Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, the Film Director as Critical Thinker

Essays and Interviews

  • Editors
  • R. J. Cardullo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Russell Berman
    Pages 1-23
  3. Beatriz Schiller
    Pages 41-45
  4. Susan Sontag
    Pages 47-62
  5. Steve Wasserman
    Pages 63-73
  6. Roswitha Mueller
    Pages 75-80
  7. Frederic Jameson
    Pages 81-97
  8. Betsy Erkkila
    Pages 99-112
  9. Stanley Kauffmann
    Pages 131-138
  10. Christopher Sharrett
    Pages 139-146
  11. Die Zeit
    Pages 147-164
  12. Ian Buruma
    Pages 165-174
  13. Marilyn Berlin Snell
    Pages 175-184
  14. R. J. Cardullo
    Pages 193-203
  15. R. J. Cardullo
    Pages 205-215
  16. Jonathan Bowden
    Pages 217-232
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 233-261

About this book


"Hans-Jürgen Syberberg is an original, the most controversial of all the New German directors and a figure who has long been at the vanguard of the resurgence of experimental filmmaking in his homeland. Syberberg’s most characteristic films examine recent German history: a documentary, for example, about Richard Wagner’s daughter-in-law, who was a close friend of Hitler (The Confessions of Winifred Wagner [1975]). But especially “historical” is his trilogy covering one hundred years of Germany’s past, including, most famously, Hitler—A Film from Germany, also known as Our Hitler (1977). In this film and other works, Syberberg unites fictional narrative and documentary footage in a style that is at once cinematic and theatrical, mystical and magical. 
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, the Film Director as Critical Thinker: Essays and Interviews is the first edited book in English devoted to this director’s work, and includes his most important English-language interviews as well as some of the best English-language essays on his work. In sum, this book is a significant contribution not only to the study of Syberberg’s oeuvre, but also to the study of German history and politics in the second half of the twentieth century."


Hans-Jürgen Syberberg New German Cinema cultural studies Nazism critical thinking theater-and-film

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