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Movie Review: Cold War Cinema at the Goethe Institute

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Reviewed for LAist by David Grossman.

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When I hear the name Goethe (pronounced ger-the), my mind goes to the writer's remarkably sad book The Sorrows of a Young Werther and the copycat suicides that it inspired (a trend only slightly more bothersome then hearing people still say "Not!" à la Borat). Despite the gloomy connotations of its name, the Goethe Institute has found a way to stage some pretty cool events like this year's "Starring Berlin" series, which showcases 40 films set in Berlin as a tribute to Los Angeles and Berlin's 40 year sister cityness (let's just pretend that's a word). The 20th screening in the series feature two films dealing with post-WWII Germany, Ingo Rasper's comedic short Dufte and the surprisingly free-spirited East German film Berlin - Ecke Shönhauser.