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Welcome to Tykwer-World: Tom Tykwer as Auteur

Clarke, David 2006. Welcome to Tykwer-World: Tom Tykwer as Auteur. German as a Foreign Language 3 , 7--21.

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Abstract

This article argues that German director Tom Tykwer represents a new type of auteur distinct from the model prevalent in the New German Cinema. His films foreground a personal style and rework a limited number of themes, but lack the critical dimension of the New German Cinema’s Autorenfilm. Instead, it can be argued that his status as auteur is more a performative gesture that seeks to establish a particular and recognizable brand in the domestic and international marketplace. The article shows how Tykwer’s films create a unique and consistently recognizable filmic world that is presented as entirely artificial and that bears only a loose connection to contemporary social reality. It is argued that this self-conscious artificiality constitutes both a key component of Tykwer’s personal style and a foregrounding of the creative presence of the director in his films.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
ISSN: 1470-9570
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 12:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118722

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