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Persistently Postwar

by Blai Guarné, Artur Lozano-Méndez & Dolores P. Martinez Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

From melodramas to experimental documentaries to anime, mass media in Japan constitute a key site in which the nation’s social memory is articulated, disseminated, and contested. Through a series of stimulating...


Screening Art

by Séan Allan Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

With internationalist aspirations and wide-ranging historical perspectives, East German films about artists and their work became hotly contested spaces in which filmmakers could look beyond the GDR and debate...


Re-Imagining DEFA

by Séan Allan & Sebastian Heiduschke Berghahn Books (September 01, 2016)

By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, the cinema of the German Democratic Republic—to the extent it was considered at all—was widely regarded as a footnote to European film history, with little of enduring...


Sofia Coppola

by Anna Backman Rogers Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

All too often, the movies of Sofia Coppola have been dismissed as “all style, no substance.” But such an easy caricature, as this engaging and accessible survey of Coppola’s oeuvre demonstrates, fundamentally...


Polish Cinema: A History

by Marek Haltof Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished—yet unjustly...


Screened Encounters

by Caroline Moine Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Established in 1955, the Leipzig Film Festival’s location in the German Democratic Republic deeply implicated it in cultural and political competition between East and West Germany, opening a political and...


The Man from the Third Row

by Fredrik Gustafsson Berghahn Books (October 01, 2016)

Until his early retirement at age 50, Hasse Ekman was one of the leading lights of Swedish cinema, an actor, writer, and director of prodigious talents. Yet today his work is virtually unknown outside of Sweden,...


Stories Make the World

by Stephen Most Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood...


Spanish Lessons

by Paul Julian Smith Berghahn Books (September 01, 2017)

Though unjustly neglected by English-language audiences, Spanish film and television not only represent a remarkably influential and vibrant cultural industry; they are also a fertile site of innovation in...


Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany

by John Davidson & Sabine Hake Berghahn Books (July 01, 2007)

The demise of the New German Cinema and the return of popular cinema since the 1990s have led to a renewed interest in the postwar years and the complicated relationship between East and West German cinema...


The Journey of G. Mastorna: The Film Fellini Didn't Make

by Federico Fellini Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

Federico Fellini's script for perhaps the most famous unmade film in Italian cinema, The Journey of G. Mastorna (1965/6), is published here for the first time in full English translation. It offers the reader...


Destination London: German-Speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950

by Tim Bergfelder & Christian Cargnelli Berghahn Books (August 01, 2008)

The legacy of emigrés in the British film industry, from the silent film era until after the Second World War, has been largely neglected in the scholarly literature. Destination London is the first book to...


Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais's <I>Night and Fog</I>

by Griselda Pollock & Max Silverman Berghahn Books (January 01, 2012)

Since its completion in 1955, Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) has been considered one of the most important films to confront the catastrophe and atrocities of the Nazi era. But was it a...


Screening the East: <I>Heimat</I>, Memory and Nostalgia in German Film since 1989

by Nick Hodgin Berghahn Books (May 01, 2011)

Screening the East considers German filmmakers' responses to unification. In particular, it traces the representation of the East German community in films made since 1989 and considers whether these narratives...


Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective

by Jean-Pierre Boule & Ursula Tidd Berghahn Books (September 01, 2012)

Simone de Beauvoir's work has not often been associated with film studies, which appears paradoxical when it is recognized that she was the first feminist thinker to inaugurate the concept of the gendered 'othering'...


New Austrian Film

by Robert von Dassanowsky & Oliver C. Speck Berghahn Books (April 01, 2011)

Out of a film culture originally starved of funds have emerged rich and eclectic works by film-makers that are now achieving the international recognition that they deserve: Barbara Albert, Michael Haneke,...


Poland Daily

by Ewa Mazierska Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Like many Eastern European countries, Poland has seen a succession of divergent economic and political regimes over the last century, from prewar "embedded capitalism," through the state socialism of the Soviet...


The Men with the Movie Camera: The Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s

by Philip Cavendish Berghahn Books (December 01, 2013)

Unlike previous studies of the Soviet avant-garde during the silent era, which have regarded the works of the period as manifestations of directorial vision, this study emphasizes the collaborative principle...


Nationalism and the Cinema in France: Political Mythologies and Film Events, 1945-1995

by Hugo Frey Berghahn Books (July 01, 2014)

It is often taken for granted that French cinema is intimately connected to the nation's sense of identity and self-confidence. But what do we really know about that relationship? What are the nuances, insider...


Desires for Reality: Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film

by Benjamin Halligan Berghahn Books (February 01, 2016)

As with many aspects of European cultural life, film was galvanized and transformed by the revolutionary fervor of 1968. This groundbreaking study provides a full account of the era's cinematic crises, innovations,...


Transactions with the World: Ecocriticism and the Environmental Sensibility of New Hollywood

by Adam O’Brien Berghahn Books (February 01, 2016)

In their bold experimentation and bracing engagement with culture and politics, the "New Hollywood" films of the late 1960s and early 1970s are justly celebrated contributions to American cinematic history....


Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy

by Stephen Gundle Berghahn Books (December 01, 2013)

The intersection between film stardom and politics is an understudied phenomenon of Fascist Italy, despite the fact that the Mussolini regime deemed stardom important enough to warrant sustained attention and...


Michael Haneke's Cinema: The Ethic of the Image

by Catherine Wheatley Berghahn Books (January 01, 2009)

Existing critical traditions fail to fully account for the impact of Austrian director, and 2009 Cannes Palm d'Or winner, Michael Haneke's films, situated as they are between intellectual projects and popular...


Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens

by Sabine Hake & Barbara Mennel Berghahn Books (October 01, 2012)

In the last five years of the twentieth century, films by the second and third generation of the so-called German guest workers exploded onto the German film landscape.  Self-confident, articulate, and dynamic,...


Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History and Cinephilia

by Mattias Frey Berghahn Books (May 01, 2013)

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there has been a proliferation of German historical films. These productions have earned prestigious awards and succeeded at box offices both at home and abroad, where they...


Cinema of Choice: Optional Thinking and Narrative Movies

by Nitzan Ben Shaul Berghahn Books (July 01, 2012)

Standard Hollywood narrative movies prescribe linear narratives that cue the viewer to expect predictable outcomes and adopt a closed state of mind. There are, however, a small number of movies that, through...


Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age

by William Brown Berghahn Books (May 01, 2013)

Drawing on a variety of popular films, including Avatar, Enter the Void, Fight Club, The Matrix, Speed Racer, X-Men and War of the Worlds, Supercinema studies the ways in which digital special effects and editing...


Peter Lorre: Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe

by Sarah Thomas Berghahn Books (February 01, 2012)

Peter Lorre described himself as merely a 'face maker'. His own negative attitude also characterizes traditional perspectives which position Lorre as a tragic figure within film history: the promising European...


Willing Seduction: <I>The Blue Angel</I>, Marlene Dietrich, and Mass Culture

by Barbara Kosta Berghahn Books (May 01, 2009)

Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) is among the best known films of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). A significant landmark as one of Germany's first major sound films, it is known...


Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective

by Jean-Pierre Boule & Enda McCaffrey Berghahn Books (October 01, 2011)

At the heart of this volume is the assertion that Sartrean existentialism, most prominent in the 1940s, particularly in France, is still relevant as a way of interpreting the world today. Film, by reflecting...


Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties

by Jonathan L. Owen Berghahn Books (February 01, 2011)

The cultural liberalization of communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s produced many artistic accomplishments, not least the celebrated films of the Czech New Wave. This movement saw filmmakers use their new...


Palimpsestic Memory: The Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film

by Max Silverman Berghahn Books (February 01, 2013)

The interconnections between histories and memories of the Holocaust, colonialism and extreme violence in post-war French and Francophone fiction and film provide the central focus of this book. It proposes...


Transcultural Montage

by Christian Suhr & Rane Willerslev Berghahn Books (October 01, 2013)

The disruptive power of montage has often been regarded as a threat to scholarly representations of the social world. This volume asserts the opposite: that the destabilization of commonsense perception is...


Framing Africa: Portrayals of a Continent in Contemporary Mainstream Cinema

by Nigel Eltringham Berghahn Books (June 01, 2013)

The first decade of the 21st century has seen a proliferation of North American and European films that focus on African politics and society. While once the continent was the setting for narratives of heroic...


Polish National Cinema

by Marek Haltof Berghahn Books (April 01, 2002)

In the years since World War II, Poland has developed one of Europe's most distinguished film cultures. However, in spite of the importance of Polish cinema this is a domain in need of systematic study.

This...


Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language

by Hester Baer Berghahn Books (September 01, 2009)

The history of postwar German cinema has most often been told as a story of failure, a failure paradoxically epitomized by the remarkable popularity of film throughout the late 1940s and 1950s. Through the...


Kristeva in Focus: From Theory to Film Analysis

by Katherine J. Goodnow Berghahn Books (January 01, 2010)

Dealing with some of the major themes in film narratives, this book draws on the theories of French psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva. It looks at how narratives have changed over time, and considers the sources...


Jerzy Skolimowski: The Cinema of a Nonconformist

by Ewa Mazierska Berghahn Books (March 01, 2010)

Jerzy Skolimowski is one of the most original Polish directors and one of only a handful who has gained genuine recognition abroad. This is the first monograph, written in English, to be devoted to his cinema....