Published by Wayne State University Press, Detroit in 2010. Includes an introduction by the editors, Jaimey Fisher and Brad Prager; an extensive list of works cited; detailed filmography; list of contributors and their credentials; and a helpful index. Numerous black and white stills from the films mentioned are found throughout.
While difficult questions of history, culture, and politics figured less prominently in the lighter cinematic fare of the 1980s and 1990s, German filmmakers have recaptured the world's attention since the turn of the millennium with vital, dynamic, and engaged works. In fact, today's filmmakers have turned back to many themes that were important in the 1960s and 1970s, when a movement of young filmmakers proclaimed the collapse of existing film making conventions.
In The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and Its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, editors Jaimey Fisher and Brad Prager present contributions from prominent German film studies scholars to examine the current politically charged and provocative moment in German film making historically, ideologically, and formally as another break with cinematic convention.
Fisher and Prager introduce the volume with a look back at the history of German film to define New German Cinema and identify the themes and motives that characterise its films and filmmakers. In the first section, essays explore the cinematic treatment of German national identity in historical films, including those that confront Germany's Nazi past, such as Downfall, The Miracle of Bern, and the TV-film Dresden.
The second section takes on German cinema's examination of life in East Germany and the consequences of reunification by analysing the films Good Bye, Lenin and The Lives of Others. The Collapse of the Conventional also examines new groundbreaking work by filmmakers such as Christian Petzold, Fatih Akn, and Christoph Hochhusler to investigate how German film critically approaches globalisation and the end of the cold war. This collection shows that today's German filmmakers are delving into new modes of cinematic production in a global context.
In good to very good condition. The page corners of the front and back covers are slightly rubbed and creased and there is some slight shelf-wear to the edged of the cover. The glossy cover is lightly scratched and marked. Other than this, the book is in very good working order - the pages are clean and the binding is tight.