Nobody Else Was Laughing: Dani Levy's Use of Film Humor to Approach German History

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193365
Title:
Nobody Else Was Laughing: Dani Levy's Use of Film Humor to Approach German History
Author:
Johnson, Courtney C.
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Swiss-German director Dani Levy uses humor to explore recent German history in his films "Alles auf Zucker" (2004) and "Mein Führer: Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler" (2007). In a move unusual for German-speaking film directors, Levy pokes fun at Adolf Hitler and his regime in "Mein Führer." Levy also plays with the tension among formerly estranged members of a Jewish family in "Alles auf Zucker" to create a metaphor for the strained relations in reunified Germany.This project explores how Levy uses humor to break taboos in contemporary German society and prompt audiences through humor to critical debate about recent German history and its implications for contemporary and future society. This analysis is important to the German-speaking world and global audiences because Levy's work begs viewers to ponder what they can laugh at, who is allowed to make jokes, and how comedy can promote debate about societal norms and taboos.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Alles auf Zucker; comedy; Dani Levy; German film; Jewish humor; Mein Fuehrer
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
German Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Kosta, Barbara; Kovach, Thomas
Committee Chair:
Kosta, Barbara; Kovach, Thomas

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleNobody Else Was Laughing: Dani Levy's Use of Film Humor to Approach German Historyen_US
dc.creatorJohnson, Courtney C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Courtney C.en_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractSwiss-German director Dani Levy uses humor to explore recent German history in his films "Alles auf Zucker" (2004) and "Mein Führer: Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler" (2007). In a move unusual for German-speaking film directors, Levy pokes fun at Adolf Hitler and his regime in "Mein Führer." Levy also plays with the tension among formerly estranged members of a Jewish family in "Alles auf Zucker" to create a metaphor for the strained relations in reunified Germany.This project explores how Levy uses humor to break taboos in contemporary German society and prompt audiences through humor to critical debate about recent German history and its implications for contemporary and future society. This analysis is important to the German-speaking world and global audiences because Levy's work begs viewers to ponder what they can laugh at, who is allowed to make jokes, and how comedy can promote debate about societal norms and taboos.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectAlles auf Zuckeren_US
dc.subjectcomedyen_US
dc.subjectDani Levyen_US
dc.subjectGerman filmen_US
dc.subjectJewish humoren_US
dc.subjectMein Fuehreren_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGerman Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKosta, Barbaraen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKovach, Thomasen_US
dc.contributor.chairKosta, Barbaraen_US
dc.contributor.chairKovach, Thomasen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberClassen, Albrechten_US
dc.identifier.proquest11170en_US
dc.identifier.oclc752261024en_US
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