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Safe to Remember: Germany's Cinema of Retrospection

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Note the Change of Date! - Tuesday

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, peculiar events have transpired in German films. Left-wing terrorist Andreas Baader has been resurrected as a rock star. Communist East Germany has been preserved for one woman in a 79m² apartment. The 1954 soccer World Cup victory has been interpreted as an innocent rebirth of a nation. Hitler has cried.

These prestige productions have scored at box offices both at home and abroad, where they count among the most popular German films of all time. Suddenly, however, we are a universe away from how we once understood as the country’s cinematic take on history: the radical style, content and politics of the New German Cinema. This talk theorises the new historiography of united Germany’s Cinema of Retrospection.

This talk is part of the German Graduate Research Seminar series.

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