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EAST GERMAN CINEMA: DEFA AND FILM HISTORY. Sebastian Heiduschke. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2013. 206 pp. with 12 ills. 24 x 15 cm. LC 2013-18109 ISBN 9781137322302 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 160011. Publisher's description: East Germany's film monopoly, Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA), produced a breadth and depth of films ranging beyond simple propaganda to westerns, science fiction films, musicals, melodramas, spy thrillers, women's films, fairy tales, and children's films. This book covers the entire range of filmmaking under the DEFA logo, from their beginnings in the Soviet Occupied Zone through unification and shows their continuing impact in contemporary culture. East German cinema offers the opportunity to see the complete picture of German film past Murnau, Lang, von Sternberg, and Fassbinder to equally important East German directors such as Frank Beyer, Wolfgang Staudte, Kurt Maetzig, and Konrad Wolf. As an introductory work, this book equips scholars and students with the historical and cultural background to understand East German cinema and guides the readers through the DEFA archive using critical examinations of twelve films - a list one could consider the core of an East German film canon.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — Post-1945 — Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 160010
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