Could Goebbels have filmed “Avatar”?

During orientation week, new ASC German student Andrea Harris and I had a chat about German films and she mentioned to me an article that talked about the Nazis having shot 3D movies. She sent me the piece, and I thought I give a quick summary. Indeed, digging around in the Berlin Filmarchiv, Australian director…

Renewed Interest in Weimar Culture and Architecture

For an entire semester our German 200 seminar has explored Weimar Germany’s history and culture from multiple perspectives. Here are a few links to current exhibitions and shows that demonstrate the timeliness of our investigations. The MOMA in New York has two exhibits, one focusing on kitchen design and, especially, on the famous “Frankfurter Küche”…

Der Blaue Engel

Happening in Buttrick Hall, G-4, tonight at 8pm: Screening of Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel (1930). Get a taste…  

German-Afghan Film Stirs Debate

Burhan Qurbani is not the first German film student to have a feature length film shown at the Berlin film festival “Berlinale”. But he is the first German film student who originally hails from Afghanistan and whose film, “Shahada”, addresses the role of Islamic faith in the lives of three young protagonists.   Released at…

Israeli Film Engages with Notorious Nazi “Documentary” about Warsaw Ghetto

Films produced during the National Socialist era are difficult to deal with, especially films that purport to be “documentaries.” It’s hard to tell what was part of the propaganda machine and what was not. For many decades, an unfinished “documentary” about the Warsaw Ghetto, titled “Das Ghetto,” was mined by historians and journalists when supposedly…