NEH Lecture and Film Series: Culture in the Cold War
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

Elaine Kelly from the University of Edinburgh will present the key figures, styles and trends characterizing East German musical culture.

June 26, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Old Chapel

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

Anke Feuchtenberger, Selected Works, curated by Bibiana Medkova.

June 26, 2018
5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Olver Design Building

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
Issues of race underpinned the critical discourse on “authentic” jazz forms, and the GDR’s enthusiasm for certain jazz genres signaled solidarity with oppressed African Americans

June 29, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

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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