You’ve probably heard that the First World War — AKA the Great War, the War to End War, etc. — had a big birthday this summer. Happy 100th, you old bloodbath, you! Scholars continue to debate the various timelines, the proper apportionment of blame, and the correct way to understand the conflict’s consequences. Anglos have long cast the German Reich as lead villain, but revisionists contesting that narrative are legion. This month, the Goethe-Institut provides an opportunity to explore the sources and fallout of the 20th century’s gestalt-making shit-show as seen by German filmmakers. The six-film series — half West German, half East — focuses on psychology and society rather than strategy and tactics, and features works by Michael Haneke and Margarethe von Trotta, among others.
MADE IN WEST | EAST GERMANY: WWI
9/15 – 10/1 – Various Times, $5 per film
170 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116