The Goethe-Institut Washington


812 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001


“Film Captures the Great War”

A film series and discussion looking at life during World War I.

All films will be introduced by Prof. Marion Deshmukh (George Mason University)

Please visit the Goethe-Institut website for film ticket information.


Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

Kaethe Kollwitz: Images of a Life

“Käthe Kollwitz was 47 years old, and already a well-established artist in Germany and abroad when Peter, her youngest son, volunteered to join the German army in WWI and was killed two weeks later. This painful tragedy changed Kollwitz’s life and art forever. Always politically active, she became a radical pacifist; in her art, she reflected on her son and the meaning of war. After she signed a petition against the Nazis, she was excluded from the Academy of Arts and her art was labeled “degenerate.” Lonely and sick, she spent the last days of her life in Dresden, dying at the age of 78 before the end of WWII.”


Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

The Lost Angel (Ernst Barlach)

“In the summer of 1937, the expressionist German sculptor and author Ernst Barlach was living an isolated life when he learned that the Nazis had dragged his famous sculpture The Hovering Angel—a memorial for WWI victims—out of the Güstrow cathedral. Barlach started reflecting on his experiences in WWI, on his life in “inner emigration” and on his works, which the Nazis had either confiscated or denounced as “degenerate.” Although he realized that active opposition was needed, he did not have the strength.”


Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

Paths of Glory

“Adapting Humphrey Cobb’s novel to the screen, director Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson set out to make a devastating anti-war statement. In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified “Ant Hill” from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrfice his men to enhance his own reputation.”