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date: 19 May 2022

New German Cinema 

A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

A term referring to a loose grouping of directors’ films made in West *Germany between the mid 1960s and early 1980s, some involving formal experimentation and all engaging critically with contemporary West German reality and postwar national identity. The films received international critical acclaim and are widely considered to mark the emergence of a new ‘quality’ national cinema in Germany. The movement dates its beginnings to 1962 and the publication of the Oberhausen Manifesto, a document signed by 26 aspiring young filmmakers who had grown up in a divided Germany and were claiming the right to ‘create the new German feature film’. As a direct result of the ... ...

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