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The booklet explores eu artists' severe engagement with the photographs and tales that politicians and the media use to suggest globalization.

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The cinematic culture industries are thus part and parcel of the political and economic transformations the films depict. The question I want to pursue through a series of exemplary readings in this chapter is whether the Hollywood model of cinematic production marked by commercial profitability and political conformity indeed provides less opportunity for a critique of global capitalism than the German tradition of state-supported artistic independence and what the consequences and implications are of the 32 Choreographing the Global “sublation” of national cinema in the European film industry today (Halle 2002).

Rather than calling the validity of his thesis into doubt, Schumpeter’s followers explained the cataclysmic wars that did take place in the twentieth century by interpreting imperialist mentalities as social and psychological holdovers from the past. The functionalist model of European integration under the primacy of economics would similarly forge a rhetoric of progress by contrasting free trade in a global market as peaceful and democratic, against the imperialist aggression associated with the nation-state of the past.

17 That conflict reinvigorated the familiar terms of European-American cultural competition, however, at a time when the media business was undergoing changes not just in the United States but worldwide. Europeans’ accusation of American cultural imperialism on that occasion, however, constructs a political hegemony that disavows both the dispersal of Hollywood across international production sites and the rise of transnational media conglomerates in Europe during the 1980s and ’90s. Vivendi-Universal’s acquisition of Canal+, Europe’s most active and successful studio that produced Klapisch’s Europudding, exemplifies this development.

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