Goodbye Lenin-The nostalgia for the red state
The German unification was formally completed on the third of October in 1990. Once a nation separated by different ideologies is now finally reunited by the wind of change. Many orthodox historians could agree on that the falling of these communist regimes has brought rather positive social, economic changes to the former red states; however, could a notion of red nostalgia also existed within the people behind the iron curtain? The film Goodbye Lenin is exactly center around this topic-where the finale of reunification is only days away. However, unlike what you may expect in many conventional Hollywood American films we are exposed to-this film is not just about the triumph of victory for the West and long-waited freedom for many Germans. Goodbye Lenin is a dark comedy centered on a quite taboo topic many historians would frown upon-it is a story about how an East German did everything he could to forbid his idealist mother to hear about the on-going unification of Germany. Alex, the protagonist, went from collecting vintage communist-era goods to broadcasting fake news, just to prevent his mother who recently woke up from a coma to know what was really going on outside their hospital room. After viewing this film and many other articles regarding similar topic, one could argue that this particular notion of red nostalgia, or the sentimental longing for the communist past, can be identified inside many former communist states. This argument will be further supported by three additional elements-the social element, the economical element and finally, the political element. The film Goodbye Lenin provided us with an excellent example of the first element-like the character Christine, who is a strong believer in the communist system even until her last breath, many older generation felt a lost sense of identity during the rapid transformation and march towards capitalism. Indeed, Christine represented many...
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