Re-imagining DEFA : East German cinema in its national and transnational contexts / edited by Sean Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Edition: [First edition]Description: 1 online resource (x,366 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781785331060; 178533106XSubject(s): Motion picture industry -- Germany (East) -- History | Motion pictures -- Germany (East) -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Re-imagining DEFA.DDC classification: 384/.8/09431 LOC classification: PN1999.D4 | R45 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, the cinema of the German Democratic Republic-to the extent it was considered at all-was widely regarded as a footnote to European film history, with little of enduring value. Since then, interest in East German cinema has exploded, inspiring innumerable festivals, books, and exhibits on the GDR's rich and varied filmic output. In Re-Imagining DEFA, leading international experts take stock of this vibrant landscape and plot an ambitious course for future research, one that considers other cinematic traditions, brings genre and popular works into the fold, and encompasses DEFA's complex post-unification "afterlife."
RE-IMAGINING DEFA; RE-IMAGINING DEFA -- EAST GERMAN CINEMA IN ITS NATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXTS -- Edited by Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; INTRODUCTION -- Re-imagining East German Cinema -- Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke; PART I -- INSTITUTIONS AND IDEOLOGY; CHAPTER 1 -- The State-Owned Cinema Industry and Its Audience -- Rosemary Stott; CHAPTER 2 -- History and Subjectivity -- The Evolution of DEFA Film Music -- Larson Powell
CHAPTER 3 -- 'Fatal Attractions' -- Modernist Set Design and the East-West Divide in DEFA Films of the 1950s and early 1960s -- Annette DorgerlohPART II -- NATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXTS; CHAPTER 4 -- DEFA and the Legacy of 'Film Europe' -- Prestige, Institutional Exchange and Film Co-Productions -- Mariana Ivanova; CHAPTER 5 -- Betting on Entertainment -- The Cold War Scandal of Spielbank-Affäre [Casino Affair, 1957] -- Stefan Soldovieri; CHAPTER 6 -- 'Operación Silencio' -- Studio H&S's Chile Cycle as Latin American Third Cinema -- Dennis Hanlon
CHAPTER 7 Deconstructing Orientalism -- DEFA's Fictions of East Asia -- Qinna ShenCHAPTER 8 -- Transnational Stardom -- DEFA's Management of Dean Reed -- Seán Allan; PART III -- GENRE AND POPULAR CINEMA; CHAPTER 9 -- Walter Felsenstein and the DEFA Opera Film -- Sabine Hake; CHAPTER 10 -- Dreams of 'Cosmic Culture' in Der schweigende Stern [The Silent Star, 1960] -- Sonja Fritzsche; CHAPTER 11 -- The DEFA Indianerfilm -- Narrating the Postcolonial through Gojko Mitic -- Evan Torner; CHAPTER 12 -- Defining Socialist Children's Films, Defining Socialist Childhoods -- Benita Blessing; PART IV -- DEFA'S LEGACY
CHAPTER 13 -- DEFA's Last Gasp -- Ruins, Melancholy and the End of East German Filmmaking -- Nick HodginCHAPTER 14 -- DEFA's Antifascist Myth Revisited KLK an PTX -- Die Rote Kapelle [KLK calling PTX -- The Red Orchestra, 1971] -- Sebastian Heiduschke; CHAPTER 15 -- DEFA's Afterimages -- Looking back at the East from the West in Das Leben der Anderen [The Lives of Others, 2006] and Barbara (2012) -- Daniela Berghahn; Select Bibliography; Index
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CHOICE ReviewBuilding on previous scholarship on East German cinema, Re-Imagining DEFA offers insightful readings of the texts and contexts of GDR cinema. Allan (Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland) and Heiduschke (Oregon State Univ.) assembled a diverse group of international scholars. Taken together, their essays create a coherent whole representing the richness of film production before, during, and after DEFA (Deutsche Film Aktiengesellschaft), the state-owned East German film production company at the loose center of this collection. Organized into four parts, the 15 essays take on a wide array of important topics related to GDR cinema and to film studies more generally; the transnationalism is most notable in contributions that examine coproductions such as Spielbank-Affäre [Casino Affair, 1957], for which DEFA joined forces with Pandora-Film Stockholm, and the series of documentaries by Studio H&S revolving around Chile in the 1970s. Essays on children's films, film music, race and racial identification, the star system, and post-Wende representations of the GDR round out this useful and compelling collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Jonathan O. Wipplinger, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Sebastian Heiduschke is Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. He has published the monograph DEFA: East German Cinema and Film History (2013) and essays on the marketing, distribution, and fan cultures of DEFA film.