Zeughauskino

The Zeughauskino, located in the center of Berlin, Germany, presents programs of a special kind that draw from the entire spectrum of film and offer new, often surprising…

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Children or No Children - Pregnancy Conflict in German Film

That the struggle for bodily self-determination in Germany is far from over was most recently demonstrated in the dispute over Section 219a of the Criminal Code, which banned public information on abortion and forced doctor Kristina Hänel to pay a fine in 2017. As the abolition of the section was celebrated on 24 June 2022 after a successful constitutional challenge, the Supreme Court in the USA overturned the constitutional right to abortion on the same day. The fatal effects are…

Emil, Pünktchen and the others - Adaptations of Erich Kästner’s works

His novels have been filmed countless times in Germany and elsewhere. As part of a family programme at the German Historical Museum, the series "Emil, Pünktchen and the Others" offers the opportunity to get to know and compare eight Erich Kästner film adaptations. The first films Emil and the Detectives (1931), Das doppelte Lottchen (1950), Pünktchen and Anton (1953) and Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (1954) will be followed by new films from the 1970s to the 2000s. Erich Kästner would certainly…

Documentary Positions: Bernhard Sallmann

Bernhard Sallmann is one of those filmmakers who do not make the foreign familiar, but the familiar strange. The films of the director, who was born in Austria but has lived in Berlin for several decades, maintain contact with the world in which he himself moves. The first ones were made around the turn of the millennium practically on his own doorstep: in Neukölln, on the Teltow Canal or even in a Berlin public authority where he himself worked for…

Roads not Taken - Alternative Historical Tales in Cinema

Shared truths, shared knowledge and a shared history to refer to are important pillars of a society. However, playing with fiction and historical speculation are no less alien to it. What would have happened if history had taken a different course, if different decisions had been made at a certain point? What would have been the effects of this change of direction? It is a popular motif in the arts, and of films and television productions in particular, to create…

Documentary Positions: Gisela Tuchtenhagen

In 1968, Gisela Tuchtenhagen was one of the first women to begin studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), which had been founded two years earlier. Already a trained photographer, she develops a concise camera style whose closeness and at the same time respectful distance determine the images in her films. As a result, the filmmaker often remains behind the camera and is exposed to male headwinds despite her qualifications and her uniquely sensitive eye. In 1977,…

Papers Please! - Citizenships and Cinema

Citizenship is a double-edged sword. For while it secures rights and freedoms for those who hold them, it excludes others from participating in them. The medium of film, which established itself as an influential and powerful mass medium in the early 20th century, served early on to communicate with citizens, which could include propagandistic intentions. The retrospective accompanying the exhibition "Papers Please! Citizenships and the Cinema", focuses on three countries: France, Poland and Germany. It takes an exemplary look at…

Zbigniew Cybulski - The Man Who Never Arrived

Zbigniew Cybulski was not a man of fast sports cars, he drove the Polish state railway. Like his fellow citizens, he used the rickety wagons that ran over the tracks that had been makeshiftly patched up after the war. And which therefore almost never arrived and departed on time. That's why you could take your time on the way to the station, because you could always jump on if necessary. Strangely enough, there are several films in which Cybulski jumps…

Hoffmannesque. Tracing E.T.A. Hoffmann in Cinema

Gripping stories, the mystical and the strange, automata, horrible creatures and bizarre fantasy creatures meet saints and sinners. Anyone who loves the fantastic cannot ignore E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822). He was a writer, composer, bandmaster, draughtsman and lawyer all in one. The whimsical, grotesque worlds and bizarre character creations of the Romantic form a veritable treasure trove for film: this is where horror meets thriller, fantasy meets comedy and opera meets dance. Ever since the pictures learned to move, filmmakers have…

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The MCU ideology was born here (the Wikipedia article* is interesting)

*an extract:

At the time of its release, it was described as "the ultimate achievement of the Ince studios."

The film included large scale battle scenes, scenes of naval battles, trench warfare, aerial battles, and the resulting devastation. Ships from the United States Navy were utilized in the scenes depicting sea battles. Advertising for the film boasted of the extravagant expense incurred in presenting the spectacle:

- Actual Sinking…

A remarkable achievement. Evidently shot for very little money but the workmanship and care more than shines through.

Endlich mal ein Schwarz/Weiß Schinken zum drüber nachdenken worums da eigentlich geht. Macht Spaß, ist traurig und ein bisschen kompliziert.

Heimkehr ist alles andere als subtile Nazi-Propaganda, auch wenn die offensichtliche Blut-und-Boden-Rhetorik erst im letzten Drittel verbalisiert wird.

Filme sollte man losgelöst vom Kontext bewerten. Eine Ideologie ausklammernde Bewertung kann die Qualität eines Filmes einordnen. Geht man diesen Schritt nicht (und sagt, dieser Film ist Propaganda, also ist er schlecht), verschließt man die Augen vor der Macht, die solche Filme potenziellen haben können. Demnach kann man die Aussage oder Ideologie eines Films abscheulich finden, während man zugleich die filmischen Qualitäten…