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11/11/2005
Germany on the big screen by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook
FILED UNDER DAILY JEWS >> Arts
Joseph Goebbels
Joseph Goebbels

Germany has always been a country of much cinematic talent. Whether it's Fritz Lang's Metropolis, or the work of Billy Wilder, the country has given us its fair share of legendary filmmakers.

The last few years has finally seen Germany come to terms with its role during the Second World War on celluloid. Recently Downfall chronicled the last days of the Fuhrer's life at the end of World War II, while Go For Zucker shows in a comedic way what happened after the war when German Jews who remained were separated by the Berlin Wall.

And now, the 8th Festival of German Films (though we were never aware of the previous seven), is taking place in London from November 25 – December 1 at the Curzon in Soho.

This year, there's an eclectic line-up, including comedy, drama and documentaries.

The Goebbels Experiment, narrated by Kenneth Branagh (who is no stranger to World War II drama, having starred as Reinhard Heydrich in Conspiracy: The Meeting at Wannsee) is a fascinating look at the diaries of Joseph Goebbels, in which Branagh reads pages of the diary that the propaganda honcho kept. The film is interspersed with real, previously unseen footage from the late 1920s to his death in 1945.

Another film worth checking out is Winter's Children – The Silent Generation, in which filmmaker Yens Shanze ponders the question of just what did his family do during the war? If you've always wondered what Germans thought their family were doing during the Second World War, this film provides a compelling insight into something many people have avoided talking about.

For more information, visit: www.germanfilmfestival.co.uk

 
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