- Motion pictures -- Germany (East) -- History and criticism.
- Experimental films -- Germany (East) -- History and criticism.
Reviewed by Sebastian Heiduschke.
German History 38,3 (Sep 2020), pp. 519–520.
In general, English-language publications on East German film have largely been interested in feature films from the GDR’s state-owned studio DEFA, whereas lacunae exist about GDR documentaries, television film or non-narrative cinema. Seth Howes’s book on experimental film of the late GDR is an interesting first work that takes a first step towards filling these gaps.
Early on, Howes’s describes how ‘the experimental films of late 1980s East Germany commit the psychic geography and physical environment of the German Democratic Republic to film’ (p. 3). But can a corpus of about 200 super-8 films reflect the mood of a crumbling nation, especially if we assume that these films offer a...
Howes, Seth [1984-]
Moving Images on the Margins: Experimental Film in Late Socialist East Germany.
Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2019, xiii, 265 p., ill.,
(Screen Cultures: German Film and the Visual.).
ISBN 9781640140684 (hb., GBP 75,00)