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In this brilliant Cold War political drama set in the GDR in 1980, a doctor, Barbara (the extraordinary Nina Hoss), is exiled from East Berlin to a provincial town by the Baltic Sea because she has requested to move to the West.
| December 21, 2012
Interview: Nina Hoss on Barbara
Quietly over the last 11 years, one of the strongest collaborations in contemporary cinema has been developing between the German director Christian Petzold and the actress he often chooses to star in his films, Nina Hoss. Petzold and Hoss's latest col
| December 21, 2012
Review: Free Men
In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
Solidarity and mistrust in war-time Paris
| March 17, 2012
Review: Red Tails
With a title that refers not to squirrels but to plane markings, Red Tails dramatizes the struggles and triumphs of African-American pioneers, the Tuskegee Airmen.
The struggles and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen
| January 27, 2012
Interview: Wim Wenders takes 3D one step further
Some are surprised that Wim Wenders, like fellow veteran of the '70s New German Cinema Werner Herzog, has embraced something as newfangled as 3D.
| January 20, 2012
Taking a cue from Kieslowski's Three Colors by way of the British Red Riding series, this TV trilogy from three German directors of the Berlin School starts out with a creepy aura of dread and mystery and ends with contrived and unsatisfying resolut
TV trilogy from three German directors
| January 13, 2012
Digitalism dance to the harmony of song
Obviously there aren't meaningful lines between dance, pop, and indie-rock anymore, since more and more instrument-focused acts born as rock bands are leaning on the techniques of electronic music production to modernize their sound.
| November 25, 2011
Review: La Rafle
In La Rafle , director Rose Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions to pressure France to hand over its Jews so he can sate his genocidal bloodlust before the Allie
The psyche of Hitler
| July 22, 2011
Review: Vincent Wants to Sea
Frustration and isolation are part of daily life for 27-year-old Tourette's sufferer Vincent (Florian David Fitz, who also wrote the screenplay), the sympathetic hero of this German road movie.
A quirky German road movie
| July 15, 2011
Review: The Robber
Unlike his French counterpart in Jean-François Richet's Mesrine, Johann Rettenberger, the title felon of Benjamin Heisenberg's stark and electrifying The Robber, is no chatterbox.
| May 13, 2011
Review: Saviors in the Night
Ludi Boeken's earnest adaptation of Marga Spiegel's memoir sheds new light on that much-filmed topic, the Holocaust, largely because it takes place in a small German town over the course of the war, providing a microcosm of a society in the throes of a
| May 13, 2011
Pantha du Prince | XI Versions of Black Noise
Outright blandness is the worst sin in all of art.
Rough Trade (2011)
| May 06, 2011
Marvin Kren's grim foray into the zombie genre (a German first) has all the right components.
| May 06, 2011
Review: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis
The Boston Lyric Opera, with Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt and a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston, has given us a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien created i
Boston Lyric Opera pulls out the stops
| February 04, 2011
Review: Soul Kitchen
Fatih Akin's past few films ( Head-On , The Edge of Heaven ) have been brilliant and moving but also a little downbeat and depressing.
Fatih Akin lightens up
| August 27, 2010
Shuko + DJ Dutchmaster | The Foundation
It was inevitable that some of hip-hop's next great producers would come from Europe.
| May 01, 2009
In search of authenticity
Friederike Munz, a 27-year-old German woman, was going to teach me how to make German potato salad the way she'd learned from her grandmother on a farm in Freiburg, Germany.
Real German, Real German potato salad
| April 10, 2009
Review: ''The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009''
As with Best Picture, the themes of death, aging, and difficult love dominate the two Shorts Oscar categories this year.
Varying degrees of schmaltz and subtlety
| February 04, 2009
Interview: Ed Zwick
On January 16, director Ed Zwick's Defiance storms theaters with its harrowing tale of the freedom-fighting Bielski brothers, who retreat to the forests of Belarus to protect an ever-growing brigade of Jewish refugees and wage relentless guerilla war
Into the woods
| January 13, 2009
The best of Oktoberfest
To hear it told, Munich’s Oktoberfest these days is a circus.
Forget Munich. A local German beer expert offers a primer on the best Bavarian lagers to enjoy this Oktoberfest — and all autumn long.
| September 26, 2007
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