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Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema / Edition 1
     

Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema / Edition 1

by Lawrence Baron
 

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ISBN-10: 0742543331

ISBN-13: 9780742543331

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Most Holocaust survivors and scholars contend that the event was so catastrophic and unprecedented that it defies authentic representation in feature films. Yet it is precisely the extremity of the "Final Solution" and the issues it raised that have fueled the cinematic imagination. Recognizing that movies reach a greater audience than eyewitness, historical, or

Overview

Most Holocaust survivors and scholars contend that the event was so catastrophic and unprecedented that it defies authentic representation in feature films. Yet it is precisely the extremity of the "Final Solution" and the issues it raised that have fueled the cinematic imagination. Recognizing that movies reach a greater audience than eyewitness, historical, or literary accounts, Lawrence Baron argues that they mirror changing public perceptions of the Holocaust over time and place. After tracing the evolution of the most commonly employed genres and themes in earlier Holocaust motion pictures, Baron focuses on how films from the 1990s make the Holocaust relevant for contemporary audiences. He discusses significant forgotten films such as The Search, Martha and I, Mendel, and Triumph of the Spirit, as well as movies about non-Jewish victims and children. To convey the significance of the Holocaust to generations born after it happened, Baron covers movies like Max, The Grey Zone, Nowhere in Africa, and The Pianist, and analyzes the use of the Holocaust as a plot element in action-adventure fantasy movies like X-Men. The book concludes with a user-friendly thematic bibliography, filmography, and Internet reference guide.

About the Author:
Lawrence Baron is a history professor at San Diego State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742543331
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
The Holocaust: A Cinematic Cataclysm?     1
Notes     18
Picturing the Holocaust in the Past: 1945-1979     23
The GI and the DP: The Search     29
The Decade of the Diary: The Diary of Anne Frank     34
The Venality of Evil: The Shop on Main Street     40
Miniseries, Maxi-Impact: Holocaust     47
Notes     55
The Biopic: Personalizing Perpetrators, Victims, and Resisters     65
The Dictator as Director: The Empty Mirror     68
The Christian as Martyr: Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace     74
The Jew as Martyr: Korczak     78
The Jew as Fugitive: Europa, Europa     84
The Jew as Inmate: Triumph of the Spirit     89
Notes     93
Condemned Couples: Lovers and Liquidation     103
Pygmalion and Persecution: Martha and I     107
Muffled Music: The Harmonists     111
Ostracizing the Outsider: Jew Boy Levi     117
A Doubly Doomed Love: Aimee and Jaguar     121
Pink Triangles and Yellow Stars: Bent     125
Notes     129
Serious Humor: Laughter as Lamentation     135
The Nasty Ghoul: Genghis Cohn     139
Lies His Father Told Him: Life Is Beautiful     143
Fiddler on the Cattle-Car Roof: Train of Life     149
False Hope Is Better Than No Hope: Jakob the Liar     154
A Gefilte Fish out of Water: Mendel     160
Notes     164
The Children Are Watching: Holocaust Films for Youngsters     171
Give Us Your Traumatized, Yearning to Breathe Free: Alan and Naomi     176
Dancing to a Different Drummer: Swing Kids     178
Alone among the Cannibals: The Island on Bird Street     183
Oz-Schwitz: The Devil's Arithmetic     187
The Silver Lining: Miracle at Midnight     191
Notes     196
Relevant Remembrances: Themes in Recent Holocaust Movies     201
Neo-Nazis as Holocaust Ghosts: Rosenzweig's Freedom     201
Rescuers-From Saints to Sinners: Schindler's List     207
New Lives, Old Arguments: The Quarrel     215
The Second Generation-Carrying the Parents' Baggage: Left Luggage     220
Collective Silence Is Not Golden: The Nasty Girl     225
Notes     230
Projecting the Holocaust into the Twenty-first Century     239
Humanizing Hitler-The Dictator as a Young Man: Max, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, and The Downfall     240
The Soloist: The Pianist     243
Doubly Displaced: Nowhere in Africa     248
The Limits of Realism: The Grey Zone     253
Referential Treatment-The Holocaust as Pop Metaphor: X-Men     258
Holocaust Cinema as Prosthetic Memory     262
Notes     264
Selected Bibliography     269
Filmography: 1990-2004     279
Internet Resources     291
Index     293
About the Author     307

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