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World Film Locations: Vienna

Vienna appears in cinema as, among other things, a historical crossroads, a source of great music, and a site of world-famous architecture ranging from gothic cathedrals and baroque palaces to landmark modern structures. A panorama that encompasses all these perspectives, World Film Locations: Vienna sheds new light on the movies shot in the former imperial capital—and on the city itself.

The first English-language book to explore Vienna’s relationship with film beyond the waltz fantasies once shot in studios around the world, this volume shows how specific urban sites contribute to films that, in turn, play a role in our changing ideas about the city. In addition to reviews of key scenes from forty-six films from the silent era to the present, contributors explore such wide-ranging topics as the Austro-Hungarian Empire as cinematic myth; the Viennese film and Golden Age Hollywood; Jewish filmmakers and their take on lost cultural imagery; postwar nation building through film: and the startling “other Vienna” in the New Wave films of Michael Haneke, Barbara Albert, Ulrich Seidl, and Götz Spielmann. Illuminating the rich multicultural cinematic history that eventually gave rise to the new Austrian films that began to capture international attention more than a decade ago, World Film Locations: Vienna will fascinate readers interested in film, art, architecture, literature, music, Jewish studies, or Central European history.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2012

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"Meticulous, knowledgeable and beautiful. I am grateful for this exceptional book about film and Vienna. It entices one to further investigations of this complex city."

Götz Spielmann, Oscar-nominated Austrian director

“[T]he volume offers pleasurable and enriching reading even for seasoned and specialized scholars. . . . The book’s value lies in modeling intermediality, intertextuality, and interdisciplinarity and thus inspiring readers to think associatively about the cinematic use of the built environment undergoing historical change.”

Journal of Austrian Studies

Table of Contents


Vienna: City of the Imagination
      Michael Burri
Vienna Imperial at Home and Abroad: The City as Film Myth in the 1930s and 1940s
      Joseph W. Moser
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1922–1936
Vienna and the Films of Louise Kolm-Veltée
      Robert Dassanowsky
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1936–1955
The Jewish Topography of Filmic Vienna
      Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1957–1976
Vienna in Film 1945–55: Building a Post-War Identity
      Mary Wauchope
Map of Scenes 25–32: 1976–1986
Wonder Wheel: The Cinematic Prater
      Todd Herzog
Map of Scenes 33–39: 1987–2001
The Spaces of the Other Vienna in New Austrian Film
      Nikhil Sathe
Map of Scenes 40–46: 2001–2011


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