Film Screening
This film presents the question of whether the postwar period would be marked by cultural continuity or a radical break with the past. Mozart’s work serves as the basis for this first GDR opera film, but the screenplay diverges from the original libretto. 

June 20, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Two young actors make their way through the cultural maze of divided Berlin before the Wall. This film provides a good visual reference point for understanding socialist realism.

June 21, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Two films demonstrate uses of the arts to establish historical narratives. Introduction by Sky Arndt-Briggs, UMass Amherst and April Eisman, Iowa State University                     

June 22, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Two films on political song, introduced by Johanna Yunker.

June 25, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

This documentary about Friendship House, one of East Germany’s most successful “culture houses,” explores the GDR’s national experiment in bringing the arts to workers and encouraging workers to make art themselves. Features historic footage and interviews with participants and the architects of cultural policy. 

June 25, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Films on Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, two key composers of the German canon.

June 26, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

An entertaining romantic comedy whose score ranges from classical references to the most up-to-date musical styles of the early 1960s. This last film of Slatan Dudow—who worked with Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler on the 1932 communist classic Kuhle Wampe—ran into trouble due to its stylized vision and depictions of nudity and consumerism.       

June 27, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

This musical comedy revolves around the attempts of a famous producer—the great Kruse—to create a successful musical revue film. With clever references to Hollywood films, it exemplifies a push to compete with the West’s biggest studios and make box-office hits to appeal to GDR audiences and bring in revenue. Shot at great expense in Totalvision, the GDR version of Cinemascope.

June 28, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Amherst Cinema
This lecture considers what happens to “opera” in the translation from live performance to fixed media in the context of DEFA films. 

July 2, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

Joachim Herz’s masterful 1962 staging of The Flying Dutchman prompted a request to make a cinematic adaptation. It introduced a leftist approach to Wagner reception by emphasizing the perspective of the young heroine, Senta

July 2, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

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