• Coming Out

    Author(s):
    Kyle Frackman (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Subject(s):
    Germany, Area studies, Mass media--Study and teaching, Germany (East), Motion pictures
    Item Type:
    Book
    Tag(s):
    German studies, Film studies, Media studies, Queer studies, East Germany, Film
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ha1k-jb85
    Abstract:
    It took forty years for East Germany's state-run studios, DEFA, to produce a feature film about homosexuality: "Coming Out." The film's story seems in some ways radically ordinary: a young teacher, Philipp, is gay but cannot accept the truth about his sexuality. He starts a relationship with a fellow teacher, Tanja, but falls in love with a young man he meets, Matthias, whose confidence in his own self-understanding is alluring for him as well as a challenge. Acclaimed director Heiner Carow created a film that shows the difficulties, both internalized and external, that queer people faced in East Germany. In a quirk of history, "Coming Out" premiered in German theaters on November 9, 1989, the very night on which the Berlin Wall was opened, which meant the film was initially overshadowed, to say the least, by the earthshaking political events. Yet it remains a popular film and is regularly screened around the world, including prominently at queer film festivals. This book examines the film in both the late East German context of its creation and the international context of its reception.
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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