Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the paradigm of socialist realism in East German cinema has been subject to scholarly debate, scrutiny, and academic rethinking on a global level. Few scholars, however, have examined socialist ideology in the framework of Orientalism in fairy-tale film. In his groundbreaking book Orientalism (1980) Edward Said argues that the Orient was a European invention to portray Asia as a place of romance, exotic beings, and landscapes. I analyze Said’s argument about Orientalism in Wolfgang Staudte’s popular fairy-tale film Die Geschichte vom Kleinen Muck (The Story of Little Mook, 1953), which is based on a literary fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff, and contextualize it with the notion of “ethnic drag,” a term coined by scholar Katrin Sieg.
Schwabe, Claudia M.. "Orientalism and Ethnic Drag in DEFA Fairy-Tale Film: Wolfgang Staudte’s The Story of the Little Mook." Marvels & Tales 29.2 (2015). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol29/iss2/9>.