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Kemper ARTcast 1: Behind the Wall Film Classics

Hei?er Sommer (1968)
Hei?er Sommer (1968)

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Kemper Museum presents a film series called Behind the Wall Film Classics. Dr. Larson Powell, assistant professor of German and film studies at UMKC, highlights the challenges of Eastern Bloc filmmaking.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – The exhibition Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection (November 16, 2007 - February 3, 2008) highlights the work of seven artists whose traditional painting style flourished in Leipzig, a former East German town isolated from the Western influences of the 20th century.

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Dr. Larson Powell's Top 10 (commercially available) DEFA Films:
The Murderers are Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte, 1946)
I was 19 (Konrad Wolf, 1968)
Trace of Stones (Frank Beyer, 1965)
Jacob the Liar (Frank Beyer, 1974)
Solo Sunny (Konrad Wolf, 1980)
Born in '45 (Juergen Boettcher, 1965)
The Children of Golzow (Winfried Junge, 1982)
Berlin - Schoenhauser Corner (Gerhard Klein, 1957)
Apprehension (Lothar Warneke, 1982)
The Story of Little Mook (Wolfgang Staudte, 1953)

Dr. Larson Powell's Top 5 German Films:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1919)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)
Pandora's Box (G. W. Pabst, 1929)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (R. W. Fassbinder, 1979)

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