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DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO
The Weimar Republic was characterized by stark contrasts: it was a time of hectic innovation as well as clinging to old traditions, of suffering from the economic pressure of the Great Depression while getting lost in excess, of living the ultimate freedom while facing the increasing danger of looming totalitarianism. With the Spring 2023 Filmbar Series, “Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano,” Neue Galerie New York presents a selection of films that together form a multifaceted portrait of the era.
ABWEGE THE DEVIOUS PATH
Directed by G.W. Pabst. 1928. Silent Film. 98 min.
Neglected by her work-obsessed husband, Irene (Brigitte Helm), seeks variety in Berlin’s nightlife, toying with an artist and a boxer as potential lovers — Get lost in an evening of dancing, dolls, drugs, and immoral passion and the question of finding common ground to save a marriage.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 6 P.M.
KUHLE WAMPE ODER WEM GEHÖRT DIE WELT?
KUHLE WAMPE OR WHO OWNS THE WORLD?
Directed by Slatan Dudow. 1932. In German; English subtitles. 71 min.
Written by legendary author Bertolt Brecht, Kuhle Wampe tells the story of a working-class family in Berlin in 1931, where survival is difficult with massive unemployment in the wake of the Great Depression. After Anni’s brother commits suicide in despair, her family finds itself forced to move to Kuhle Wampe, a lakeside tent camp on the outskirts of Berlin and home to increasing numbers of unemployed.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 6 P.M.
VIKTOR UND VIKTORIA
VICTOR AND VICTORIA
Directed by Reinhold Schünzel. 1933. In German; English subtitles. 84 min.
Aspiring singer Susanne takes over one night for her sick colleague, the slap-stick actor Viktor, at a small cabaret in Berlin where he works as a female impersonator. By chance, Susanne is then “discovered” by an agent, who thinks she′s really a man. She becomes famous and goes on tour to London. But when the local womanizer Robert catches on to her game, Viktor quickly has to jump in for Susanne as “Viktoria.”
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 6 P.M.
LOTTE AM BAUHAUS
LOTTE AT THE BAUHAUS
Directed by Gregor Schnitzler. 2019. In German; English subtitles. 105 min.
Weimar, Germany 1921: According to her father, the life of 20-year-old Lotte Brendel seems to be a set affair — as a wife and mother at the side of a man who is to take over his parents' carpentry business. However, and against the will of her family, the unconventional and artistically talented Lotte joins a group of young artists, applies to the Bauhaus and is accepted. The Weimar Bauhaus under the direction of the visionary Walter Gropius aims not only to combine art and craftsmanship, but also to accommodate the "New Man." In Bauhäusler Paul Seligmann, Lotte finds a supporter and her great love. She is given the opportunity to complete her studies as a woman with equal rights guided by world-famous artists such as Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Oskar Schlemmer. But the break with her family, questions of equality and political pressure on the Bauhaus create challenges.
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 6 P.M.
LEGENDARY SIN CITIES
BERLIN: METROPOLIS OF VICE
Directed by Marrin Canell and Ted Remerowski. 2005. 60 min.
During the Weimar Republic, Berlin was a cauldron of hedonism; uncensored and untiring, the city indulged in every form of sex. And just as Berlin was open-minded toward all things erotic, it was also tolerant toward avant-garde artistic expression, liberal political dialogue, and wide-ranging scientific inquiry. In tracing the sociopolitical history of the era, this program spotlights key figures of those heady times, including key figures such as Anita Berber, Bertolt Brecht, Marlene Dietrich, George Grosz, and Christopher Isherwood.
FRIDAY, MAY 26, 6 P.M.