatorship is not only the act of watching a film , but also the ways one takes pleasure in the experience .... Spectatorship refers to how film ...

Author: Reiner Pommerin

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1571810951

Category: History

Page: 212

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It is only with the benefit of hindsight that the Germans have become acutely aware of how profound and comprehensive was the impact of the United States on their society after 1945.This volume reflect the ubiquitousness of this impact and examines the German responses to it. Contributions by well-known scholars cover politics, industry, social life and mass culture.
Categories: History

Historical Dictionary of Postwar German Literature

Historical Dictionary of Postwar German Literature

GDR leader Ulbricht orders demolition of the Berlin City Palace, former residence of Prussian kings and German emperors. The first feature-length color film produced in the Federal Republic, Das Schwarzwaldmadel (The Girl of the Black ...

Author: William Grange

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810863146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 370

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Some authors strongly criticized attempts to rebuild a German literary culture in the aftermath of World War II, while others actively committed themselves to 'dealing with the German past.' There are writers in Austria and Switzerland that find other contradictions of contemporary life troubling, while some find them funny or even worth celebrating. German postwar literature has, in the minds of some observers, developed a kind of split personality. In view of the traumatic monstrosities of the previous century that development may seem logical to some. The Historical Dictionary of Postwar German Literature is devoted to modern literature produced in the German language, whether from Germany, Austria, Switzerland or writers using German in other countries. This volume covers an extensive period of time, beginning in 1945 at what was called 'zero hour' for German literature and proceeds into the 21st century, concluding in 2008. This is done through a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on writers, such as Nobel Prize-winners Heinrich Bsll, GYnter Grass, Elias Canetti, Elfriede Jelinek, and W. G. Sebald. There are also entries on individual works, genres, movements, literary styles, and forms.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The A to Z of German Cinema

The A to Z of German Cinema

cialized topics such as FilmExil, which appears twice yearly and covers directors who fled Nazi Germany; and New German ... The divisions covering Wilhelmine Germany, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the postwar period to the ...

Author: Robert C. Reimer

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461731863

Category: History

Page: 524

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Outlining the richness of German film, The A to Z of German Cinema covers mainstream, alternative, and experimental film from 1895 to the present through a chronology, introductory essay, appendix of the 100 most significant German films, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on directors, actors, films, cinematographers, composers, producers, and major historical events that greatly affected the direction and development of German cinema. The book's broad canvas will lead students and scholars of cinema to appreciate the complex nature of German film.
Categories: History

Staging West German Democracy

Staging West German Democracy

By sketching out a new postwar democratic imaginary on film for West Germans, the PR films helped the Adenauer administration navigate the central challenges inherent to the West German process of nation-building.

Author: Jan Uelzmann

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501347115

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Staging West German Democracy examines how political “founding discourses” of the nascent Federal Republic (FRG) were reflected, reinforced, and actively manufactured by the Federal government in conjunction with the West German, state-controlled newsreel system, the Deutsche Wochenschau. By looking at the institutional history of the Deutsche Wochenschau and its close relationship to the Federal Press Office, Jan Uelzmann traces the Adenauer administration's project of maintaining a “government channel” in an increasingly diverse, de-centralized, and democratic West German media landscape. Staging West German Democracy reconstructs the company's integral role in the planning, production, and dissemination of pro-government PR, and through detailed analyses reveals the films to celebrate the FRG as an economically successful and internationally connected democracy under Adenauer's leadership. Apart from providing election propaganda for Adenauer's CDU party, these films provided an important stabilizing factor for the FRG's project of explaining and promoting democracy to its citizens, and of defining its public image against the backdrops of the Third Reich past and a competing, contemporary incarnation of German nationhood, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). In this regard, Staging West German Democracy adds in important ways to our understanding of the media's role in the West German nation building process.
Categories: Performing Arts

German Film Literature

German Film   Literature

Staudte's biography had not predestined him for the role he would play in the postwar German cinema. Born in 1906, he chose engineering and drafting as a career until the 1920s, when he broke off his studies and followed his father into ...

Author: Eric Rentschler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136368738

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Social Science

The History of U S Information Control in Post War Germany

The History of U S  Information Control in Post War Germany

Initially, the ICD found the owners of German movie theatres hesitant to take advantage of their new opportunity and responsibility. Selecting films in a competitive market was not something they were accustomed to during the Nazi era ...

Author: Erwin Warkentin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443816519

Category: History

Page: 360

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In May of 1945, the American army, along with those of its Allies, occupied the cities and towns of Hitler’s Third Reich. While most American soldiers wondered how Germany’s citizens were going to feed and shelter themselves, this volume introduces the reader to another group of men who were concerned about a different form of starvation. The men of what was to become the Information Control Division (ICD) in the American Zone were preparing an antidote to 12 years of National Socialist propaganda, which was to be a steady diet of carefully selected bits of information that were calculated to change the way the German people understood the world. It was designed to transform the Germans into staunch defenders of democracy. In addition to providing the first historical overview of the activities of the ICD and the methods they employed, the book offers a unique perspective on how the US occupation utilised psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, sociologists and other academics to vet potential candidates for media licenses in Germany. The narrative takes the reader through the various steps of the process of becoming a literary publisher, newspaperman, magazine editor, radio programmer, and filmmakers, and reveals how the American Military Government in Germany used the establishment of new media empires to attempt the mass re-education of an entire nation.
Categories: History

Framing the Fifties

Framing the Fifties

This anthology offers an account of German cinema in the fifties, focusing on popular genres, famous stars and dominant practices, taking into account the complicated relationships between East and West Germany, and by paying attention to ...

Author: John Davidson

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845455361

Category: History

Page: 256

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This anthology offers an account of German cinema in the fifties, focusing on popular genres, famous stars and dominant practices, taking into account the complicated relationships between East and West Germany, and by paying attention to the economic and political conditions of film production and reception during this period.
Categories: History

Threatened Masculinity from British Fiction to Cold War German Cinema

Threatened Masculinity from British Fiction to Cold War German Cinema

Again, this brings the thematic strand back to the topic presented in Chapters 1 and 2: While New German Cinema films ... Moeller's comparison reveals the problems involved with aesthetic film and entertainment in a postwar Germany.

Author: Joseph P. Willis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000011975

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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The impact of the Cold War on German male identities can be seen in the nation’s cinematic search for a masculine paradigm that rejected the fate-centered value system of its National- Socialist past while also recognizing that German males once again had become victims of fate and fatalism, but now within the value system of the Soviet and American hegemonies that determined the fate of Cold War Germany and Central Europe. This monograph is the first to demonstrate that this Cold War cinematic search sought out a meaningful masculine paradigm through film adaptations of late-Victorian and Edwardian male writers who likewise sought a means of self-determination within a hegemonic structure that often left few opportunities for personal agency. In contrast to the scholarly practice of exploring categories of modern masculinity such as Victorian imperialist manliness or German Cold-War male identity as distinct from each other, this monograph offers an important, comparative corrective that brings forward an extremely influential century-long trajectory of threatened masculinity. For German Cold-War masculinity, lessons were to be learned from history—namely, from late-Victorian and Edwardian models of manliness. Cold War Germans, like the Victorians before them, had to confront the unknowns of a new world without fear or hesitation. In a Cold-War mentality where nuclear technology and geographic distance had trumped face-to-face confrontation between East and West, Cold-War German masculinity sought alternatives to the insanity of mutual nuclear destruction by choosing not just to confront threats, but to resolve threats directly through personal agency and self-determination.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria

Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria

In the same interview, Hirschbiegel was asked whether he followed a particular strategy when choosing his films, ... other films about Germany's postwar legacy, can only be established in terms of their criticism of contemporary German ...

Author: Gabriele Mueller

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554582464

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 314

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During the last decade, contemporary German and Austrian cinema has grappled with new social and economic realities. The “cinema of consensus,” a term coined to describe the popular and commercially oriented filmmaking of the 1990s, has given way to a more heterogeneous and critical cinema culture. Making the greatest artistic impact since the 1970s, contemporary cinema is responding to questions of globalization and the effects of societal and economic change on the individual. This book explores this trend by investigating different thematic and aesthetic strategies and alternative methods of film production and distribution. Functioning both as a product and as an agent of globalizing processes, this new cinema mediates and influences important political and social debates. The contributors illuminate these processes through their analyses of cinema’s intervention in discourses on such concepts as “national cinema,” the effects of globalization on social mobility, and the emergence of a “global culture.” The essays illustrate the variety and inventiveness of contemporary Austrian and German filmmaking and highlight the complicated interdependencies between global developments and local specificities. They confirm a broader trend toward a more complex, critical, and formally diverse cinematic scene. This book offers insights into the strategies employed by German and Austrian filmmakers to position themselves between the commercial pressures of the film industry and the desire to mediate or even attempt to affect social change. It will be of interest to scholars in film studies, cultural studies, and European studies.
Categories: Performing Arts