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The series "New German Film: Beyond Fascism" continues next week with a screening of Wolfgang Staudte's "The Murderers Are Among Us" (1946) at 4:20 p.m. in room 107 of the Diehn Center. It is free to members of the campus community.

The first feature film produced in post-war Germany, "Murderers" addresses the troubled state of a nation coming to terms with its dark recent history. A woman returns from her internment in a concentration camp only to find her Berlin apartment occupied by a young doctor who served as an officer in the German army. Both end upliving there, leading to a complicated series of attachments.

On Feb. 19 (same time and location), "Young Toerless" (1966) will be shown. Volker Schlondorff's first feature film, it created a milestone of the new German cinema and crystallized the emotions of a country still struggling to come to terms with its recent past of Nazi horror. The film is a chilling parable of how people could come to accept the worst in human behavior.

Both films are in German with English subtitles. Heidi Schlipphacke, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, will introduce the films.

This article was posted on: February 11, 2002

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