Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe


Hollywood Behind the Wall: The Cinema of East Germany

Daniela Berghahn

Publisher: Manchester University Press, 2005

A representative history of East German film culture from 1946 to the present day. The book offers close readings and insightful contextual analyses both of DEFA's celebrated classics and of the most acclaimed post-unification feature films. Hollywood behind the Wall addresses issues that have proved central to critical debates on national cinema, but that take a rather specific inflection in the context of Germany's split screen. It examines the signifying practices and narrative strategies employed by East and West German feature films in the construction of nation-building myths and competing national identities. 

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