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Volker Schlondorff's Cinema

Volker Schlondorff's Cinema

Adaptation, Politics, and the "Movie-Appropriate"

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Hans-Bernhard Moeller and George Lellis


Paperback (Other formats: NLEB)
384 pages, 6.125 x 9.25, 41 illustrations


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Volker Schlöndorff’s Cinema: Adaptation, Politics and the “Movie-Appropriate”examines the work of major postwar Germandirector Volker Schlöndorff in historical, economic, and artistic contexts. . In spite of Schlöndorff’s successes with films like The Lost Honor ofKatharina Blum and The Tin Drum, as well as his acclaimed work in the U.S. with Death of a Salesman, Gathering of Old Men and The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the first in-depthcritical study of the filmmaker’s career.


Hans-Bernhard Moeller is a professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches a range of courses on the German cinema as well as courses in German literature and comparative literature. He is author of many articles on cinema and editor of Latin America and the Literature of Exile: A Comparative View of the Twentieth-Century Refugee Writers in the New World.

George Lellis is a professor of Communication, chair of the Department of Business Administration and director of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center at Coker College. He is author of Bertolt Brecht, Cahiers du Cinéma and Contemporary Film Theory.


Volker Schlöndorff’s Cinema: Adaptation, Politics, and the “Movie-Appropriate” is the first comprehensive treatment in English of a major postwar German filmmaker. The volume gains authority from the expansive knowledge it introduces about Schlöndorff’s works and from the secondary literature it draws on to evaluate them. It also succeeds in framing the individual films in historical contexts and (inter)national cinematic traditions.”—Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin–Madison