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The Negotiation of Collective Identities in German Cinema after Unification

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 53-68
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Studies in Eastern European Cinema
Volym: 3
Nummer: 1
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Intellect


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.



  • Cultural Sciences
  • nostalgia
  • post-communism
  • German film
  • GDR
  • unification
  • post-national


  • ISSN: 2040-350X

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