Cinema in Democratizing Germany: Reconstructing National Identity After Hitler

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 9 nov. 2000 - 384 pages
Heide Fehrenbach analyzes the important role cinema played in the reconstruction of German cultural and political identity between 1945 and 1962. Concentrating on the former West Germany, she explores the complex political uses of film--and the meanings attributed to film representation and spectatorship--during a period of abrupt transition to democracy. According to Fehrenbach, the process of national redefinition made cinema and cinematic control a focus of heated ideological debate. Moving beyond a narrow political examination of Allied-German negotiations, she investigates the broader social nexus of popular moviegoing, public demonstrations, film clubs, and municipal festivals. She also draws on work in gender and film studies to probe the ways filmmakers, students, church leaders, local politicians, and the general public articulated national identity in relation to the challenges posed by military occupation, American commercial culture, and redefined gender roles. Thus highlighting the links between national identity and cultural practice, this book provides a richer picture of what German reconstruction entailed for both women and men.

 

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Table des matières

Introduction Cinema and National Identity 19451962
1
1 Cinema and German Society before 1945
12
American Occupation and the Politics of Film 19451949
51
Early Postwar Cinema and the Betrayal of Fatherland
92
Film Control and the Reconstruction of Civil Society
118
5 Popular Cinema Spectatorship and Identity in the Early 1950s
148
German Film Clubs and the Quest for Cultural Renewal
169
Mannheim Oberhausen and the Stirrings of Young German Cinema
211
The Berlin Film Festival of the 1950s
234
Conclusion
254
Appendixes
261
Notes
265
Bibliography
329
Index
351
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À propos de l'auteur (2000)

Heide Fehrenbach is assistant professor of history at Colgate University.

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