Günter Peter Straschek

Militant Film and Film Emigration from Nazi Germany

Militant Film and Film Emigration from Nazi Germany

by Günter Peter Straschek

Günter Peter Straschek (1942-2009) was a filmmaker, politically active in the protest movement of 1968, historian and probably the greatest expert on film emigration from Nazi Germany: this was the title of his five-hour television series (1975), which lay dormant in the archives of a German television station for over four decades. As a part of the first generation of students at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin [German Film and Television Academy Berlin] (DFFB) alongside Harun Farocki for example, he directed three militant films in the 60’s which are oriented towards the aesthetics of Bertolt Brecht and Straub/Huillet.

The exhibition on Straschek at CINEMATEK gives the possibility to discover his films for the first time in Belgium, as well as films of other 1968 militant filmmakers who were close to him. Additionally archival material such as scripts and preparation materials for his film shoots will be on view. Another part of the exhibition will focus on his research on filmemigration from nazi-germany. Materials connected to those workers of the German film industry that had to leave Germany due to the Nazis will be shown. In parallel, the great movies of important protagonist of this tragic history, like Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch or Fritz Lang, will be screened in our movie theater.

In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut.

The Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland cycle accompanies the exhibition with a selection of films born of this exile. (01.06 > 26.06)

For the Museum Nocturnes on 02.06, a guide lifts the veil on the work of a great filmmaker who has been invisible for nearly 40 years!

Free entry
25.05.2022 >20.06.2022