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His novels have been filmed countless times in Germany and elsewhere. As part of a family programme at the German Historical Museum, the series "Emil, Pünktchen and the Others" offers the opportunity to get to know and compare eight Erich Kästner film adaptations. The first films Emil and the Detectives (1931), Das doppelte Lottchen (1950), Pünktchen and Anton (1953) and Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (1954) will be followed by new films from the 1970s to the 2000s. Erich Kästner would certainly have been pleased with the continuing popularity of his books, which tell of children's and young people's solidarity and courage from their perspective. But would the writer, who was also involved in film adaptations of his novels as a screenwriter, have agreed with the modernisations of the new versions? In any case, his stories have remained connectable to new social developments in an amazing way.
The film screenings are part of the Family Sunday at the German Historical Museum. Until 15 January, there is the opportunity, preferably for children aged 8 to 12, to take part in the family guided tour Wo PASS ich hin? after the film screening. The guided tour, which is part of the exhibition "Citizenships. France, Poland, Germany since 1789", invites visitors to explore questions of citizenship during a dialogue-based tour of the exhibition rooms: What is a passport? What is citizenship? How important are passport and citizenship for me? And what would a world without citizenship look like?
From 22 January to 26 February 2023, there will be discovery tours around the museum for young people aged 8 and over. Who had the armoury built? Who planned it? What stories do the objects and figures on the façade and roof of the building tell? On the open-air tour, young people discover one of the oldest preserved buildings in Berlin and learn how different players used the Zeughaus for their own purposes.
The family ticket for the cinema programme, museum admission and guided tour costs 18 € (for 2 adults and max. 3 children). The ticket price for people who only visit the cinema programme is 5 € (adults) or 2.50 € (children).