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Between History and Melodrama: Authenticity in TeamWorx’s ‘Event Movies’ on the National Socialist Past

Wormald, Andrew 2011. Between History and Melodrama: Authenticity in TeamWorx’s ‘Event Movies’ on the National Socialist Past. New Readings 11 , pp. 49-65. 10.18573/newreadings.76

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Abstract

This article focuses on four 'Event Movies' from the German production company teamWorx on the subject of the National Socialist past: Stauffenberg (2004), Dresden (2006), Nicht alle waren Mörder (2006) and Die Flucht (2007). It investigates and analyses the films' different methods of approaching authenticity through their filmic and extra-filmic devices and explores their use of melodrama in representing history. Finally, it questions how this amalgamation of serious history and melodrama affects the ability of the films to come to terms with the National Socialist past, and how this strategy fits into the context of contemporary Vergangenheitsbewältigung.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 11:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/128866

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