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Retrospective 2021
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Bildungsstand westdeutscher Schüler in den 50er Jahren Jürgen Neven du Mont
Hitler sold badges to come to power? And really six million murdered Jews? A knowledge test among FRG secondary school pupils where it’s actually the parents that fail.
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Bildungsstand westdeutscher Schüler in den 50er Jahren

Bildungsstand westdeutscher Schüler in den 50er Jahren
Jürgen Neven du Mont
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
FRG
1959
44 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Jürgen Neven du Mont
HR Hessischer Rundfunk
Willy Sedler
Bernhard Weber
Günter Seuss
Hilde Grabow
Horst Eiteljörge

On 29 April 1959, Hessian Broadcasting transmitted an alarming survey of the Federal German school system. The first of three parts of the report “Focus on Our Youth” investigates the question of what has stuck in the minds of higher form students about Hitler’s and Ulbricht’s Germanies. Hesse under Polish administration? Hitler sold badges to come to power? At least they are about right concerning the number of murdered Jews – that is, the third who could think of anything to say about this at all. One television critic rightly pointed out that this represented the sum total of all parental table talk. But were these parents watching television on 29 April 1959?

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Die Judengasse Peter Nestler
Remains of a medieval Jewish ghetto were discovered in Frankfurt am Main. Nationwide protests against “building over” them were the occasion of this preservation of the findings on film.
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Die Judengasse

Die Judengasse
Peter Nestler
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
FRG
1988
44 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Peter Nestler
Südwestfunk (SWF)
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler
Peter Nestler
Rainer Komers

Archaeological evidence of medieval Jewish life had barely been discovered during excavation works in Frankfurt am Main when it was to be “built over” again. The civil protest in 1987 spread to the whole of the Federal Republic – and called Peter Nestler to the scene. His film undertakes what the Frankfurt authorities wanted to avoid: a thorough securing and contextualization of the findings. He not “only” places the discovered remains of the Jewish ghetto in the context of urban and German history, but also lays bare the contemporary Federal German insensitivity regarding cultural history and commemorative politics, displaying it as if in a museum cabinet.

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene Jean-Marie Straub
A film score to which no film was ever made – except this collage of words and images that deduces terrifying anti-Semitic continuities from letters and visual associations.
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Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene

Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene
Jean-Marie Straub
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
FRG
1972
16 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Jean-Marie Straub
Jean-Marie Straub
Danièle Huillet
Renato Berta
Horst Bever
Jean-Marie Straub
Danièle Huillet
Jeti Grigioni
Harald Lill
Jean-Marie Straub
Danièle Huillet
Günter Peter Straschek
Peter Nestler
Danièle Huillet

“Imminent danger, fear, catastrophe,“ the Austrian-Jewish composer Arnold Schönberg wrote on top of his film score in 1930, to which – except in this collage, swaying like a battered boxer between austere reading document, black film abysses and roaring tempests of images – no film was ever made. Schönberg’s letters articulate the forebodings of the disaster the National Socialists were to bring upon the Jews, describe anti-Semitism that was becoming systematic, marginalization and defamation. Inserted in between, as a look back and forward at historical continuities: bombers approaching Vietnam, the shot Paris Communards in coffins arranged like letter cases.

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Es muß ein Stück vom Hitler sein Walter Krüttner
A belligerent documentary polemic about Führer tourism at Obersalzberg. The Federal German authorities have prohibited the iniquitous practice but are still cashing in big time.
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Es muß ein Stück vom Hitler sein

Es muß ein Stück vom Hitler sein
Walter Krüttner
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
FRG
1963
11 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Walter Krüttner
Cineropa-Filmproduktion
Walter Krüttner
Fritz Schwennicke
Erich Ferstl

Walter Krüttner is considered the only satirist among the signatories of the Oberhausen Manifesto, which was announced at the West German Short Film Festival in 1962. His film begins like those that the Oberhausen group wanted to put a stop to: with ländler music and a quote by regional poet Ganghofer. “Lord, the ones you love you let fall into this land.” Krüttner observes the tourist hustle and bustle at Obersalzberg: tour guides leading Führer travellers through the Nazi buildings. And Krüttner counts the profits West German authorities make by this. He himself profited by winning the “Silberne Lorbeer” (Silver Laurel) of Deutscher Fernsehfunk (German Television Broadcasting), awarded at the International Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Week 1963.

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Paradies und Feuerofen Herbert Viktor
Clean, neat, busy, enterprising – the Federal German view observes in Israel similarities to the FRG of the economic miracle years. A statement of sympathy.
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Paradies und Feuerofen

Paradies und Feuerofen
Herbert Viktor
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
FRG
1958
78 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Herbert Viktor
Helmut Wisser
Herbert Viktor
Heinz Hölscher
Ludolf Grisebach
Reginald Beuthner
Bernhard Eichhorn
Herbert Viktor

Designed as a travelogue about Israel, Herbert Viktor emphasizes similarities to the FRG of the economic miracle years in his film: clean, neat, busy, enterprising. Haifa, for example, is described as having evolved from a “meeting place for Arabic caravans and robber bands” to the most modern port of the Levant. Viktor also pays tribute to the welcoming culture for the persecuted of the world, but omits to elucidate on the fates that lie behind them. The film, spiced up by staged intermezzi to become a statement of sympathy, was released in Federal German cinemas in 1959 under the patronage of Willy Brandt. It was not allowed on Israeli screens before 1962, when the death sentence against Adolf Eichmann had been upheld by the court of appeal.

Sylvia Görke