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"Truer than the Real Thing": "Real" and "Hyperreal" Representations of the Past in Das Leben der Anderen Public Deposited

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Westphal, Wendy. "truer Than the Real Thing": "real" and "hyperreal" Representations of the Past In Das Leben Der Anderen. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2012. https://mushare.marian.edu/concern/generic_works/7d8342fb-8153-46b3-85dc-edff861b9730?locale=en

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Westphal, Wendy. "truer Than the Real Thing": "real" and "hyperreal" Representations of the Past In Das Leben Der Anderen. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2012. https://mushare.marian.edu/concern/generic_works/7d8342fb-8153-46b3-85dc-edff861b9730?locale=en

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With his 2006 film Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), writer and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck asserted that he had "created a GDR that is truer than the real thing, that is realer than the actual GDR." In this article, I show that while Das Leben der Anderen strives to be an authentic representation of the past through its incorporation of real props and on-site filming, it in fact shows a reality that is "hyperreal." Despite the film's various claims to authenticity, its plot serves as a subtext that exposes the very concepts of "truth" and "reality" as, at best, elusive ideals.

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  • German Studies Review (Vol.35, No.1)
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