Classic German films at ASU
During spring semester 2012, Appalachian State University’s
Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies will present a series of feature films and
documentaries on Germany in the 20th century.
The films will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Greenbriar Cinema of ASU’s Plemmons Student Union. The series is sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, ASU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Joseph and Frieda Ross Foundation.
Each film will be introduced briefly by one of the center’s co-directors, who will be available to answer questions. All films are free and open to the public.
Feb. 19 - ‘Triumph of the WIll’
(1935, sound, English titles, Leni Riefenstahl)
“Propaganda made the Third Reich,” a top Nazi once exalted. This film about the Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg in 1934 was designed to convince Germans and the world that the new Third Reich was invincible. It is generally considered one of the most powerful propaganda films ever made. (110 minutes)
Feb. 26 - ‘Conspiracy’
(2001, HBO special)
This film recreates the infamous Wannsee Conference of Jan. 20, 1942, at which top Nazis planned to implement the Holocaust. Chaired by SS general Reinhard Heydrich and attended by Adolf Eichmann and 14 other Third Reich leaders, this two-hour meeting decided how all the Jews of Europe were to be murdered. (115 minutes)
March 4 - ‘Schindler’s List’
(1993, Steven Spielberg)
This Academy Award-winning film presents the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. (185 minutes)
March 25 - ‘The Murderers Are Among Us’
(1946, English subtitles)
Critically ranked in Germany’s Top 10 post-1945 films, this picture offers a penetrating examination of German society’s earliest attempts to cope with the shame and guilt for Nazism and the Holocaust. Filmed in the ruins of Berlin in 1946, “Murderers” follows the struggles of a medical doctor who can’t overcome his sense of guilt at silently witnessing the Nazi murder of women and children. (81 minutes)
April 1 - ‘Marraige of Maria Braun’
(1979, English subtitles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
The “Marriage of Maria Braun” is about postwar Germany’s reconstruction as seen through the struggles and prosperity of an aggressive young war bride. An excellent performance by Hanna Schygulla, this film presents Fassbinder at his very best. (85 minutes)