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Self-presentation, kitsch, irony – German sound film around 1930


Hangartner, Selina (2018). Self-presentation, kitsch, irony – German sound film around 1930. Mise-en-scène, the Journal of Film & Visual Narration (MSJ), 3(1):26-38.

Abstract

Around 1930, the shift toward sound film led German filmmakers back to the medium itself even as they moved in new aesthetic directions. Adopting a new self-reflexive attitude, they shifted the filmic apparatus onto the image, engaging narrative form to consider cinema’s value in popular culture. This article investigates how sound films reflected their new audiovisual mode through aesthetic self-referentiality, particularly in operetta films. Often considered escapist and ideologically suspect by contemporary critics, these films reflected the kitsch and Americanized aesthetic for which they were criticized with playful, ironic self-awareness.

Abstract

Around 1930, the shift toward sound film led German filmmakers back to the medium itself even as they moved in new aesthetic directions. Adopting a new self-reflexive attitude, they shifted the filmic apparatus onto the image, engaging narrative form to consider cinema’s value in popular culture. This article investigates how sound films reflected their new audiovisual mode through aesthetic self-referentiality, particularly in operetta films. Often considered escapist and ideologically suspect by contemporary critics, these films reflected the kitsch and Americanized aesthetic for which they were criticized with playful, ironic self-awareness.

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Other titles:«Self-Presentation, Kitsch, Irony: German Sound Film around 1930»
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
900 History
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:24 Jan 2019 16:16
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:18
Publisher:Simon Fraser University
ISSN:2369-5056
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://journals.sfu.ca/msq/index.php/msq/index

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