From <i>Hitler</i> to <i>Heimat</i> (inbunden)
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From <i>Hitler</i> to <i>Heimat</i> (inbunden)

From Hitler to Heimat

The Return of History as Film

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West German filmmakers have tried to repeatedly over the past half-century to come to terms with Germany's stigmatized history. How can Hitler and the Holocaust, how can the complicity and shame of the average German be narrated and visualized? How can Auschwitz be reconstructed? Anton Kaes argues that a major shift in German attitudes occurred in the mid-1970s-a shift best illustrated in films of the New German Cinema, which have focused less on guilt and atonement than on personal memory and yearning for national identity. To support his claim, Kaes devotes a chapter to each of five complex and celebrated films of the modern German era: Hans Jurgen Syberberg's Hitler, a Film from Germany, a provocative restaging of German history in postmodern tableaux; The Marriage of Maria Braun, the personal and political reflection on postwar Germany with which Rainer Werner Fassbinder first caught the attention of American and European audiences; Helma Sanders-Brahms's feminist and autobiographical film Germany, Pale Mother, relating the unexplored role of German women during and after the war; Alexander Kluge's The Patriot, a self-reflexive collage of verbal and visual quotations from the entire course of the German past; and, finally, Edgar Reitz's Heimat, a 16-hour epic rendering of German history from 1918 to the present from the perspective of everyday life in the provinces. Despite radical differences in style and form, these films are all concerned with memory, representation, and the dialogue between past and present Kaes draws from a variety of disciplines, interweaving textual interpretation, cultural history, and current theory to create a dynamic approach to highly complex and multi-voiced films. His book will engage readers interested in postwar German history, politics, and culture; in film and media studies; and in the interplay of history, memory, and film.
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Anton Kaes is Chancellor Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


Part 1 Images of history - postwar German films and the Third Reich: the politics of representation; the flight from memory; the return of the repressed. Part 2 Germany as myth - Hans Jurgen Syberberg's "Hitler, a Film from Germany": history at a standstill; postmodernist staging; myth and identity; irrationalism reclaimed. Part 3 The presence of the past - Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Marriage of Maria Braun": the politics of private life; historical narration; history as trauma; the end of Utopia. Part 4 In search of Germany - Alexander Kluge's "The Patriot": nomadic history; the constructivist method; archaeology and imagination; the new patriotism. Part 5 Our childhoods, ourselves - Helma Sanders-Brahms' "Germany, Pale Mother": autobiography and memory; fatherland, mother tongue; feminist historiography. Part 6 Germany as memory - Edgar Reitz's "Heimat": scenes from the provinces; history of the everyday; memory and technology; history - made in Germany. Part 7 Epilogue - history, memory, and film: film and videotape sources.