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Nazi Film Melodrama

Laura Heins
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2013]
9780252037740, 025203774X, 9780252079351, 0252079353, 9780252095023 (e-book)
Cultural productions in the Third Reich often served explicit propaganda functions of legitimating racism and glorifying war and militarism. Likewise, the proliferation of domestic and romance films in Nazi Germany also represented an ideological stance. Rather than reinforcing traditional gender role divisions and the status quo of the nuclear family, these films were much more permissive about desire and sexuality than previously assumed. Focusing on German romance films, domestic melodramas, and home front films from 1933 to 1945, Nazi Film Melodrama shows how melodramatic elements in Nazi cinema functioned as part of a project to move affect, body, and desire beyond the confines of bourgeois culture and participate in a curious modernization of sexuality engineered to advance the imperialist goals of the Third Reich. -- Publisher website.
  • Introduction: melodrama in the Nazi cinema : the domestic war
  • An aesthetics of aggression : German fascist vs. classical Hollywood melodrama
  • The Nazi modernization of sex : romance melodrama
  • Breaking out of the bourgeois home : domestic melodrama
  • Germany's great love vs. the American fortress : home front melodrama
  • Epilogue : reprivatization after Nazi cinema : postwar German melodrama.
viii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-232) and index.
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