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22.

A Film Unfinished

This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled and manipulated images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes the truth. Director Yael Hersonski shows how the imagery was staged to distort historical knowledge and, with the aid of Jewish survivors' testimony, chronicles the horrifying reality of ghetto life.
Online
2015; 2010
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Laugh Clown Laugh [electronic resource]

Laugh Clown Laugh offers a portrait of Berlin based clown Reinhard "Filou" Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. For him, there is truly more to being a clown than laughter.
Online
2015; 2013
24.

The Making of Merkel [electronic resource]

Germany's first female Chancellor Angela Merkel rose from humble roots to become the most powerful woman in the world. This fascinating portrait reveals how her astonishing ascent to power has been on her own terms-as a woman, a former East German, a research scientist and, as she sees it, a defender of Western democracy. The program recounts Germany's recent history as it shaped Angela Merkel's life story, speaking to people that were close to Merkel and knew her well. Drawing on archive, news footage and filming on location throughout Germany, it asks what really drives Angela Merkel and what has propelled her to succeed as one of the most unusual politicians in the world. Having stayed true to the principles of thrift and a belief in a strong Europe throughout her chancellorship, [...]
Online
2015; 2013
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Firestorm: Inside the Third Reich

After suffering heavy losses of aircraft during attacks on German factories, Winston Churchill orders cities to be targeted in order to smash German morale and reduce the number of workers available for the Nazi war machine. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians are killed as incendiary bombs turn Hamburg, Dresden and other cities into tornadoes of fire. Now, a new debate is underway over this lethal bombing campaign. Were these relentless aerial attacks on German cities, which killed so many and destroyed so much, a necessary tactic in the war against Hitler? Or was it an act of revenge by the Allies? Using rare film footage (much of it in color) and stirring interviews with historians, former bomber pilots and survivors of the destruction, this extraordinary film brings to ligh [...]
Online
2015; 2004
26.

Television Under the Swastika: Inside the Third Reich

Legend has it that television began in the United States in the 1950s - but in reality its origins hark back much further. Nazi leaders, determined to beat Great Britain and the U.S. to be the world's first television broadcaster, began Greater German Television in 1935. Making use of film footage discovered in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, Television Under the Swastika is a fascinating look at the world's first television broadcast network. It explores both the technology behind this new medium and the programming the Nazis put on it. Interviews with high-ranking Nazis as well as "ordinary" people on the street, cooking shows, sporting events, cabaret acts and teleplays are some of the stunning finds seen here - propaganda yes, but quite entertaining, and require [...]
Online
2015; 2004
27.

The Goebbels Experiment: Inside the Third Reich

From The New York Times: "Arguably the most gifted of Hitler's henchmen, Joseph Goebbels was an enigmatic genius whose successful manipulation of mass political opinion was unprecedented. His rise to power will forever stand as one of history's most terrifying examples of the reach of propaganda. Filmmakers provide a rare and chilling glimpse into a brilliant but toxic mind. Rejecting commentary, they allow Goebbels to speak for himself (in the voice of Kenneth Branagh), via the extensive diaries that he kept from 1924 to 1945. Rare clips from German film and television archives illustrate the readings. The Goebbels Experiment is a cautionary reminder that equal access to the machinery of ideas may be society's most critical goal".
Online
2015; 2004
28.

The Reich Underground: Inside the Third Reich

While Germany sustained relentless bombing by the Allies, the Nazis undertook a bold gambit to turn the war back in their favor. Building an extensive tunnel system deep underground to house armament factories, Nazi leaders raced against time to produce the deadly new weapons they hoped would bring Germany final victory. Long forgotten after the victorious American Army sealed them off from intruders, the sprawling underground labyrinths are reopened for the first time in decades. Using previously unreleased film material and exclusive interviews, the story of the Underground Reich provides a glimpse into awesome worlds hidden beneath the earth.
Online
2015; 2004
29.

Cologne Cathedral [electronic resource]: Architectures-Achievements in Modern Architecture

Started in 1247, Cologne Cathedral was completed in 1880 after a 300-year break in the work carried out on it. Via rib vaults and flying buttresses, the film explores Gothic architectural vocabulary and its construction methods. It also reveals the more recent metallic architecture. It shows how this cathedral, which embodies the unity of Germany, is both a Gothic archetype and a building of the 19th century.
Online
2015; 2012
30.

The Monuments Men

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An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements.
DVD
2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
31.

The Book Thief

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Based upon the best-selling novel. The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them.
DVD
2014; 2013
32.

Peter Eisenman: Making Architecture Move

Filmed in the U.S. and Germany, "Making architecture move" provides an intimate look into the work of this controversial architect. Eisenman takes the viewer through several of his buildings including the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, and explains upcoming projects such as the Rebstockpark community in Frankfurt and the Max Reinhardt monument in Berlin.
Online
2014; 2005
33.

Gerhard Richter Painting

One of the world's greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. The first glimpse inside his studio in decades, Gerhard Richter painting is exactly that: a thrilling document of the 79-year-old's creative process, juxtaposed with rare archival footage and intimate conversations with his critics and collaborators.
Online
2014; 2011
34.

The Golem

Recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, an ancient Hebrew legend provides the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the early German cinema and a landmark in the evolution of the horror film. Suffering under the tyrannical rule of a merciless despot, a 16th century Talmudic rabbi creates a giant clay warrior that comes to life in a grand scale climax.
Online
2014; 1920
35.

In Search of Beethoven: Part 1 [electronic resource]

In Search of Beethoven: Part One traces the life and works of Ludwig Van Beehoven from his birth in Bonn, Germany in the winter of 1770 to the production of Beethoven's only opera: Fidelio Opus 72, completed in 1805. Learn how the musical culture of Bonn and Vienna influenced him, and about the influence of Mozart and Hayden. Hear performances of Beethoven's works of this period and discussion by historians and musicians.
Online
2014; 2009
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In Search of Beethoven: Part 2 [electronic resource]

In Search of Beethoven: Part Two opens in 1806 Vienna, where the 35 year-old Beethoven has established himself as the city's foremost pianist and composer, but who struggles with increasing deafness and his inability to find a wife. Hear discussion by historians and enjoy Beethoven's works from this period to his death at age 56 in March, 1827.
Online
2014; 2009
37.

Wilhelm Leibl [electronic resource]: Three Woman in Church

This film explores Wilhelm Leibl's "Three Woman in Church," completed in 1882 and housed in the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Online
2014; 1985
38.

Franz Marc [electronic resource]: The Tiger

This film explores Franz Marc's "The Tiger," completed in 1912 and housed in the Municipal Gallery Lenbachhaus in Munich.
Online
2014; 1985
39.

Hannah Höch [electronic resource]: Cut With the Kitchen Knife

This film explores Hannah Höch's "Cut with the Kitchen Knife," completed in 1920 and housed in the National Gallery in Berlin.
Online
2014; 1985
40.

Gospel of Green [electronic resource]

In the face of predictions, rhetoric and warnings about the planet's environmental crisis, one man stands alone as a revolutionary who is transforming a country. And it's likely you've never heard his name. Hermann Scheer is a German parliamentarian who has turned ideas into practical solutions. Because of the laws that bear his name, Germany is now a solar-paneled, windmill-building, job-producing green powerhouse of the industrialized world. CBC correspondent travels to Germany to meet Scheer and find out how this green miracle has been accomplished. And what about Canada? If one man can transform a country whose economy is so similar to that of Ontario, why can't, and why isn't, that province embracing Scheer's gospel of green? As this investigation shows, after initially embracin [...]
Online
2014; 2008