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New German Critique (2019) 46 (3 (138)): 181–205.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Laura A. Frahm Abstract This article sheds light on Dominik Graf’s long-standing and often-overlooked engagement with the essay film since the mid-1990s. The article contends that his urban essays, his cinema and television essays, and his commemorative essays are driven by a reconstructive impetus...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (3 (120)): 137–170.
Published: 01 November 2013
... stages an essayistic subjectivity that is inconsistent, petty, and self-defeating. For Syberberg, this project is a matter both of content and of form: his films and books are highly essayistic, but they are unusual essays. Syberberg constructs a unique tradition of essayism for himself that depends...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 33–44.
Published: 01 November 2020
... existentialists cultivated a highly personalized, indeed rarefied form of poetic empiricism. This study analyzes their sensibility and rhetoric, their emphases and oversights. It focuses on Dominik Graf’s essay film, Was heißt hier Ende? ( Then Is It the End? , 2015), a tribute to Althen and the cohort of young...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 93–98.
Published: 01 November 2020
... scholarship is available on Farocki’s theoretical importance and his significance for the genre of the “essay film.” 4 Yet the themes that were prominent in the journal Filmkritik in the 1960s and 1970s and that remained significant for Farocki’s work include “Brechtian” cinema, especially its approach...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (3 (138)): 207–233.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Eric Rentschler Abstract The film essays Verfluchte Liebe deutscher Film (2016) and Offene Wunde deutscher Film (2017), coscripted and codirected by Dominik Graf and Johannes F. Sievert, survey the postwar history of genre cinema in the Federal Republic of Germany and take stock of the present...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (3 (138)): 1–9.
Published: 01 November 2019
... and Sievert’s endeavor to retrieve missing pieces of the past provides an opportunity to look back and take stock—and to think again. Along similar lines, Laura Frahm’s contribution focuses on Graf’s nonfiction work, emphasizing the cinematic architecture of his essay films. These films, although inspired...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 1–5.
Published: 01 November 2020
... criticism’s own tendency toward obsolescence. While Graf’s film essay is based on a limited sampling of critics and filmmakers of Althen’s generation and older (and mostly male), Frey’s research is more comprehensive and evidence driven, mining archives, databanks, trade journals, and specially designed...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (2 (107)): 5–51.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Andrés Mario Zervigón This essay investigates the little-known early film work of the German photomontagist John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfeld in 1891). A firm opponent of World War I and an early member of Berlin's rambunctious Dada movement, Heartfield nonetheless agreed to produce...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (3 (108)): 73–83.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Gertrud Koch To revive the question about film as mass medium, this essay turns to analyses of Samuel Beckett's Film by Theodor W. Adorno and Gilles Deleuze. Their readings are compared regarding the problem of self-knowledge—and how this epistemic motif is transferred into the cinematic medium...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (1 (109)): 75–98.
Published: 01 February 2010
... considered individually, these films' relentless iteration of the same problem might come across as self-pitying auteurist expressions of oedipal lack. But by attending to the serial, indeed itinerative , logic of Roehler's oeuvre, this essay maps out how we are compelled to diagnose the failure afflicting...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 35–55.
Published: 01 November 2014
... There are differences between the two films’ origins, some of which Sylvie Lindeperg has examined.16 What is certain is that camp prisoners 14. See Bertolt Brecht, “From The Three Penny Trial: A Sociological Experiment,” trans. Lance W. Garmer, in German Essays on Film, ed. Richard W. McCormick and Alison...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (3 (120)): 65–84.
Published: 01 November 2013
... partner in Weimar Berlin, has consistently escaped the critical radar. This essay sheds light on Wilder's days as Eintänzer and points to the impact this work had on his films Hold Back the Dawn (1941) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). Furthermore, the essay places Wilder's series within the context of self...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (2 (110)): 9–30.
Published: 01 August 2010
... film, this essay historicizes the myths at work in Staudte's famous exercise in this vein and suggests their afterlife in present-day revisitations of the German war experience. © 2010 by New German Critique, Inc. 2010 The Place of Rubble in the Trümmerfilm...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 83–95.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Pamela Wojcik This essay considers the meaning and value of Miriam Hansen's notion of vernacular modernism through an examination of films starring the Dead End Kids. It argues that the contradictions of modernity are played out through the figure of the child in these films by balancing a kind...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 145–157.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Bill Brown Through archaeological, conceptual, and rhetorical insights, Miriam Hansen puts play ( Spiel ) to work in Cinema and Experience . When she engages Walter Benjamin's treatment of film in the “Artwork” essay, she retrieves Spiel from Spielraum , naturalizing a somewhat idiosyncratic...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 79–109.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Zeynep Çelik Alexander This essay contributes to an expanding literature around the terms medium , media , and mediation by offering a historical point of contact between the philosophical and technical genealogies of this constellation of terms. In his theory of the baroque, Heinrich Wölfflin...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (2 (110)): 73–94.
Published: 01 August 2010
... . There are material grounds for this difference in underground identity, but this essay focuses on the Wall that gave the city a metaphorics of space symbolizing the global divisions it embodied in a brutally physical manner and the tunnels that, in their very invisibility, were seen both to echo and to subvert...
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New German Critique (2011) 38 (2 (113)): 129–157.
Published: 01 August 2011
...”—there is little agreement about what, exactly, its philosophy comprises.55 Furstenau and MacAvoy, for example, see it as film that addresses directly Heidegger’s well-known Seins- frage. But in a well-known essay, the philosopher Simon Critchley has sug- gested that the film should be viewed most of all...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 9–34.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Jennifer M. Kapczynski Robert Thalheim's 2007 film And Along Come Tourists ( Am Ende kommen Touristen ) is a critique of a contemporary Holocaust pedagogy geared to generating emotion rather than to critical engagement. Drawing on Theodor W. Adorno's essay “Education after Auschwitz,” this article...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (1 (139)): 57–80.
Published: 01 February 2020
... . For images and videos of Kluge’s installation at the Venice Biennale, see Kluge, Nachrichten . This installation was not the only occasion for which Kluge shortened his epic-length essay film; an 86-minute version was screened at various galleries and film festivals, including the Serpentine Gallery...
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