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German Film after Germany

Toward a Transnational Aesthetic

Randall Halle

Publication Year: 2008

What is the work of film in the age of transnational production? Randall Halle finds an answer in the film industry of Germany, one of Europe's largest film markets. In the 1990s Germany shifted from a state-subsidized mode of film production to one dominated by private interest. At the same time, the European Union began drawing together Europe's national markets, forming a homogenous, yet synergistic whole. This book studies these changes broadly, but also focuses on the transformations in their particular national context. _x000B_Halle concludes that we witness currently the emergence of a new transnational aesthetic, a fundamental shift in cultural production with ramifications for communal identifications, state cohesion, and national economies._x000B_

Published by: University of Illinois Press


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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii

This book was completed while I was an NEH Senior Fellow in the Berlin Program at the Freie Universität. I benefited greatly from the time the grant afforded and from the intellectual engagement the Berlin Program offered. I would like to thank Karin Goihl, the directors of the...


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pp. ix-x

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Introduction: The Work of Film in the Age of Transnational Production

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pp. 1-11

When Walter Benjamin discussed the effects of mechanical reproduction on the work of art, he identified a transformation in aesthetic production that resulted from a technological innovation. This technological innovation, reproducibility, belonged to the era of industrialization and in...

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1. Apprehending Transnationalism

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pp. 13-29

The terms “globalization,” “transnationalism,” or “free market” have currently an interesting quality in that they elicit advocates and detractors throughout the political spectrum. There are a limited number of terms that can create such rifts. In political debates in parliaments and on the streets we find...

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2. German Film, Aufgehoben: Ensembles of Transnational Cinema

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pp. 30-59

In the 1990s, the politics and financing of the big screen came under increasing scrutiny; the national subsidy systems particularly came under attack by free-market advocates, unleashing still unresolved debates in the meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO). As with the broadcast sector...

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3. The Transnational Aesthetic: Volker Schlöndorff, Studio Babelsberg, and Vivendi Universal

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pp. 60-88

The French Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) began operations in 1853 selling water, but even at that time it had a mondial vision, selling to sites including Paris and Constantinople. CGE merged in the 1980s with HAVAS Media Group, a French media and publishing corporation, thereby...

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4. The Historical Genre and the Transnational Aesthetic

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pp. 89-128

If in the preceding chapter I argued that the transnational aesthetic is not the property of a single genre, I would offer a corrective at this point: particular genres do engage the transnational imaginary more intensely at particular times. The historical genre presents a special form of narration...

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5. Inhabitant, Exhabitant, Cohabitant: Filming Migrants and the Borders of Europe

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pp. 129-168

A scene begins in a darkly lit prison cell. In the far-left corner, where the camera is focused, a man urinates while talking to someone in the room off frame. He leaves the corner and the camera pans right, following him, mapping out more of the room. As the frame travels right, a body...

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6. Transfrontier Broadcasting, Transnational Civil Society

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pp. 169-192

The relationship between film and television started as a fraught one. The introduction of television in the 1950s and the rapid expansion of audience appeal through the 1960s destabilized national film industries everywhere. The small screen drew spectators at the expense of the big screen. At the...


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pp. 193-217


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pp. 219-228

Subject Index

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pp. 229-236

Film Index

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pp. 237-239

E-ISBN-13: 9780252091445
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252033292

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2008

OCLC Number: 654670515
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  • Motion picture industry -- Germany.
  • Motion picture industry -- Finance.
  • Coproduction (Motion pictures, television, etc.) -- Europe.
  • Aliens in motion pictures.
  • Motion pictures -- Germany.
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