Traditional German figures become outsiders while the foreigner assumes more of a German identity. Bessel: Alternative Memories of the Great War in German War Films of the Late 1920s." History & Memory: Studies in Representations of the Past, vol. Both the Soviet and the British-American authorities recognized the German public's need for information and entertainment through film, for reasons that included showing films from their own countries to reeducate the brainwashed German Volk and documenting the war crimes of the German nation.
German postwar film is considered to have begun in October 1946 with the release of Wolfgang Staudte's Die Morder sind unter uns (The murderers are among us), the most important example of the "Trummerfilm" genre.
These contributors add considerably to the knowledge about the structure and organizations of the Third Reich newsreel empire, newsreel production history, and, most important, a consideration of newsreel reception.
Most historians involved with Third Reich film have concerned themselves with propaganda, which is not unexpected, in view of their interest in the state and the fact that Third Reich film (of all varieties)-either overtly or covertly in numerous ways-promoted the interests of the state.But given this interest in propaganda, the neglect of newsreels, which formed part of the Third Reich cinema program, is all the more surprising.These films represent a specific subgenre of comedythat had a significant resonance in Germany at a time of rapid cultural change.The writerinvestigates the specific material structures and historical transformations that gave rise to thesubgenre, uses the analytic tools of queer theory to approach the dynamic of sexuality at workin the films, and concludes by examining the psychic structures involved in the films' crises andtheir relationships to social transformations." [Art Index] "The writer discusses German filmmakers involved in the struggles over publicmemory in postwar West Germany.The resolutions of the resulting film narratives occur not within the filiative national community, but rather through the affiliative potential of the world community." [Art Index] "Part of a special issue on marginality and alterity in new European cinemas.
Therelationship of the Comedy Wave in 1990s German film to greater social and psychologicaltransformations in Germany is examined.West Germany's postwar culture is marked by processesof contestation and the existence of competing histories.The specific historical situation in Germany after World War II allowed collective amnesia to develop, but many Germanfilmmakers who emerged from the context of the 1960s student movement attempted tocounter this amnesia, creating alternative public memories that re-imagined German history.If the message was not overt in feature film, it was in newsreels, which from late 1938 formed a compulsory part of the cinema program, as was also later the case in occupied Europe.During the war, it reached large numbers as cinema attendance was very high.Another contributory to the German cinema's success was its sound technology which replaced most of the silent films." [Expanded Academic Index] "The recent expansion of the German film industry is not merely a market effect of globalization, but also involves a process of conscious transnationalism.