5-31-07 Cinema in the German Democratic Republic

5-31-07 Cinema in the German Democratic Republic - Cinema...

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Cinema in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) 31 May 2007 Length of existence-- End of WWII to the unification of Germany Propaganda films, children’s film, reworking of WWII and everyday life Influenced by the political course of the Communist party (at the forefront of the Cold War) as well as the German past (Weimer to Nazi/Fascism) Socialist Unity Party- more hard-line and closer to Moscow than most East European countries Not usually constantly pushing the envelope similar countries like Czechoslovakia—and when they did they got into a lot of trouble The Murderers Are Among Us (1946, Wolfgang Staudte) First film made in Germany (and in the Soviet Zone) after WWII Soviet Zone was more willing to support industry (inc. film) than the Allied Zones DEFA- state monopoly for film production and UFA film studios both kick started film production Premiered all over Germany because the borders are still “porous” could move between the zones with the right identification 1945-49, filmmaking is much more active in the Eastern zone and lots of different films were made because Soviets hadn’t fully taken control May 1949, the Allied Zone formed into the democratic independent country of German Federal Republic, seen as the absolute frontline of the Cold War In reaction, in September the Soviets formed the German Democratic Republic
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