Perspektiven für das Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Schwarz-Weiß, Grau oder Bunt: Erinnern an die DDR im Film
Abstract: The article discusses the important role of popular feature films (especially Sonnenallee, Goodbye, Lenin! and The Lives of Others) in the discourse around remembering the GDR. This discourse is organized according to a binary logic: on the one hand, one finds a form of memory that focuses on the repressive dictatorship; on the other hand, there are memories of private lives, including happiness, viewed through the optic of ,Ostalgie‘. Precisely because feature films have had such major impact, it is necessary to establish a more systematic approach to teaching German culture and history through film, in order to understand the way in which films create and communicate specific images and ideas of the GDR. Looking more closely at Christian Petzold’s film Barbara (2012), the article argues that this film manages to interweave the otherwise divided threads of GDR remembrance culture, accomplishing this through a very deliberate use of specifically cinematic techniques. Adressing this film in addition to the more popular films constitutes an excellent opportunity for conveying important aspects of an aesthetic as well as political education in the context of German cultural studies.
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