New DVD samples cartoons of the GDR.

Posted: 14 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"From 1946 through 1990, the Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft — known more commonly as the DEFA studio — produced thousands of films, documentaries and television shows for the German Democratic Republic. It was publicly owned, and its films were thoroughly vetted and often censored by the Ministry of Culture, which would export them as exemplars of socialist art. ... In the United States, First Run Features is releasing several DEFA titles on DVD, a worthwhile series that includes the new 'Red Cartoons,' an odd collection of 16 short animated films spanning 1974 through 1990. ... Because socialist art demands realism, these works are strictly — albeit often fleetingly — narrative, but they are rarely experimental and never pursue the form for its own ends. Still, these shorts possess a busy exuberance that makes them fascinating not only as historical pieces but also as lively works of art." Stephen M. Deusner, Express (DC), 28 January 2010.