Re-imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts

Sean Dominic Allan (Editor), Sebastian Heiduschke (Editor)

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By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, the cinema of the German Democratic Republic—to the extent it was considered at all—was widely regarded as a footnote to European film history, with little of enduring value. Since then, interest in East German cinema has exploded, inspiring innumerable festivals, books, and exhibits on the GDR’s rich and varied filmic output. In Re-Imagining DEFA, leading international experts take stock of this vibrant landscape and plot an ambitious course for future research, one that considers other cinematic traditions, brings genre and popular works into the fold, and encompasses DEFA’s complex post-unification “afterlife.”
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages378
ISBN (Electronic)9781785331060
ISBN (Print)9781785331077, 9781785331053
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameBerghahn on film


  • DEFA
  • DDR
  • GDR
  • East German Cinema


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