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From Hitler to Heimat : the return of history as film
Kaes, Anton.
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Deutschlandbilder. English
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Rev. and enl. translation of: Deutschlandbilder.

Includes index.
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PN1993.5.G3 K2913 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Examines changing attitudes among Germans as evident in films of the modern German era, leading away from guilt and atonement and seeking national identity.

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A substantially revised translation of Kaes's 1987 Deutschlandbilder, this major addition to the growing critical literature on new German cinema joins two other recent and essential volumes--Eric Rentschler's anthology, West German Filmmakers on Film (CH, Apr '89) and Thomas Elsaesser's New German Cinema (CH, Oct '89), a study of West German modes of production and their ideological ramifications. Kaes approaches the field from a novel perspective. He uses six films that represent recent German history, including Syberberg's Hitler, Reitz's Heimat, and Kluge's too little known The Patriot as the principal focus for a wide-ranging and superbly detailed exploration of the ways German intellectuals continue to struggle with the difficult legacy of the Hitler period. Even more important than the many keen insights Kaes has into the films themselves is the way he situates them in wider public debates about national identity, generational conflict, and German responsibility for WW II. The footnotes alone significantly amplify understanding of the intellectual history of the postwar period and provide many valuable suggestions for future research. Clearly written without recourse to theoretical jargon, From Hitler to Heimat can be most profitably used by upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of both post-war German history and German cinema. -S. Liebman, Queens College, CUNY