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Title: Avant-garde film or television series : on Edgar Reitz's cinema utopia
Author: Sobhani, Mehrnoosh
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis examines Edgar Reitz’s internationally acclaimed films Heimat and Die Zweite Heimat in the context of the early avant-garde theories and films, which Reitz developed during his years at the Ulm Film Institute. The two films have been widely analysed in articles, essays, books and PhD theses within the context of the Heimat film genre of the 1950s and the anti-Heimat and critical Heimat film genres of the 1960s and 1970s. They have also been extensively debated for their controversial portrayal of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Astonishingly, in all the studies on the films, critics have assumed that, apart from an autobiographical relationship, there is no link between Reitz’s Heimat-films and his early avant-garde theories and films. Interpretations, therefore, largely overlook the cinematographic issues brought up by the films. This dissertation attempts to close this gap in the discussion of Reitz’s Heimat-films. Starting with a detailed study of Reitz’s early avant-garde theories and films, it investigates Reitz’s contributions of the New German Cinema, shedding light on his novel approach in exploring a new film language, as well as a new film venue. Critics have debated the question of the venue of Reitz’s Heimat-films, which were made for the cinema but gained success in television. Few, however, have related this debate to Reitz’s earlier attempts to challenge the conventional venue of film. The fact that critics have predominantly focused on the question of history and the meaning of Heimat in the two films has had the unfortunate consequence that references to Reitz’s earlier films have been restricted to those which likewise deal with the topic of National Socialism, namely Die Reise nach Wien and Stunde Null.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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