Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sat, Feb 29, 2020
1:00pm

WEIMAR VARIATIONS
Free Screening! Live Music!
New Identities, Gender and Politics
Co-presented by the LA Phil and Outfest

This event is free with RSVP to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/89357814629
Please arrive early; RSVP is not a guarantee of admission. Seating is first come, first served to RSVP holders after doors open. Between films, guests will be admitted as seats become available.

Situated between the end of World War I and Hitler’s assumption of power, the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) was an era characterized by unprecedented social freedoms as well as economic hardship. Combining historical silent films with the works of contemporary artists and filmmakers, we explore the new identities emerging during the 1920s and the socio-political implications of this turbulent time, tracing the relevance and resonances of these themes in the films of artists living today.

Films include:

DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS (ANDERS ALS DIE ANDEREN), 1919, 50 min. Dir. Richard Oswald. Generally believed to be the first gay film in the history of cinema, this groundbreaking melodrama, created by director Richard Oswald and pioneering sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, was intended to denounce Paragraph 175 of the German penal code, which criminalized sexual relationships between men (women were simply not addressed). It follows the tragic gay love story of a famed concert pianist and his student, as they get blackmailed for violating Paragraph 175, leading to their ostracization, a jail sentence and finally suicide. The film was banned by censors in 1920 soon after its release. With its concerns unfortunately still pressing around the globe, it remains a fascinating cinematic appeal for tolerance and social change. Restored DCP courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Collection at UCLA Film & Television Archive. With live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

KUHLE WAMPE OR: WHO OWNS THE WORLD (KUHLE WAMPE ODER WEM GEHÖRT DIE WELT), 1932, 71 min. Dirs. Slatan Dudow, Bertolt Brecht. Written by legendary Marxist author Bertolt Brecht, KUHLE WAMPE shows the effects of massive unemployment following the world economic crisis of 1929. Documenting the struggles and despair of countless workers competing for far too few jobs, it is an unadorned depiction of the consequences of unemployment and homelessness that feels very relevant today. Resulting in the mobilization of the working class, the film culminates with a protest march accompanied by Hanns Eisler’s workers chorus, “Solidarity Song.” The film was banned briefly in 1932 and then completely banned by the Nazis in 1933.

“Man in Things” (Warenfetisch/Der Mensch im Ding) (2008, 9 min. Dir. Tom Tykwer) In this experimental short, acclaimed German filmmaker Tom Tykwer takes a revelatory deep dive into a single image of a typical Berlin sidewalk, exploring the multifarious traces, backgrounds and interconnections of human labor and industrial production required to manufacture the objects and commodities that shape our everyday surroundings.

THE YEAR 1929 (DAS JAHR 1929), 2019, 83 min. Dir. Alexander Kluge. Arriving on the anniversary of the world financial crisis, legendary German filmmaker, writer and philosopher Alexander Kluge’s THE YEAR 1929 explores the turbulent socio-political and cultural events surrounding the infamous Black Friday and the end of the Golden Twenties. An intriguing montage of interviews with German philosopher Hans Magnus Enzensberger, documentary news material, graphic elements and fictitious scenes, the film gives the historical events an intellectual and poetic context that goes far beyond mere facts.

“Election Campaign 1932 (Last Election)” (Wahlkampf 1932, Letzte Wahl) (1932, 13 min. Dir. Elsa Bergmann-Michel) The disastrous political consequences of the financial crisis become obvious in this chilling experimental documentary. This look at the Weimar Republic’s fateful last election of 1932 combines shots of political posters, streets overtaken by propaganda, random gatherings and altercations between people of differing opinions. Increasingly, an atmosphere of escalation and impending doom takes over. Bergmann-Michel was arrested while shooting and parts of her footage was destroyed; the film remained a fragment. With live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

Join us at noon for a reception in Spielberg lobby.
240 minutes.
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sat, Feb 29, 2020 • 1:00pm

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