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Film Screening: Two Key Composers of the German Canon

Event Details

June 26, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: S240

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Films on two key composers of the German canon | Intro by Elaine Kelly, University of Edinburgh

Johann Sebastian Bach

(GDR, 1950, dir. Ernst Dahle, 34 min., b/w, doc.) 

A film produced in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach reveals the GDR’s first cinematic attempt to lay claim to the shared German cultural canon.                  

Ludwig van Beethoven

(GDR, 1954, dir. Max Jaap, 95 min., b/w, doc., EN ST)

This full-length documentary presents the importance of Beethoven to GDR identity. The composer was viewed as a forerunner of revolutionary socialism because of his belief in the principles of the French Revolution. 


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