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Ein Freund, ein guter Freund … oder Freundschaft in Krisenzeiten

Zur Geschichte eines Motivs in der Unterhaltungskultur Deutschlands, Frankreichs und Nordamerikas (1930–1938)

François Genton

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François Genton, Michael Fischer(Hg.), Fernand Hörner(Hg.), Ein Freund, ein guter Freund … oder Freundschaft in Krisenzeiten (2013), Waxmann Verlag, 48159 Münster, ISSN: 1619-0548, 2012 #1, p.311

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One novel, two songs, three movies with one and the same theme: what meaning is left for the happiness of mutual friendship, of »being a friend’s friend« (Schiller), in a world which has been hit by the Great Depression and is threatened by the rising danger of war since Hitler’s appointment as chancellor? Beginning with the German musical, The Three from the Filling Station, this study seeks to shed light on great, yet often unrecognized (»loorberlose« as Hannah Arendt writes) German-Jewish, artists from the years before Hitler. It uncovers a confident and intelligent popular culture which brought together traditional and avantgarde elements to create something new with a strong international appeal. Responding to changing times, the film’s French and American versions, produced in the run up to the war, became much darker, at best a call to resist Hitler and his accomplices.

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