‘What Our Fathers Did’: An uncomfortably topical documentary about the legacy of Nazism

A dual character study of the sons of two high-ranking Nazi officials, What Our Fathers Did is a fascinating but disquieting coda to the history of 70-odd years ago. But maybe 'coda' is the wrong word, because in 2017 the movie feels weirdly topical. Read more [...]

‘The Gleiwitz Case’: The black op that ignited WWII

The best East German movie that I’ve seen, The Gleiwitz Case (1961) depicts the undercover Nazi operation that lit the fuse for World War II, on August 31, 1939. Tracking this blackest of black ops from start to finish, The Gleiwitz Case is like a caper movie from hell. Read more [...]

Retro-future in more ways than one: The socialist science fiction of ‘Eolomea’

What does a socialist science-fiction movie look like? The 1972 East German movie Eolomea is one answer — and it shows how nothing dates like the future. Don't expect a Hollywood remake anytime soon (unless a producer with seriously deep pockets has been feelin' the Bern). Read more [...]

Now playing in L.A.: A sampling of the best recent German films

Ready to take a break from the multiplex? The L.A. Goethe-Institut's summer film series German Currents Retrospective 2007–2015 is a good starting point for anyone curious to see the most lauded recent movies from Germany. And all the screenings are FREE. Read more [...]

‘Christiane F.’: How the story of teenage junkies in West Berlin became a phenomenon

Screening at the L.A. Goethe-Institut on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015: At one point Christiane F. was the highest-grossing native film in West Germany, which is astonishing when you consider how dark it is. The movie features a soundtrack of Berlin-era David Bowie songs, and Bowie himself in concert. Read more [...]