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Introduction

The German Film industry has long been one of the most productive in the world. The potential of motion pictures was realized early in Germany as shown by a quote by the film pioneer Oskar Meester in 1897. He wrote

"By its means historical events can henceforth be preserved just as they happened and brought to view again not only now, but also for the benefit of future generations"
German film presents an interesting text because of its historical relationship with the government. Because of this relationship, the West German film industry is unique to the West German state and so East German film will not be discussed after 1949, as it warrants a seperate study altogether.
The Formative Years
The Weimar Period
Third Reich Films
Post WWII Films
The New German Cinema
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