Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective (Contemporary Film and Television Series)

Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective (Contemporary Film and Television Series)

by Randall Halle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814330444

ISBN-13: 9780814330449

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814330449
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Contemporary Film and Television Series
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.36(d)

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