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Review: Barbara

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.

By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2012
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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

By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 21, 2012
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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
By  |  March 17, 2012
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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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 27, 2012
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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.
Pina envy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Dreileben

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012


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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.
Heartthrob
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 25, 2011
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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
By TOM MEEK  |  July 22, 2011
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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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 15, 2011
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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.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011
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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

By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011


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Pantha du Prince | XI Versions of Black Noise

Outright blandness is the worst sin in all of art.
Rough Trade (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Rammbock

Marvin Kren's grim foray into the zombie genre (a German first) has all the right components.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  May 06, 2011
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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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 04, 2011
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 27, 2010
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Shuko + DJ Dutchmaster | The Foundation

It was inevitable that some of hip-hop's next great producers would come from Europe.
Coalmine (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 01, 2009


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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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 10, 2009
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2009
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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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 13, 2009
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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.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 26, 2007