German Postwar Films

German Postwar Films

by Wilfried Wilms
     
 

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This volume of essays by scholars of German film and culture examines the relatively neglected German films of the immediate post-World War II period, the so-called "rubble films." Often seen merely as symptoms of a particular German malady--the supposed inability to confront the sins of its immediate past--these films have rarely been examined for their aesthetic

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This volume of essays by scholars of German film and culture examines the relatively neglected German films of the immediate post-World War II period, the so-called "rubble films." Often seen merely as symptoms of a particular German malady--the supposed inability to confront the sins of its immediate past--these films have rarely been examined for their aesthetic qualities and for what they actually depict about postwar German life, attitudes, and fears. Placed within the context of German film history of the postwar period and Allied censorship, the essays examine both well-known and nearly forgotten films for their narrative structure, aesthetic strategies, political ideologies, psychological portraits of damaged adults and orphaned youth, and the nuances of the history they reveal.

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"This book's topics include not only the despair that induced the 'rubble' sensibility but also the bombing that caused it, life in the ruins, East German 'rubble films' and American imports, and particular examples of the genre.  Each of the dozen contributors provides useful documentation . . . recommended."--Choice

"An important and insightful volume."--Recent Trends in German Film Studies, Monatshefte

"In providing this new look, Wilms and Rasch have produced a very helpful complement to other recent work on the German 'Rubble Films'... The standard of contributions in this volume is consistently high." --Paul Cooke, University of Leeds

"Not only valuable for those students of film and those fascinated by the esoteric details of forgotten German cinema, but also for those interested in memory culture and the different ways in which the past, particularly traumatic events, can be addressed, reacted against, denied, nurtured, celebrated, and ultimately accepted."--Focus on German Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230608252
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Studies in European Culture and History Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,474,110
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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