Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective (Contemporary Film and Television Series)by Randall Halle
Pub. Date: 02/28/2003
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Critics rarely associate popular film with German cinema, despite the international success of such films as "Das Boot" (1981), "The Never-Ending Story" (1984), "Run, Lola, Run" (1998), and recent German comedies, all representing a rich body of work outside the parameters of high culture. This very success compels the authors of "Light Motives" to take an unprecedented look at German popular film across the historical spectrum and to examine larger cultural, historical, and political meanings suggested by the term "popular."
The essays challenge the traditional shape of German film history, while offering in-depth analyses of films that have until now been beyond the pale of critical attention. What emerges is a "Never-Ending Story" of oft-repeated obsessions, overlapping generic forms, omnipresent or subtle nods to Hollywood, and myriad political concerns irreducible to a unified message or aesthetic form—all bearing witness to the vibrancy of German culture.
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