Berlin School Glossary

An ABC of the New Wave in German Cinema

Edited by Roger F. Cook, Lutz Koepnick, Kristin Kopp, and Brad Prager

Edited by Roger F. Cook, Lutz Koepnick, Kristin Kopp, and Brad Prager

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

300 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841505763 Published October 2013
Berlin School Glossary is the first major publication to mark the increasing international importance of a group of contemporary German and Austrian filmmakers initially known by the name the Berlin School: Christian Petzold, Thomas Arslan, Christoph Hochhäusler, Jessica Hausner, and others. The study elaborates on the innovative strategies and formal techniques that distinguish these films, specifically questions of movement, space, spectatorship, representation, desire, location, and narrative. Abandoning the usual format of essay-length analyses of individual films and directors, the volume is organized as an actual glossary with entries such as bad sex, cars, the cut, endings, familiar places, forests, ghosts, hotels, interiority, landscapes, siblings, surveillance, swimming pools, and wind. This unique format combined with an informative introduction will be essential to scholars and fans of the German New Wave

Cinaeste
"Berlin School Glossary is a remarkable achievement for how the volume manages to create a conversation among Berlin School films, directors, and film scholars—one that invites others to continue the conversation."
CHOICE
"This noteworthy volume introduces readers to the contemporary German art film movement known as the Berlin School via 33 brief essays on places, themes, and formal tropes that distinguish the movement's films. With entries on cars, pools, hotels, bad sex, and ambient sounds, among other subjects, the glossary format mirrors the films' commitment to involving viewers in an 'aesthetic of discovery.' The result is a readable, engaging collection of thought-provoking pieces by noted scholars, interspersed with numerous illustrations from the films. . . . Its intriguing format and unique range of topics will also appeal to film studies scholars. . . . Highly recommended."
Contents
Acknowledgment
List of Berlin School Films
The Glossarists
 
Introduction: The Berlin School – Under Observation
Ambient Sound
The Anti-Hauptstadt
Bad Sex
Beginnings
Borders
Boredom
Cars
The Cut
Disengagement
Dorfdiskos
Eclectic Affinities
Endings
Familiar Places
Forests
Framings
Ghosts
Hotels
Interiority
Interpellation
Landscape
Language
Long Takes
Pools
Predecessors
Renovation
Seeing and Saying
Siblings
Striesow, Devid
Surveillance
Urban Miniatures
Violence
Wind
 
Image Sources
Index
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