East German Cinema

DEFA and Film History

Authors: Heiduschke, S.

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East Germany's film monopoly, Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, produced a films ranging beyond simple propaganda to westerns, musicals, and children's films, among others. This book equips scholars with the historical background to understand East German cinema and guides the readers through the DEFA archive via examinations of twelve films.

About the authors

Sebastian Heiduschke is an assistant professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Oregon State University.

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“Sebastian Heiduschke has produced a fine introduction to the cinema of East Germany that is aimed at a general, English-speaking student audience without previous exposure to the films of this now-defunct socialist country.” (Stefan Soldovieri, Monatshefte, Vol. 108 (3), 2016)

“Heiduschke’s East German Cinema is a great resource for anyone interested in the history of post-World War II Germany and its profound and lasting effect on the state of both German and international cinema today. For the individual films themselves, this book essentially serves as a starter’s guide to east German films, selecting only a handful of the hundreds of films produced by DEFA.” (Stephen Belden, Film Matters, Vol. 6, 2015)




"Sebastian Heiduschke's East German Cinema: DEFA and Film History is a concise and clearly written introductory text that offers the reader basic information on the film production context for some of the great classics of GDR cinema, produced by this now closed chapter of film history. Presenting an abridged history of the DEFA studio, Heiduschke discusses the ups and downs experienced by filmmakers as they negotiate periods of liberalization and repression." - Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, UCLA Film and Television Archive, USA

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-6

    Heiduschke, Sebastian

  • East German Cinema as State Institution

    Pages 9-18

    Heiduschke, Sebastian

  • Reciprocities and Tensions: DEFA and the East German Entertainment Industry

    Pages 19-30

    Heiduschke, Sebastian

  • A Cultural Legacy: DEFA’s Afterlife

    Pages 31-40

    Heiduschke, Sebastian

  • The Rubble Film, Wolfgang Staudte, and Postwar German Cinema: Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers Are among Us, Wolfgang Staudte, 1946)

    Pages 45-51

    Heiduschke, Sebastian

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
East German Cinema
Book Subtitle
DEFA and Film History
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Sebastian Heiduschke
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32232-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137322326
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32230-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-32231-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 196
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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