Out of Tune: Music, Postwar Politics, and Edgar Reitz’s “Die Zweite Heimat"

Ulrich Schonherr, Haverford College


The year 1960 marks the point of departure for Edgar Reitz's twenty-five hour movie Die zweite Heimat (The Second Homeland), which tries to reconstruct ten years of German history from the selective perspective of young avant-garde artists in Munich. In contrast to critics who claim that the music in Die Zweite Heimat functions merely as a 'quid pro quo' for Reitz's film aesthetic, I intend to illustrate the highly independent role of music, which does not simply coincide with the medium of film but occupies a distinct position within the decade's sociopolitical landscape --author-supplied description