Abstract

This essay reads the mountain (war) films Berge in Flammen (The Doomed Battalion, 1931) and Standschütze Bruggler (Militiaman Bruggler, 1936) as cinematic renationalizations of the South Tyrol territory prior to and after the Nazi takeover. Alongside a flurry of publications in the early 1930s about the Alpine War by writers like Luis Trenker, Fritz Weber, and Anton Graf Bossi Fedrigotti, the films are influenced by the then rampant discussions concerning living space and pan-German geopolitics, including pressing questions about the Italianization of South Tyrol under Mussolini’s fascists. The genre of the mountain film was increasingly utilized to mobilize and militarize the German population.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-8646
Print ISSN
0149-7952
Pages
pp. 61-77
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-24
Open Access
No
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