movies might not only reflect the generation but also the culture, country and gender of the one judging the movie.
although europe and germany are both very much influenced by american movies, i guess i have a different idea abou the movies that have been
important to me than you guys.
for sure my generation - female germany - is influenced by movies like "saturday night fever" and "dirty dancing".
the time they showed up in the cinema (we had just one!) in my hometown was the time where it took ages for an american movie to get dubbed in.
later on same old cinema, we all a little older - about the time getting the abiture - "pretty woman"
i mean every girl even those with the highest iq and best certificates wanted to be rescued by a knight with a milk white horse if this knight was
he never show up
later on end of the 90s beginning of the 21st century i got catched by some german movies dealing with the latest german history. situation in the
former gdr - i am a girl from so called western-germany - falling of the berlin wall in 1989 and the reunification in 1990.
one of this movies is Sonnenallee
by leander haussmann.
this was very interesting for me since i used to live a couple of years close to this road "Sonnenallee", my bus passed it everyday.
part of the script is written by the wonderful detlev buck.
the road "sonnenallee" is a long road in berlin which runs through the boroughs of "neukölln" and "treptow" so it was a connection of west and
east - a connection that was no connection because of the berlin wall.
the movies main subject was the way of living of young people from eastern germany behind the wall knowing about the western life!
the second movie is Good bye, Lenin
most parts of the movie spanns from october 1989 - one month before the wall was tored down! - to june 1990 - before the reunification.
the mother of the "hero" got injured and falls to coma of which she wakes up in june 1990.
she has become after all a great supporter of the ideals of the former gdr (east germany).
mom.s health is weak, and so they don.t want to bother her, and try to built up the illusion that the gdr still exists.
which is not easy at that time
Christiane occasionally witnesses strange occurrences, such as a gigantic Coca-Cola advertisement banner unfurling on a building outside the
apartment. With Dennis, Alex edits old tapes of East German news broadcasts and creates fake reports on TV (played from a video machine hidden in an
adjacent room) to explain these odd events. Since the old news shows were fairly predictable, and Christiane's memory is vague, she is initially
although it is tragic somehow it is also hilarious. maybe much more hilarious for somebody who had had the chance to visit the former gdr.