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Weimar and Now #36: No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema

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Publisher Comments:

"Alternating between panoramic prospects and close-up views, this epic study takes us on an invigorating journey through a century of film history. This exemplar of critical film history is a major breakthrough."—Eric Rentschler, Harvard University

"Taking his cue from Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Johannes von Moltke argues that only once one's home is jeopardized or lost does one realize that "There's no place like home." In brilliant readings of German films from the 1950s and early 1960s, he sees "Heimat" as a deeply ambivalent, unstable concept, forever in need of re-grounding. In these films, "Heimat" must be incorporated or adapted into various menaces, whether the threat comes from outsiders, such as politically displaced persons or city dwellers relocating to the countryside, or via the encroachment of modernity, as with increased technological communication and transportation. This book is the sum of superior research, engaging presentation, and sophisticated argumentation. It offers an original contribution to German cultural history."—Alice A. Kuzniar, author of The Queer German Cinema

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Locating Heimat

PART I. ROOTS

1. Evergreens: The Place of Heimat in German Film History

2. Therapeutic Topographies: From Ludwig Ganghofer to the Nazi Heimatfilm

PART II. ROUTES

3. Launching the Heimatfilmwelle: From the Trümmerfilm to Grün ist die Heide

4. Heimat/Horror/History: Rosen blühen auf dem Heidegrab

5. Nostalgic Modernization: Locating Home in the Economic Miracle

6. Expellees, Emigrants, Exiles: Spectacles of Displacement

7. Collectivizing the Local: DEFA and the Question of Heimat in the 1950s

PART III. RETROSPECTS

8. Inside/Out: Spaces of History in Edgar Reitzs Heimat

Epilogue: Heimat, Heritage, and the Invention of Tradition

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520244115
Author:
Von Moltke, Johannes
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Moltke, Johannes Von
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Germany -- History.
Subject:
Heimatfilme -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism
Series Volume:
36
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w photographs
Pages:
318
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 15 oz

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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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