New DVDs and CDs for Germanic Studies, Nov. 2017 to Jan. 2018

Selected list of new video and audio recordings relevant to Germanic Studies. Click on the links for call numbers and availability. For a complete listing of new DVDs and CDs, consult the Catalog or the DVD lists.

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 Hörwerke : Originalaufnahmen 1952-1985 / Heinrich Böll ; Auswahl und Begleittext, Viktor Böll. 5 CDs. MP3 format compact discs; will only play on CD players adapted for MP3 format.

SUMMARY: “Er hat sich zu Wort gemeldet und er wurde gehört: Nobelpreisträger Heinrich Böll. In den hier gesammelten Originalaufnahmen spricht er über Kunst und Politik, über Gesellschaft und Poesie. Er liest aus seinen unvergesslichen Erzählungen, satirischen Glossen und zeitlosen Romanen … Romane und Erzählungen, Essays und Gespräche, deren zeitgeschichtlicher Weitblick die deutsche Literatur prägte und prägt: Ansichten eines Clowns, Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Doktor Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen, Gruppenbild mit Dame, Haus ohne Hüter, Irisches Tagebuch, Nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit, sowie zahlreiche Essays, Reden, Vorträge, Gespräche und Interviews von und mit Heinrich Böll”–Container.

 Journeys from Berlin : 1971 / a film by Yvonne Rainer. Originally released as a motion picture in 1979. In English. DVD-R.

SUMMARY: Prompted by experience as an expatriate American artist in (West) Berlin, Journeys from Berlin is a curiously prescient, relevant film on the nature and psychology of violence, isolation, trauma, and repression. The sounds of an urban couple’s the off-screen conversations are juxtaposed against a scrolling text describing the political climate of 1960s Cold War era (West) Germany, as the government scrambled to contain the threat posed by a domestic terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhof gang (Red Army Faction). The film is a multi-layered reflection of seeming irresolvable, contradictory synchronicity – of dichotomous collisions between image and sound, words and sentiment, time and memory, ideology and action.

Stunde Null : die Kunstbewegung Zero = Quand l’art : repart de Zero / ein Film von Anna Pflüger und Marcel Kolvenbach ; Buch, Anna Pflüger ; Regie, Anna Pflüger, Marcel Kolvenbach. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014. German, French, and English, with English subtitles. DVD, PAL, all regions.

SUMMARY: Documentary about the avant-garde group Zero, considered one of the most important art movements after World War II, founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene.


Vor der Morgenröte = Stefan Zweig : farewell to Europe / ein Film von Maria Schrader ; Produzenten, Stefan Arndt [and five others] ; Drehbuch: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg ; Regie, Maria Schrader. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2016. Chiefly in German, with some English, French, Portuguese and Spanish dialogue; subtitles in English. DVD.

SUMMARY: The story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall.

 Der Turm = The Tower / Drehbuch, Thomas Kirchner ; Producer, Matthias Adler ; Produzenten, Benjamin Benedict, Nico Hofmann ; Regie, Christian Schwochow. Based on the novel by Uwe Tellkamp. Originally produced in 2012. German dialogue; English subtitles. DVD.

SUMMARY: A searing look at Communist East Germany in its final decade; It reveals the intimate realities of life behind the Berlin Wall as seen through the eyes of the Hoffmann family and their community of privileged intellectuals in suburban Dresden.

About the author

Brian Vetruba is Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis