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Berlin Wall on Film

November 9, 1989 marked the end of an era and the beginning of German re-unification. For almost thirty years, the Berlin Wall stood as an iconic symbol of the divide between Western Democracies and the Soviet-controlled East. A physical manifestation of the Cold War, the Wall forced the differences between the two sides into stark relief by their close proximity. Harsh restrictions on emigration, vast economic disparity between East and West, families divided, cut off from one another, the shadow it cast over the city was long and dark. But as so often is the case, adversity has inspired some amazing creations and this is no less true in this case. Throughout the years, a number of filmmakers have used the Berlin Wall and the city it divided in their works. For some, it is the main character (Wings of Desire, The Tunnel), for others it is a backdrop (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). It is both a reminder of what was (The Architects) and the complexities that arose in its wake (Stroszek). It is hard to imagine a more powerful symbol than a wall and its hold on the German psyche persists to this day.


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Wings of Desire

$34.95 | 127 minutes

The sky over Wenders's war-scarred Berlin is full of gentle angels wearing trench coats who listen to the tortured thoughts of mortals and try to comfort them. One wishes to become mortal after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist. Peter Falk, as himself, assists in the transformation by explaining the simple joys of a human…

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The Lives of Others

$11.95 | 138 minutes

In East Berlin in 1984, the secret police, known as the Stasi, are gaining more and more control, spying on German citizens, and recruiting thousands of them to spy on each other. Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) has been ordered to find something on playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), so he sets up a surveillance room and…

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The Wall: Live in Berlin

$18.95 | 0 minutes

Former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters is joined by Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Sinead O'Connor, the Scorpions, Thomas Dolby, Members of the Band, Marianne Faithfull and Albert Finney for this live performance of "The Wall" at the Berlin Wall…

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The Architects

$17.95 | 97 minutes

Shot in 1990, this portrayal of life in East Berlin offers a snapshot of what life was like just before the wall came down and communism gave way to a more democratic way of life. The film follows the fortunes of architect Daniel Brenner (Kurt Naumann) as he attempts to design a thoroughly modern new part of the city, with the results&hellip…

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

$22.95 | 91 minutes

John Cameron Mitchell is the creator of the off-Broadway hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, which he and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask have transformed into a funny, dramatic, and curiously poignant self-described "post-punk neo-glam musical" film, with extra songs and a new instrumental score. Hedwig (played by Mitchell) was born as Hansel…

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Zentropa

$34.95 | 107 minutes

ZENTROPA is an alluring film that follows a German-American pacifist as he travels to Germany to help the country rebuild. Working on the railway Zentropa, he becomes involved with the daughter of the railway owner, who lures him into becoming a pawn in a pro-Nazi terrorist scheme. Lars von Trier's stylish thriller features hypnotic narration…

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The Farewell

$23.95 | 91 minutes

In this swirling German drama about the renowned playwright Bertolt Brecht (Josef Bierbichler), director Jan Schutte paints a picture of a man torn by romantic predicaments and artistic decisions. Set in 1956, the same year that Brecht died, THE FAREWELL transpires one summer day, three days before his death, as the 58-year-old writer&hellip…

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