Rainer Werner Fassbinder was the most innovative practitioner of New German Cinema. He worked at breakneck speed and in fourteen years made forty-four films, including Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978). Fassbinder ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity, and his films detail the desperate yearning for love and freedom and the many ways in which society defeats that desire.
by Claude Lanzmann
Call Number: D804.3 .L36813 1995
Publication Date: 1995-08-22
A nine-and-a-half-hour documentary on the Nazi extermination camps, Shoah (the Hebrew word for "Holocaust") was internationally hailed as a masterpiece upon its release in 1985. This book presents in an accessible and vivid format the testimony of survivors, participants, witnesses, and scholars.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's 2006 film The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) has received international acclaim -- including an Academy Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and multiple German Film Awards -- for its moving portrayal of East German life under the pervasive surveillance of the Stasi. In Totalitarianism on Screen, political theorists Carl Eric Scott and F. Flagg Taylor IV assemble top scholars to analyze the film from philosophical and political perspectives.
This is the first volume in English to examine in detail one of the most remarkable collaborations between a writer and filmmaker in European cinema. Focusing on the four films Wim Wenders and Peter Handke made between 1969 and 1987 (3 American LPs, The Goalkeeper¿s Fear of the Penalty, Wrong Move, and Wings of Desire), it explores the productive tension between adaptation and collaboration and demonstrates the different ways in which text- and image-makers can recompose film¿s constituent media (literature, still and moving images, music, drama).
Investigates the extent to which German filmmakers have engaged with the ever more fluid trade of images, meanings, and identities in a globalizing world. This volume traces German cinema's negotiation of the global as a multilayered story in which hopes and fears about the prospect of a more cosmopolitan culture often go hand in hand.
This fascinating volume is for all serious students of European cinema as well as historians of Germany in the 20th century. German Essays on Film is divided into five parts: Late Wilhelmine Germany; Weimar Republic (1918-33); Inside the Third Reich (1933-45); Intellectuals in Exile; and Postwar Germany: since 1945.
From mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes for generations, in the experiences of those on both sides of the act. Gabriele Schwab reads these legacies in a number of narratives, primarily through the writing of postwar Germans and the descendents of Holocaust survivors.
Literature of the Holocaust
by Alan Rosen (Editor)
Call Number: PN56.H55 L59 2013
Publication Date: 2013-11-14
This volume features essays on writing from the period of the Holocaust (1939-1945) as well as from its aftermath. The essays cover a wide geographic, linguistic, thematic and generic range of relevant material.
This includes discussion of those 'heritage films' that engage with the country's problematic past and that have been a driving force behind the industry's current international visibility, as well as a number of films that examine the contemporary social reality of the Berlin Republic, films that often also explore the representational possibilities of film itself.
When New German cinema directors like R. W. Fassbinder, Ulrike Ottinger, and Werner Schroeter explored issues of identity;national, political, personal, and sexual;music and film style played crucial roles.
Remnants of Auschwitz
by Giorgio Agamben; Daniel Heller-Roazen (Translator)
Call Number: D 804.195 .A53 1999
Publication Date: 1999-12-17
In this book the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben looks closely at the literature of the survivors of Auschwitz, probing the philosophical and ethical questions raised by their testimony.
While it is true that the events of World War II and the Holocaust transformed and complicated much of the world’s understanding of what constitutes ethical behavior, nowhere are these ethical nuances more pronounced than in contemporary German film. Throughout the twentieth century, Germany experienced a number of changes with global implications. As one approach to exploring critical moments in the cultural history of post-WWII Germany, this course examines films that explore the notion of ethics in the context of the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall and beyond.