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Journal Article

Rubble Canyons: Die Mörder sind unter uns and the Western

Robert R. Shandley
The German Quarterly
Vol. 74, No. 2 (Spring, 2001), pp. 132-147
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Association of Teachers of German
DOI: 10.2307/3072841
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3072841
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Wolfgang Staudte's Die Mörder sind unter uns was the first film made in postwar Germany. As such it had to fulfill many functions, not the least of which was to show that it was legitimate for Germany to again make films in the wake of the Nazis abuse of cinematic discourse. At the same time, the film had to find a filmic language with which to tell a story about the immediate German past. This article argues that Staudte finds solutions to both of these problems through generic conventions most generally associated with the Hollywood western of his time. The Hollywood western does the things that Die Mörder sind unter uns needs to have done.

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