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Screening war : perspectives on German suffering

Author: Paul Cooke; Marc Silberman
Publisher: Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010.
Series: Screen cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The recent "discovery" of German wartime suffering has had a particularly profound impact in German visual culture. Films from Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse (2003) to Oliver Hirschbiegel's Oscar-nominated Downfall (2004) and the two-part television miniseries Dresden (2006) have shown how ordinary Germans suffered during and after the war. Such films have been presented by critics as treating a topic that had  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Cooke; Marc Silberman
ISBN: 9781571134370 1571134379
OCLC Number: 462878476
Description: vi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: German suffering? / Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman --
Hidden screens: soldiers, martyrs, innocent German victims. Armchair warriors: heroic postures in the West German war film / Jennifer M. Kapczynski --
German martyrs: images of Christianity and resistance to national socialism in German cinema / David Clarke --
The rhetoric of victim narratives in West German films of the 1950s / Manuel Köppen --
Projection screens: disavowing loss, transforming antifascism, contesting memories. Sissi the terrible: melodrama, victimhood, and imperial nostalgia in the Sissi trilogy / Erica Carter --
Political affects: antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf / Sabine Hake --
Shadowlands: the memory of the Ostgebiete in contemporary German film and television / Tim Bergfelder --
Display screens: generational traumas, untimely passions, open wounds. Links and chains: trauma between the generations in the Heimat mode / Rachel Palfreyman --
Resistance of the heart: female suffering and victimhood in DEFA's antifascist films / Daniela Berghahn --
Suffering and sympathy in Volker Schlöndorff's Der neunte Tag and Dennis Gansel's NaPolA / Brad Prager --
Split screens: ambiguous authorities, decentered emotions, performed identities. Eberhard Fechner's history of suffering: TV talk, temporal distance, spatial displacement / John E. Davidson --
The politics of feeling: Alexander Kluge on war, film, and emotion / Johannes von Moltke --
Post-unification German-Jewish relations and the discourse of victimhood in Dani Levy's films / Seán Allan.
Series Title: Screen cultures.
Responsibility: edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman.
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Re-examines German cinema's representation of the Germans as victims during the Second World War and its aftermath.  Read more...


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