TITLE

Remembering the Stasi: The Lives of Others as a foreign past

AUTHOR(S)
Thorpe, Julie
PUB. DATE
April 2013
SOURCE
Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture;2013, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p79
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article places the domestic and international reception of the German film, The Lives of Others (von Donnersmarck, 2006), within a larger debate about popular and official memory and, in particular, what has been both applauded and derided as the film's historical authenticity. I explore the notion of sacralizing history in order to ask what broader role of witnessing, observing and remembering the former East German state the film offers to viewers outside Germany. I argue that the act of remembering the Stasi and Germany's 'second dictatorship' as a sacred site of memory is part of a wider postmodern project in screen memory and posttraumatic cinema
ACCESSION #
87095895

 

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