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German National Cinema

German National Cinema Author Sabine Hake
ISBN-10 9781136020544
Release 2013-01-11
Pages 288
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German National Cinema is the first comprehensive history of German film from its origins to the present. In this new edition, Sabine Hake discusses film-making in economic, political, social, and cultural terms, and considers the contribution of Germany's most popular films to changing definitions of genre, authorship, and film form. The book traces the central role of cinema in the nation’s turbulent history from the Wilhelmine Empire to the Berlin Republic, with special attention paid to the competing demands of film as art, entertainment, and propaganda. Hake also explores the centrality of genre films and the star system to the development of a filmic imaginary. This fully revised and updated new edition will be required reading for everyone interested in German film and the history of modern Germany.

British National Cinema

British National Cinema Author Sarah Street
ISBN-10 0415067367
Release 1997
Pages 232
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The first substantial overview of the British film industry with emphasis on its genres, stars, and socioeconomic context, British National Cinema by Sarah Street is an important title in Routledge's new National Cinemas series. British National Cinema synthesizes years of scholarship on British film while incorporating the author' fresh perspective and research. Street divides the study of British cinema into four sections: the relation between the film industry and government; specific film genres; movie stars; and experimental cinema. In addition, this beautifully illustrated volume includes over thirty stills from every sphere of British cinema. British National Cinema will be of great interest to film students and theorists as well as the general reader interested in the fascinating scope of British film.

Chinese National Cinema

Chinese National Cinema Author Yingjin Zhang
ISBN-10 0415172896
Release 2004
Pages 328
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This introduction to Chinese national cinema covers three 'Chinas': mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Historical and comparative perspectives bring out the parallel developments in these three Chinas, while critical analysis explores thematic and stylistic changes over time. As well as exploring artistic achievements and ideological debates, Yingjin Zhang examines how - despite the pressures placed on the industry from state control and rigid censorship - Chinese national cinema remains incapable of projecting a single unified picture, but rather portrays many different Chinas.

Cinema and Nation

Cinema and Nation Author Mette Hjort
ISBN-10 0415208637
Release 2000
Pages 332
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Cinema and Nation considers the ways in which film production and reception are shaped by ideas of national belonging and examines the implications of globalisation for the concept of national cinema.

A New History of German Cinema

A New History of German Cinema Author Jennifer M. Kapczynski
ISBN-10 9781571135957
Release 2014-01-03
Pages 673
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A dynamic, event-centered exploration of the hundred-year history of German-language film.

Film and Nationalism

Film and Nationalism Author Alan Williams
ISBN-10 0813530407
Release 2002
Pages 261
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From the medium's inception, films have defined and reinforced the core values and social structures of countries. They have also helped define - socially and culturally - what is to be considered outside the nation and what it is to be shunned. This text examines the ways in which cinema has been considered an arena of conflict and interaction between nations and nationhood.

A Critical History of German Film

A Critical History of German Film Author Stephen Brockmann
ISBN-10 9781571134684
Release 2010
Pages 522
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A historical survey of German films as works of art from the beginnings to the present, suitable for classroom use.

French National Cinema

French National Cinema Author Susan Hayward
ISBN-10 9781134933556
Release 2006-09-07
Pages 360
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This examination of France's national cinema takes its primary artefact, the feature film and discusses both popular cinema and the `avant garde' cinema that contests it. Susan Hayward argues that writing on French national cinema has tended to focus on either `great' film-makers or on specific movements, addressing moments of exception rather than the global picture. Her work offers a thorough and much-needed historical textualisation of those moments and relocates them them in their wider political and cultural context. Beginning with an `ecohistory' of the French film industry, she then traces the various movements in French cinema and the directors associated with them, including the avant-garde, Poetic-Realist, New Wave and today's postmodern cinema. Her analysis includes, amongst other considerations, the social and political concerns these cinemas reflect.

Spanish National Cinema

Spanish National Cinema Author Núria Triana-Toribio
ISBN-10 9781135124878
Release 2012-11-12
Pages 224
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This study examines the discourses of nationalism as they intersected or clashed with Spanish film production from its inception to the present. While the book addresses the discourses around filmmakers such as Almodóvar and Medem, whose work has achieved international recognition, Spanish National Cinema is particularly novel in its treatment of a whole range of popular cinema rarely touched on in studies of Spanish cinema. Using accounts of films, popular film magazines and documents not readily available to an English-speaking audience, as well as case studies focusing on the key issues of each epoch, this volume illuminates the complex and changing relationship between cinema and Spanish national identity.

Cinema and Nation

Cinema and Nation Author Associate Professor of English Mette Hjort
ISBN-10 9781134618842
Release 2005-08-18
Pages 352
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Ideas of national identity, nationalism and transnationalism are now a central feature of contemporary film studies, as well as primary concerns for film-makers themselves. Embracing a range of national cinemas including Scotland, Poland, France, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Germany and America, Cinema and Nation considers the ways in which film production and reception are shaped by ideas of national belonging and examines the implications of globalisation for the concept of national cinema. In the first three Parts, contributors explore sociological approaches to nationalism, challenge the established definitions of 'national cinema', and consider the ways in which states - from the old Soviet Union to contemporary Scotland - aim to create a national culture through cinema. The final two Parts address the diverse strategies involved in the production of national cinema and consider how images of the nation are used and understood by audiences both at home and abroad.

Canadian National Cinema

Canadian National Cinema Author Chris Gittings
ISBN-10 9781134764853
Release 2012-10-02
Pages 352
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Canadian National Cinema explores the idea of the nation across Canada's film history, from early films of colonisation and white settlement such as The Wheatfields of Canada and Back to God's Country, to recent films like Nô, LE Confessional Mon Oncle Antoine, Grey Fox, Highway 61, Kanehsatake, and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing.

Hollywood Behind the Wall

Hollywood Behind the Wall Author Daniela Berghahn
ISBN-10 0719061725
Release 2005-07-15
Pages 294
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This book is a representative history of East German film culture from 1946 to the present, examining both DEFA's celebrated classics and the most acclaimed post-unification feature films by East German directors. As Berghahn shows, East German cinema occupies an ambivalent position between German national cinema on the one hand and East European and Soviet cinema on the other. It includes a wide-ranging exploration of post-unification cinema from East Germany, including cult films such as Sun Alley and Goodbye, Lenin! and provides contextualized readings of twenty significant films, referencing one hundred and ninety East German films in total, along with numerous West German and East European classics.

Polish National Cinema

Polish National Cinema Author Marek Haltof
ISBN-10 157181275X
Release 2002
Pages 304
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In the years since World War 2, Poland has developed one of Europe's most distinguished film cultures. This is a comprehensive study of Polish cinema from the end of the 19th century to the present.

Popular Cinema of the Third Reich

Popular Cinema of the Third Reich Author Sabine Hake
ISBN-10 9780292779228
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 288
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Too often dismissed as escapist entertainment or vilified as mass manipulation, popular cinema in the Third Reich was in fact sustained by well-established generic conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a highly developed star system—not unlike its Hollywood counterpart in the 1930s. This pathfinding study contributes to the ongoing reassessment of Third Reich cinema by examining it as a social, cultural, economic, and political practice that often conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. Nevertheless, by providing the illusion of a public sphere presumably free of politics, popular cinema helped to sustain the Nazi regime, especially during the war years. Rather than examining Third Reich cinema through overdetermined categories such as propaganda, ideology, or fascist aesthetics, Sabine Hake concentrates on the constituent elements shared by most popular cinemas: famous stars, directors, and studios; movie audiences and exhibition practices; popular genres and new trends in set design; the reception of foreign films; the role of film criticism; and the representation of women. She pays special attention to the forced coordination of the industry in 1933, the changing demands on cinema during the war years, and the various ways of coming to terms with these filmic legacies after the war. Throughout, Hake's findings underscore the continuities among Weimar, Third Reich, and post-1945 West German cinema. They also emphasize the codevelopment of German and other national cinemas, especially the dominant Hollywood model.

European Cinemas in the Television Age

European Cinemas in the Television Age Author Dorota Ostrowska
ISBN-10 9780748629947
Release 2007-02-01
Pages 208
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European Cinemas in the Television Age is a radical attempt to rethink the post-war history of European cinemas. The authors approach the subject from the perspective of television's impact on the culture of cinema's production, distribution, consumption and reception. Thus they indicate a new direction for the debate about the future of cinema in Europe. In every European country television has transformed economic, technological and aesthetic terms in which the process of cinema production had been conducted. Television's growing popularity has drastically reshaped cinema's audiences and forced governments to introduce policies to regulate the interaction between cinema and television in the changing and dynamic audio-visual environment. It is cinematic criticism, which was slowest in coming to terms with the presence of television and therefore most instrumental in perpetuating the view of cinema as an isolated object of aesthetic, critical and academic inquiry. The recognition of the impact of television upon European cinemas offers a more authentic and richer picture of cinemas in Europe, which are part of the complex audiovisual matrix including television and new media.

Irish National Cinema

Irish National Cinema Author Ruth Barton
ISBN-10 9781134468195
Release 2004-07-31
Pages 224
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From the international successes of Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, to the smaller productions of the new generation of Irish filmmakers, this book explores questions of nationalism, gender identities, the representation of the Troubles and of Irish history as well as cinema's response to the so-called Celtic Tiger and its aftermath. Irish National Cinema argues that in order to understand the unique position of filmmaking in Ireland and the inheritance on which contemporary filmmakers draw, definitions of the Irish culture and identity must take into account the so-called Irish diaspora and engage with its cinema. An invaluable resource for students of world cinema.

The Cosmopolitan Screen

The Cosmopolitan Screen Author Lutz Peter Koepnick
ISBN-10 0472069667
Release 2007
Pages 320
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The Cosmopolitan Screen investigates the extent to which German filmmakers throughout the last sixty years have engaged with the ever more fluid trade of images, meanings, and identities in a globalizing world. The volume traces German cinema’s negotiation of the global as a multilayered story in which the hopes and the fears about the prospect of a more cosmopolitan culture often go hand in hand. Featuring original work from some of the foremost scholars in German film studies from either side of the Atlantic, The Cosmopolitan Screen makes a persuasive case for rethinking the place of the “national” within an increasingly cosmopolitan and global economy of images and sounds. "Offering fresh paradigms, perspectives and cross-connections, this volume pushes German film scholarship far beyond its old national framework." —Katie Trumpener, Professor of Comparative Literature, English and Film Studies, Yale University "Each of the essays, like the volume as a whole, offers new insights into the circulation of German images, sounds, stories, and texts, precisely by considering them beyond the narrow confines of a ‘uniquely German’ national identity. Schindler and Koepnick have envisioned a new future for both German Studies and Film Studies by locating postwar German cinema within global networks of production, reception, and technological innovation and change." —Patrice Petro, Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee "Schindler and Koepnick's formulation of the ‘cosmopolitan gaze’ as a vehicle for the constitution of a postnational German film studies is both cogent and charged with fruitful possibilities for future work in the field. The admirable mix of lucidity and critical sophistication which this array of scholars bring to their subject will make The Cosmopolitan Screen essential reading for students, scholars, and researchers." —Erica Carter, Professor and Chair of German Studies, University of Warwick Lutz Koepnick is Professor of German, Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Stephan K. Schindler is Professor of German, Comparative Literature and Film Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.