Disgrace, Weakness, Rubbish? Material Culture of the GDR in Selected German Films After 1990
This is a translation of the original article “Kompromitacja, słabość, tandeta? Kultura materialna NRD w filmie po 1990 roku na wybranych przykładach”, which was published in Studia Litteraria et Historica, 2020(9). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 PL License, which permits redistribution, commercial and noncommercial, provided that the article is properly cited. http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/pl © The Author(s) 2020 © to the English translation: Kate Sotejeff-Wilson, 2020 (2.848Mb)
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The article focuses on the material culture of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as portrayed in selected German films made after 1990 and set in the GDR. The objects that are used in the films serve as a special kind of artefacts, symbolizing the reality of the GDR and defining it as imperfect, below expectations, and inefficient in meeting consumer demand. An important point of reference in the article is the context of post-communist nostalgia, which is a source of interesting symbolic redefinitions.
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