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Schwarzweiß und Farbe



Schwarzweiß und Farbe
Black-and-White and Colour: DEFA Documentary Films 1946 - 1992"
An invaluably rich source for historians, sociologists and cineasts: DEFA documentary filmmakers and their work.
Almost 10,000 documentary and popular scientific films plus weekly and monthly newsreels were created by DEFA between 1946 and 1992. In twelve chapters, the authors work their way through this body of work and give an inside account of films and people, of the mechanisms of the GDR propaganda and culture politics, of ideals, dreams and hopes, conformism and quiet resistance. The authors' efforts are by no means restricted to a few hand-picked names; instead, their judgement is based on the knowledge of the entire production. Apart from a detailed chronology of DEFA films including the weekly news "Der Augenzeuge" ("The Eyewitness"), the volume includes chapters on documentaries produced by the Film College Potsdam-Babelsberg and on the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival. Some 190 DEFA documentarists are introduced with detailed biographies and filmographies.
Publisher: Potsdam Film Museum, Editor: Günter Jordan and Ralf Schenk, Jovis-Verlagsbüro Berlin 1996/2000 (second, extended and revised edition) ISBN 3-931321-51-7, 463 pages, approx. 200 black-and-white illustrations, paperback 25.50 Euros