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The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts: A Transnational Art-Cinema came about in light of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)'s 2013 major exhibition of works by contemporary German directors associated with the so-called Berlin School, perhaps Germany's most important contemporary filmmaking movement. Christoph Hochhäusler, the movement's keenest spokesperson, stated that "the Berlin School, despite what the label suggests, is not a specifically German phenomenon. All over the world there are filmmakers exploring related terrain." In response to this "transnational turn," editors Marco Abel and Jaimey Fisher have assembled a group of scholars who examine global trends and works associated with the Berlin School. The goal of the collection is to understand the Berlin School as a fundamental part of the series of new wave films around the globe, especially those from the traditional margins of world cinema. For example, Michael Sicinski and Lutz Koepnick explore the relation of the Berlin School to cinema of Southeast Asia, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsai Ming-liang; Ira Jaffe and Roger Cook take a look at Middle Eastern film, with Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Abbas Kiarostami, respectively. The volume, however, also includes essays engaging with North American filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt and Derek Cianfrance as well as European auteurs like Antonioni, Tarr, Porumboiu, McQueen, and the Dardennes. Bringing German cinema into dialogue with this series of global cinemas emphasizes how the Berlin School manifests-whether aesthetically or thematically, politically or historically-a balancing of national particularity with global flows of various sorts. Abel and Fisher posit that since the vast majority of the films are available with English subtitles (and at times also in other languages) and recent publications on the subject have established critical momentum, this exciting filmmaking movement will continue to branch out into new directions and include new voices. The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts folds German-language cinema back into conversations with international as well as transnational cinema. This volume will be of great interest to scholars of German and global cinema.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Berlin School and Beyond
  2. pp. 1-37
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  1. 1. The Berlin School and Women’s Cinema
  2. Hester Baer
  3. pp. 38-58
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  1. 2. Gender, Genre, and the (Im)Possibilities of Romantic Love in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine (2010) and Maren Ade’s Everyone Else (2009)
  2. Lisa Haegele
  3. pp. 59-75
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  1. 3. Countercinematic Reflections and Non/National Strategies: New Austrian Film and the Berlin School
  2. Robert Dassanowsky
  3. pp. 76-95
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  1. 4. “Life Is Full of Difficult Decisions”: Imaging Struggle in Henner Winckler’s Lucy and Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy
  2. Will Fech
  3. pp. 96-114
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  1. 5. Cinema as Digest, Cinema as Digesture: Corneliu Porumboiu’s Metabolism (2013) and the Cinema of the Berlin School
  2. Alice Bardan
  3. pp. 115-134
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  1. 6. No Place Is Home: Christian Petzold, the Berlin School, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  2. Ira Jaffe
  3. pp. 135-153
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  1. 7. The Forces of the Milieu: Angela Schanelec’s Marseille and the Heritage of Michelangelo Antonioni
  2. Inga Pollmann
  3. pp. 154-173
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  1. 8. New Global Waves: Abbas Kiarostami and the Berlin School
  2. Roger F. Cook
  3. pp. 174-192
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  1. 9. Bifurcated Time: Ulrich Köhler / Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Michael Sicinski
  3. pp. 193-210
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  1. 10. East of Berlin: Berlin School Filmmaking and the Aesthetics of Blandness
  2. Lutz Koepnick
  3. pp. 211-231
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  1. 11. Politics in, and of, the Berlin School: Terrorism, Refusal, and Inertia
  2. Chris Homewood
  3. pp. 232-251
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  1. 12. Running Images in Benjamin Heisenberg’s Films: A French Connection
  2. Brad Prager
  3. pp. 252-270
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  1. 13. Ghosts at an Early Age: Youth, Labor, and the Intensified Body in the Work of Christian Petzold and the Dardennes
  2. Jaimey Fisher
  3. pp. 271-292
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  1. 14. The Making of Now: New Wave Cinema in Berlin and Buenos Aires
  2. Gerd Gemünden
  3. pp. 293-312
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  1. 15. Toward an Aesthetics of Worldlessness: Béla Tarr and the Berlin School
  2. Roland Végső
  3. pp. 313-330
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 331-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-356
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814342015
MARC Record
OCLC
1031390863
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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