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"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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|1||DEFA: An Historical Overview||1|
|2||DEFA and the Traditions of International Cinema||22|
|3||'Letting the Genie out of the Bottle': DEFA Film-Makers and Film und Fernsehen||42|
|4||The Anti-Fascist Past in DEFA Films||58|
|5||Discussion with Kurt Maetzig||77|
|6||Rebels with a Cause: The Development of the 'Berlin-Filme' by Gerhard Klein and Wolfgang Kohlhaase||93|
|7||DEFA: A Personal View||117|
|8||Representations of Work in the Forbidden DEFA Films of 1965||131|
|9||Censorship and the Law: The Case of Das Kaninchen bin ich (I am the Rabbit)||146|
|10||Paths of Discovery: The Films of Konrad Wolf||164|
|11||From Models to Misfits: Women in DEFA Films of the 1970s and 1980s||183|
|12||The Concept of 'Heimat-GDR' in DEFA Feature Films||204|
|13||The Re-evaluation of Goethe and the Classical Tradition in the Films of Egon Gunther and Siegfried Kuhn||222|
|14||Idealism 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|
|15||The Documentary Work of Jurgen Bottcher: A Retrospective||267|
|16||Documenting the Wende: The Films of Andreas Voigt||283|
|About the Contributors||302|
|App||Research Sources for East German Cinema||305|