New German Cinema: A History
He shows how the development of public funding and cultural objectives ofr cinema in Germany led towards a highly self-conscious form of film-making in which each film sought to express its own conditions of production and define its own audience. He traces the effects on the films of a whole series of influences and pressures: of commercial, especially American, cinema; of the avant-garde; of art cinema; of television; and of the notion, so powerful in other areas of German culture, of the author as creative origin and 'star'. In a series of penetrating and sophisticated analyses Elsaesser also describes how the films relate to German history and contemporary social life. The book is accompanied by a thorough filmography and bibliography, and includes over 200 illustrations.