No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive account of Germany's most enduring film genre, the Heimatfilm, which has offered idyllic variations on the idea that "there is no place like home" since cinema's early days. Charting the development of this popular genre over the course of a century in a work informed by film studies, cultural history, and social theory, Johannes von Moltke focuses in particular on its heyday in the 1950s, a period that has been little studied. Questions of what it could possibly mean to call the German nation "home" after the catastrophes of World War II are anxiously present in these films, and von Moltke uses them as a lens through which to view contemporary discourses on German national identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520244115
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Johannes von Moltke is Associate Professor of German and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : locating Heimat 1
1 Evergreens : the place of Heimat in German film history 21
2 Therapeutic topographies : from Ludwig Ganghofer to the Nazi Heimatfilm 36
3 Launching the Heimatfilmwelle : from the Trummerfilm to Grun ist die Heide 73
4 Heimat/horror/history : Rosen bluhen auf dem Heidegrab 93
5 Nostaligic modernization : locating home in the economic miracle 114
6 Expellees, emigrants, exiles : spectacles of displacement 135
7 Collectivizing the local : DEFA and the question of Heimat in the 1950s 170
8 Inside/out : spaces of history in Edgar Reitz's Heimat 203
Epilogue : Heimat, heritage, and the invention of tradition 227
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