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The war that won't dieThe Spanish Civil War in cinema$
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David Archibald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078088

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078088.001.0001

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The Spanish Civil War in East German cinema: Fünf Patronenhülsen/Five Cartridges

The Spanish Civil War in East German cinema: Fünf Patronenhülsen/Five Cartridges

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(p.48) 2 The Spanish Civil War in East German cinema: Fünf Patronenhülsen/Five Cartridges
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The war that won't die
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Archibald David

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078088.003.0003

This chapter explores the East German film Fünf Patronenhülsen/Five Cartridges, looking at the way it corresponded with the then-ruling Socialist Unity Party's desire to construct an anti-fascist national heritage, one which valorised the International Brigades as part of the attempt to legitimise the existence of the East German state and its communist leadership, many of whom had fought for the Republic. Although superficially, Five Cartridges appears to be an uncritical homage to the International Brigades, the chapter argues that a tension arises from the complex characterisation of the International Brigade members.

Keywords:   East German film, Fünf Patronenhülse, Socialist Unity Party, communist leadership, International Brigades, GDR, Five Cartridges

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