A Film Review: GOOD BYE LENIN!

GOOD BYE, LENIN!THE END OF AN ERA

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“Socialism doesn’t mean live behind a Wall. Socialism means reach the others and live with the others.”                                                                               Sigmund Jähn[1]

With Good Bye, Lenin!; director, Wolfgang Becker, takes history at its most momentous times and wraps it around two figures who couldn’t be more potently iconic- a young East Berliner, Alex Kerner and his mother, Christiane Kerner who is a supporter of communist East Germany. In the beginning of the film which in fact takes place in 1989, Alex is arrested by police due to his participation in a protest to demand the fall of the Berlin Wall. His mother sees this and faints who could only open her eyes after an eight-month coma, in which the GDR[2] collapses at this period, her daughter starts working for Burger King and Berlin Wall falls, into the bargain. Hence, Alex decides not to tell her mother what happened since it can adversely affect her health. From that onward; we, as the audience, watch Alex while pretending as if everything is just the same as it was before.

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A Movie Review: “NO”

The movie named “NO” is about the 1988 Chilean national plebiscite which was held in October 1988 to determine continuation of Pinochet’s rule for eight years more. The movie, in particular shows us essence of the advertising and campaign of NO side that includes seventeen different parties. Continue reading

“KILLED FOR A PLATE OF SOUP!”: BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN

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Battleship Potemkin, which has been deemed objectionable and banned in various countries such as France, United Kingdom, USA as well as its homeland Soviet Russia, is the second film by director Sergej Eisenstein. The story of Potemkin mutiny which took place during the Russo-Japanese War in 1905 was made into a movie in its twentieth anniversary. This silent, black and white movie still holds its own as one of the best movies of all time. Continue reading

“BİR KASE ÇORBA UĞRUNA!”: POTEMKİN ZIRHLISI

potemkinSakıncalı kabul edilerek Fransa, Birleşik Krallık ve ABD gibi birçok ülkenin yanı sıra anavatanı Sovyet Rusya’da da yasaklanan Potemkin Zırhlısı; yönetmen Sergej Eisenstein’ın ikinci filmi. 1905 yılında Rus-Japon Savaşı esnasında Potemkin savaş gemisinde çıkan ayaklanmanın hikayesi, yirminci yılında filme çekilmiş. 1925 yapımı bu siyah-beyaz ve sessiz film, tüm zamanların en iyi filmleri arasındaki yerini hala koruyor. Continue reading

A Film Review: ZAP BRIDGE THAT CONNECTED THE EAST WITH THE WEST

1103-zap_afis_02_fl1960s was the period for hope and rebellion. For Arthur Marwick 1960s was a cultural revolution. With the destruction of Berlin Wall and the decline of USSR, many viewed 1960s as a failure. Maybe it was politically a failure; however, the values of 1960s still exist with feminist, civil right, black, LGBT movements, etc. Director Bahriye Kabadayı’s documentary” Devrimci Gençlik Köprüsü” is a look into the 1960s student movements in Turkey. Continue reading

SECOND WORLD WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF GERMANS: ‘’OUR MOTHERS, OUR FATHERS’’

*German version is also available
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‘’Most people think that war usually goes by fighting. This is not true. War is about waiting. Waiting for the next attack, waiting for the next morning…’’

We all know that there are many movies about the Second World War, made by certain countries, especially by the U.S. However, it is not always the best idea to try to understand a certain historical process from only one perspective. Actually, to have a better understanding of history, we should focus on how it affected the people living in the location where the incident happened, and how the narratives are constructed through such feelings. Continue reading