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Contributed by Michael Richardson on 10/02/2012
Michael Richardson (with Jennifer Kapczynski) has recently edited A New History of German Cinema, a dynamic, event-centered anthology covering the hundred-year history of German-language film.
Each of the more than eighty essays takes a key date as its starting point and explores its significance for German film history. While the essays offer a good measure of temporal and topical spread, this book places greater emphasis on the rewards yielded through the juxtaposition of famous and unknown stories and an attention to a wide range of cinematic events. This constellation challenges unidirectional narratives of German film history and charts new ways of thinking about the writing of film historiography more broadly.