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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.

Something to Do with the Wall

A documentary, filmed at the Berlin Wall. Beginning in 1986, the 25th anniversary of the Wall's completion and culminating in 1989, when it was dismantled as a political and physical structure. Includes interviews with Berliners from both sides of the Wall. Also looks at the attitude adjustments by the filmmakers who had been subjected to the Cold War lore of their childhoods in the classrooms of 1950s America. Written and directed by Marilyn Levine and Ross McElwee. 1990. 88 min.

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 Burger 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.

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.

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.

The Fall of Berlin

Uses firsthand footage to track the events that led to the conclusion of the war in Europe and the fall of Berlin on May 2, 1945. As the Americans create a bridgehead on the River Elbe, the Luftwaffe makes a last desperate attempt to counter the fury of the Allies bombing of Berlin. While Hitler visits the Eastern Front, the Hitler Youth builds barricades around the doomed city. But all is lost, as far as the Third Reich is concerned. The Russian Army launches an attack along the Oder River, only 40 miles from Berlin.

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.

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 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.

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.

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