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European Cinema after 1989

Cultural Identity and Transnational Production

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: For an Imperfect Europe

  3. Europeanism and Its Discontents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Luisa Rivi
      Pages 39-73
  4. In Search of Unlost Narratives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Luisa Rivi
      Pages 77-89
  5. Odysseys

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Luisa Rivi
      Pages 111-137
    3. Luisa Rivi
      Pages 139-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-195

About this book


The book examines cinema in post-1989 Europe by looking at how the new post-Cold War cinematographic co-productions articulate the political and cultural objectives of a new Europe as they redefine a European identity.


cinema Europe history

About the authors

Luisa Rivi is Lecturer of Contemporary European Cinema at the School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California.

Bibliographic information


"This is a timely and ambitious book that places contemporary film culture in Europe within a post-Cold War, globalized context. Indicating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as the pivotal event that marked the beginning of a new era in which we are now immersed, Rivi s study shows how Europe s efforts to redefine itself are being played out in the cinematic imaginary. The body of films she has judiciously selected prove to be a rich source of different, even contrasting, perceptions of the European continent at this crucial historical juncture." - Aine O'Healy, Loyola Marymount University

"This is an important book that provides a brilliant reading of post-1989 developments in European cinema - one that combines a thorough knowledge of contemporary debates on issues of transnational identity and a sophisticated mastery of European philosophy, with perceptive close readings of some of the most challenging films of the period. It is rare to find such a comprehensive range of knowledge being leveraged so effectively to illuminate such a fascinating group of films. I highly recommend it." - Marsha Kinder, University of Southern California