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German events at Agnes Scott, German Film, German History

German Film Series Tonight: “Rotation” by Wolfgang Staudte, 1949

Wolfgang Staudte’s 1949 release Rotation continues the director’s engagement with postwar German society. Produced by the East-German company DEFA, Rotation tells the story of an unassuming worker in a printshop, who does not like the National Socialists but avoids confronting them in order to safeguard his employment and his modest standard of living. As the war drags on, however, he becomes drawn into the subversive work of an underground resistance group, and is eventually betrayed to the Gestapo by his own son.

Using the family as framework to explore questions of guilt, responsibility, and forgiveness, Staudte’s film is one of very few Trümmerfilme (rubble films) who directly thematizes the role of the bystanders and “normal” people.

If you are interested, join us for the screeening tonight in Buttrick Hall G-4, 7pm!

Still from Staudte’s “Rotation” (1949).

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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