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 only thing I can really paint well is anger

Friday 8 April, 2005

Bernhard Heisig is a controversial figure in the German art world, having served in the SS and painted state portraits of both East and West German leaders. As a professor at the Leipzig Art School he taught the younger generation of painters now enjoying the international limelight such as Neo Rauch, Tim Eitel and Tilo Baumgärtel. The Leipzig Musem of Fine Art is currently showing a large retrospective of Heisig's work "Die Wut der Bilder".
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The Mongol devastations

Tuesday 5 April, 2005

The Americans and British practised the systematic annihilation of entire cities and their populations in the Second World War. Their main goal was to impress Stalin. The burning of Dresden was the first act of the Cold War. By Jörg Friedrich
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The human flaw

Wednesday 23 March, 2005

Could it be that other cultures find our top models ugly? The way we – conversely – are unable to grasp that the Chinese word for beauty means "fat sheep". A festival in Berlin examines the concept of beauty. By Arnd Wesemann
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The woes of Berlin's memorials

Friday 18 March, 2005

The monuments to the victims of the Nazi era are in a miserable state. Götz Aly has made himself very unpopular in making this very clear.
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We’re coming to bring you on home

Wednesday 16 March, 2005

An American and a German go in search of a small-time drug baron in the Brandenburg outback.... A short story by Georg Klein.
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Fighting in the sandbox

Tuesday 15 March, 2005

Is there an East / West war in German theatre? Is the Berlin Cultural Senator an agent of sinister socialist forces? Is a new Wall going up in the capital? Or are budget cuts finally bringing together what belong together? A report from the Berlin battlefield. By Peter Kümmel.
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Heroic stupidity

15 March, 2005

Looking for the genius in the engineer: Werner Herzog's monumental documentary "The White Diamond" follows a Zeppelin-builder through the jungle of Guyana. A heroic journey to the borders of embarrassment and beyond. By Dietmar Kammerer
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Thanks from the new Czar

Friday 11 March, 2005

On Tuesday, Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov was reported to have been assassinated by the Russian secret service. Philosopher Andre Glucksmann says "Thank you, Messrs Chirac, Bush and Schröder", on behalf of Czar Putin.
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Berlinale round up

Friday 4 March, 2005

Poor old Berlinale: nonstop snow, not enough stars, little Hollywood interest, an overdose of political films and wishywashy films d'auteur. Sounds like a washout - but a host of Chinese independent masterpieces and Julia Jentsch saved the day. By Ekkehard Knörer.
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Thankmar, the young Krahl

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

From right wing fraternities to the red dawn of Marxism. In his short life, the charismatic student revolutionary Hans-Jürgen Krahl went from the far right to the far left. A biographical sketch by Gerd Koenen.
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Einstein's legacy

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

What can we learn from Albert Einstein today? Trust in the free flight of conceptual imagination, mistrust of any kind of authority and knowing when you can safely go to bed. By Yehuda Elkana
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It's not a picture. What is it then?

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

Uta Baier talks with painter Georg Baselitz about home, folk art and provocation.
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I am the people

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

In response to the furore caused by Oliver Hirschbiegel's film "The Downfall", historian Götz Aly describes how many Germans were seduced by National Socialism's heady mix of generous state handouts and high-speed history making.
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