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World Film Locations: Berlin

One of the most dynamic capital cities of the twenty-first century, Berlin also has one of the most tumultuous modern histories. A city that came of age, in many senses, with the cinema, it has been captured on film during periods of exuberance, devastation, division, and reconstruction. World Film Locations: Berlin offers a broad overview of these varied cinematic representations.
Covering an array of films that ranges from early classics to contemporary star vehicles, this volume features detailed analyses of forty-six key scenes from productions shot on location across the city, as well as spotlight essays in which contributors with expertise in German studies, urban history, and film studies focus on issues central to understanding Berlin cinema. Among the topics discussed are the roles of rubble, construction sites, and music in films set and shot in Berlin, as well as key personalities, including Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl. With the help of full-color illustrations that include film stills and contemporary location shots, World Film Locations: Berlin cinematically maps the city’s long twentieth century, taking readers behind the scenes and shedding new light on the connections between many favorite and possibly soon to be favorite films.

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

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Table of Contents


Berlin: City of the Imagination
      Susan Ingram and Katrina Sark
A Broader Scope: Wilhelmine Cinema in Berlin
      Nora Gortcheva
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1910–1932
Triumphs: Berlin’s Silver Screen Blondes
      Kathryn Franklin
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1933–1957
Berlin in Ruins
      Mila Ganeva
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1958–1981
Berlin’s Soundtrack
      Susan Ingram
Map of Scenes 25–32: 1982–2002
Baustelle Berlin: Post-Reunification Voids
      Katrina Sark
Map of Scenes 33–39: 2003–2005
Babelsberg: The German Dream Factory
      Christina Kraenzle
Map of Scenes 40–46: 2005–2011


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