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Sonja Fritzsche

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.001.0001

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Gender and Apocalypse in Eastern European Cinema

Gender and Apocalypse in Eastern European Cinema

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(p.104) 6. Gender and Apocalypse in Eastern European Cinema
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The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film
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Jason Merrill

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.003.0007

The communist-era films The End of August at the Hotel Ozone, Daisies, and Sexmission directly link apocalyptic images with the notion of gender. The first two suggest that the communist regimes of Eastern Europe had destroyed gender by de-feminizing women; in the later Sexmission “proper” gender roles and identity are returned. This article places these films not only in the context of western feminist film theory but also looks at Eastern European reactions to questions of gender both before and immediately after the fall of communism. The films reflect prevailing attitudes about politics and gender in countries such as Czechoslovakia and Poland, which can differ somewhat from opinions about gender in regions that did not experience communism.

Keywords:   apocalypse, communism and cinema, Czech film, Daisies, The End of August at the Hotel Ozone, feminist film theory, gender, Polish film, Sexmission

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