Monthly Archives: May 2014

Addendum: History and Lili Marleen

I was a little nervous about publishing my post on Lili Marleen, given its handling of such a profoundly troubling and sensitive history. While Fassbinder’s position regarding Germany’s horrific past has always seemed clear to me, his work has at … Continue reading

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Lili Marleen (1981)

I think it’s possible to say something about National Socialism, which is specifically German, simply by showing what was appealing about it. The parades had a certain aesthetic of their own that appealed to people. The swastika had a certain … Continue reading

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Berlin Alexanderplatz – Part XIV: Epilogue – My Dream of Franz Biberkopf’s Dream by Alfred Döblin (1980)

“Okay, now I have mastered this craft.” —Rainer Werner Fassbinder, upon wrapping Berlin Alexanderplatz (quoted in Chaos as Usual) If Part XIII seemed a little lackluster, let’s just say the Epilogue more than makes up for it. It certainly puts … Continue reading

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