fourteen years of Pollock’s life for the screen, from 1941 to his death in a car accident in 1956. Crucially, this is the time of Pollock’s relationship with Lee Krasner. This choice points to the importance that the film attributes to Krasner in Pollock’s life. Like many artist biopics, Pollock tells
Jane Campion’s 2009 film Bright Star explores the relationship between English Romantic poet John Keats (1795–1821) and Fanny Brawne (1800–1865) during the last three years of Keats’ short life, from 1818 until his death in 1821. Keats and Brawne were neighbours in Hampstead, and, for a period
that met at each other’s homes. When Smith moved to
Clapham after being returned as a Member of Parliament for Liverpool
he met with other Members of Parliament in his living room. This close
association between public and private life is shown in the location for
self-made men and the civic 313
the Soviet army. Throughout the 1950s, discontent over living conditions, shortages of consumer goods, land reform policies and the lure of a better life in the West encouraged a constant wave of people to leave the GDR , often the most highly skilled and educated. Several interviewees, who worked in
Interviewed at her home on 1 December 2016.
Key themes: commitment to socialism, the Berlin Wall, Stasi, student and professional life, the opposition, nostalgia, history.
I was born on 15 January 1960 in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, the oldest of three girls; my father wanted a son but only got
Interviewed 7 December 2014 at his home in Dresden.
Key themes: education, military service, student life, work in the car industry, standard of living.
I grew up in a small village in Freiberg, Saxony, in a rented apartment with my brothers and sisters. I remember the summers more than the
context of private arrangements – as in the case of Renan’s
memory of the old man – but for rearranging private life in historical
and insistently nostalgic terms, as is the case in the practice of a Renan
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recollecting his youth. In other words, I want to suggest that the drastic
never thought of my books as the stories of Moses or Johnson. I never had the slightest interest in writing the life of a great man. From the very start I thought of writing biographies as a means of illuminating the times of the men I was writing about and the great forces that molded those times
without sometimes even noticing it. Isn’t life comparable to what was
depicted in the movie The Truman Show, where the protagonist is una-
ware that he is living his life under a dome of studio lamps, to provide
a sensational reality soap opera for millions of TV viewers? Seen in this
exaggerated way a
Moreover, Latin had a symbolic value for them: Latin was part of stu-
dent life, and this gave it a certain cachet, especially for boys who were
still at grammar school, also known as ‘Latin school’. And Latin also
had elite connotations: only boys of the upper classes learned this lan-