Europe 1989 and Beyond: Towards a New Millennium

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This chapter focuses on the symbolic year 1989, and what it meant for Germany and Eastern Europe as well as for the rest of the world, and looks at German series dealing with the events before and after 1989. Edgar Reitz’s Heimat 3 (2004) is a magnificent realist and symbolic tale of 1989, the new millennium, of memories and divided hopes for an uncertain future. 1989 was a European event, but British series are more focused on the new millennium, often with a dystopian view. This Is England ‘86, ‘88 and ‘89 (2010–2015), is a freezing picture of English youth caught between utter despair and bleak hopes. Dennis Potter’s Cold Lazarus (1996) sends a message back from a dystopian future 400 years ahead, by using memories from the twentieth century as revolutionary material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave European Film and Media Studies
Number of pages25
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-60495-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-60496-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesPalgrave European Film and Media Studies

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