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The Negotiation of Collective Identities in German Cinema after Unification

Bechmann Pedersen, Sune LU (2012) In Studies in Eastern European Cinema 3(1). p.53-68
Abstract
This article analyses the negotiation of German identities in two films of the ‘newer German cinema’: Sonnenallee/Sun Alley (Haussmann 1999) and Schultze gets the blues (Schorr 2003). It argues that the former represents a defiant stance towards a dominant West German narrative which devalorizes the lived experiences of former GDR citizens. As a consequence, east and west are consolidated as relevant categories of identification. In contrast, the article argues that Schultze gets the blues represents a post-national tendency in newer German cinema, which dissolves the east-west axis and instead foregrounds regional and post-national identities.
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nostalgia, post-communism, German film, GDR, unification, post-national
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Studies in Eastern European Cinema
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3
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1
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53 - 68
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Intellect Ltd.
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2040-350X
DOI
10.1386/seec.3.1.53_1
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English
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  author       = {Bechmann Pedersen, Sune},
  issn         = {2040-350X},
  keyword      = {nostalgia,post-communism,German film,GDR,unification,post-national},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {53--68},
  publisher    = {Intellect Ltd.},
  series       = {Studies in Eastern European Cinema},
  title        = {The Negotiation of Collective Identities in German Cinema after Unification},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/seec.3.1.53_1},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2012},
}