Spanning teen musicals, red westerns, psychedelic sci-fi and socialist dramas, this collection of cinematic rarities offers a fascinating glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.
|The Silent Star (Der schweigende Stern)|
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we take a look back at 45 years of East German cinema.
At the conclusion of World War II the Soviet Military Administration granted the Deutsche Film Company (DEFA) a licence to produce films. The Murderers Among Us
, screening as part of this season, was already in production and became the first feature completed on either side of the wall.
Filmmaking flourished under the state-controlled organisation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). From 1946 to 1992, musicals, documentaries, animation and other genres created an extensive library of over 7,500 productions.
This extraordinary collection is now under the auspices of the Progress Film Company in Berlin, to whom we extend our gratitude in putting together this retrospective.
Curated by James NolenThursday 22 October - Tuesday 3 November 2009
Full $13 Concession $10
6 Session Package: Full $60 Concession $48 NB > 6 Session Packages can only be purchased by phone (03 8663 2583) or in person at the ACMI Tickets & Information Desk. All sessions must be selected at time of booking.
Read Dr Heinz Leo Kretzenbacher's essay on GDR cinema in English