Memories of a Nation: The All-Round Reduced Personality: REDUPERS (1977)

The first full-length feature by feminist activist and documentarist Helke Sander, REDUPERS takes the temperature of West German sexual and social politics ten years on from the student revolts of 1968. Set in divided Berlin, the film uses the form of the film essay to reflect on parallels between the fractured life of its single mother and photographer protagonist Edda, and the traumatic divide that separates the city’s east and … Read more

Memories of a Nation: Die Mörder sind unter uns/The Murderers are Among Us (1946)

Wolfgang Staudte’s film is a realistic portrayal of a German man and woman learning to live and love again among flattened buildings and spiritual emptiness. The first film to be made in Germany after the Second World War, it is worth seeing for the footage of Berlin ruins alone. But it is also a brave and nuanced exploration of German guilt, released only two weeks after the Nuremberg trials indicted … Read more

Memories of a Nation: Faust (1926)

FILM SEASON: MEMORIES OF A NATION As part of its season to accompany the exhibition Germany: Memories of a Nation, the British Museum, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network, presents four key films exploring Germany’s social, cultural and cinematic history. F W Murnau’s last German film, and a late masterpiece of Expressionism, Faust is a showcase for the striking visual effects of Weimar cinema … Read more

Translating Stars: German Cinema in a transnational context.

The second GSSN symposium was held at the University of Leeds from 9 to 11 September 2014. Organised by Dr Chris Homewood, and PhD coordinators Rachel Greene and Luke Postlethwaite, this event looked at ways of understanding transnational cinemas through the careers of German-speaking stars past and present, including Emil Jannings, Pola Negri, Daniel Brühl and Sibel Kikelli. Full programme here.

The Return of the Real

The first GSSN Symposium, ‘The Return of the Real — Realism and Everyday Life in Contemporary German-language Film,’ was held at King’s College London from 3 to 5 July 2013. The event established a model for future symposia, with a mix of screenings, keynote speeches and informal panels, as well as a postgraduate workshop and a filmmaker workshop. The founding organising committee comprised Martin Brady, Erica Carter, Florian Lippert, Andre … Read more