The Berlin International Film Festival’s retrospective strand for its 2013 edition is set to focus on Weimar-era films produced after 1933, when the Nazis had taken control of the German film industry and forced film-makers to fall in line with the regime.
The retrospective, entitled “The Weimar Touch: The International Influence of Weimar Cinema after 1933,” will highlight the diverse narrative forms and evolution of new styles from German emigrants.
It will feature 33 films split across five chapters, each with a different overarching theme.
Among the chapters are “Know Your Enemy,” with films that took stand against the Nazi regime and “Unheimlich—The Dark Side,” consisting of the dark crime films that influenced the rise of film noir.
Some of the films selected include Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) [pictured], which emulated the era’s subversive humour, Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (1942) and First A Girl from British director Victor Saville, which is based on Germany’s Viktor and Viktoria (1933).
Dieter Kosslick, Berlinale director, said: “During the Weimar Republic, the relevance of film for society and art was discovered and film history written. At the retrospective, the impact of this film epoch on international cinema will become evident.”
The screenings will be curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, with showings to be held around Berlin and also at MoMA.
The festival runs from Feb 7-17, 2013.