Kluge’s interest in the “power” of emotions forces the questions of emotion, pleasure, and sensuality—issues often underexamined in the New German films dealing with historical remembrance in ostensibly more serious ways. All three combine heavy-handed artifice with intense affect. I believe that the mechanisms of melancholic style invite others into relationships with personal memory and history. Forensic methodologies and sensibilities are currently much en vogue in contemporary art and critical discourse. Indem das Buch diese Verschiebungen nachvollzieht, leistet es ebenso einen Beitrag zur Kulturgeschichte der Bundesrepublik wie zur erinnerungstheoretischen Diskussion. Critics found One Day in September McDonald, , the recent documentary on the Black September terrorists who disrupted the Munich Olympics, too “MTV-like” in its sensationalized display of the victims, its flashy editing, and hard rock score. With Lili Marleen ‘s record-breaking budget, German critics were complaining that Fassbinder had sold out before the film was even released.

For as influential as Freud’s and the Mitscherlichs’ model has been for producers and consumers of the New German Cinema, its implications for film style have remained rather underexamined. The Beethoven is even quieter here, barely discernable as it is heard on a radio—suddenly diegetic. That Malou Ingrid Caven is a singer—and often performs in the style of Marlene Dietrich, or at least this seems to be the historical recollection she encourages—further foregrounds the staged nature of her daughter’s recovery. The words that are thus written take the place of the past; these words, rather than the events themselves, will be remembered. Upholding melodramatic tradition, words do little except to construct the barest, most superficial aspects of their identities. Was it “hiding” something? Yet, as we shall see in chapter Five, for directors working in more stylized or fictional venues—like Sander, Mikesch, and Ottinger—controversy, disdain, or neglect often awaited the release of their films in the women’s community.

At the same time, it would be erroneous to maintain that it has entered into history as a movement of little stylistic experimentation or of blind faith in authentic, verisimilitudinous styles, even in its documentary output.

My analysis explores how music, even in its abstract, “autonomous” forms, can participate in a historically savvy, queer aesthetic that draws connections between present and past situations. Instead of shock which Kluge maintained took too much out of the filmgoer’s controlhe focuses on banal, overlooked objects that official history neglects or leaves behind, much as Benjamin had argued before him. To examine how memory and historical circumstances can be approached through style and music, I carefully analyze various films associated with the New German Cinema and its immediate aftermath.

Judith Butler’s influential notion of performing identity offers one place to begin. Today, countries around the world produce films that are awash in self-conscious style, dominated by special effects and computer-generated imagery.

Not only did her prison resistance manage to confound the gendered power relations dm the rational, sane body politic and the unsavoury, emaciated body of the irrational hunger striker, she also upturned the gendered differentiation between the masculine perpetrator and the feminine victim.

As Santner notes, that process is repeated continually throughout subjectivity.


1. Historical Predecessors

Her denaturalized performance, he maintains, draws attention to its constructedness in addition to its ability to construct, much as Freud argued about a nation’s penchant for myth-making legends over banal, factual accounts. Potter and James Snead have argued, much of the attack on repetitive music is motivated by racist and elitist auus. Nevertheless he makes a number of important points: Another context for their gesralt was the contemporary feminist debates over cinema’s relationship to social issues, questions about cinematic realism, and the possibility of stammhekm female or feminist aesthetics.

As Judith Mayne has observed, language is limited for both characters: Wagner’s “unending melody” simply fails to describe this practice, whatever its influence on Hollywood composers may have been. The effect is heightened further by the inability or unwillingness iflm diegetic characters to respond to the cries of others.

It is, after all, a form of listening to perceived unpleasantness, to alterity, and a potential way of avoiding projecting abjection onto images that do not reflect back to us idealized, recognizable selves.

Indeed, the German cinema often constructs human bodies as little more than brute, physical objects, assisted by props that stylize or fragment them, like the rat-like features of Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu Herzog, or the extracted teeth in Germany, Pale Mother.

The New German Cinema

It also demonstrates that some of the emotional force of music resides precisely in its inability to deliver, much as Fassbinder maintained that by withholding happy endings, he made them more possible.

Interestingly, with one exception, [22] none has been interested in being labeled gay, and all of ztammheim have been stamjheim at one point by dtammheim and gay communities for their inappropriate treatment of nonheterosexual desires—that nagging question of style, once again.

Given cinema’s existence as physical images and sounds of substitutions, the idea has special relevance. But in light of the various links historical, scholarly, popular among women, femininity, and the domestic sphere at the time, melodrama seemed an appropriate form with which to explore historical issues from female-centered perspectives and memory.

But despite melodrama’s considerable role in German film history at large, Reitz’s bold decision to revisit the Heimat film during this new era of filmmaking stammhemi highly contested.

Their use of Bach, then, was not just historically appropriate to the film, but helped criticize the contemporary deification that Adorno observed.

This “power plant” overprocesses emotions to such an extent that they become too inflated, too out of touch for actual consumption or use. I want to flm the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, whose generous grant made writing it possible in the first place. My single happiest debt, however, goes to composer Peer Raben.

Red Army Faction

Timothy Corrigan argues that the movement proffered a “displaced image” mediated by outside textual and national influences. Peer Raben articulates something between the melodramatic and the utopian when he writes that music “supports something that isn’t yet in the image, nor in the mind either … a truth we discover in another sense to come.


Indem das Buch diese Verschiebungen nachvollzieht, leistet es ebenso einen Beitrag zur Kulturgeschichte der Bundesrepublik gestalg zur erinnerungstheoretischen Diskussion. What is probably the sole musical stinger of the film appears in a music fragment by Peer Raben.

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Some of the “queerer” films in the movement begin to formulate answers to this, and scholars like Alice Kuzniar, Bruce Williams, Marcia Gestatl, and others have turned to them to address some of these concerns.

Mourning and melancholia are both lengthy endeavors. As survivor Elie Wiesel wrote to the New York Times, the show “transform[ed] an ontological event into soap-opera. Bach had become museumized, his music confined to the rarefied realm of concert halls. Four Seasons was Fassbinder’s first Sirk-influenced melodrama, although the story was reportedly inspired by the story of his own uncle and by Fontane’s Effi Briest.

History of Stammhrim, Terrorism and Gender, in: Throughout the course of the film, character movement is minimal; several unmotivated degree pans dramatize the extent of their paralysis. In a sense, it was so full of meanings that it became virtually meaningless. How do they see their professional and personal realization in the armed forces?

Given that melodrama was construed as, among other things, both an American phenomenon and an emblem of repressed Nazi populism, it cannot excavate any pure, prelapsarian national identity or history. Although it ggestalt not my intention to assert the primacy of one particular approach stammheum or conception of history over another, it will be clear that I have my biases.

After her many journeys back, Hannah is nowhere closer to peace, a sense of identity, or an improved relationship with Martin. For Freud, mourning and melancholia are prompted by similar kinds of losses of people, places, ideals, potential ; [52] what distinguishes them is the manner in which that loss is dealt with. Underscoring his warnings against being absorbed by the official interests of “historicism,” cilm its “universal history” and other fictions, Benjamin preferred the lived moments of smaller, unwritten, unacknowledged counterhistories.

As Barbara Kosta notes, autobiographical modes gave women directors a way to mediate between the subjective experience of women and women’s public construction and positioning in “history.

These kinds of musical practices, I believe, intimate a suspicion of unity or origins perfectly in keeping with the New German Cinema’s larger attempts to complicate a notion of history that would pass itself off as seamless, with the present neatly and unproblematically detached from its past. Even abstract elements like music, I argue, participate in the process.

This study proposes that music and other aspects of film style work as much as the image to address notions of history, loss, and identity.