Straight Through the Heart: Doris Dörrie, German Filmmaker and Author

Overview

This collection of articles is the first comprehensive introduction to the work of the multi-talented Doris Dörrie, Germany's most successful female filmmaker and best-selling author. From Straight through the Heart (1983) to Naked (2002), all eleven of her feature films are examined in individual essays. The approaches by the various authors are as diverse as Dörrie's films. Some explore the relationship between her short stories and the films based on them, while others analyze the influence of Hollywood (Ernst...
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Overview

This collection of articles is the first comprehensive introduction to the work of the multi-talented Doris Dörrie, Germany's most successful female filmmaker and best-selling author. From Straight through the Heart (1983) to Naked (2002), all eleven of her feature films are examined in individual essays. The approaches by the various authors are as diverse as Dörrie's films. Some explore the relationship between her short stories and the films based on them, while others analyze the influence of Hollywood (Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, and Robert Altman) as well as German film history on her work. Two essays discuss Dörrie's short story collections, and the final chapter focuses on the most recent phase of her literary career, as the author of popular children's books. In addition to the articles, the volume includes an interview with Doris Dörrie as well as the filmmaker's own English translation of her original script for Nobody Loves Me. Illustrated with photos.
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Editorial Reviews

German Studies Review
The book is certainly comprehensive...a testament to Dörrie's historically conflicted critical reception.
Summer 2006 The German Quarterly
...a welcome addition to German films studies...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810849785
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz A. Birgel is Associate Professor of German at Muhlenberg College. Among his publications are articles on Christopher Martin Wieland and Werner Herzog. He is currently writing a book on the cinema of the Third Reich. Klaus Phillips is Professor of German and Film at Hollins University, where he is also the director of the graduate program in screenwriting and film studies. He has also published widely on post-1945 German cinema.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Conversation with Doris Dörrie Chapter 4 2 Beyond Screwball Comedy: Doris Dörrie's Straight Through the Heart Chapter 5 3 Article on In the Belly of the Whale Chapter 6 4 Doris Dörrie's Men: Bridging the Gap Between 1968 and 1985? Chapter 7 5 Love and Sexuality in Men Chapter 8 6 " I want to take you on my banana boat": A Queer Reading of Doris Dörrie's Men Chapter 9 7 Melodrama and Ambivalence or Where is " the strong woman" in Doris Dörrie's Paradise? Chapter 10 8 Me and Him and the "Serial Seducer" Genre Chapter 11 9 Why Americans Didn't Laugh: Comedic Structure in Me and Him Chapter 12 10 Text and Genre Context in Doris Dörrie's Money Chapter 13 11 Happy Birthday! or: Is a Private Eye a Type of Family Doctor? Chapter 14 12 A Carnival of Humans: Multi-Cultural Spaces and Space Aliens in Doris Dörrie's Nobody Loves Me Chapter 15 13 Angst Takes a Holiday in Doris Dörrie's Am I Beautiful? Chapter 16 14 Removing the Mask: Doris Dörrie's Enlightenment Guaranteed Chapter 17 15 Naked: Is there a fundamental identity, which we adorn or is it all tentative? Chapter 18 16 Reflecting Love at Quite Its Natural Size: Doris Dörrie as Writer Chapter 19 17 Doris Dörrie: The Filmmaker as Writer Chapter 20 18 What Children Know: The Child's Imagination in Doris Dörrie's Picture Books Part 21 Appendix: Original Script for Nobody Loves Me Part 22 Filmography Part 23 Bibliography Part 24 Index Part 25 About the Editors and Contributors
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