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Volker Schlondorff's Cinema
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Volker Schlöndorff’s Cinema: Adaptation, Politics and the “Movie-Appropriate” examines the work of major postwar German director Volker Schlöndorff in historical, economic, and artistic contexts. Incorporating a film-by-film, twenty-eight chapter study, Hans-Bernhard Moeller & George Lellis reveal a complexity and formal ambitiousness of Schlöndorff that is comparable to that found in Wenders, Herzog, and Fassbinder. In spite of Schlöndorff’s successes with films like The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum and The Tin Drum, as well as his acclaimed work in the U.S. with Death of a Salesman, Gathering of Old Men and The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the first in-depth critical study of the filmmaker’s career.

 

In the context of film and television history, this book relates Schlöndorff’s oeuvre to the New German Cinema, to his formative years as a student and production assistant in France, and to his roots in the Weimar cinema’s tradition. It reveals how Schlöndorff entered into the German film production system in the 1960s, how he came to rely on German public television in the 1970s, and then moved to the international and American financing in the 1980s, attempting to redevelop the Babelsberg studios in a 1990s post-Wall Germany while continuing to make his own films into the 21st century. The book captures how Schlöndorff’s nearly half century of ongoing creativity and productivity ties together.

 

The authors analyze the artistry of each Schlöndorff movie arguing that his output as a whole embodies a provocative and sometimes contradictory set of balances. Schlöndorff combines commercial interest with significant artistic ambition, blends the kinesthetic pleasures of moving images with the seriousness of fine literature, links the intensity of individualized personal experience to an awareness of broader political issues, and represents a specifically German sensibility even as he reaches out to the international audiences. 

 

The authors demonstrate the cyclical recurrence in his cinema of certain themes (individual and collective rebellion, fascist suppression, masochistic love), narrative patterns (the Western, the thriller, the subjective mood piece), and stylistic approaches (Brechtian Verfremdung, the creation of careful leitmotif structures, the use of the grotesque). In over thirty years of filmmaking, Schlöndorff has produced a remarkable unified body of work that deserves the attention of a book-length study. Authors Hans-Bernhard Moeller and George Lellis offer the first such study of its kind.

 

Volker Schlöndorff’s Cinema: Adaptation, Politics, and the “Movie-Appropriate” features forty-one illustrations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Book Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Historical Importance of Schlöndorff
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. Schlöndorff and His Sources
  2. pp. 11-22
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  1. Part One: The Early Schlöndorff: Suppression, Pop, and Protest
  2. p. 23
  1. 3. Young Törless
  2. pp. 25-39
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  1. 4. A Degree of Murder and “An Uneasy Moment”
  2. pp. 40-47
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  1. 5. Michael Kohlhaas
  2. pp. 48-60
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  1. Part Two: Brechtian and Profeminist Schlöndorff
  2. p. 61
  1. 6. “Amphibious” Movies and Formal Experiments
  2. pp. 63-77
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  1. 7. Baal
  2. pp. 78-87
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  1. 8. The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach
  2. pp. 88-99
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  1. 9. The Morals of Ruth Halbfass and Overnight Stay in Tyrol
  2. pp. 100-111
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  1. 10. A Free Woman
  2. pp. 112-120
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  1. 11. Georgina’s Reasons
  2. pp. 121-127
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  1. 12. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
  2. pp. 128-143
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  1. 13. Coup de Grâce
  2. pp. 144-154
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  1. Part Three: The International Schlöndorff
  2. p. 155
  1. 14. A German Consciousness for an International Audience
  2. pp. 157-163
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  1. 15. The Tin Drum
  2. pp. 164-182
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  1. 16. Just for Fun, Just for Play—Kaleidoscope Valeska Gert, The Candidate, and War and Peace
  2. pp. 183-193
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  1. 17. Circle of Deceit
  2. pp. 194-205
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  1. 18. Swann in Love
  2. pp. 206-215
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  1. Part Four: The American Schlöndorff
  2. p. 217
  1. 19. A German Filmmaker in the United States
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. 20. Death of a Salesman
  2. pp. 223-233
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  1. 21. A Gathering of Old Men
  2. pp. 234-246
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  1. 22. The Handmaid’s Tale
  2. pp. 247-261
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  1. Part Five: The Post-Wall Schlöndorff
  2. p. 263
  1. 23. A Filmmaker for the European Community
  2. pp. 265-274
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  1. 24. Voyager
  2. pp. 275-288
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  1. 25. The Ogre
  2. pp. 289-302
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  1. 26. Billy, How Did You Do It? and Palmetto
  2. pp. 303-308
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  1. 27. The Legend of Rita and “The Perfect Soldier”
  2. pp. 309-318
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  1. 28. Conclusion
  2. pp. 319-325
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 329-333
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  1. Appendix: U.S. Film, DVD, and Video Sources
  2. pp. 334-336
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 337-339
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  1. Works Cited and Consulted
  2. pp. 340-356
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 357-369
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  1. Author Biographies
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  1. Back Cover
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