Defa / Edition 1

Defa / Edition 1

by S Allan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571817530

ISBN-13: 9781571817532

Pub. Date: 08/05/1999

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

". . . the lucid style of all contributions . . . makes this volume an accessible read to students . . . this volume has also the bonus of offering an excellent appendix on sources for future research . . . this collection of essays illustrates precisely why the quality of DEFA film-making should not be confined to the archives of history." - Journal of European Areas…  See more details below

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". . . the lucid style of all contributions . . . makes this volume an accessible read to students . . . this volume has also the bonus of offering an excellent appendix on sources for future research . . . this collection of essays illustrates precisely why the quality of DEFA film-making should not be confined to the archives of history." - Journal of European Areas Studies

"A useful appendix provides research sources. Written in clear prose, these essays should interest undergraduates and generalists as well as scholars and faculty." - Humanities

Western scholars have not lost any of their fascination for East German culture. Cinema in particular continues to attract interest. This volume, the first one in English, traces the development of the main institution, the state-sponsored Deutsche Film Anstalt (DEFA), which was primarily responsible for film production in the former GDR from 1946, ceasing to exist in 1992. Although largely ignored outside the former GDR, the DEFA produced anumber of excellent films and scriptwriters that are examined here for the first time. This volume analyzes the representation of fascism and anti-fascism in the cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, the conflicts between the state and the film-makers of the 1960s, and the social-political criticism in the 1970s and early 1980s. Other key issues that arise from this comprehensive look at DEFA include its representation of women, the concept of ""Heimat,"" the reception of the classical heritage, and the relation of DEFA cinema to other European film traditions.The comprehensive bibliography and a list of research sources on East German cinema make this volume an indispensable tool for students and scholars of the media.

Séan Allan is senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Warwick.

John Sandford is Professor of German Studies at the University of Reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571817532
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/05/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Preface
1DEFA: An Historical Overview1
2DEFA and the Traditions of International Cinema22
3'Letting the Genie out of the Bottle': DEFA Film-Makers and Film und Fernsehen42
4The Anti-Fascist Past in DEFA Films58
5Discussion with Kurt Maetzig77
6Rebels with a Cause: The Development of the 'Berlin-Filme' by Gerhard Klein and Wolfgang Kohlhaase93
7DEFA: A Personal View117
8Representations of Work in the Forbidden DEFA Films of 1965131
9Censorship and the Law: The Case of Das Kaninchen bin ich (I am the Rabbit)146
10Paths of Discovery: The Films of Konrad Wolf164
11From Models to Misfits: Women in DEFA Films of the 1970s and 1980s183
12The Concept of 'Heimat-GDR' in DEFA Feature Films204
13The Re-evaluation of Goethe and the Classical Tradition in the Films of Egon Gunther and Siegfried Kuhn222
14Idealism Takes on the Establishment: Social Criticism in Roland Graf's Film Adaptations of Markische Forschungen (Exploring the Brandenburg Marches) and Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)245
15The Documentary Work of Jurgen Bottcher: A Retrospective267
16Documenting the Wende: The Films of Andreas Voigt283
About the Contributors302
AppResearch Sources for East German Cinema305
Select Bibliography309
Index320

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