Film and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films by Aaron KernerFilm and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films by Aaron Kerner

Film and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films

byAaron Kerner

Paperback | May 5, 2011

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When representing the Holocaust, the slightest hint of narrative embellishment strikes contemporary audiences as somehow a violation against those who suffered under the Nazis. This anxiety is, at least in part, rooted in Theodor Adorno's dictum that "To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric." And despite the fact that he later reversed his position, the conservative opposition to all "artistic" representations of the Holocaust remains powerful, leading to the insistent demand that it be represented, as it really was. And yet, whether it's the girl in the red dress or a German soldier belting out Bach on a piano during the purge of the ghetto in Schindler's List, or the use of tracking shots in the documentaries Shoah and Night and Fog, all genres invent or otherwise embellish the narrative to locate meaning in an event that we commonly refer to as "unimaginable." This wide-ranging book surveys and discusses the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented in cinema, covering a deep cross-section of both national cinemas and genres.
Aaron Kerner is an Associate Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. His curatorial and research work examines the problems of representations, exploring the difficulty of representing catastrophic events and the uneasy transfiguration of history and memory into narrative form.
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Title:Film and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental FilmsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.95 × 6.05 × 1 inPublished:May 5, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Realistic Imperative Chapter 3 The Holocaust as Dramatic Spectacle Chapter 4 Defiance and Resistance Chapter 5 Holocaust Comedies? Chapter 6 Sadism and Sexual Deviance Chapter 7 Body Genres I: Melodramatic Holocaust Films Chapter 8 Body Genres II: Pornography and Exploitation Chapter 9 Body Genres III: The Horror Genre and the Holocaust Chapter 10 Holocaust Documentaries I: Telling Like It Really Was Chapter 11 Holocaust Documentaries II: Testimonials Chapter 12 Holocaust Documentaries III: Personal Documentaries Chapter 13 Holocaust Documentaries IV: The Poetic Documentary Chapter 14 Experimental Films I: Rituals of Memory Chapter 15 Experimental Films II: Lost and Found (Footage) Filmography Bibliography Index

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At last--a wide-ranging, richly structured, incisive study of how this horrific event appears and reappears in dramatic, comedic, exploitative, pornographic, documentary, and poetic representations. No one has surveyed the full range of Holocaust material like this before. Kerner brings stunning clarity to the most basic issues involved in representing catastrophe. Bill Nichols, Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University, and author of Engaging Cinema, Introduction to Documentary (2nd edition) and Representing Reality.