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Günter Peter Straschek, Part 2: Film Emigration from Nazi Germany

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Essay Film Festival Session 10

Two film screenings at two venues:

Part 1-3, Birkbeck Cinema, 11am-5pm
Part 4-5, Goethe-Institut London, 7pm-10pm

The second programme in the first UK retrospective dedicated to the Austrian film director and historian Günter Peter Straschek (1942–2009) will present Peter Straschek’s ground-breaking five-part film-historical series about film personnel working in the German cinema industry who were forced into exile during the Nazi period. Parts 1-3 will be screened and discussed at Birkbeck Cinema in the daytime, while Parts 4 and 5 will be shown at the Goethe-Institut in the evening.


Based on extensive interviews, shot on 16mm in a series of static long takes, Film Emigration from Nazi Germany is one of the most fascinating examples of ‘film history on film’ ever produced. Straschek devoted years of his life researching the topic and accumulating both film and non-film materials. Apart from some radio features and articles, however, this 290-minute TV programme remains the only published trace of Straschek’s lifelong work on the emigration of film personnel. He had intended to publish a three-volume book, encompassing all available data about 3,000 emigrants originating from the centre and peripheries of film production, but the book never materialised.

The two sessions will be accompanied by discussions with Volker Pantenburg, Julia Friedrich and Karin Rausch (tbc).


Filmemigration aus Nazi-Deutschland, Film Emigration from Nazi Germany, Dir. Günter Peter Straschek, West Germany, 1975, digital (originally 16mm), 290 min. (5 X 58 min.), German with English subtitles.

In collaboration with and part of the Essay Film Festival 2019. With support from Austrian Cultural Forum, London.




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