List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction
Chapter 1. The Legacy of 'Film Europe': DEFA's Coproductions with France
Chapter 2. Film Exchange beyond the Bans: Erich Mehl's Partnership with DEFA
Chapter 3. Competing with the West, Running with the East: Creating Utopia in DEFA Artistic Production Units
Chapter 4. Writing Together: DEFA's Biopics in the Context of European Cinema Epilogue: Heritage, Continuity, and Collaboration Select Bibliography.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Almost from their very inception, European cinemas undertook collaborative ventures in an attempt to cultivate a transnational "Film-Europe." And despite the significant impediments that the Cold War presented to such efforts, in the postwar era it was, DEFA, the state cinema of East Germany, that emerged as a key site for these cooperative practices. DEFA sought international prestige through a range of initiatives, whether film exchange in occupied Germany, partnerships with producers in the West, or promoting science fiction and Western films to compete with Hollywood. Uniquely positioned between East and West, DEFA unexpectedly proved a crucial mediator among European cinemas during a period of profound political division. (source: Nielsen Book Data)