The Zeughauskino, located in the center of Berlin, Germany, presents programs of a special kind that draw from the entire spectrum of film and offer new, often surprising…


Zbigniew Cybulski - The Man Who Never Arrived

Zbigniew Cybulski was not a man of fast sports cars, he drove the Polish state railway. Like his fellow citizens, he used the rickety wagons that ran over the tracks that had been makeshiftly patched up after the war. And which therefore almost never arrived and departed on time. That's why you could take your time on the way to the station, because you could always jump on if necessary. Strangely enough, there are several films in which Cybulski jumps…

Hoffmannesque. Tracing E.T.A. Hoffmann in Cinema

Gripping stories, the mystical and the strange, automata, horrible creatures and bizarre fantasy creatures meet saints and sinners. Anyone who loves the fantastic cannot ignore E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822). He was a writer, composer, bandmaster, draughtsman and lawyer all in one. The whimsical, grotesque worlds and bizarre character creations of the Romantic form a veritable treasure trove for film: this is where horror meets thriller, fantasy meets comedy and opera meets dance. Ever since the pictures learned to move, filmmakers have…

Casually at the Abyss

The New Munich Group represented one of the most interesting currents in West German cinema between 1964 and 1972, not least because it swam against the mainstream, against the films that film historians commonly refer to as the "New German cinema". This designation of the so-called "Oberhausener" - and then, in the 1970s, of the "New German Cinema" - took place not least at the expense of the New Munich Group. For after a few commercially successful films (Go For…

A Life's Œuvre and Liebestod - Richard Wagner and Cinema

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) would have loved the medium of cinema for sure, cinema in the sense of a "Gesamtkunstwerk" (total work of art, a life's Œuvre), with all its colour explosions, equipment excesses, sound collages and monumental wide-screen images, even if Wagner's understanding of art often has anti-modern traits. Yet the cinematograph had not yet been invented in Wagner's lifetime, and film recordings of him exist just as little as of contemporary performances of his works. All the more extensively,…

This Is Just the Beginning - Karl Marx and Cinema

The delusion of the masses or a means of enlightenment par excellence? Since its beginnings, film has been the subject of ideological disputes and appropriations like hardly any other medium. Left-wing struggles and theories in particular play a specific role in this dispute about and in the cinema - be it as a consumable commodity in the cultural pessimistic reflections of the Frankfurt School or as a site of lively resistance in feminist and postcolonial appropriations.

Berlin Visions

Before and after 1989, the "Wall City" Berlin is one of the most dazzling metropolises in the world. But what part do media images play in this fascination? The film series Berlin Visions, analogous to the book edited by Marcus Stiglegger and Stefan Jung (Martin Schmitz Verlag, Berlin 2022), examines how feature films have made the city what it is today: a paradise for subcultures, a political stronghold, a crime scene and a party capital.

Mihály/Michael Kertész

Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz still belongs to the ranks of underrated filmmakers. Many film historians regard him at best as an accomplished director-for-hire who made 86 films for Warner Bros. alone. Yet Curtiz was not only an extremely versatile filmmaker, he also placed great value on a good script, casting, and the technical and visual aspects of his films. Michael Curtiz was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director six times alone, winning it twice: in 1939 for the short…

Our Daily Bread

The starting point of this film series on agriculture in film is the recurring close-up of an open palm on which isolated grain seeds lie. It is a seemingly simple image, but lingering with it gradually reveals the full power and fragility of our existence on and with the earth. This image unites most of the films in the retrospective, which explores peasant culture and labor along several lifelines. The films deal with historical-political outlines of agro-cultural transformations, but even…

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Two hitmen waiting to do their job, they pass their time sharing a girl, going to dance, driving around. The girl happens to be the victim's girlfriend, after having finished their job, they turn to the next girl. Photographed by Dietrich Lohmann and Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein.