Cultural History through a National Socialist Lens: Essays on the Cinema of the Third Reich - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture (Hardback)Robert Reimer (editor)
Hardback 317 Pages / Published: 15/10/2001
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This collection of essays offers a view of Nazi Germany through an analysis of twenty films. These represent a sampling of the period's directors and reflect the film medium's major genres. For in spite of the control that Goebbels's film industry exercised over all aspects of filmmaking in the Third Reich, the films reveal an individuality that belies subsuming them under any one rubric or containing them within any one theory. Films such as Hitlerjunge Quex, Die grosse Liebe, and Auf Wiedersehen Franziska represent the Nazi film industry's efforts to propagandize through entertainment. Others such as Immensee, Kleider machen Leute, and Der Schimmelreiter reveal an attempt to expropriate Germany's rich literary past for the regime. These literary adaptations and films like Gluckskinder, La Habanera, and Der Kaiser von Kalifornien today seem void of Nazi ideology if viewed outside the context of Nazism. Yet another film, Der ewige Jude, shocks us with its virulent anti-Semitism and hateful propaganda almost sixty years after its release. All of the films treated, regardless of their fame or notoriety or the level of commitment of their directors to the Nazi cause, played an important role in a cinema that not only represents the dreams and lives of the citizens of the Third Reich, but influenced them as well. Robert C. Reimer is professor of German at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 317
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
...gathers forward the argument that propaganda need not be defined as the willful product of government...seeks...a historical context in which, through movies, the reader might approach the complex intersections of German cultural values and Nazism. A thoughtful book with a thorough bibliography, illuminating stills, and a useful index. CHOICE An excellent introduction to the diverse and often contradictory appearance of Third Reich Cinema and the complicated ideological questions a cultural history of this period must try to answer. GERMAN QUARTERLY
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