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Architecture

Air, light, and Utopia
Examines the Modern Movement in architecture, from its emergence after World War I until World War II. Combines interviews with leading architects, historians, and conservationists with location footage from all over Europe. The first half explores the movement's origins and ideology, spotlighting the Bauhaus in Germany, Le Corbusier in France, the Functionalists in Holland, and the Constructivists in Russia. The second half traces the movement's growth and spread, emphasizing the influence of the social climate and political environment of the interwar years upon building design. 1994. 53 min. Video/C 7212

Architecture Of Doom.
Building upon the Nazi cult of the extreme aesthetic which aspired to return beauty to the world, film examines Hitler's eccentric cultural ambitions for the Third Reich, and the profound influence his obsession -- and personal failures -- with art played in the development of the Nazi Party. Film examines Hitler's propaganda which created a social climate which made brutality and murder an acceptable means to beautify the world. 1989. 119 min. DVD 453; also on VHS Video/C 3501

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At Home in my Street.
Examines home zones in the Netherlands and Germany. Home zones are a street or group of streets where pedestrians and cyclists have priority, and cars travel at little more than walking pace. Examines such questions as: What do neighborhood residents think of home zones? What does a home zone look like? How can successful home zones be created? [PAL format tape.] 1999. 23 min. Video/C 7067

Balthasar Neumann: Vom Glockengiesser zum Architekten in Wurzburg
A documentary on the life and work of the German architect Balthasar Neumann and his most imposing work the "Wurzburg Residence," which he constructed for the prince-bishop. Shows other examples of Neumann's art which extended far beyond the boundaries of Bavaria. In German. 1986. 17 min. Video/C 8701

Bauhaus In America.
A documentary film which begins with three Americans who were students at the Bauhaus recalling the day the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in Berlin. When Bauhaus designers emigrated to America they began to transform the style of American homes, office buildings, interiors, advertising and design. Along with other architectural images film examines Philip Johnson's glass house, the retreat Mies van der Rohe built outside Chicago and Walter Gropius's own home near Boston. Film closes with young architects creating a plan for 21st century Berlin, pointing to a renaissance of Bauhaus ideas. Includes interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. 1994. 87 min. Video/C 4699
Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großtadt (Berlin: Symphonie of a City) (1927)
Directed by Walter (Walther) Ruttmann. A cross section of life in Berlin from dawn to midnight on a late spring day. Uses montage, cutting, and editing to capture the pulse and tempo of this city. An early example of 'impressionistic' documentaries created in 1927. "With Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großtadt, Walther Ruttmann directed the landmark film of the 1920s symphonic cityscapes. [Special feature] Melodie der Welt is the first German sound feature. DVD X759: This 2-disc set presents both these classics in newly restored versions and adds all the surviving short films he directed between 1921 and 1931. Ruttmann's innovative experimentations in movement, color and sound confirm his status as a pioneer of modern media art."--Container. Special features: Disc 1. Lichtspeil Opus I-IV (1921-1925, 25 min.) -- Disc 2. Melodie der Welt (1929, 49 min.) ; Weekend (1930, 12 min.) ; In der Nacht (1931, 7 min.) ; Walther Ruttmann: der Visionär bewegter Rhythmen [radio feature] (1987, 86 min.) ; Lobby cards, drawings and paintings. DVD 64; DVD X759; vhs 999:307, vhs 999:2581
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Books and articles about Ruttmann in the UCB Library

Dokumentarische Filme, 1931-1933
Directed by Ella Bergmann-Michel. Since 1920 artist, photographer, and filmmaker Ella Bergmann-Michel lived and worked at the "Schmelz", an old paint mill near Frankfurt on Main. With guests such as Kurt Schwitters and László Moholy-Nagy the house became an important locale for modern artists. Between 1931 and 1933 she made five silent documentary films that constitute a rare example of socially involved and equally artistic film. The DVD contains these five films, a documentary film about the artist and a comprehensive booklet with essays on Ella Bergmann-Michel's films. Contents: Wo wohnen alte Leute = Where old people live (1931, 13 min.) -- Erwerbslose kochen für Erwerbslose = Unemployed are cooking for the unemployed (1932, 9 min.) -- Fliegende Händler in Frankfurt am Main = Travelling hawkers in Frankfurt am Main (1932, Work print, 21 min.) -- Fischfang in der Rhön an der Sinn = Fishing in the Rhön at the Sinn (1932, 10 min.) -- Wahlkampf 1932: Letzte Wahl = Election campaign 1932: last election (1932-33, 13 min.). Silent with German intertitles and optional English subtitles; booklet in German with parallel English text. 66 min. DVD X776

Jahrgang 1932: Ein Revideo in Texten, Bildern und Musik /
Collage of original film footage, posters, texts and music documenting life in Germany during the year 1932 covering the following subject areas: daily life, politics, economy, social values, cultural life and the film industry with commentary by the producer. Originally produced in 1998. VHS format (PAL). In German. 56 min. Video/C 8722

Jahrgang 1933: Ein Revideo in Texten, Bildern und Musik /
Collage of original film footage, posters, texts and music documenting life in Germany during the year 1933 covering the following subject areas: daily life, politics, economy, social values, cultural life and the film industry with commentary by the producer. Originally produced in 1998. VHS format (PAL). In German. 56 min. Video/C 8723

Jahrgang 1939: Ein Revideo in Texten, Bildern und Musik /
Collage of original film footage, posters, texts and music documenting life in Germany during the year 1939 covering the following subject areas: daily life, politics, economy, social values, cultural life and the film industry with commentary by the producer. Originally produced in 1998. VHS format (PAL). In German. 52 min. Video/C 8724

Leipzig's "New" Main Railway Station.
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 takes a look at the Deutsches Museum, a science and technology museum in Munich. Part 2 visits Leipzig, site of one of the world's largest and most beautifully restored railroad stations. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8097

Metropole Berlin
A documentary showing both the old and new Berlin highlighting its architecture and people with visits to street cafes, stylish restaurants and traditional pubs. 2001. In German. PAL format. 45 min. Video/C 8958

Mies.
A critical portrait of the architect, commemorating the centennial of his birth in 1886. Recently rediscovered, rare film footage allows Mies to explain his philosophy and approach to design. Revisits sites of Mies most innovative work including the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Chicago, the first campus designed entirely by one person since Jefferson's University of Virginia, and the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, his last work and perhaps greatest accomplishment in the use of the clear span design. 1985. 58 min. Video/C 1941

Die neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart: Architects James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates
Scottish architect James Stirling describes the architecture and construction of the New State Gallery in Stuttgart. In a very entertaining way while walking around the museum, he outlines the elements used in the architectural design and presents insights into the restrictions of such projects. 1985. 19 min. Video/C 8803

Oswald Mathias Ungers.
Illustrates the life and work of German architect O.M. Ungers. Also highlights problems faced by the architect while completing a project, using Unger's work on the Deutsches Architekturmuseum as an example. 1985. 59 min. Video/C 2259

Trouble In Utopia.
German and Italian visionary architects, such as Scharoun, Finsterlin, and Chiattone, followed by the Bauhaus and the functionalists, spread a new international style that stressed design aesthetics and promulgated the idea of the architect as a social legislator. 1980. 52 min. Video/C 220

Zwinger, Sempergalerie.
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 looks at several examples of organic architecture in German cities. Part 2 visits Dresden and one of the most famous late baroque buildings, the Zwinger Semper Gallery. 27 min. Video/C 8096

Art

Albrecht Durer
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) was born in Nuremberg, the son of a goldsmith. Even though he displayed artistic talents at an early age, his father insisted on his learning the craft of a goldsmith before allowing him to turn to art. The film illustrates Durer's life and his artistic development. 1995. 20 min. Video/C 8106

Beuys zu Ehren (In Honour of Beuys.) (Inter Nationes dokumentarfilm.)
Shows a large exhibition by seventy artists -- sculptors, painters, performance and object artists -- to honour Joseph Beuys in the Municipal Gallery in the Lenbach Villa in Munich. Presents works by Beuys but also reflects the work of his friends, colleagues and pupils. 1986. 44 min. Video/C 7052

Degenerate Art.
Describes Nazi attacks on the avant garde and their desecration of modernist art culminating in the 1937 exhibition of "Entartete Kunst" (degenerate art) in Munich. The film also describes the opening of the Haus der Kunst and the Nazi approved art it exhibited. c1993. 58 min. Video/C 3330

[Kiefer, Anselm] Das Eigentliche steht noch aus Anselm Kiefer
A documentary presenting the work of the artist Anselm Kiefer concentrating on his paintings and scenes from actual life which served as their inspiration. The commentary features quotations from Holderlin, Char, Celan, and Pasolini and intimates the way in which Kiefer would like to have his works understood. The film's leitmotiv is Mahler's 'Resurrectio' which also serves to emphasize what the paintings show: that art must live first and foremost on hope. In English. 1985. 45 min. Video/C 8567

An Event by Ulay
A performance art piece "exploring the interrelatedness of physical and mental realms" by two early artists, Ulay and Marina Abramovic. Galerie Mike Steiner, Berlin, 1976. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 26 min. Video/C 5364

40 years of the Documenta
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 visits the exhibition "Documenta" considered to be the most important forum for contemporeay art and takes a retrospective look at previous Documenta exhibitions which began in 1955. Part 2 visits the current 1997 "Documenta X" exhibition. 27 min. Video/C 8078

Franz Marc
The German painter, Franz Marc, is considered one of the great expressionists. After producing his first animal studies of an impressionistic nature, he founded the 'Blue Rider' group together with Wassily Kandinsky. Together with Kandinsky, he published the almanac of the same title with the collaboration of other artists such as Alfred Kubin, August Macke, Paul Klee, Arnold Schonberg. He achieved his greatest renown through his animal motifs which he painted in vivid, luminous colors and crystalline, abstract forms. 1980. 43 min. Video/C 8138

Fruhstuck und Kuchenmagd (Breakfast table and kitchen maid)
The laid table is a popular theme in 17th century painting. This film examines a breakfast piece painted in 1670 by Wolfgang Heimbach (ca. 1615-1678). [198-?] 11 min. Video/C 7723

Germany - Dada: An Alphabet of German Dadaism. (Museum Without Walls)
Deals with aims and activities of the revolutionary group of artists and writers who made up the Dadaist movement in Germany. Filmed in the true Dadaist spirit with the cooperation of two original Dadaists, Hans Richter and Richard Huelsenbeck. c1986. 55 min. Video/C 1017

Hannah Hoch
This film traces the life and work of the German artist Hannah Hoch. Although she is normally classified as a dadaistic painter, the predominating themes in her work are the image and role of women in the society of the 1920s and 1930s. As to media, Hannah Hoch was a painter but she also used photomontage as a form of artistic expression in its own right. 1989. 15 min. Video/C 7608

Joseph Beuys, Transformer.
The German artist Joseph Beuys, known for his unusual use of organic and peculiar materials in his iconoclastic sculptures and mystifying performances, speaks about the forms and philosophy of his art while working on the installation of his influential solo exhibition at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 1979. 60 min. Video/C 6574

Joseph Beuys' Public Dialogue
Lecture by the famed German artist Joseph Beuys in his first public appearance in the United States. In this lecture which marks the first broad exposure of Beuy's ideas to Americans, he outlines his political and artistic philosophies and then invites audience members onstage to challenge and discuss each point with him. Filmed at the New School for Social Research on January 11, 1974. 120 min. Video/C 7429

Maler der Reformationszeit.
Contents: Hans Holbein d.j. (15 min.) -- Lukas Cranack d.A. (15 min.). Shows the work and life of two famous 16th century German artists. Hans Holbein the Younger's reputation was based on his portrait-painting -- portraits of his contemporaries, of sages and merchants, of burghers and princes, represented in woodcuts, glass etchings and on his great Altar of the Passion. Lucas Cranch the Elder was responsible for some important portraits of the German reformer, Martin Luther, and of his wife and friends. Cranach also devoted himself to depicting the countryside of mid-Germany. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 8102

Mathias Goeritz - ein Portrait
Documentary on the life of the German painter, sculptor and teacher who immigrated to Mexico where much of his work was produced. 1987. 44 min. Video/C 8070

The Modern Era, Art in the 20th century; Cologne, a City for Higher Education
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 visits a spectular modern art exhibition in Berlin called "The period of modernism." Part 2 is a tour of the colleges and universities in the city of Cologne. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8273

Neue Malerei in Deutschland.
The painting of Germany's "Young Wild" movement is now starting to win considerable international attention. With no obligations of style, technique, tradition or quality, these young painters are searching for new modes of expression and trying out unusual materials. This film introduces three representatives of this new artistic departure: the Berliner Helmut Middendorf; then Walter Dahn and Peter Boemmels, both from the Cologne scene. 1984/5. 15 min. Video/C 8270

New Gallery of Contemporary Art; The Composer Johannes Brahms
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 visits the opening of the third building of the Hamburg Museum of Art, which is exclusively dedicated to the showing of modern art. Part 2 is a musical tribute to the composer Johannes Brahms on the hundredth anniversary of his death. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8272

100 Years of German Photography.
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 reports on the exhibition "Art from a divided country" which took place from Sept. 1997 to January 1998 in Berlin. Eight years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition provides a retrospective of the last 60 years of German art. Part 2 is a report from the exhibition "100 years of German photography" held in Bonn in 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8079

Otto Dix: The Eyes of the World.
A comprehensive study of the life and work of Otto Dix, a German artist whose early works were considered obscene, and who was blacklisted and arrested by the Nazis. This documentary focuses on four central themes of his work: the war and its consequences, portraits, eroticism and death, and mind and religion. [1989.] 60 min. Video/C 8103

Oskar Kokoschka: The Nature of Visions
This film aims to present the painter's work and philosophy as a unity, and points out possible connections between Kokoschka's personal experiences and his art. The paintings presented in this film are mainly works with a Hamburg theme with Kokoschka's views of the city juxtaposed with images of the real sites. 1986. 15 min. Video/C 8104

Pictures for a New Beginning: Painting in the 1950s (Bilder fur den Neuen Anfang)
Looks at "informal" painting, which deliberately dispenses with the depiction of objects and is also free of geometrical construction. From about 1945, this type of painting was developed in France (lyrical abstraction, tachisme), the United States (action painting) and a few years later in Germany too. This film uses archive materials from the period to present noted representatives of the movement, among them Fred Thieler, K. L. Gotz, Hans Platschek, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Bernhard Schultze, Emil Schumacher and others. 1986. 79 min. Video/C 8478

Urban Art: The Sculptor Otto Herbert Hajek
Presents examples of the work of the German sculptor, architect and artist Otto Herbert Hajek, who in the years following World War II, sought new forms of expression in abstraction which he considered synonymous with freedom. 1989. 25 min. Video/C 8076

ZKM/Centre for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 2 takes a visit to the Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, the first museum in Germany to devote itself entirely to art and the electronic media. (Part 1, The Reliable Half-day Elementary School, examines the educational innovation of the "reliable half day primary school" in Germany.) 1998. 27 min. Video/C 8274

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Music and Dance

Ansichten Uber die Liebe die Macht und den Tod: Der Choreograph Kurt Jooss (1901-1979) (Studies of Love, Power and Death: The Choreographer Kurt Jooss (1901-1979).
Contents: Performances: Grosstadt (Big city) -- La table verte (Green table). A biography of German choreographer Kurt Jooss, including his contemporary, Sigurd Leeder. Contains interviews with Jooss and excerpts from performances of his ballets which express a social conscience and commentary on today's society. In German with English voiceovers. Videocassette release of a film originally produced in the 1970's. 44 min. Video/C 5170

The Composer Johannes Brahms
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 2 is a musical tribute to the composer Johannes Brahms on the hundredth anniversary of his death. (Part 1, New Gallery of Contemporary Art, visits the opening of the third building of the Hamburg Museum of Art, which is exclusively dedicated to the showing of modern art.) 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8272

Dore Hoyer Tanzt: Eine Gedenksendung.
A profile of the life and work of Dore Hoyer, a famous German dancer and choreographer of modern dance, including performances by her of dances entitled Eitelkeit, Begierde, Hass, Angst, and Liebe. Originally produced as a motion picture by Hessischer Rundfunk in 1963-67, and released in 1967 as a memorial to Dore Hoyer at her death. 32 min. Video/C 5166

European Tanztheater
Performer: Kurt Jooss, Pina Bausch, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Christine Brunel. European dance theater comes alive through the works and voices of its creators and fascinating narrative about its originators. Archival footage and beautifully filmed and edited excerpts of current repertory demonstrate the forms and power of this genre. 1997. 62 min. Video/C 6675

In Search of Dance--The Different Theater of Pina Bausch (Auf der Suche Nach Tanz--Das Andere Theater der Pina Bausch)
Contents: Performance excerpts: Arien -- Kontakthof -- The rite of spring -- Blaubart -- Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehort -- Nelken -- Bandoneon -- Walzer -- Palermo, Palerm -- (the dance film) Die Klage der Kaiserin.

Documentary on choreographer Pina Bausch and her work with the Wuppertaler Tanztheater. A brief biography of Bausch covers her early studies with Kurt Jooss at the Folkwangschule in Essen, and her studies in the U.S. with choreographers such as Jose Limon. Includes a choreographic analysis of Bausch's works, illustrated with performance excerpts and additional commentary through interviews with dance critic Jochen Schmidt and Bausch herself. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 5407

Lenya Sings Weill
The Viennese born actress-singer Lotte Lenya was regarded in her lifetime as the leading interpreter of the songs of her husband, composer Kurt Weill. On this program Lenya sings songs from "Mahagony," "Happy End," "Das Berliner Requiem" and "Die Dreigroschenoper" (The Threepenny Opera). All of the songs have texts by Bertolt Brecht. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television series, Camera three in 1958. 25 min. Video/C 7823

Mary Wigman: Mein Leben ist Tanz.
Details important stages in the work of modern dance pioneer Mary Wigman. Archival film footage shows Mary Wigman as she discusses her life and work; as she performs some of the dances she created; and as she directs other dancers in the performance of her work. Narration taken from her writings summarizes her theories of dance and the art of choreography. In German with English voiceovers. 199-?. 29 min. Video/C 5167

The Plaint of the Empress (Die Klage der Kaiserin)
Performed by the Wuppertaler Tanztheater: Mariko Aoyama, Anne Marie Benati, Benedicte Billiet, Rolando Brenes Calvo, Antonio Carallo, Finola Cronin, Dominique Duszynski, Mechthild Grossmann, Barbara Hampel, Kyomi Ichida, Urs Kaufmann, Ed Kortlandt, Beatrice Libonati, Anne Martin, Dominique Mercy, Jan Minarik, Helena Pikon, Dana Sapiro, Jean-Laurent Sasportes, Mark Sieczkarek, Julie Ann Stanzak, Mark Alan Wilson, and others.

This first film by choreographer Pina Bausch reflects her method of working as developed with the Wuppertal Theatre of Dance during the 1973/74 season. The film does not tell a story, but is made up of various scenes put together as a collage with scenes set in different locations, such as the woods and fields around Wuppertal, the city centre, the suspension railway, a carpet shop, a greenhouse and the rehearsal room. The futility of human activity and the search for love make up the film's central theme set against the strains of a Silician funeral march. Filmed on location in Wuppertal, Germany, between October 1987 and April 1989. 99 min. Video/C 5406

September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill
Performers: Theresa Stratas, Lou Reed, Betty Carter, William S. Burroughs, Elvis Costello, Brodksy String Quartet, Charlie Haden, The Persuasions. Set against the stark backdrop of an abandoned turn-of-the-century warehouse, musicians and musical groups perform and interpret the music of Kurt Weill. 90 min. Video/C 6632

Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story
A documentary portrait of composer Hanns Eisler, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, but one of the least known. A devoted Communist, he was persecuted by the Fascists of Germany, the right-wing Committee on Un-American Activities in the United States, and the Communist government of East Germany. Features interviews with friends and relatives and newly recorded performances of his music. Performers: Gisela Way, H.K. Gruber, Robyn Archer, Richard Stoltzman, Stefanie Wust, Christoph Keller, Carmen Maja Antoni, Andreas Scheibner, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Berlin Rundfunkorchester and Choir; voice of Eisler, Benjamin Wilchfort. c1997. 84 min. Video/C 8418

What do Pina Bausch and her dancers do in Wuppertal? (Was Tun Pina Bausch und Ihre Tanzerin in Wuppertal?)
Performer: Danced by the Wuppertaler Tanztheater: Malou Airaudo, Jacob Andersen, Anne Marie Benati, Ulrich Bergfelder, Benedicte Billiet, Matthias Burkert, Marion Cito, Jo-Anne Endicott, Mechthild Grossmann, Urs Kaufmann, Ed Kortlandt, Beatrice Libonati, Anne Martin, Jan Minarik, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Hans Pop, Isabel Ribas Serra, Arthur Rosenfeld, Monika Sagon, Jean-Laurent Sasportes, Janusz Subicz, Meryl Tankard, Christian Trouillas, Francis Viet, Vitus Zeplichal. Documentary on choreographer Pina Bausch and the Wuppertaler Tanztheater, filmed in the course of rehearsals for a new work, Walzer. Selected days of rehearsal, presented with a minimum of interpretive narration, show Bausch and the company working on creative exercises as the piece gradually takes shape. Performance and rehearsal footage of an earlier work, Bandoneon, are seen at the opening of the documentary. In order to create a sense of the general milieu of Wuppertal, the filmmakers also include scenes of the town, interviews with factory workers, and a pre-recorded reading by German writer Peter Weiss. Recorded in Wuppertal, Germany, in spring 1982. 115 min. Video/C 5408

History and Life

100 Deutsche Jahre (Germany: A Hundred Years)
Thirty nine segments of a television program covering various aspects of life in Germany in the 20th century. Contents: Mobilmachungen: Deutschen und das auto -- Wasserzeichen: Deutschen und das Meer -- Flugnummern: Deutschen in der Luft -- Licht-Spiele: Deutschen und das Kino -- Liedgut: Deutschen und ihre Schlager -- Flimmerkisten: Deutschen und das Fernsehen -- Fluchtpunkte: Deutsche in den USA und Israel -- Abgrenzungen: Auslander in Deutschland -- Frontlinien: Deutschen und der Krieg -- Weibsbilder: Frauen in Deutschland -- Mannsbilder: Manner in Deutschland -- Offentliche Erregungen: Deutschen und der sex -- Beziehungskisten: Deutschen und ihre familie -- Kinderstuben: Deutschen und ihr Nachwuchs -- Zapfenstreich: Deutschen und ihre Soldaten -- Un-Heil: Deutschen, die Medien und der Fuhrer -- Auschwitz: Das Deutsche Verbrechen -- Grosse Bruder: Deutschen und die Supermachte -- Volkes Stimme: Demokratie in Deutschland -- Zwei Zimmer, Kuche, Bad: Wohnen in Deutschland. ModeMaschen: Deutschen und ihre Kleidung -- Mahlzeit: Deutschen und ihre Kuche -- Umgangsformen : Deutschen und der gute Ton -- Lehrjahre: Deutshcen und die Schule -- Aufbruche, Ausbruche: Jugendkulturen in Deutschland -- Geordnete Verhaltnisse: Deutschen und die Staatsgewalt -- Zukunftstraume: Deutschen und der Fortschritt -- Gottvertrauen: Deutschen und ihr Glaube -- Hauptsache Nebensache: Deutschen unde die Freizeit -- Zweite Heimat: Deutschen im Verein -- Siegertypen: Deutschen und der Sport -- Friedliche Eroberungen: Deutsche Urlaubstraume --Bilderwelten: Deutschen und ihre Erinnerungen -- Herrschafts Zeiten: Adel in Deutschland -- Schichtwechsel: Industriearbeiter in Deutschland -- Nervensachen: Deutschen unterLeistungsdruck -- Krankheitsbilder: Deutschen und die Gesundheit -- Natur-Gefuhle: Deutschen und der Wald -- Bodenhaftung: Deutschen und die Landwirtschaft. 1999. In German. 12 videocassettes: 29 min. each. Video/C 8066

Berlin, Metropolis of Vice
In the period between the first and second world wars, Berlin transformed itself into the Babylon of the world. Degenerate cabarets, bars, and clubs catering to every sexual daydream sprung up like mushrooms. Censorship was all but non-existent as corruption comingled with culture and political liberties. Bonus content: In-depth interviews with key historians and writers; Audio commentary track on Berlin by filmakers Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell. c2006. 45 min. DVD 5391
Berlin unter den Alliierten, 1945-1949: Hoffnungen und Entauschungen
Produced by German filmmakers and presented from a German point of view, this documentary uses archival films to illustrate the history of Berlin from the end of World War II through the division of Germany into East and West in 1949. During reconstruction the city is divided into four sectors, administered respectively by the four victorious Allies. In 1948, Berlin is split by the rivalry between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union who impose a blockade on the three Western sectors. The Western Allies counter by supplying the city by air-- The Berlin Airlift. In English and German with English subtitles. Originally produced in 1990. 90 min. Video/C 8719

Brandenburg Bricks; Brandenburg Heathland, Brandenburg Sand
Contents: Brandenburg Bricks (1988, b&w, 30 min.) -- Brandenburg Heathland, Brandenburg Sand (1990, b&w, 60 min.) The first part of this documentary shows the brickmakers of Zehdenick, a small town in Brandenburg, and their grim living and working conditions. Made less than 2 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was banned by the East German authorities and only allowed to be shown after cuts were made. The second part of the documentary was made in the same town after the wall came down. It begins with a retrospective to the earlier film, namely the conversation with the brickmakers which had to be cut from 'Brandenburg Bricks'. The inhabitants feel that their future is uncertain. The political parties fighting for their attention in the coming election of March 1990 are utterly incomprehensible to them. 90 min. Video/C 8372

The Double Headed Eagle: Hitler's Rise to Power, 1918-1933
Charts the stealthy rise of the Nazi Party in the wake of World War I, as witnessed from the perspective of a neutral bystander. Rather than offering a contemporary interpretation of history, the film allows the disturbing saga to unfold on its own terms using footage from newsreels, home movies and extracts from musicals and documentaries from 1918-1933 to illustrate the end of the Weimar and the rise of Adolf Hitler and national socialism in Germany. 1973. 86 min. Video/C 7668

Communicating through the Internet; Dual citizenship
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 takes a look at how the Internet is affecting Germans and the uses they make of it forwork and pleasure. Part 2 examines proposed changes to take effect in 2000 in the citizenship laws of Germany, which would expand dual citizenship. 1998. 27 min. Video/C 8082

The Deutsches Museum; Leipzig's "New" Main Railway Station
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 takes a look at the Deutsches Museum, a science and technology museum in Munich. Part 2 visits Leipzig, site of one of the world's largest and most beautifully restored railroad stations. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8097

Die Deutschen
An overview of German history, focusing on the lives of major historical figures from Otto the Great in the 10th century to Wilhelm II and Philipp Scheidemann in 1918. Contents: 1. Otto und das Reich -- 2. Heinrich und der Papst -- 3. Barbarossa und der Löwe -- 4. Luther und die Nation -- 5. Wallenstein und der Krieg -- 6. Preussens Friedrich und die Kaiserin -- 7. Napoleon und die Deutschen -- 8. Robert Blum und die Revolution -- 9. Bismarck und das Deutsche Reich -- 10. Wilhelm und die Welt. In German without English subtitles. Originally broadcast as a television miniseries on Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) in 2008. 10 videodiscs (ca. 775 min.) DVD X1846
Environmentally Friendly Construction in Cities
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 looks at several examples of organic architecture in German cities. Part 2 visits Dresden and one of the most famous late baroque buildings, the Zwinger Semper Gallery. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8096

Er nannte sich Surava (He Called Himself Surava)
This documentary tells the story of Peter Hirsch alias Surava, editor in chief of the legendary German-language Swiss weekly "The Nation," who became the personification of anti-Nazi resistance in Switzerland. Arrested, sentenced, dragged into court time and again on the most absurd charges, he was a victim of antisemitism and an unprecendented campaign of defamation which reduced him to a life of poverty and suffering. 1995. 80 min. Video/C 8038

Exhibition "40 + 10".
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 is an interview with Walter Kempowski, one of the most widely read contemporary German authors of today. Part 2 visits Germany's Museum for Contemporary History in Bonn which is presenting an exhibition on 50 years of history of the Federal Republic of Germany: 40 years of separate history and 10 years of joint history. 27 min. Video/C 8081

The Five New Federal States 1995
These five films illustrate the changes that took place in the five new Federal German states between 1990-1995. It looks at developments in industry and the economies, examines what has been done in the field of environmental protection and how tourism is being expanded by means of the new motorway network. Contents: Brandenburg -- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern -- Sachsen -- Sachsen-Anhalt -- Thuringen. c1996. 86 min. Video/C 8108

From Weimar to Bonn (De Weimar a Bonn).
A Documentary using archival films to cover the thirty year history of the Federal Republic of Germany. 30 min. Video/C 4619

Geburt Einer Demokratie: Wir Uber Uns Eine Authentische Zeitdokumentation aus Sicht Der DDR- erlebt und Kommentiert Vom Anfang Bis Zum Neubeginn.
60 min. PAL format. Video/C 2013

The Germans
A television series (in four parts), produced by British television presenting German attitudes towards current social and political events in Germany through interviews with German citizens, politicians and notable figures. Contents: Part 1: The Germans- who are they? (58 min.) -- Part 2: The Germans- democrats all? (58 min.) -- Part 3: The Germans- the powerhouse. (58 min.) -- Part 4: The Germans- the next generation (58 min.). 1998. 224 min. total running time. Video/C 8098

The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation
Five years after unification, Germany is emerging as Europe's most powerful country. This film depicts the challenges it is facing through interviews with individuals and families from both former East and West Germany, as well as with public officials and experts, including an extensive interview with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 7527

Germany, Between East and West
With Kurt Biedenkopf & Frederick Tubach (Conversations; 7). Video/C 625

Germany - Far Right: Seven Months as a "Republikaner"
This film deals with a new right-extremist party in Germany "Die Republikaner," which represents the neo-fascists new strategy in Europe. They propagate legalistic, seemingly democratic ideologies but politically speaking are more dangerous than the small violent groups, because of increasing public support. This documentary is based on the undercover activities of journalist Michael Schomers who spent seven months as a member of the group. Schomer presents a view of the political everyday life of the party, which is based on the fascist elitist theory of the in-equality of humans. In English and German with English voiceovers. c1992. 55 min. Video/C 8725

Geschichte einer kolonialen Tat (Story of a Colonial Deed)
A production recounting in patriotic terms Germany's work in Africa to find a cure for sleeping sickness. Originally produced in 1943. 96 min. In German. Video/C 7328

Gli Squadristi del 2000
A documentary on the resurgence of fascism and racist violence in Europe, particularly in Germany and Austria. Leaders of extreme left political groups such as Arnolf Priem, Heinz Reisz, Michael Kuhnen in Germany and Gerd Honsik, Gottfried Kussel in Austria are interviewed and seen making speeches at meetings. Recounts with film footage various racist and skinhead assaults on Turks, disabled children and Jewish cemeteries in Germany in the past few years. PAL standard 24 min. In Italian and German, with Italian voiceovers, subtitles and captions. PAL. Video/C 2709

The Hapsburgs 1992. 53 min. each installment.

The Dream of an Empire. Although Rudolph von Hapsburg was crowned in 1273, the Hapsburg dynasty did not firmly establish itself until Frederick III passed the crown to his son, Maximilian I, in 1493. This program traces the roots of the struggle, showing how the Hapsburg dynasty eventually established itself, both in Austria and Spain, shaping the course of European history for the next six centuries. Video/C 5930

Cross and Crescent. The internal and external forces set in motion during the 16th and 17th centuries changed Europe forever. This program examines the political, religious, and class conflicts that led to the Thirty Years War. It shows how the Turkish forces advanced to the gates of Vienna and were defeated, establishing the boundaries of modern Europe. Video/C 5931

New Mission. The death of Charles VI in 1740 without a male heir led to a dynastic crisis and conflict between the Hapsburgs and the Hollenzollerns. Frederick the Great's rule embodied the Enlightenment as he granted equality to all citizens and established public education. But Maria Theresa's claim to the throne was not widely accepted. The ensuing Seven Years War was a pivotal struggle that firmly established Maria Theresa on the throne, where she ruled for forty years, followed by her son, Joseph II. Video/C 5932

Peoples' Prison, Peoples' Shelter. This final segment examines the liberal forces at work in the 19th century, the conservative policies of the Hapsburg rulers, and the inevitable results of this conflict. It shows how demands for greater freedom, combined with Metternich's resignation, eventually resulted in greater oppression. In examining the revolution of 1848, the program shows the resulting policy of security over liberty and preservation rather than renewal. Video/C 5933

Das Haus mit der Goldkuppe.
Presentation of the history of the Neue Synagoge in Berlin, biography of prominent Berlin Jews of the 20th century, and the work of the Centrum Judaicum to promote German-Jewish culture. 44 min. Video/C 5863

The History of the Federal Republic of Germany
Presents a chronological overview of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany between the years 1945 to 1991. Contents: Part 1. 1945-1955 (30 min.) -- Part 2. 1956-1968 (30 min.) -- Part 3. 1969-1988 (30 min.) -- Part 4. 1989-1991 (30 min.). 1989-1993. Four videos: 121 min. total running time. Video/C 8100

How to live in the German Federal Republic. Leben BRD (How to live in the FRG)
A film by Harun Farocki. Farocki's amazing dissection of modern life in Germany--in a country he calls "a training camp in which techniques for living are practiced by the professionally living." Composed entirely of 32 short scenes taken from instructional and training classes, these films, sometimes hilarious, and at times ominous, show rehearsals of real life situations acted out in practice sessions for dealing with life in modern day Germany. 1989. 83 min. Video/C 6635

Junge Leute im Dritten Reich : Lesung eines zentralen Auszugs aus dem Buch 'Die Weisse Rose' von Inge Scholl ; Goethe-Institut, Munchen und Sveriges Utbildningsradio AB, Stockholm.[sound recording]
"Der text wird gelesen von der Schauspielerin Anne Weber." A reading of a central portion from Inge Scholl's book,'Die Weisse Rose'. 10 min. 1996. (Audiotape.) Sound/C 1489

Mein kopf gehort mir
A documentary interviewing muslim women living in Austria and Turkey who choose to wear muslim head coverage as a personal decision rather than as a characteristic behavior forced on them by a backward society. The film also examines larger issues and questions surrounding the identity of muslim women, women's rights and their place in Muslim society. 2001. In German. PAL format. 70 min. Video/C 8959

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture
Captures the cultural efflorescence in Berlin during the brief span of 15 years following the First World War, when, despite economic upheaval, the city attracted the greatest artistic and scientific talents of the century. Contains a rich flow of memories through commentary intercut with the brilliant drawings of George Grosz and old movie scenes including Berlin, symphony of a great city. 1976. 72 min. Video/C 7718

Die Pferdefrau vom Immenhof
A documentary on the work of Brigitte Schulz, the horse woman of the Immenhof, and her methods for healing behavior-disturbed horses. She presents specific horses, explains their problems and the techniques she uses to change relationships between humans and animals. PAL format tape; in German. 1998. 45 min. Video/C 8151

My Private War.
An invaluable historical record of the journey of six German soldiers who took their amateur movie-cameras to the Russian Front in 1942 and who survived to tell their personal accounts of what went on during that campaign. This remarkably well-preserved footage offers a soldier's-eye view of the day-to-day workings of the Nazi war machine. The narrative voices are those of the soldiers who fifty years later, recall the pressures that coerced them into military service and the emotional repercussions they have experienced in the decades that followed. 1991. 90 min. Video/C 7025

The Reliable Half-day Elementary School; ZKM/Centre for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 examines the educational innovation of the "reliable half day primary school" in Germany. Part 2 takes a visit to the Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, the first museum in Germany to devote itself entirely to art and the electronic media. 1998. 27 min. Video/C 8274

Revolution DDR: Das Ende eines Staates
A documentary (in German) showing original footage shot during the downfall of the East German regime and of the Berlin wall for DEFA Filmstudios. Examines conditions in East Germany which eventually caused the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany. Among them, a faltering planned economy, travel limitations, environmental degredation caused by outdated industries, limitiations on religious freedom, and demonstrations and revolutions in Eastern Europe against communism. In German. PAL format tape. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 8371

The Role of the Free Democratic Party in German Politics.
With Gerhard Baum & Hildegard Hamm-Bruecher (Conversations; 44). Video/C 1317

Schaut auf diese stadt (Look at This City.)
The history of West Berlin from the end of the Second World War to the days following the building of the Wall on August 13, 1961, from the perspective of the leaders of the German Democratic Republic. From a communist perspective the Eastern section of Berlin was portrayed as a city of peace, while the West was portrayed as the source of constant disruptions. West Berlin could only be resisted by forcefully isolating it by the creation of the wall which would secure the possibility of peace in Europe. First released as a motion picture in East Germany in 1962. 80 min. Video/C 7186

They Were Truly Fantastic Times: The Jewish Cultural Federation, 1933-1941
A documentary film of the history of the Judischer Kulturbund (Jewish Cultural Association), founded in Berlin in 1933 by German jews who presented plays, operas, concerts, film showings, ballets and cabaret through 1941. The film centers around interviews with former members of the Kulturbund and the fate of the artists involved. 1988. 89 min. Video/C 8075

Unter Deutschen: Eindrucke aus einem fremden Land
In this documentary the filmmaker explores the question of German identity after unification through traveling and talking to countless people, viewing numerous people think of themselves, of their country, and of the future. PAL format tape. In German. 1995. 89 min. Video/C 7606

Der VW Komplex
A documentary about the Volkswagen Company and the VW Beetle automobile "created for the broad cross section of the general public" as announced by Hitler. This film includes extensive views of the interiors of Volkswagen factories and the process of manufacturing the automobile against the backdrog of the history of Germany, labor history, the development of the German automobile industry and the eventual international market for the VW bug. 1989. 90 min. Video/C 5677
Walter Kempowski: Chronicler Exhibition "40 + 10" (KuBus 22)
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 is an interview with Walter Kempowski, one of the most widely read contemporary German authors of today. Part 2 visits Germany's Museum for Contemporary History in Bonn which is presenting an exhibition on 50 years of history of the Federal Republic of Germany: 40 years of separate history and 10 years of joint history. 1998. 22 min. Video/C 8081

Was heisst'n hier multikulturell?
In the summer of 1994, a youth project was organised by BMW corporation and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Friedenspadagogik, which sent young people out with video cameras in Munich's Haidhausen district to collect spontaneous reactions to a number of questions dealing with tolerance towards people of different ethnic backgrounds who are rubbing shoulders here with the local population. In German; PAL format tape. 1994. 30 min. Video/C 8072

Weimar: A Modern Day Renaissance City
In 1999, Weimar is the cultural capital of Europe. This alone would be reason enough for a profile of the city. But in addition, this year also marks the 250th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The film shows the history and present of this city in Thuringia. Numerous interviews portray a lively impression of Weimar's past and present and look ahead to the future. 59 min. Video/C 7050

Die Weimarer Klassik: Das Land der Griechen mit der Seele suchend.
The film seeks to introduce the literary history of Weimar, the city of Goethe and Schiller, through the medium of two contemporary young people, one a German student working as a guide, and a Brasilian student visitor, who wanders among the historic sites of this city. Excerpts from Goethe's 'Faust' and Schiller's 'Wallenstein' are shown as well. In German. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 8073

When the Guests Stayed On...
This film documents the lives of several Turkish families in the Bavarian town of Forchheim who originally came here in the 1960s as 'guest workers'. Instead of going back to Turkey, they settled in Germany, raised their children there, and are now watching their children raise families of their own. c1997. 37 min. video/C 8071

Widerstand: German resistance to Hitler
Extensive documentary with historical footage and interviews ) with German resistors concerning resistance movements against the Nazis in Germany during the reign of Hitler. c1994. 210 min. video/C 8067 Pt. 1-7

Young People in Germany
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 presents interviews with young adults in Germany concerning their present attitudes and hopes for the future. Part 2 visits the controversial "spelling reform" designed to make the German language simpler and more logical. 1999. 27 min. Video/C 8077

Zeugen des Jahrhunderts--Kopfe der Republik : 50 Jahre Grundgesetz
Live interviews (in German) with German and foreign political leaders who were witnesses of German history since 1945. Contents: Pt. 1. Theodor Eschenburg -- Rudolf Augstein -- Axel Springer -- Pt. 2. Richard von Weizsacker -- Willy Brandt -- Hildegard Hamm-Brucher. -- Pt. 3. Albrecht Schonherr -- Heinrich Albertz -- Kurt Masur -- Pt. 4. Friedrich W. Christians -- Reinhard Mohn -- Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker. In German. 1999. 220 min. Video/C 8271

East Germany

Changing Berlin: Changing Europe.(Human Geography, People Places and Change; 9)
Many of the issues that Germany and eastern Europe now confront are seen in microcosm in Berlin. Film examines the history of the city of Berlin, including the social, economic and political changes which have resulted since the fall of the Berlin Wall. 27 min. Video/C 4249

Children of Golzow (Lebenslaufe - Die Geschichte der Kinder von Golzow in einzelnen Portrats.)
Begun in August 1961, this longest running documentary in the history of film chronicles the lives of nine children growing up in the German Democratic Republic. It follows their lives for almost four decades beginning in the rural town of Golzow providing a social panorama of life in the GDR. Central themes in the documentary are the relationships between generations, trust and responsibility, daily work, as well as existential questions about war and peace. c1999. 2 tapes. 256 min. Video/C 7149

East Germany Opens Its Borders: Thursday, November 9, 1989 / ABC News.
The fight for freedom and democracy pays off for millions of East Germans, as the border between East and West Germany is finally opened. On this historic day when The Berlin Wall falls, Ted Koppel interviews journalists from East Germany, the Soviet Union and others concerning the ramifications of this historic event. 38 min. Video/C 5767

The Fall of Communism.
Surveys events that occurred in 1989 and 1990 in the nations of eastern Europe and within some republics of the Soviet Union using news stories broadcast by ABC. Describes each country's efforts to revitalize its economy and democratize its institutions and then examines the impact of these changes. Highlights include the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, independence movements in Poland, Lithuania and Russia. 80 min. Video/C 3220

The Fall of the Wall: The Path to German Reunification.
Covers the dramatic events of Fall 1989 in East Germany: breakdown, upheaval and a new start. Peaceful demonstrations, calls for freedom and democracy, the collapse of the SED regime, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first free elections. The two separate German states ceased to exist and the Iron Curtain came down, ending the war which had pitted this country against itself and forcing a reconsideration of the preexisting conceptions of the "enemy" and a reconstruction of the word "ally." Contents: Part 1. The critical days of October 1989: the 40th anniversary of the GDR and the consequences (Die entscheidenden Tage im Oktober 1989). -- Part 2. The critical days of November and December, 1989: from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the conclusion of the 1989 Monday demonstrations (Die entscheidenden Tage in November und Dezember 1989.) Originally produced in Germany in 1994. 2 tapes. 180 min. Video/C 7148

Farewell GDR
In the 1980's young people from Mozambique immigrated to Germany only to experience discrimination. Upon their return to Mozambique they often found themselves outsiders in their own homeland. This film surveys their dilemma as they face groups antagonistic towards returning Mozambicans and economic hardships which caused them to immigrate to Germany in the first place. 25 min. Video/C 3035
Geburt einer demokratie : wir uber uns eine authentische zeitdokumentation aus sicht der DDR - erlebt und kommentiert vom anfang bis zum neubeginn
1990 60 min. PAL format In German. Video/C 2013
Germany: From Partition to Unity (Allemagne : von der Teilung zur Einheit)
Contents: Part l. Divided world -- divided Germany (26 min.) -- Part 2. The process of unification (26 min.). Documents the history of Germany from 1945 to 1990 through commentary and historical film footage, showing that the Germans on both sides of the wall never lost sight of their claim to national unity. 1991. 52 min. Video/C 7720

Locked Up Time.
Film recounts the personal experiences of prisoners who were incarcerated in East German jails which were closed after the fall of the Berlin Wall. 1991. 90 min. Video/C 2571

My Second Life: East German Women in a Changed World.
When the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, excitement and joy were shared by an entire people. In East Germany the transition into a free market economy, however, proved to be diffuclut. When jobs suddenly became sparse, women were the ones who were pushed off the market and of the more than 4 million women who were employed in East Germany before the wall fell, only 59% are still employed today. Some now call women the great losers of the East German revolution. Yet, interviews with these very women show a wide spectrum of responses to the changes in their lives. They talk about gains as well as losses. 53 min. Video/C 4290

Post-Wall Germany 1990.
Contents: 1. An unknown country -- 2. The Elbe River -- 3. The people of East Germany -- 4. The first all German elections. American journalist Ron Williams explores East Germany through American eyes and presents an intimate portrait of the country and an analysis of the future-role a united Germany can play in western society. 4 tapes, 60 min. each Video/C 2379

The Nation Returns.
This program looks at Germany re-unified: while there was an East/West, communist/capitalist split, Germany could forget nationalism but since reunification it is now back with a vengeance. The liberals don't like the Germany they have and the neo-Nazis love a Germany that doesn't exist. 50 min. Video/C 4643

That Was the GDR (Das war die DDR: eine Geschichte des anderen Deutschland).
A seven part documentary of the history of Communist East Germany told from the people's own point of view. 1993.

Part 1: I was a Citizen of the GDR (Ich war Bürger der DDR) Former GDR citizens tell of their personal feelings, experiences and attitudes toward the GDR as well as both material difficulties and the dominance of the State. They reflect on historical events such as the uprising on the 17th of June, 1953, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and the suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968, while also conveying a sense of the hope that was pinned on Gorbachev's Perestroika. Directors, Gitta Nickel, Wolfgang Schwarze 90 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7085

Part 2: From Zone to State (Von der Zone zum Staat) Germany was a trophy in the struggle between the new powers after two world wars. This segment considers the events leading up to the construction of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961 -- the final division between the two German states. Here the focus is not only on major political events but also on the spirit of the times as reflected in images from film, photographs, posters, caricatures, pop-songs and speeches. Director, Donat Schober. 45 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7086

Part 3: From Plan to Penury (Vom Plan zur Pleite) In the beginning was the plan. The motto for economy and development in the GDR meant also the departure from personal property. This film follows the development of the GDR's planned economy from its beginning to its failure. It spans from success reports from the economic front, to standing in line for goods, to severe damage to the environment arising from extreme depletion of natural resources. Director, Günther Scholz. 45 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7086

Part 4: For the Welfare of the People (In Fürsorge für das Volk) This segment centers on the Honecker era when the program for social policy of the Socialist Unity Party called for the "unity of economic and social policy." Thus the Party leadership celebrated the achievemnt of the tight social service network extending from day-care to retirement home. But the further individuals are removed from the processes of production, the more useless they become from an economic perspective. How much social security did the State really provide? Directors, Gitta Nickel, Uwe Belz, Wolfgang Schwarze. 45 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7087

Part 5: Mind and Might (Geist und Macht) This segment examines the struggles and repressions of art and culture in East Germany. The history of literature and art in the GDR is repeatedly interrupted by State repression. The film examines how this situation revealed contradictions between intellect and power in the GDR -- between the State's proclamations and reality -- spanning from Becher to Biermann. Directors, Christian Klemke, Lothar Kompatzki. 45 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7087

Part 6: Shield and Sword (Schild und Schwert) The Ministry for State Security (MfS) was from its founding in 1950 the central instrument of domination, for defense against external and internal enemies. The Stasi, the political secret police, conducted surveillance and investigated punishable activity. A gigantic European surveillance apparatus ultimately appears -- spies and informants with German thoroughness, millions of victims and mountains of files in the "Gauck Archives." Directors, Anne Worst, Arnold Seul. 45 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7088

Part 7: We Are the People (Wir Sind das Volk) "We are the people" was the chant of 70,000 protesters in the streets of Leipzig. This final segment covers the end of the GDR. It begins as the GDR enjoys its greatest success, recognition by the Federal Republic of Germany -- the hope for two German States and a peaceful coexistence. From this point on the GDR walked a tightrope between detente and diverging from the West, until its eventual downfall. Director, Martina Körbler. 45 min. DVD X1860; Video/C 7088
20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall: August 12, 1981 (Nightline)
A look at the Berlin Wall from differing perspectives. The West claims it was built to keep unhappy East Germans from escaping. The East Germans claim it was built to protect them from West German invasion. 24 min. Video/C 5770

The Wall.
A film from the painter and documentary filmmaker Jurgen Bottcher. His topic: the Berlin Wall, its last days and its highly anticipated destruction. Against an acoustic backdrop of construction equipment, Bottcher composed the film by projecting historical places in Berlin, historic motion pictures, wooden crosses for the victims of the wall, colorful graffiti, the rushing masses and relentless media and other scenes on the broken-down wall. c1999. 96 min. Video/C 7147

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: 50 Hours That Changed the World.
Using never-before-seen footage, this compelling film shows what really happened November 9th-11th, 1989 during the fall of the Berlin Wall. General Secretary Gorbachev, President Bush, Chancellor Kohl, General Secretary Krenz, NBC news correspondent Tom Brokaw, and others describe first-hand what occurred behind the scenes. Commentary by Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush, Helmut Kohl,Egon Krenz, James A. Baker, Tom Brokaw. 1999. 89 min. Video/C 7146

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Literary and Theatrical Works

Bachmann, Ingeborg

Das Gebell: Zwei Folgen gelesen von Imogen Kogge; Alles: Zwei Folgen gelesen von Rolf Becker.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Ingeborg Bachmann, followed by a dramatic reading from two of her works. In German. 97 min. Video/C 8456

Bernhard, Thomas

Der Stimmenimitator; Ist es eine Komodie? Ist es eine Tragodie?
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author Thomas Bernhard, followed by a dramatic reading from his works. In German. 48 min. Video/C 8455

Böll, Heinrich

Als der Krieg ausbrach; Wanderer Kommst Du nach Spa: gelesen von Ulrich Matthes.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Heinrich Boll, followed by a dramatic reading from two of his works. In German. 76 min. Video/C 8457

Ansichten eines Clowns
Credits: Regie, Vojtech Jasny ; dramaturgie, Gunther Witte; Drehbuch, Heinrich Boll, Vojtech Jasny ; produzenten, Heiner Angermeyer, Maximilian Schell; musik, Eberhard Schoener; schnitt, Dagmar Hirtz; kamera, Walter Lassally. Performers: Cast: Helmut Griem, Hanna Schygulla, Eva Maria Meineke, Gustav Rudolf Sellner, Hans Christian Blech. The place is the Federal Republic of Germany, 1960, under the d) blue skies of the German economic miracle. Hans Schnier for years has earned his living as a clown, though he is in fact a very covert sort of social critic. Disgusted by the insincere moral standards of the middle class he "drops out" along with his girfriend from the proletariat, Marie. PAL format In German. 111 min. Video/C 999:3005
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Brecht, Bertolt

Bentley on Brecht Sound/C 853

Hangmen Also Die! (Screenplay).
Director Fritz Lang, 1943. 131 min. Video 999:719
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Herr Puntilla in Sri Lanka.
A surprising and touching documentary of a Finnish theater director who travels to Sri Lanka and gathers professional and amateur Sri Lankan actors to create a fine production of Bertolt Brecht's Herr Puntila and his servant Matti. 52 min. Video/C 4234

Kuhle Wampe (oder: Wem gehört die Welt?)(1932)
Directed by Slatan Dudow. Written by B. Brecht. Banned in 1933 on Hitler's rise to power, this semi-documentary looks at scenes of the life of Anni and her parents who are evicted to Kuhle Kampe, a camp which accomodates the dispossessed. Video/C 999:3040 (SEE ALSO discussion of Kuhle Wampe in What do Those Old Films Mean; 6: Germany 1925-1932: Under Two Flags Video/C 1406:6 Pt. 6)
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Lenya Sings Weill
The Viennese born actress-singer Lotte Lenya was regarded in her lifetime as the leading interpreter of the songs of her husband, composer Kurt Weill. On this program Lenya sings songs from "Mahagony," "Happy End," "Das Berliner Requiem" and "Die Dreigroschenoper" (The Threepenny Opera). All of the songs have texts by Bertolt Brecht. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television series, Camera three in 1958. 25 min. Video/C 7823

Man's a Man.[Sound Recording]
English version of Brecht's play, Mann ist Mann, by Eric Bentley, read by John Heffernan, Jenny Egan, Michael Granger, and Maurice Edwards, with Bentley as narrator, and incidental music for piano, with lyrics by Bentley, composed and performed by Joseph Raposo. Sound/C 113

Bertolt Brecht: Practice Pieces
A 1964 performance, in English translation, of two of Bertolt Brecht's largely unknown and seldom performed "Ubungstucke fur Schauspieler" -- "Practice pieces for actors" which he wrote to train actors in his own method for doing classical drama. These scenes were meant to be vigorously rehearsed, but then omitted when the play was presented. The idea was to oblige the actors to embody their characters' human weaknesses. Brecht felt this would undercut any tendancy to adopt a "heroic" interpretation of the characters portrayed. This video contains the scenes for "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hamlet". Featuring Lotte Lenya, Roscoe Lee Browne, Micki Grant, Oliver Clark, Michael Lebeck. 28 min. Video/C 5621

In der Einrichtung des Berliner Ensembles
Cast: Ekkehard Schall, Michael Gerber, Dieter Knaup, Peter Kalisch, Werner Hiesgen. Various political satires performed by the Berliner Ensemble, which was founded by Bertolt Brecht in 1949. In German without titles. 140 min. Video/C 7160

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Director, Brian Large; producer, Michael Heinzl, 1998. Radio Symphone Orchestra Vienna; conductor, Dennis Russell Davies; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. 160 min. Video 6681

Resistible Ascent of Arturo Ui. (Der Aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui)
Regie, Heiner Muller; aufzeichnung einer Auffuhrung aus dem Berliner Ensemble ; fernsehreige, Andreas Missler-Morell; produktion, Dierk Sommerer; Regiemitarbeit, Stephen Suschke. Cast: Martin Wuttke, Hermann Beyer, Volker Spengler, Martin Seifert, Stefan Lisewski. 150 min. In German without titles. Video/C 7159

Songs of Bertolt Brecht: Gisela May Sings Brecht.
Gisela May, star of Bertolt Brecht's East German theater the "Berliner Ensemble" sings songs, one in English, the others in German (English subtitles on film) on texts by Brecht to music by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau. May introduces each song with an English explanation. 1972. 27 min. Video/C 7756

Syberberg filmt bei Brecht
17-year-old Jürgen Syberberg landed a scoop when he in 1949 was given permission to film the famous Berliner Ensemble in action on stage-- directed by Bertolt Brecht. Equipped with a small 8mm camera without sound, Syberberg spent the next three years filming the pieces ?Puntila und sein Knecht Matti', ?Die Mutter' (von Gorki), and ?Urfaust'. Twenty years later he reedited the film and added a commentary track by Brecht expert Hans Mayer and in 1993 finally completed the version that is shown today. Contents: Puntila und sein Knecht Matti -- Urfaust -- Die Mutter. 1953 Aufgenommen mit einer 8 mm Amateurfilmkamera ohne Originalton. 1971 Vergrossert auf 35 mm, kommentiert von Hans Mayer und heraugegeben von Hans-Jürgen Syberberg unter dem Titel "Nach meinem letzten Umzug". 1993 Neu herausgegeben unter Verwendung der 8 mm Originale auf elektronischem Material. In German without English subtitles. DVD X286

Threepenny Opera
Director G.W. Pabst, G.W., 1931. Video 999:185
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Consult MELVYL for musical settings of Brecht's works in the Music Library

Buchner, Georg

Lenz: Drei Folgen gelesen von Michael Konig.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Georg Buchner, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 73 min. Video/C 8458

Leonce und Lena: eine Lustspiel
Directed by Fritz Kortner. There was once a prince, Leonce, who was to assume the kingship, but not before he had married. An arranged marriage was d) planned to the Princess Lena but the prince fled to Italy as he did not wish to marry. Princess Lena was also not happy as she wanted to marry only for love so she too fled. On the way they happened to meet, and not recognizing one another, fell in love. Videorecording of a production premiered by the Munchner Kammerspiele on September 30, 1963. PAL format. In German. 127 min. Video 999:3004

Durrenmatt, Friedrich

Der Richter und sein Henker: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Pinkas Braun.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Friedrich Durrenmatt, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 153 min. Video/C 8459

Frisch, Johann Max

Homo Faber: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Hans Michael Rehberg.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Swiss author, Max Frisch, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 142 min. Video/C 8461

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

Falsche Bewegung (Wrong Move)
Based on the novel "Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre." Directed by Wim Wenders. A would-be writer drives across Germany in search of a first-hand experience. Along the way, he meets an ex-Nazi and his mute companion, a wandering poet and an actress who together challenge him to become a writer. 1975. 103 min. Video 999:247
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Dichtung und Wahrheit: Drei Folgen gelesen von Friedhelm Ptok.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Johann Goethe, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 78 min. Video/C 8463

[Faust] Johann Georg Faust: The Legend and the Man
Relates the story of the historic 'Faustus' on whom a number of literary works are based. Even during his lifetime, legends abounded connecting Johann Geog Faust, the astrologer, magician and master of black arts with the satanic. His mysterious life soon became the stuff of narrative in untold permutations throughout the German-speaking world, finally achieving the status of a national epic through Goethe. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 8277

Faust (1960)
Director, Peter Gorski. In 1957 Gustaf Grundgens staged a new production of Goethe's Faust in which he once again played Mephisto, a part he had played since 1932. Here in his directorial debut, Peter Gorski captures on film the performance at the Deutsches Schauspielhus in Hamburg of the classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil. In German. 122 min. Video 999:3019
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Faust: eine deutsche Volkssage (A German popular legend)
Director F. W. Murnau, 1926. 96 min. DVD 740; VHS 999:283
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Dr. Faust - Ein Puppenspiel (Dr. Faust - a puppet play)
Here the Faust story takes the form of showing the difficult art of working puppets by hand rods, which also includes figures from the traditional puppet play, such as those by Hans Wurst. Originally produced for television broadcast in 1953. 16 min. Video/C 8577
Faust.
A film by Jan Svankmajer. An Everyman lured off the streets of Prague finds himself becoming Faust and entering a world of mind-boggling magic and strange encounters. He summons up Mephisto, makes his awful pact and is plunged into a world of laughing devils, dreams and nightmares. Film is a profoundly imaginative combination of live-action, claymation, puppet-theatre, stop-motion animation and special effects. 1994. 93 min. DVD 467; VHS 999:1594
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Faust [Sound Recording]
Sound/C 883

Faust im Film (Faust in film)
A documentary of early film treatments of the story of Faust in three parts: 1. Faust and his pact with the devil. 2. Faust and the people around him. 3. Faust and magic. The accompanying textbook contains descriptions of well-known Faust films. In German with English commentary. 1999. 36 min. Video/C 8578

Die Leiden des jungen Werthers: Lyrische Szenen in zwei Teilen und einem Intermezzo nach Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goeth's tragic tale of a young man in love with Lotte, who's engaged and later married to his friend Albert and whose hopeless situation eventually leads to his suicide. In German. 1986. 114 min. Video/C 1986

Die Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities) (1974, in German)
Director, Siegfried Kuhn. In this DEFA film version of Goethe's novel, Eduard and his wife Charlotte live in a somewhat rundown castle. Charlotte falls in love with her husband's friend, while Eduard passionately falls in love with young Ottilie whom his wife has invited to the castle. PAL format tape; in German. 102 min. 999:3571
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Grass, Gunter

Katz und Maus: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Michael Maertens.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Gunter Grass, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 134 min. Video/C 8464

Tin Drum
Director Volker Schlondorff, 1979. Video 999:624
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Hauff, Wilhelm

Das kalte Herz: Drei Folgen gelesen von Peter Simonischek.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Wilhelm Hauff, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 83 min. Video/C 8465

Hesse, Hermann

Kinderseele: Drei Folgen gelesen von Walter Schmidinger.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Hermann Hesse, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 78 min. Video/C 8466

Hoffmann, E. T. A. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus)

Die Bergwerke zu Falun: Drei Folgen gelesen von Roland Schafer.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 70 min. Video/C 8467

Kafka, Franz

Das Urteil; Ein Bericht fur eine Akademie; Ein Hungerkunstler
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author, Franz Kafka, followed by dramatic readings from three of his works. In German. 1997. 81 min. Video/C 8550

Kastner, Erich

Emil und die Detektive: Vier Folgen gelesen von Cornelia Froboess.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Erich Kaster, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 94 min. Video/C 8462

Keller, Gottfried

Spiegel, das Katzchen
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Swiss author Gottfried Keller, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 99 min. Video/C 8551

Kleist, Heinrich von

Das Kathchen von Heilbronn oder Das Feuerprobe.
Stage performance of Kleist's play about the daughter of an armorer who acquires through a dream the unshakable conviction that she will marry a knight. Although the knight tries to discourage her, she risks all dangers to remain by his side, until at last he is won over. VHS format (PAL) In German. 93 min. Video/C 8101

Die Marquise von O
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Heinrich von Kleist, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 107 min. Video/C 8552

Lenz, Siegfried

Deutschstunde
In this dramatization of the novel by Siegfried Lenz, a young juvenile offender in a Hamburg prison, Siggi Jepsen, is forced by his teacher to write an essay. In it he remembers the years 1943-54, his childhood in Schleswig-Holstein, his strict father, the policeman Jans Jepsen and a friendly painter Max Ludwig Nansen. Jens Jepsen tries to implement a prohibition against Nansen and destroys his pictures but the small Siggi saves some of them from destruction and at the end of the war is accused of stealing them and is sent to prison. VHS. In German. Originally produced for German television in 1971. 225 min. Video/C 8134 Pt. 1-2

Das Feuerschiff
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Siegfried Lenz, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 104 min. In German. Video/C 8553

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim

Emilia Galotti: ein Trauerspiel
This film, using the persona of a Berlin journalist of today who Jurgen Rose; lighting, Max Keller. Performers: Cast: Sunnyi Melles, Rolf Boysen, Doris Schade, Michael Konig, Edgar Selge, Otto Kurth, Jorg Hube, Rainer Goernemann, Margit Carstensen, Peter Herzog, Karl Renar, Fred Klaus, Willy Berling. Virginia is portrayed as a young Italian woman about to be married to her fiance, Count Appiani. Trouble befalls her when the Prince, learns of this and devises a way to kidnap her. When her fiance is killed in the abduction, her moralistic father, Odoardo, takes it upon himself to kill her to prevent the deflowerment of her virtue and her wish for suicide, which would mean religious condemnation. PAL format In German. 130 min. Video/C 999:3003

Mann, Heinrich

Blue Angel Director Josef von Sternberg, 1930. 90 min. Video 999:27
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Professor Unrat
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Heinrich Mann, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 150 min. Video/C 8554

Mann, Thomas

Confessions of Felix Krull.
Director, Kurt Hoffmann, 1957. 105 min. 999:2914
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Thomas Mann liest aus seinem Roman Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull.[Sound recording]
Sound/C 777

Death In Venice.
Director Luchino Visconti; featuring Dirk Bogarde, 1971. 131 min. Video 999:1001
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Tonio Kroger.
Director Rolf Thiele, 1965. 92 min. Video 999:2960
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Selections from His Writings.[Sound Recording]
Contents: Tonio Kroger, chapter 1.--Lob der Verganglichkeit --Die Busse, from Der Erwahlte. Sound/C 722

Thomas Mann Liest aus Seinem Roman Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull...
Sound/C 777

Thomas Mann liest die Musterungsszene aus Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull.[Sound Recording]
Sound/C 848

Selections from his writings. Sound recording Read by the author, in German. [Sound Recording]
Sound/C 722

Walsungenblut
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Heinrich Mann, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 80 min. Video/C 8555

Musil, Robert

Die Portugiesin

A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Robert Musil, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 51 min. Video/C 8556

Roth, Joseph

Stationschef Fallmerayer
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Joseph Roth, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 73 min. Video/C 8557

Schnitzler, Arthur

Leutnant Gustl
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author Arthur Schnitzler, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 94 min. Video/C 8558

[Sperber , Manes] Manes Sperber
A Presents a portrait of the German novelist Manes Sperber with the author reading from his works, revisiting his birthplace and being interviewed. 1997. 44 min. In German. Video/C 9563

Storm, Theodor

Pole Poppenspaler
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author Theodor Storm, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 101 min. In German. Video/C 8559

von Eichendorff, Joseph

Homo Faber: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Hans Michael Rehberg.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Joseph von Eichendorff, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 151 min. Video/C 8460

Walser, Martin

Ein fliehendes Pferd
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Martin Walser, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 145 min. Video/C 8560

Zuckmayer, Carl

Ein fliehendes Pferd
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Carl Zuckmayer, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 155 min. Video/C 8561

Zweig, Stefan

Schachnovelle
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Carl Zuckmayer, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 155 min. Video/C 8561

Literary / Film Biography and Criticism

Dichtung und Freiheit: Die Literatur des Jungen Deutschland.
The film describes the literature of the "Junges Deutschland", the period between 1815 and 1848, framed in the story of a young American woman whose ancestors belonged to this era, which she is in the process of discovering. Major emphasis is given to Heinrich Heine and Georg Buchner and their works. 1999. 30 min. Video/C 8576

Exhibition "40 + 10".
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 is an interview with Walter Kempowski, one of the most widely read contemporary German authors of today. Part 2 visits Germany's Museum for Contemporary History in Bonn which is presenting an exhibition on 50 years of history of the Federal Republic of Germany: 40 years of separate history and 10 years of joint history. 27 min. Video/C 8081

Martin Walser and the German Book Industry Peace Prize.
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 visits the Bonn Biennale, a theater festival highlighting contemporary theatrical authors, presenting plays from 19 European countries. Part 2 is an interview with Martin Walser, renowned author of Germany's post-war literature and recent recipient of the German Book Industry Peace Prize. 27 min. Video/C 8080

[Bachmann, Ingeborg ] Das Gebell : Zwei Folgen gelesen von Imogen Kogge; Alles: Zwei Folgen gelesen von Rolf Becker.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Ingeborg Bachmann, followed by a dramatic reading from two of his works. In German. 97 min. Video/C 8456

[Bernhard, Thomas] Der Stimmenimitator; Ist es eine Komodie? Ist es eine Tragodie?
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author Thomas Bernhard, followed by a dramatic reading from his works. In German. 48 min. Video/C 8455

[Böll, Heinrich] Als der Krieg ausbrach; Wanderer Kommst Du nach Spa: gelesen von Ulrich Matthes.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Heinrich Boll, followed by a dramatic reading from two of his works. In German. 76 min. Video/C 8457

[Böll, Heinrich] Heinrich Boll
This film concentrates on Boll the man, rather than his literary work. His childhood and youth in Cologne, the city he was born in, were an important part of his development. The positive memories of his childhood provided Boll with a standpoint from which to view contemporary society. The film is concerned with these memories, which enabled Boll to become an accomplished writer. 1986. 29 min. Video/C 8417

[Buchner, Georg] Lenz: Drei Folgen gelesen von Michael Konig.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Georg Buchner, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 73 min. Video/C 8458

[Durrenmatt, Friedrich] Der Richter und sein Henker: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Pinkas Braun.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Friedrich Durrenmatt, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 153 min. Video/C 8459

[Fassbinder, Rainer Werner] Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977 (1977)
Documentary by Florian Hopf and Maximiliane Mainka. Interviews with Rainer Werner Fassbinder conducted in 1977 by the film journalist Florian Hopf during filming of Despair-eine reise ins licht. The interviews have been combined with excerpts from Volker Schlondorff's adaptation of Brecht's Baal in which Fassbinder played the title role and with scenes from Fassbinder's Warnung von einer heiligen nutte, and observations on the production of Despair. 30 min. Video/C 7048

[Feuchtwanger, Lion] Lion Feuchtwanger: ein Portrait
A film biography in German of the writer Lion Feuchtwanger based mainly on the recollections of his widow. Feuchtwanger was born n 1884 and published his very successful novels "Jud Suss" and "The Ugly Duchess" in his twenties. He belongs to those authors persecuted by the Nasiz and after 1933 he lived in France and then America where he died in 1958. [199-?] In German. 47 min. Video/C 8415

[Frisch, Max] Homo Faber: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Hans Michael Rehberg.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Swiss author, Max Frisch, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 142 min. Video/C 8461

[Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von] Die Weimarer Klassik: Das Land der Griechen mit der Seele suchend
The film seeks to introduce the literary history of Weimar, the city of Goethe and Schiller, through the medium of two contemporary young people, one a German student working as a guide, and a Brasilian student visitor, who wanders among the historic sites of this city. Excerpts from Goethe's 'Faust' and Schiller's 'Wallenstein' are shown as well. c1995. 30 min. Video/C 8073

[Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von] Light, Darkness and Colours
Although Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is renowned first and foremost as a poet, this film sets out to illustrate his interest in the natural sciences and how he carried out research in a number of scientific areas by means of his work on colours. His experiments with prisms and other optical devices helped to support his view that light and dark are inseparable and that colours are the product of their interplay. 1999. 52 min. Video/C 8275

[Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von] Dichtung und Wahrheit: Drei Folgen gelesen von Friedhelm Ptok.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Johann Goethe, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 78 min. Video/C 8463

[Grass, Gunter] Gunter Grass: Ein Portrat
Presents a portrait of the German author Gunter Grass in different settings: reading from his works, revisiting his birthplace Danzig, and being interviewed. Several of his works incorporate memories of his childhood, but he has also created many works which reflect his ideas about the renovation of social consciousness. In German. 52 min. Video/C 8135

[Grass, Gunter] Katz und Maus: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Michael Maertens.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Gunter Grass, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 134 min. Video/C 8464

[Grass, Gunter] Gunter Grass: Literatur-Nobelpreis 1999 (Auf dem Weg zur digitalen Bibliothek)
Part 1 presents a biographical sketch and interview with the German author, Gunter Grass with clips from some of the films based upon his works. Part 2 is a brief history of German libraries followed by a discussion of the effects of automation and the digital library on services to patrons. 1994.30 min. Video/C 7719

[Grim, Wilhelm and Jacob] Es war einmal: Das Land der Bruder Grimm (Once Upon a Time: The Fairy Tale Land of the Brothers Grimm)
A documentary on the two brothers Grimm who compiled their famous fairy tales from oral folk tales and legends handed down by the German people. Presents a biography of their lives and scenes from areas in Germany where they were raised and spent their adult lives. 29 min. Video/C 8699

[Grimmelshausen, Hans Jakob Christoph von] Dass Du ein Toter bist unter Toten [videorecording] : Johann Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, Chronist von Zeit
Presents a portrait of the 17th century German author through readings from his works, visits to his birthplace, his childhood and youth and literary career. In German. PAL format. 45 min. Video/C 8720

[Hauff, Wilhelm] Das kalte Herz: Drei Folgen gelesen von Peter Simonischek.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Wilhelm Hauff, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 83 min. Video/C 8465

[Herzog, Werner] The Ecstatic world of the filmmaker Werner Herzog.
A film essay by Peter Buchka analyzing Herzog's work through extracts from his films and statements by the filmmaker himself. From the very outset of Herzog's film career, his intellectual quest has taken him to marginal groups. In their ecstatic isolation he has sought to regain a measure of humanity and human dignity. Herzog's heroes generally fail, however, in a measure proportional to the effort they expend -- which is precisely what makes them heroes in Herzog's eyes, because it elevates their stories to the level of myths. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 7049

[Herzog, Werner] My Best Fiend
Documentary about the stormy relationship between frequent artistic partners, director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski. With many excerpts from the films in which they collaborated, this personal documentary traces the ups and downs of their often violent relationship. Perhaps they were both a little mad, but together they created some of the most magical and astonishing films ever seen. A film by Werner Herzog, 1999. 100 min. DVD 2892; also on VHS Video/C 7301

[Hesse, Hermann] Kinderseele: Drei Folgen gelesen von Walter Schmidinger.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Hermann Hesse, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 78 min. Video/C 8466

[Hesse, Hermann] Der Weg zu sich selbst: Hermann Hesse Lebensstationen
A documentary on the life and times of the German author Hermann Hesse showing his early life, adult environments and literary works through photographs and film. In German. PAL format. 1997. 45 min. Video/C 8713

[Hoffmann, E. T. A.] Die Bergwerke zu Falun: Drei Folgen gelesen von Roland Schafer.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 70 min. Video/C 8467

[Johnson, Uwe] Wohin ich in Wahrheit hingehore...Uwe Johnson.
"But where I truly belong is Mecklenburg's densely wooded plateau of lakes..." With these words, in this biography of the writer Uwe Johnson, he describes his attachment to the landscape and people of his homeland. Born in 1934 in Pomerania, he moved to Mecklenburg in 1945. From 1959 on he lived in West Berlin and later, moved to New York. In 1974, he moved to Sheerness on Sea, a small island in the mouth of the Thames River. Here he died in February 1984. In German. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 8721

[Kafka, Franz] Das Urteil; Ein Bericht fur eine Akademie; Ein Hungerkunstler
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author, Franz Kafka, followed by dramatic readings from three of his works. In German. 1997. 81 min. Video/C 8550

[Kastner, Erich] Emil und die Detektive: Vier Folgen gelesen von Cornelia Froboess.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Erich Kaster, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 1997. 94 min. Video/C 8462

[Keller, Gottfried] Spiegel, das Katzchen
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Swiss author Gottfried Keller, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 99 min. Video/C 8551

[Kleist, Heinrich von] Die Marquise von O
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Heinrich von Kleist, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German without subtitles. 107 min. Video/C 8552

[Kortner, Fritz] Fritz Kortner spricht Monologe fur eine Schallplatte: Funfter Akt, Siebente Szene: Fritz Kortner inszeniert "Kabale und Liebe"
In Fritz Kortner spricht Monologe, the actor records scenes from Merchant of Venice, Faust and his own Die Zwiesprache sprechend. Fritz Kortner probt documents a rehearsal of the play Kabale und Liebe with Kortner directing. A film by Jürgen. In German without Enlish subtitles. Filmed at the Munchner Kammerspielen, 1965 and 1966. In German without English subtitles. X284

Lenz, Siegfried Das Feuerschiff
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Siegfried Lenz, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 104 min. In German. Video/C 8553

[Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim] Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts: Lessing und die deutsche Aufklarung
This film, using the persona of a Berlin journalist of today who has to write an article on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, is designed to give an overview of the period of enlightenment and of Lessing's role in German literary history. Brief views of performances from "Minna von Barnhelm" and "Nathan der Weise" supplement the biographical information about Lessing's attempt to lead a life as an independent writer in the age of Enlightenment. 1994. 30 min. Video/C 7612

[Mann, Erika] I Bear the Scars of Our Time - Erika Mann, a portrait
Erika Mann, the oldest child of Thomas Mann, was born in Munich in 1905 and died in Zurich in 1969. She represents a generation whose lives were disrupted by Fascism, exile, and war. This documentary presents the important stages of her life, as narrated by herself. 1984. 39 min. Video/C 8718

[Mann, Thomas] The Modern World: Ten Great Writers.
58 min. Video/C 1253:7 (part 7 of series)

[Mann, Thomas] Professor Unrat
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Heinrich Mann, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 150 min. Video/C 8554

[Mann, Thomas] Thomas Mann: Ein Leben.
Thomas Mann is one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. This documentary portrays his life beginning with his childhood in his parents home in Lubeck till he fled Germany for France in 1933. He was later arrested by the Nazis but dramatically escaped to the United States in 1940. A pacifist and socialist his works are noted for their lucid analyses of contemporary problems. In German. [1997] 44 min. Video/C 5678

[Mann, Thomas] Thomas Mann: The Writer and His Family
Presents a detailed and personal look at the life of the German author Thomas Mann, by Golo Mann and his other children. 1994. 56 min. Video/C 8802

[Mann, Thomas] Walsungenblut
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Heinrich Mann, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 80 min. Video/C 8555

[Musil, Robert] Die Portugiesin
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Robert Musil, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 51 min. Video/C 8556

[Richter, Hans] Give Chance a Chance: Portrait of Hans Richter
Documentary and interview with artist-sculptor-filmmaker-surrealist Hans Richter. Richter talks about his career and early experiments with the movie camera, association with the world of surrealists, conflict with the National Socialists in Germany, the origins of Dada, and the evolution of his own style in painting, drawing and collage. Includes many film clips and examples of his graphic work and reminiscences of relationships with contemporary artists such as Jean Arp, Tristan Tzara, Marcel Duchamp, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Eisenstein, and Man Ray. Film excerpts: Ghosts before breakfast, Inflation, Rythmus 21, Dreams that money can buy, Dadascope, 8 by 8. 1975. 27 min. Video/C 5964

[Richter, Hans] I Live in the Present: Investigation into the Work of Filmmaker Hans Richter. (Ich lebe in der gegenwart: versuch uber Hans Richter).
A documentary examining the life and work of artist and filmmaker Hans Richter in which he talks about his style in painting, drawing, collage annd filmmaking. Includes many film clips and examples of his work. Excerpts from: Jean Arp, Poupoupoup -- Rhythm 21 (1921) -- Filmstudie (1926) -- Inflation (1928) -- Ghosts before breakfast -- Dreams that money can buy (1947) -- La Chanson Dada / Tristan Tzara. c1985. 46 min. Video/C 6792

[Richter, Hans] Hans Richter: Maler und Filmpionier.
Hans Richter was involved with film production all his life. He experimented with abstract forms on film starting with his 1921 work Rythm 21. The Nazis counted him among the degenerate artists and in 1941 he emigrated to the United States and became an American citizen several years later. [198-?] 40 min. Video/C 8111

[Riefenstahl, Leni] Leni Riefenstahl.
Leni Riefenstahl explains her life and work, from her start as a German actress in the 1920's, through her career as a film director producing such films as Triumph of the will and Olympia. Includes film clips from her work. 56 min. Video/C 4613

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[Riefenstahl, Leni] The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl.
Interviews with Leni Riefenstahl, now in her nineties, flash-backs and modern film sequences tell the story of the most famous woman film director of all time. Known for her films made during the Third Reich, Riefenstahl's story is a controversial one. Best known for her "Triumph of the Will," the film made of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress, it proved to be her undoing. 1993. 181 min. DVD 176; Video/C 3411 Pt. 1-2

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Clark, Katerina. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) American Historical Review v100, n4 (Oct, 1995):1227 (2 pages).
Frascella, Lawrence. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) Advocate, n652 (April 5, 1994):75 (2 pages).
Goldberg, Robert. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (television program reviews) Wall Street Journal (Mon, July 3, 1995):A6(W), A16(E), col 1, 23 col in.
Goodman, Walter. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Wed, July 5, 1995):B3(N), C20(L), col 1, 15 col in.
Grenier, Richard. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) Commentary v98, n2 (August, 1994):48 (4 pages).
Kauffmann, Stanley. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) New Republic v210, n11 (March 14, 1994):30 (2 pages).
Maslin, Janet. "Just What Did Leni Riefenstahl's Lens See?" (filmmaker distances her artistry from politics in Ray Muller's documentary, 'The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Rienfenstahl') New York Times v143, sec2 (Sun, March 13, 1994):H15(N), H15(L), col 1, 33 col in.

[Roth, Joseph] Stationschef Fallmerayer
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Joseph Roth, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 73 min. Video/C 8557

[Ruhmkorf, Peter] Portrait: Peter Ruhmkorf
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine KuBus. Part 1 is a biographical sketch and interview with the German author, political satirist and poet, Peter Ruhmkorf. Part 2 commemorates the book burning by the Nazis in 1933 through 27 archival footage of the event and interviews with German citizens of today. 27 min. 1999. Video/C 7610

[Schiller, Friedrich] Portrat Friedrich Schiller
A portrait of German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller, depicting some of the most important events in his life against a historical backdrop of German life in the late 18th and early 19th century. c1991. 87 min. Video/C 8068

[Schiller, Friedrich] Die Weimarer Klassik: Das Land der Griechen mit der Seele suchend
The film seeks to introduce the literary history of Weimar, the city of Goethe and Schiller, through the medium of two contemporary young people, one a German student working as a guide, and a Brasilian student visitor, who wanders among the historic sites of this city. Excerpts from Goethe's 'Faust' and Schiller's 'Wallenstein' are shown as well. c1995. 30 min. Video/C 8073

[ Schnitzler, Arthur] Leutnant Gustl
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author Arthur Schnitzler, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. In German. 94 min. Video/C 8558

[Sperber , Manes] Manes Sperber
A Presents a portrait of the German novelist Manes Sperber with the author reading from his works, revisiting his birthplace and being interviewed. 1997. 44 min. In German. Video/C 9563

[Storm, Theodor] Pole Poppenspaler
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the Austrian author Theodor Storm, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 101 min. In German. Video/C 8559

[von Eichendorff, Joseph ] Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts: Sechs Folgen gelesen von Ben Becker.
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author, Joseph von Eichendorff, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. 1997. 151 min. Video/C 8460

[von Kleist, Heinrich ] Heinrich von Kleist: Die beiden Enden der ringformigen Welt
A biography of the life and work of the 18th century German playwrite Heinrich von Kleist showing segments of his work set to marionette theatre, ballet and theatrical performances. In German. 199?. 29 min. Video/C 8700

[Walser, Martin ] Ein fliehendes Pferd
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Martin Walser, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 145 min. Video/C 8560

[Walser, Martin ] Martin Walser
Presents a portrait of Martin Walser, one of West Germany's best known contemporary writers. The film documents his versatility as a playwright, essayist, and writer of fiction. In German. 1985. 32 min. Video/C 8804

[Zuckmayer, Carl] Ein fliehendes Pferd
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Carl Zuckmayer, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 155 min. Video/C 8561

[Zweig, Stefan] Schachnovelle
A brief commentary on the life and literature of the German author Stefan Zweig, followed by a dramatic reading from his work. In German. 101 min. Video/C 8562

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