Film
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

East German Künstlerfilme—films about artists both real and imaginary—offer unique insights into the changing socio-political agendas of cultural policy in the GDR and the East Bloc.  

July 3, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

Konrad Wolf and scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase based this exploration of the role of art and the artist in socialist society on sculptor Werner Stötzer.

July 3, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Amherst Cinema
 A screening of the films Träumerei and  Beethoven - Days of a Life.

July 4, 2018
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

Käthe Kollwitz was 47 and a successful artist when her son Peter was killed in WWI. Though always politically active, her son’s death turned Kollwitz to radical pacifism and reflections on the meaning of war in her art.

July 5, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

A selection of short films on visual artists in the GDR. Introduction by April Eisman, Iowa State University.

July 6, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

 A series of short films that examine the 1980s alternative art scene in East Germany.

July 9, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

Screening of the films Quick Animation and Claiming Space: The Independent Art Exhibit Scene in the GDR.

July 9, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

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