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'Hunger auf Leben': Darstellungen der DDR im Film zwischen Fakt, Fiktion und Mythos

Nowroth, Nadine 2011. 'Hunger auf Leben': Darstellungen der DDR im Film zwischen Fakt, Fiktion und Mythos. New Readings 11 , pp. 118-137. 10.18573/newreadings.80

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This article investigates narrative strategies and forms of representation in one German biographical film: Hunger auf Leben [Hunger for Life]. This 2004 biopic dramatises the life of author Brigitte Reimann (1933-73), who wrote in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Particular attention will be paid to the question of how her diaries are transformed onto the screen. Exploration of the film's narrative structure reveals a set of tensions between the author’s diaries on the one hand, and on the other, the historical and documentary material in, for example, the author's Stasi files. By examining the film's design, the modifications it makes to its sources and the attention it pays to certain scenes, this enquiry seeks to elucidate the film's key strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Language other than English: German
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 12:24

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