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Jaimey Fisher

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037986

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037986.001.0001

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A Ghostly Archeology

A Ghostly Archeology

The Art-House Genre Cinema of Christian Petzold

(p.1) A Ghostly Archeology
Christian Petzold

Jaimey Fisher

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes the films of Christian Petzold. Over the past twenty years and across eleven feature-length works, Petzold has established himself as the most critically acclaimed director in Germany. Five of his last eight films have won Best Film from the Association of German Film Critics (2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012). It is not only the critics, however, who admire Petzold's work: his breakthrough The State I Am In (Die innere Sicherheit; 2000) won the Federal Film Prize in Gold, the equivalent of a best-film prize for its year, an unusual recognition for an art-house film. His films consistently explore new and transformational modes of individualities, especially the compromised, even tainted, character of desire in the wake of economic adaptability, accommodation, and mobility. This kind of adaptability, productive desire, and subsequent movement are emphatically historicized in Petzold's cinema, in which history regularly intrudes upon individuals' dreams, fantasies, and desires as well as the spaces they inhabit.

Keywords:   Christian Petzold, German film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking, Association of German Film Critics, The State I Am In, Die innere Sicherheit, art-house film

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