Nazi Germany and Its Aftermath in Women Directors' Autobiographical Films of the Late 1970s in the Murderers' House

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An in-depth analysis of three pivotal works for students of German film history and post-war culture as it leads to the present political developments, the study puts films by West German film directors Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jutta Brückner, and Marianne Rosenbaum in the context of both German film politics/feminist film theory and the West German cultural, socio-political context of the last decade. Their films take an insistent close-up look at the average German family during the 1950s and how the fascist experience affected the interpersonal relationships and German children's upbringing in the post-fascist years, showing the deep-reaching transformations individual Germans and the family structure had undergone. The films' points of departure are distinctly new and intend to go beyond the known both in film and in patriarchal culture.


". . . more than an erudite and sensitive interpretation of three major films and introduction to the works of three significant women directors. It is a study rich with insights into the historical period in question while also addressing successfully aesthetic and ethical issues. As such, the book offers a paradigm for future critical inquiries." - The German Quarterly

". . . Weinberger's focus on the protagonist's look reveal much about the post war life within German society. . . . the text is informative to anyone interested in German culture and a must for those working with German women filmmakers." -- Women in German Newsletter, Spring 1994

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