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Performing the Modern German

Performance and Identity in Contemporary German Cinema

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Matthias Uecker

Since the late 1990s, German cinema has gone through a period of astonishing productivity and success that has made it the focus of scholarly analysis once more. What can contemporary German cinema tell us about current German society and its problems? What are the distinguishing features of filmmaking in Germany today?
This book analyses the representation of individual and collective behaviour in post-unification German cinema. It looks at performances of gender, ethnicity and nationality in a wide range of contemporary German films. Using Performance Theory as a framework, the book discusses how modern German identities are presented as conformist, liberating or subversive responses to external challenges.
Theoretical considerations regarding the efficacy of performance and the dialectical relationship between transgression, resistance and normalization form the background for an analysis that investigates contemporary German films in terms of their function within the restructuring of post-unification German society.

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Aimée und Jaguar, Max Färberböck. Allein unter Frauen, Sönke Wortmann, 1991. Alles auf Zucker!, Dani Levy, 2004. Angst essen Seele auf, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974. Das Leben der Anderen, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006. Das merkwürdige Verhalten geschlechtsreifer Großstädter zur Paarungszeit, Marc Rothemund, 1998. Das Versprechen, Margarethe von Trotta, 1995. Das Wunder von Bern, Sönke Wortmann, 2003. Der Schuh des Manitu, Michael Herbig 2001. Der Wixxer, Tobi Baumann, 2004. Deutschland, bleiche Mutter, Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980. Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen, Sönke Wortmann, 2006. Die Ehe der Maria Braun, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978. Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei, Hans Weingartner, 2004. Die Fremde, Feo Aladag, 2010. Die Kebab Connection, Anno Saul, 2005. Die Weiße Rose, Michael Verhoeven, 1982. Die Welle, Dennis Gansel, 2008. Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude, Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2005. Evet, ich will!, Sinan Akkus, 2009. Falscher Bekenner, Christoph Hochhäusler, 2005. Free Rainer – Dein Fernseher lügt, Hans Weingartner, 2008. Fünf letzte Tage, Percy Adlon, 1982. Gegen die Wand, Fatih Akin 2004. Go, Trabi, Go, Peter Timm, 1990. Good Bye, Lenin!, Wolfgang Becker, 2003. Kleinruppin forever, Carsten Fiebeler, 2004. Knallhart, Detlev Buck, 2006. Kombat Sechzehn, Mirko Borscht, 2005. Lola + Bilidikid, Kutluğ Ataman, 1998. Lola rennt, Tom Tykwer, 1998. Männer, Doris Dörrie, 1985. 302 Filmography Männerpension, Detlev Buck, 1996. Meine verrückte türkische Hochzeit, Stefan Holtz, 2006. Nicht ohne Risiko, Harun Farocki, 2004. Rosenstraße, Margarethe von Trotta, 2003. Shahada, Burhan Qurbani, 2010. Sommer vorm...

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