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Crossing the Wall

The Western Feature Film Import in East Germany

by Rosemary Stott (Author)
©2012 Monographs X, 308 Pages
Series: New Studies in European Cinema, Volume 11

Summary

More than twenty years after its collapse in 1989, the Berlin Wall remains a symbol of the vigour with which communist East Germany kept out the ‘corrupting influences’ of neighbouring West Germany. However, despite the restrictions, a surprising number of artistic works, including international films, did ‘cross the Wall’ and reach audiences in the wide network of cinemas in East Germany.
This book takes a fresh look at cinema as a social and cultural phenomenon in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and analyses the transnational film relations between East Germany and the rest of the world. Drawing on a range of new archival material, the author explores which films were imported from the West, what criteria were applied in their selection, how they were received by the national press and film audiences, and how these imports related to DEFA (East German) cinema. The author places DEFA films alongside the international films exhibited in the GDR and argues that film in East Germany was actually more transnational in character than previously thought.

Details

Pages
X, 308
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783035302165
ISBN (Softcover)
9783039119448
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0216-5
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (February)
Keywords
The Western Feature Film Import in East Germany communist East Germany cinema as a social and cultural phenomenon in the German Democratic Republic collapse in 1989, the Berlin Wall Dubbing and censorship processes for import film in the GDR
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. X, 308 pp., 1 coloured ill.

Biographical notes

Rosemary Stott (Author)

Rosemary Stott lectures in Film Studies at London Metropolitan University. She has published widely on cinema in the German Democratic Republic and its legacy in post-unification Germany.

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