‘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 [...]