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Last features : East German cinema's lost generation / Reinhild Steingröver.

By: Steingröver, Reinhild.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Screen cultures: Publisher: Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2014Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 1571138846; 9781571138842; 1306411645; 9781306411646.Subject(s): Motion pictures -- Germany (East) -- History | Motion picture producers and directors -- Germany (East)Additional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 791.430943/1 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- On fools and clowns or refusal as engagement in two final DEFA films: Egon Gunther's Stein and Jorg Foth's Letztes aus der DaDaeR -- "Film must fidget": DEFA's untimely poets -- Absurd endgames: Peter Welz's Banale tage -- Flight into reality: the cinema of Helke Misselwitz -- The extraordinary in the ordinary: Andreas Voigt's Leipzig pentalogy, 1986-96 -- Asynchronicity in DEFA's last feature: architects, goats, and Godot.
Summary: As the Berlin Wall was on the verge of collapse, a group of young East German filmmakers produced around thirty stylistically diverse films that -- until recently -- few people ever saw. Most of these films were lost in the political upheaval of the Wende, disappearing until the 2009 Wendeflicks festival in Los Angeles brought them back for an international audience. Drawing on a decade of archival research and interviews with the directors, writers, and editors of the films in question, Last Features is the story of these forgotten films.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes filmography.

Introduction -- On fools and clowns or refusal as engagement in two final DEFA films: Egon Gunther's Stein and Jorg Foth's Letztes aus der DaDaeR -- "Film must fidget": DEFA's untimely poets -- Absurd endgames: Peter Welz's Banale tage -- Flight into reality: the cinema of Helke Misselwitz -- The extraordinary in the ordinary: Andreas Voigt's Leipzig pentalogy, 1986-96 -- Asynchronicity in DEFA's last feature: architects, goats, and Godot.

As the Berlin Wall was on the verge of collapse, a group of young East German filmmakers produced around thirty stylistically diverse films that -- until recently -- few people ever saw. Most of these films were lost in the political upheaval of the Wende, disappearing until the 2009 Wendeflicks festival in Los Angeles brought them back for an international audience. Drawing on a decade of archival research and interviews with the directors, writers, and editors of the films in question, Last Features is the story of these forgotten films.

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Some 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, this meticulously researched monograph reassesses the last features made by the final generation of East German directors. Steingröver (German and film studies, Eastman School of Music, Univ. of Rochester) draws on both new archival research and interviews with filmmakers to reconstruct the films' production context at the DEFA studio before its closure in 1992. Attending to both artistic programs and sociopolitical conditions that shaped the making of the last features, the author's nuanced analyses place the films within the larger career trajectories of directors who have struggled to realize their cinematic vision in the GDR and postunification Germany alike. Steingröver's important intervention is to view these films neither as merely symptomatic of the momentous events of 1989-90 nor as anomalous byproducts of a lost era. Rather, she connects these features and their production circumstances to larger formal, generic, political, and artistic tendencies in German and European film history, before, during, and after the existence of the GDR. Including a full filmography, extensive bibliography, and ample illustrations, this readable book lends itself to course adoption, especially since the DEFA Film Library has released a complementary 11-DVD set by the same title, which includes almost all the films Steingröver discusses. --Hester Delacey Baer, University of Maryland - College Park

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