DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture

Author: Marc Silberman
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110273454
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Although East Germany may have seemed like an island during the Cold War, films produced by DEFA were never just a monologue but in constant dialogue, if not competition, with both the capitalist West and socialist East. This volume reshapes DEFA cinema studies by exploring international networks, identifying lines of influence beyond national boundaries and recognizing genre qualities that surpass the temporal and spatial confines of the state.

Skepticism Films

Author: Philipp Schmerheim
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501310984
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Skepticism Films: Knowing and Doubting the World in Contemporary Cinema introduces skepticism films as updated configurations of skepticist thought experiments which exemplify the pervasiveness of philosophical ideas in popular culture. Philipp Schmerheim defends a pluralistic film-philosophical position according to which films can be, but need not be, expressions of philosophical thought in their own right. It critically investigates the influence of ideas of skepticism on film-philosophical theories and develops a typology of skepticism films by analyzing The Truman Show, Inception, The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, The Thirteenth Floor, Moon and other contemporary skepticism films. With its focus on skepticism as one of the most significant philosophical problems, Skepticism Films provides a better understanding of the dynamic interplay between film, theories of film and philosophy.

Family Films in Global Cinema

Author: Noel Brown
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857735675
Format: PDF, ePub
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With the huge global success of Hollywood ‘family film’ franchises, such as Harry Potter, it is unsurprising that there have been many attempts to emulate this success. In recent years, there has been an explosion in international production of films for both adults and children – resulting in an erosion of the dominance of The Disney Company and the other major Hollywood Studios in family film production. Family Films in Global Cinema is the first serious examination of films for child and family audiences in a global context. Whereas most previous studies of children’s films and family films have concerned themselves with Disney, this book encompasses both live-action and animated films from the Hollywood, British, Australian, East German, Russian, Indian, Japanese and Brazilian cinemas. As well as examining international family films previously ignored by scholars, the collection also presents a fresh perspective on familiar movies such as The Railway Children, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Babe, and the Harry Potter series.

German National Cinema

Author: Sabine Hake
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136020543
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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.

Children s Film in Europe

Author: Kathleen Arendt
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9783631604540
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Provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific literature on children's film in Europe since the year 2000 ... investigating three dimensions: children's film funding, children's film production and distribution and children's film culture.


Author: Michael Ende
Publisher: McSweeney's
ISBN: 1938073991
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The Neverending Story is Michael Ende’s best-known book, but Momo—published six years earlier—is the all-ages fantasy novel that first won him wide acclaim. After the sweet-talking gray men come to town, life becomes terminally efficient. Can Momo, a young orphan girl blessed with the gift of listening, vanquish the ashen-faced time thieves before joy vanishes forever? With gorgeous new drawings by Marcel Dzama and a new translation from the German by Lucas Zwirner, this all-new 40th anniversary edition celebrates the book’s first U.S. publication in over 25 years.