Nazi Film Melodrama
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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I deeply appreciate all the support I have received over the years in completing this project. I am indebted to Brigitte Peucker, from whose teaching my idea for this book first arose, for her feedback on my writing and for her valuable professional assistance and advice. I am grateful to Katie Trumpener for reading my work and giving me much needed encouragement at a crucial ...
Introduction. Melodrama in the Nazi Cinema: The Domestic War
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The Nazi film industry, although the weapon of a regime founded on brutal militarism, produced at least ten times more domestic and romance melo-dramas than war films. Cinema was highly instrumentalized in the Third Reich, yet at first glance the chosen forms for the transmission of Nazi ideol-ogy may not always appear logical. How can the intense focus on the private ...
1. An Aesthetics of Aggression: German Fascist vs. Classical Hollywood Melodrama
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Melodrama, as Linda Williams asserts, is the “fundamental mode of popular American moving pictures.”uniF6DC According to this account, almost all Holly-wood films can be considered melodramatic, including “male genres” such as Westerns, war films, film noir, and action films. Melodrama, of course, can also be considered the fundamental mode of fascist film. Nazi cinema, like ...
2. The Nazi Modernization of Sex: Romance Melodrama
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According to a statistical analysis of the titles of films produced during the Third Reich, Frau(en) and Liebe were the most common nouns used in naming products of the Nazi cinema.uniF6DC “Women” and “love” were the terms deemed most ef_fective for drawing audiences to the theaters, and presum-ably they were also considered the most ef_fective for the drawing out of ...
3. Breaking Out of the Bourgeois Home: Domestic Melodrama
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In 1943 a stenographer in Frankfurt was arrested by the SS for circulating the following satirical poem among colleagues in her of_f_ice: “The one who rules in the Russian way, / His hair styled according to French fashion, / His mustache cut in the English manner, / And was himself not born in Germany, / The one who taught us the Roman salute, / Who desires many ...
4. Germany's Great Love vs. the American Fortress: Home Front Melodrama
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When the United States entered the Second World War in 1941, the American film melodrama went to battle against the Nazis, and Nazi cinema continued to fight for supremacy over Hollywood. Af_ter he saw Hollywood’s first ma-jor home front melodrama of World War II, Mrs. Miniver (1942), Goebbels ordered German filmmakers and screenwriters to study the film and adapt ...
Epilogue. Reprivatization after Nazi Cinema: Postwar German Melodrama
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In spring 1944, as the Reich was preparing for total war and nervously an-ticipating the Allied invasion, stories of Wehrmacht of_f_icers’ lavish lifestyles in occupied territories circulated among the German home front populace, disillusioning many who believed in the mythic power of an ordered and uni-fied Volksgemeinschaft. The Nazi “deployment of sexuality” was backfiring on ...
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Publication Year: 2013