Szenenfoto aus "For Eyes Only – Streng geheim".

The Films

The programme was compiled by film experts Oliver Baumgarten and Nikolaj Nikitin: it includes popular classics alongside several lesser-known examples of the genre, produced on both sides of the Iron Curtain between 1960 and 1974. Amongst the classics is the film adaptation of John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold with Richard Burton, but there are also hard-to-find East-European rarities.

Szenenfoto aus "Die gestohlene Bombe".

Anja Göbel

A Bomb Was Stolen

A young man in a suit picks a flower. A military battalion suddenly appears, complete with helicopter. Our hero – no name, no history, no mission – is clearly the wrong man in the wrong place.

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Szenenfoto aus "Foto Haber".

Oliver Baumgarten

Haber´s Photo Shop

Gábor Csiky, just released from jail, follows up a tip from a fellow prisoner and goes for a job interview at Haber´s photo shop. The most important cell in a spy ring works out of a room behind the shop.

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Szenenfoto aus "Begegnung mit einem Spion".

Claus Löser

Rendezvous with a Spy

The sea, a submarine, suspicious goings-on in the half-light...a mysterious man flies into Poland in a balloon. He lands and cold-bloodedly murders a man who witnesses his arrival. But his incursion has been watched by the Polish security service: the hunt begins.

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Szenenfoto aus "Starling and Lyre".

Oliver Baumgarten

Starling and Lyre

Two Soviet spies, Ludmila und Fyodor, infiltrate the top ranks of West German industry, where the bosses, with American support, are trying to rebuild post-war Germany to its former glory – and also with military resources, which, if needs be, will be deployed against the Soviet Union...

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Szenenfoto aus "Der Spion, der aus der Kälte kam".

Oliver Baumgarten

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Alec Leamas has for years been in charge of the deployment of all British agents in West Berlin and the GDR. One day, his East German counterpart brings off a coup: he destroys the entire network of British agents in the GDR. Disguised as a defector, Leamas sets off on a mission whose end becomes increasingly unpredictable.

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Szenenfoto aus "There is Nothing Finer than Bad Weather".

Barbara Wurm

There is Nothing Finer than Bad Weather

The scene: a west European city, that looks much like Berlin. Bulgarian superspy Emil Boev gets hired by the Zodiac company, which is a cover for a spy ring.

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Szenenfoto aus "For Eyes Only – Streng geheim".

Anja Göbel

For Eyes Only

The claim, that the West was harbouring a plan to attack the GDR, was one of the arguments, which East Germany used to try and justify the building of the Berlin Wall. For Eyes Only retrospectively creates from this (never proven) accusation the material for a highly ideological spy film.

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Szenenfoto aus "Sechs Pistolen jagen Professor Z".

Oliver Baumgarten

High Season for Spies

When one of the most important arms manufacturers in the world dies, French secret agent Francis Lagneau is sent to call on his beautiful widow. His mission is to relieve her of the patent for a weapon of mass destruction, left to her by her husband.

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Szenenfoto aus "Smyk - Dem Abgrund entgegen".

Nikolaj Nikitin

Skid

A Czechoslovak immigrant, František Král, is involved in a serious car accident in West Berlin, which leaves him suffering from amnesia. A western news service sees an opportunity: they give him a new face and train him as a spy.

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Szenenfoto aus "Mordrezepte der Barbouzes".

Philipp Stiasny

The Great Spy Chase

In the 1960s, as a new generation of film-makers across Europe was breaking artistic boundaries, the industry went into a downward spiral. New commercial formats had to be found: directors and film stars collaborated to create cheap, fast-paced, action-packed co-productions – and the Eurospy film was born.

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Szenenfoto aus "Die 1.000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse".

Oliver Baumgarten

The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse

Fritz Lang´s visionary prediction of the rise and rise of the CCTV camera. A re-incarnation of the legendary Dr. Mabuse takes over the spy cameras installed in a hotel built in the Nazi era.

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Dossier

Der Filmkanon

Auf Initiative der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung wurden 35 bedeutende Werke der Filmgeschichte zusammengestellt. Ziel war es, für das Medium Film zu sensibilisieren und der filmschulischen Bildung in Deutschland Auftrieb zu geben.

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Film als Teil schulischer Bildung

Programm

Die Tagung gliederte sich in drei Sektionen, die in thematisch verbundenen Vorträgen und Workshops jeweils einen Aspekt der Filmbildung in der Schule im Detail behandelten. Im Mittelpunkt der ersten Sektion stand die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Filmkanon der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung sowie Möglichkeiten, mittels der Kanonfilme Filmgeschichte im Unterricht zu vermitteln. Die zweite Sektion fragte nach Methoden, filmische Techniken zu behandeln. Die dritte Sektion schließlich konzentrierte sich auf Filmästhetik und wie diese in verschiedene Fächer eingebunden werden kann.

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Wird die DDR-Diktatur verharmlost? Und warum begann die intensive Auseinandersetzung mit der NS-Vergangenheit erst so spät? Die Deutung von Geschichte ist oft umstritten - und nicht selten ein Politikum.

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