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Hannah Birr

It has become a commonplace that the audience of a film is active. What sort of activity is involved when the audience is from one culture—say, Germany—and the film is from another culture—say, India? This article examines the processes involved in such cross-cultural film reception. It focuses on two aspects that are often regarded as problematic for the enjoyment of a film in terms of understanding and emotional response. The first is an obviously characteristic feature of Hindi cinema, namely the song and dance sequences. The second is perhaps less obvious, but no less characteristic—intertextuality and self-referential humor. The example explored in the article—Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om—displays a multitude of ironic allusions to the history of the Indian film industry and other culturally specific elements, which present a special challenge to uninformed audiences. In this context the article concentrates on a segment of active viewers that has at least some degree of familiarity with, but, more important, expresses a definite interest in Hindi cinema: Western (non-Indian) fans. The article argues that it is a misconception to regard cultural particularity as essentially problematic. On the contrary, elements that initially seem to present a hindrance might actually facilitate the development of empathy and identification. The point is perhaps particularly true in the social context of fan (culture) reception and offers some explanation for the films' cross-cultural appeal.

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Keyvan Sarkhosh and Winfried Menninghaus

German Title Year Country Director(s) Writer(s) Genre(s) Love Actually Tatsächlich… Liebe 2003 UK | USA | France Richard Curtis Richard Curtis Comedy | Drama | Romance Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Die

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Tru Leverette and Barbara Mennel

Bauhaus, the German art-and-design school (1919 to 1933), not only with a focus on bodies but also on gender, sexuality, and everyday life. Leadership moved from founding director, architect Walter Gropius, to Hannes Meyer, and then Ludwig Mies van der

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Transitions Within Queer North African Cinema

Nouri Bouzid, Abdellah Taïa, and the Transnational Tourist

Walter S. Temple

trappings of gay sexual tourism, and it is also a symbolic marker of his “Arab” heterosexual masculinity. But in a rather ironic twist, what makes Roufa’s voyage (and future marriage) possible in the first place is the aid of a former male German lover who

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Karen Fiss

German legislation.” The second part of the project was the live event Genitals on Trial that took place within the context of the larger exhibition. Visitors to the nGbK were invited to become part of the performance by entering a private recording

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Digitizing the Western Gaze

The End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign

Jessica Cammaert

three and forced into marriage at thirteen, but moved to Germany shortly thereafter to become a runway model. In the film adaptation, the beautiful Dirie is played by Liya Kebede, a former “America’s Next Top Model” participant. Her beauty contrasts with

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James E. Cutting

's idea found its way into psychology through the German psychologist Wilhelm Wundt. It was then filtered through the ideas of the British-Canadian psychologist and aesthetician Daniel Berlyne. 3 It also has several variants. One is the discrepancy

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The Feel-Good Film

Genre Features and Emotional Rewards

Keyvan Sarkhosh and Winfried Menninghaus

, and video rental shops across Germany, Austria, and the German-speaking parts of Switzerland and Belgium. Notably, in German, the English term “feel-good film” is used interchangeably with the German label “Wohlfühlfilm” ( Strotmann 2015 ). Moreover

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Carl Plantinga

is a consistent threat to reemerge now and in the future. Fascism is historically associated with the political formations in Germany, Italy, and Japan before and during World War II, and to some extent in Spain until the fall of Francoism in 1975. As

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“Is He Talking to Me?”

How Breaking the Fourth Wall Influences Enjoyment

Daniela M. Schlütz, Daniel Possler, and Lucas Golombek

Check Some 394 participants were recruited via a German news website for TV series, 3 German Facebook groups related to TV shows, and our own Facebook profiles. However, several cases had to be deleted during data cleansing, as these participants had