The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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The Meistersingers from Tokyo

Wednesday 31 August, 2005

The conductor Masaaki Suzuki and his enchanting Japanese Bach Collegium have just toured Germany, leaving a trail of speechless audiences in their wake. By Wolfram Goertz
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 30 August, 2005

In Die Weltwoche, Abu Mussab al-Sarkawi answers criticsms by his former mentor about beheadings and kidnappings committed by his terror organisation. Literaturen talks with Michel Houellebecq about death, and the Nouvel Obs talks with him about his sympathies for the Rael sect. György Szerbhorvath comments in Litera on Andrzej Stasiuk's recent story on the writers' conference in Belgrad. L'Espresso calls China the bright light of the new economy. For Adam Michnik writing in the Gazeta Wyborcza, hurt and frustration abound on the 25th anniversary of Solidarnosc. And Al Ahram succumbs to the poetry of Gerard de Nerval.
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Cosmos with chandeliers

Monday 29 August, 2005

"Goya" is coming. Architect Hans Kollhoff and restauranteur Peter Glückstein are behind Germany's biggest nightclub, set to open November 3. But what's it doing on Berlin's scruffy Nollendorfplatz? By Ursula März

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"Are you done? I've got things to do"

Friday 26 August, 2005

Marcel Reich-Ranicki is known as the Pope of literature – that's dumb. Because the Pope is not interested in erotica and his language is rarely juicy. Better: Marcel Reich-Ranicki is an 85-year-old pop star who entertains his audience with book reviews. A conversation with weak knees.
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Intimately connected to the Zeitgeist

Wednesday 24 August, 2005

American author Jonathan Franzen discusses his German literary influences, American playfulness and his "moral mission". An interview with Bernadette Conrad
(Photo © David Shankbone)
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 23 August, 2005

The French pan Michel Houellebecq's new novel while the Germans are delighted – at least until now. The Economist tweaks the new muscles of the German economy. Outlook India asks if cultural humiliation is the reason for suicide attacks, and Al-Ahram says nonsense. The Spectator castigates an alliance between Islamic fundamentalists and Western Marxists. Andrzej Stasiuk reports in Tygodnik Powszechny from Europe's black hole. In the ES Magazine, writer Yann Martel reflects on the question of identity.
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The avant-garde of hard

Monday 22 August, 2005

Berlin rappers Bushido, Sido, Fler and others shock with obscene and gruesome lyrics. How dangerous is Hauptstadt Rap? By Thomas Groß

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Making multiculturalism work

Wednesday 17 August, 2005

Should Islamic schoolgirls be excused from gym class in German schools? Should the Muezzin's call to prayer ring as loudly as the church bells in German towns? Jutta Limbach, former President of Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, sees multiculturalism on the wane in Germany. In view of the growing terrorist threat, she makes a plea for the protection of the rights of the minority, not the majority.
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Multiculturalism Special

Wednesday 17 August, 2005.

Jutta Limbach, former President of Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, calls for greater protection of minority rights. Olivier Roy explains why the roots of Islamic terrorism are in Europe. Rebecca Hillauer describes an initiative in French suburbs to protect Muslim girls from macho Islamists. Zafer Senocak describes his own conflict between tradition and modernity growing up as a Turkish German. And Moritz Behrendt introduces a collection of essays on the changing public face of Islam in Europe.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 16 August, 2005

In Outlook India, Sunil Khilnani tries to re-write the history of Indian Partition. In Reason, Salman Rushdie explains what it is in Islam that he can't bring himself to appreciate. In the Hungarian magazine 2000, Laszlo Krasznahorkai tells how the euphoria he felt in China died when he went to a Hungarian miner's ball. The Guardian is looking for talented English language writers in India. In Le Monde diplomatique, Jan Philipp Reemtsma explains what Islamists and Johannes Paul II have in common. And the Nouvel Obs celebrates the chefs of Generation C.
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Merkel's a total cutie!

Monday 15 August, 2005

Christoph Schlingensief's controversial "Parsifal" is showing at the Wagner Festival for the second year running. He talks to Tina Hildebrandt and Stephan Lebert about hero impersonators in politics, zombies in Bayreuth and pre-election Germany.
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Do you want to die with me?

Thursday 11 August, 2005

Burned down and raised from the ashes three times: the fabrik Potsdam produces Gemany's most courageous dance theatre. By Evelyn Finger
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Straying from the path of virtue

Wednesday 10 August, 2005

Festival critics rarely agree on anything, but this time it's pretty much unanimous: Willy Decker's staging of "La Traviata" at the Salzburg Festival is a mega-hit. Thanks largely to the stupendous soprano Anna Netrebko. By Jürg Stenzl
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 9 August, 2005

Andrzej Stasiuk reports in L'Espresso from a slightly spine-chilling literary congress in Belgrade. Al-Ahram describes political stagnation in Saudi Arabia. Weltwoche finds films and images from the Iraq War on an amateur porn site. In the Gazeta Wyborcza, Ryszard Kapuscinski diagnoses the dethroning of Europe. In the Guardian, Blake Morrison praises a dying breed: the editor. Adam Krzeminski looks back on the Potsdam Conference in Polityka. Folio takes a new look at laddism and the New York Times visits an irascible as ever V.S. Naipaul.
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Attack of the killer disks

Monday 8 August, 2005

The future of cinema is threatened by the rise of the DVD. But cinema is also working hard at its own downfall. By Georg Seeßlen
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Born again to kill

Thursday 4 August, 2005

Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with tradition. It's a brand new direction in the faith. And it's rooted in Europe. By Olivier Roy
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Neither whores nor submissive

Wednesday 3 August, 2005

In the fractured suburbs of France, young Muslim men are increasingly acting as the guardians of public morals. Girls who don't conform to Islamic behavioural codes are threatened with rape or death. Fadela Amara's organisation "Ni putes ni soumises" ("neither whores nor submissive") is fighting back. By Rebecca Hillauer
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 2 August, 2005

In Merkur, Walter Laqueur describes grey-haired Europe of 2050. In the London Review of Books, Eric Hobsbawm investigates the most sexually active people of the Western world. The ES Magazine recalls the fathers of the atomic bomb - almost all of them Hungarian. Prospect and Gazeta Wyborcza summarize the days of Red-Green. In the Nouvel Obs, historian Elikia M'Bokolo defends Africans against ethnicism. In Polityka, Jeremy Rifkins announces the era of hydrogen cells. The Spectator defends dropping the bomb on Hiroshima. New Republic fears the conservatism of the Republicans.
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A sight for sore eyes

Monday 1 August, 2005

The New Leipzig School is the new black. It paints the dark side of the fun society and sells like hotcakes. Christian Schüle dissects the myth.
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