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28. April 2022 - 22. May 2022

This is just the Beginning

Karl Marx and Cinema

The delusion of the masses or a means of enlightenment par excellence? Since its beginnings, film has been the subject of ideological disputes and appropriations like hardly any other medium. Left-wing struggles and theories in particular play a specific role in this dispute about and in the cinema - be it as a consumable commodity in the cultural pessimistic reflections of the Frankfurt School or as a site of lively resistance in feminist and postcolonial appropriations.

The focus of the film series accompanying the exhibition Karl Marx and Capitalism is thus not Karl Marx as a historical figure, but the far-reaching cinematic receptions of his theoretical reflections.

2. April 2022 - 13. May 2022

Berlin Visions

Before and after 1989, the "Wall City" Berlin was one of the most dazzling metropolises in the world. But what part do media images play in this fascination? Analogous to the book edited by Marcus Stiglegger and Stefan Jung (Martin Schmitz Verlag, Berlin 2022), the film series Berlin Visions examines how feature films have made the city what it is today: paradise for subcultures, political stronghold, crime scene and party capital.

06. March 2022 - 05. May 2022

Mihály/Michael Kertész

When Curtiz was still Kertész - his early films

Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz still belongs to the ranks of underrated filmmakers. Many film historians regard him at best as an accomplished director-for-hire who made 86 films for Warner Bros. alone. Yet Curtiz was not only an extremely versatile filmmaker, he also placed great value on a good script, casting, and the technical and visual aspects of his films. Michael Curtiz was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director six times alone, and won it twice: including in 1943 for Casablanca. This film series focuses on his early films, some of which have received little attention.