This collection of essays offers a discussion of film and its relation to the political in the broader sense. Encompassing roughly ten decades of German history, it touches on such pressing political themes as immigration policy, surveillance, war and terrorism. While these issues have stimulated considerable thought and debate in recent decades, this collection distinguishes itself by asking to what degree each film’s mode of presentation, its cinematic qualities and aesthetic specificities, complicates the issues explicitly discussed. The Place of Politics in German Film thus shows the way in which key German filmmakers challenge and disturb the relation between filmic form and politics, medium and message.
Martin Blumenthal-Barby (Ed.)
The Place of Politics in German Film
305 Seiten, Abb.
Martin Blumenthal-Barby is Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies at Rice University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008. His current book project is entitled The Asymmetric Gaze: Cinema and Surveillance. He is author of the monograph Inconceivable Effects: Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film, which was published by Cornell University Press in 2013.