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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold

(p.104) Christian Petzold
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Christian Petzold. Petzold is considered one of the leading directors of contemporary German cinema. Making his feature debut with the political drama The State I Am In (2000), his other works include Wolfsburg (2003) and Ghosts (2005). Petzold's films are marked by their interest in psychology and characters whose lives have been somehow torn loose from their moorings. The present interview took place around the release of Barbara (2012), Petzold's best-received work to date. The film is a low-key account of a female doctor whose application for an exit visa from the GDR sees her transferred to a small rural community as punishment. The interview covered topics such as the research he conducted to prepare for Barbara; how he approached the theme of love in the film; and the locations used when shooting the film.

Keywords:   Christian Petzold, contemporary German cinema, Barbara, interviews, film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking, The State I Am In, Wolfsburg, Ghosts

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