Women's Studies Friday Speaker's Series: Antje Ascheid

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City Girls in Nazi Cinema?: Working Women in Berlin

While German films during the Weimar era frequently celebrated urban modernity, films produced under Nazi rule had a very ambivalent relationship to the German metropolis. Hitler hated Berlin, which he saw as tainted by communist and Jews hoping to raze large parts of the city to built a new capital, Germania, in its stead. National socialist ideology further disapproved of working women and reduced the purpose of females solely to marriage and motherhood. As a result, the image of the modern working girl, so popular in 30s Hollywood, was rarely seen on German screens. When it does appear, however, the result is worth close attention. This talk investigates how Berlin and its working women are seen in films of the era, suggesting a highly ambiguous and deeply contradictory form of public entertainment in a state marked by patriachy and propaganda.
Dr. Antje Ascheid is associate professor of Film Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at UGA. She is currently working on The Berlin-Film: A Critical History of the German Capital in Cinema (Berghahn Books, forthcoming). Her previous publications include Hitler’s Heroines: Womanhood in Nazi Cinema (Temple: Philadelphia, 2003).
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm