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

Thorpe, Julie
April 2013
Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture;2013, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p79
Academic Journal
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


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