A New History of German Cinema

A New History of German Cinema

by Jennifer M. Kapczynski
     
 

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This dynamic, event-centered anthology offers a new understanding of the hundred-year history of German-language film, from the earliest days of the Kintopp to contemporary productions like The Lives of Others. Each of the more than eighty essays takes a key date as its starting point and explores its significance for German film history, pursuing its relationship…  See more details below

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This dynamic, event-centered anthology offers a new understanding of the hundred-year history of German-language film, from the earliest days of the Kintopp to contemporary productions like The Lives of Others. Each of the more than eighty essays takes a key date as its starting point and explores its significance for German film history, pursuing its relationship with its social, political, and aesthetic moment. While the essays offer ample temporal and topical spread, this book emphasizes the juxtaposition of famous and unknown stories, granting attention to a wide range of cinematic events. Brief section introductions provide a larger historical and film-historical framework that illuminates the essays within it, offering both scholars and the general reader a setting for the individual texts and figures under investigation. Cross-references to other essays in the book are included at the close of each entry, encouraging readers not only to pursue familiar trajectories in the development of German film, but also to trace particular figures and motifs across genres and historical periods. Together, the contributions offer a new view of the multiple, intersecting narratives that make up German-language cinema. The constellation that is thus established challenges unidirectional narratives of German film history and charts new ways of thinking about film historiography more broadly. Jennifer Kapczynski is Associate Professor of German at Washington University, St. Louis, and Michael Richardson is Associate Professor of German at Ithaca College.

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The volume offers extensive and varied material on the history of German cinema; especially to be noted are the careful bibliographies. . . . The volume is well suited for classes on both the history of German cinema and on its present state, because it treats the most diverse topics carefully and offers concisely formulated insights along with suggestions for further reading. MONATSHEFTE (A)n extremely rich and informative book (that makes an) important contribution to the area of German film studies . . . . (It) certainly performs the task demanded of this changing discipline and revises, reconfigures, and advances German national cinema in all of its dimensions. H-GERMAN REVIEWS Film Book of the Year, 2012. I have decided in favor of (this) American publication on German film because I find its perspective on our film history particularly richly detailed, thought provoking, and original. HANS-HELMUT PRINZLER, WWW.HHPRINZLER.DE Can claim top position just by its extent and number of contributions . . . . The chronological jigsaw puzzle joins together into an original and substantial whole. . . . One shouldn't forget that this is a film book from America. Thus: a view from the outside, which, however, has the advantage of a different curiosity and perspective. . . . It is astounding, given their brevity, how the texts hit their crucial marks. . . . With this book (the editors) have accomplished an extraordinary editorial feat. HANS-HELMUT PRINZLER, WWW.HHPRINZLER.DE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571135957
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
01/03/2014
Series:
Screen Cultures: German Film and the Visual
Pages:
692
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

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