This documentary film looks at the Bauhaus Dessau, one of the most innovative and elite schools for architecture. The film chronicles the school's establishment in Weimar, its relocation to Dessau, and its eventual closure by the Third Reich in 1932.
The story of three artists with a shared history in the rebellious and creative East German youth scene of the 1980s. Their careers have been marked by their radicalism and openness, as well as their unorthodox and multifaceted view of the world.
Actors Arno Wyzniewski and Ekkehard Schall and director Manfred Wekwerth, all members of the Berliner Ensemble, talk about Bertolt Brecht’s theater theories and methods, which made him one of the most important twentieth-century playwrights and directors, both in Germany and internationally.
This DVD presents two films on Ludwig van Beethoven, one of Germany's best-known composers, which were produced by the DEFA Studios over 20 years apart.
Andreas Voigt's fourth documentary shot on the streets of Leipzig follows a group of radical young people in the winter of 1992–93. The changes in the city are striking: splendid new malls; many unemployed people; and despairing, angry youth for whom violence has become commonplace.
East Berlin is presented as an international city with modern possibilities for work and family life. In addition to tourist attractions and daily life, the film depicts the military parade for Labor Day on May 1 as well as the SED 20th anniversary celebration.
The Prenzlauer Berg band Herbst in Peking plays at an abandoned strip of the Berlin Wall and sings “We need a revolution. The system ain’t gonna change, unless we make it change.” This 1987 song accompanied the changes in the GDR, but at this point, this country is already almost history!
This documentary about renowned (East) German poet, playwright, and theater direct Bertold Brecht discusses the importance of his works in the social and political context of post-war Germany.
The fifth installment in Andreas Voigt's Leipzig series builds on and summarizes a decade of documentary filmmaking. Voigt revisits the protagonists from his earlier films in order to depict their lives in a reunified Germany and what became of their plans and beliefs following the Wende.