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Triumph of the Ordinary: Depictions of Daily Life in the East German Cinema, 1949-1989

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Were movies in the East Bloc propaganda or carefully veiled dissent? In the first major study in English of East German film, Joshua Feinstein argues that the answer to this question is decidedly complex.

Drawing on newly opened archives as well as interviews with East German directors, actors, and state officials, Feinstein traces how the cinematic depiction of East Germany changed in response to national political developments and transnational cultural trends such as the spread of television and rock 'n' roll. Celluloid images fed a larger sense of East German identity, an identity that persists today, more than a decade after German reunification. But even as they attempted to satisfy calls for "authentic" images of the German Democratic Republic that would legitimize socialist rule, filmmakers challenged the regime's self-understanding. Beginning in the late 1960s, East German films dwelled increasingly on everyday life itself, no longer seeing it merely as a stage in the development toward communism. By presenting an image of a static rather than an evolving society, filmmakers helped transform East German identity from one based on a commitment to socialist progress to one that accepted the GDR as it was.

Synopsis:

Examining East German films made between 1949 and 1989, Feinstein argues that filmmakers created images of daily life in the German Democratic Republic that both challenged and legitimized socialist rule.

About the Author

Joshua Feinstein has taught European history at Stanford University and Emory University. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807853856
Author:
Feinstein, Joshua
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
German Studies; Media/Media History/Film Studies
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Germany (East) -- History.
Subject:
German studies
Subject:
Media/Media History/Film Studies
Subject:
World History-Germany
Subject:
Media/Media His
Subject:
tory/Film Studies
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2,33
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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