Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
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Sat, Feb 29, 2020
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WEIMAR VARIATIONS
Co-presented by the LA Phil, Outfest and Los Angeles Filmforum

Situated between the end of World War I and Hitler’s assumption of power, the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) was an era characterized by extreme contrasts. Germany’s first democracy thrived as a laboratory for unprecedented cultural achievement and social freedoms while suffering from the aftermath of war, political unrest, massive inflation and economic hardship. At the same time that people enjoyed new-found liberties, their daily realities remained deeply burdened by poverty and economic crisis.

A day of screenings at the Egyptian serves as a fascinating window on this era. A free program highlighting “New Identities, Gender and Politics” pairs historical films with the works of contemporary artists to explore the new identities emerging during the 1920s and the socio-political implications of this turbulent time. Groundbreaking 1919 melodrama DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS is generally believed to be the first gay film in the history of cinema. German writer and philosopher Alexander Kluge’s new film THE YEAR 1929 explores the turbulent socio-political and cultural events surrounding the infamous Black Friday and the end of the Golden Twenties. Written by legendary Marxist author Bertolt Brecht, 1932’s KUHLE WAMPE shows the effects of massive unemployment following the world economic crisis.

While commonly associated with German Expressionism and narrative film, Weimar cinema is considered equally influential in the realm of the avant-garde. From Dadaist art to city symphonies to abstract experiments with animated shapes and colors, Weimar cinema constantly broke new ground. Our free “Experimentation/Abstraction” program offers a sampling of its styles, including Walter Ruttmann’s landmark film BERLIN, SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY, and illustrates its lasting impact on modern cinema both in the art world and beyond.

Weimar-era classic PANDORA’S BOX stars Louise Brooks as Lulu, a dancer-turned-hooker who attracts men (and the occasional Countess) like moths to a candle. Politicians, titans of industry, and the aristocracy are all part of the milieu Lulu inhabits as the story begins; her eventual descent to a criminal underworld underlines the fragility of German society between the wars. American actress Brooks brought a vivacity and naturalism to the role – as well as a distinctive bob hairstyle – that gives one of the wildest performances of the silent era continuing resonance with audiences.

Series compilation and program notes by Nana Bahlmann and Chris LeMaire.

PANDORA’S BOX screening includes live musical accompaniment by Cathlene Pineda, Stephanie Richards and Jeff Parker.
Egyptian TheatreSat, Feb 29, 2020
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