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Title Look at this city = Schaut auf diese stadt
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 81 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary This fast-paced montage represents West Berlin as the frontline of neo-fascism, terrorism and neo-colonialism, against which the peaceful city of East Berlin requires an “antifascist defense.” A strikingly modernist propaganda piece, it uses rare authentic images and newsreels from both sides to justify the erection of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961. Made at the behest of those responsible for GDR propaganda, Gass' trademark fast-paced editing and montage create a seamless, if skewed rendition of the post-WWII history of Berlin. Notably absent, for example, are the Berlin Blockade and Airlift of 1948-49 - that gave rise to the impassioned speech of West Berlin Mayor Ernst Reuter, from which the documentary's title is taken. The film features the caustic text of journalist and propagandist Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, later a commentator on East German television and host of the agitation program "The Black Channel."
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1962
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Propaganda -- East German
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Gass, Karl, 1917-2009, film director
Kanopy (Firm)
Other Titles Schaut auf diese stadt