GERMANY YEAR ZERO Name: Institution: When it comes to the film industry there are scores of popular and highly rated films to choose from. If people are challenged to list down their favorite movies or what they considered the greatest movies of all times the lists would be endless. The multitudinous characteristic of the film is a feature that spreads across movies of all genres. The same applies to war and post-war films. For war films many would name Patton Saving Private Ryan all quiet on the western front and apocalypse now as some of the great classics in the genre. These are some of the most beloved and rated films by avid fans critics and casual movie watchers Nevertheless as with all things there are vast numbers of underrated and undiscovered gems in the war genre. Their exposure to the global audience is also minimized as the films Germany year zero reacts to history with equal necessity and passion as a historian and film lover would with the same replica of desire to find out the roots from where the fantasy and ideology of power compel people into destructive action and in conclusion try to remedy and refine humankind. The movie leads a modern viewer into contemplating the obvious question ‘was the situation really that awful?’ The Movie should is thus a masterpiece and a classic that should be included as a canon for postwar films in the criterion collection. REFERENCESBuruma I. (2014). Year Zero: A History of 1945. Penguin. Langenbacher E. (2003). Changing Memory Regimes in Contemporary Germany? German Politics and Society 21(2) 46-68. Mourning M. (1990). Film in Postwar Germany. Pinkert A. (2008). Film and memory in East Germany. Indiana University Press. Santner E. L. (1993). Stranded objects: Mourning memory and film in postwar Germany. Cornell University Press. . [...]
Write a 6-7 page thesis-driven essay that argues for the inclusion of an underseen or underappreciated film in the canon of postwar cinema. Using a model popularized by the Criterion Collection, you should identify at least “three reasons” for the film’s historical significance, citing evidence both from the film itself (in the form of close analysis) and from at least five scholarly sources (two of which may be readings we have done in class).