Tuesdays this Spring: German Film Series

| January 27, 2014

Immerse yourself in German film this spring with Webster University’s Spring 2014 German Film Series. Check out a different film and take part in post-film discussion on the last Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

Tickets: $6 general public; $5 seniors, alumni, and students from other schools; $4 Webster University staff and faculty; free for Webster University students with ID.

Jan. 28: Youth and Rebellion: Young Goethe in Love

This film takes place in  Germany 1772 – the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet; but after failing his law exams, he is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways.

Feb. 25: The Nasty Girl (Das schreckliche Mädchen) (1990)

The Nasty Girl

Don’t let the English translation of the title mislead you. The Nasty Girl is a story of a brave young woman who dares to buck the system and delve into her town’s history, persevering through the resistance she meets and finally reaching her goals.

Lena Stolze stars as Sonja, the “schreckliches Mädchen” – a plucky young Bavarian woman whose submission to an essay contest explores her hometown’s affiliation with the Third Reich. As she learns more and more of the painful truth, she is increasingly victimized by her fellow townspeople, who do not want the scars from their past ripped open anew.

A dynamic and sometimes funny look at Germany and its past based on the true story of Anna Rosmus, a young woman from Bavaria, now author and academic in the U.S.

Paula Hanssen, professor of German in the Department of International Languages and Cultures, will provide a short introduction to the film.

March 18: Kebab Connection (2004)

The Kebab Connection

In Hamburg, Ibrahim “Ibo” Secmez (Denis Moschitto), of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie. For now, he makes commercials for his uncle’s kebab restaurant. Titzie, an aspiring actress and Ibo’s German girlfriend, finds she’s pregnant. Ibo is uncertain about fatherhood–compounded by his father’s disowning him for getting a German girl pregnant–so Titzie sends him packing. He makes attempts at getting it right, but as the birth approaches, he’s still not ready. In the background are three thugs in search of good tripe soup and a Capulet-Montegue feud between the kebab joint and a Greek taverna across the street.

Kebab Connection weaves observations about immigrant life in Germany, youth culture, and globalization into a familiar narrative about love and responsibility and the differences between generations and cultures. Its good nature, winning cast, and fundamentally positive outlook on the ability of people to be decent to each other makes it enjoyable and satisfying to watch.

April 29: Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005)

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Check the University events calendar for more on each film.

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