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East German Cinema: Defa and Film History

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East Germany's film monopoly, Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA), produced a breadth and depth of films ranging beyond simple propaganda to westerns, science fiction films, musicals, melodramas, spy thrillers, women's films, fairy tales, and children's films, among others. This book covers the entire range of filmmaking under the DEFA logo, from their beginnings in the Soviet Occupied Zone through unification and shows their continuing impact in contemporary culture. East German cinema offers the opportunity to see the complete picture of German film beyond Murnau, Lang, von Sternberg, and Fassbinder to equally important East German directors such as Frank Beyer, Wolfgang Staudte, Kurt Maetzig, and Konrad Wolf. In his analysis of twelve representative films produced between 1946 and 1990, Heiduschke illustrates the complex nature of DEFA's monopoly affected by domestic, international, and transnational dynamics and directs the attention to an influential, but often forgotten part of German film that bridged the cinemas of eastern and western Europe during the Cold War in surprising ways.

About the Author

Simon Heiduschke is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Oregon State University, USA. He has published on East German Cinema, the German film comedy, and contemporary German film.

Table of Contents

PART I: EAST GERMAN CINEMA
1. East German Cinema as State Institution
2. Reciprocities and Tensions: DEFA and the East German Entertainment Industry
3. A Cultural Legacy: DEFA's Afterlife
PART II. FREEZES AND THAWS: CANONIZING DEFA
4. The Rubble Film, Wolfgang Staudte, and Post-War German cinema: Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers Are Among Us)
5. Fairytales and Children's Films as Eternal Blockbusters: Die Geschichte vom Kleinen Muck (The Story of Little Mook)
6. The Gegenwartsfilm, West Berlin as Hostile Other, and East Germany as Homeland: The Rebel Film Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (Berlin Schönhauser Corner)
7. The Birth of DEFA Genre Cinema, East German Sci-fi Films, New Technologies, and Co-production with Eastern Europe: Der schweigende Stern (Silent Star)
8. Film Censorship, the East German Nouvelle Vague, and the 'Rabbit Films': Das Kaninchen bin ich (The Rabbit is Me)
9. Renegade films, DEFA Musicals, and the genre cinema: Heißer Sommer (Hot Summer)
10. More Genre Cinema, The 'Red Western,' and Stardom in East Germany: Apachen (Apaches)
11. Gender, Class, and Sexuality: Ending Taboos in Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)
12. DEFA and the Holocaust, the Antifascist Legacy, and International Acclaim: Jakob der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)
13. The Women's Film, Konrad Wolf, and DEFA After the 'Biermann Affair': Solo Sunny
14. Passed by History: Dystopia, Parable, and Bookend: Die Architekten (The Architects)
15. The Wendeflicks, Jörg Foth, and DEFA after censorship: Letztes aus der Da-Da-eR (Latest from the Da-Da-eR)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137322319
Author:
Heiduschke, Sebastian
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
World History-Germany
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in 1 lb

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