Film Captures the Great War

World War I

Film Series
Monday, 18 August 2014 – Monday, 6 October 2014
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
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Paths of Glory (c) Park Circus Limited

These four films examine aspects of and reactions to the Great War by artists and soldiers. Käthe Kollwitz, who lost a son to the war, literally rendered the loss war caused by creating a series of powerful graphics and sculptures. The sculptor Ernst Barlach’s expressionist human figures also captured the horrors of the conflict. American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick directed the classic anti-war film Paths of Glory, examining the coercive use of killing soldiers by their commanders for refusing to go to battle, while Ernst Lubitsch used symbolic images and the relatively new medium of sound to explore grief and guilt in Broken Lullaby.


Monday, August 18, 6:30 pm
Käthe Kollwitz – Images of a Life (Käthe Kollwitz – Bilder eines Lebens)

Monday, August 25, 6:30 pm
The Lost Angel (Der verlorene Engel)

Monday, September 15, 6:30 pm
Paths Of Glory

Monday, October 6, 6:30 pm
Broken Lullaby (The Man I Killed)

In conjunction with the exhibition Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War.

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