Movie Night: Frank Beyer's "Jakob Der Lügner"

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Movie Night: Frank Beyer's "Jakob Der Lügner"
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Movie Night: Frank Beyer's "Jakob Der Lügner" says
As part of our celebrations to mark our 40 year anniversary in Atlanta, we'll be watching films that have been part of our cultural programing here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta - one from each of the last four decades. Join us as we watch "Jakob der Lügner," [Jacob the Liar] directed by Frank Beyer, which was first screened here in 1994.

The film is the latest in our movie series, 'Germany in the 20th Century through the films of Germany's greatest directors,' and will be introduced by Dr. Nick Block from Emory University.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Nick Block from the Department of German Studies at Emory University. Dr. Block received his PhD in German Studies and PhD Certificate in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013. Dr. Block currently teaches transnational German literature and new media, Jewish thought, modernism, twentieth and twenty-first century German literature and film.

A question and answer session with Dr. Block will follow the film, along with a reception.

A little about the film:

In a Jewish ghetto a man named Jakob is summoned to the Gestapo office on a charge he broke the curfew. As the soldier who sent him there merely played a prank on him, he is released, but not before hearing a radio broadcast about the defeats of the German Army. As no one believes he went to the Gestapo and came out alive, Jakob makes up another tale, claiming he owns a radio - a crime punishable by death. He then starts encouraging his friends with false reports about the advance of the Red Army. The residents, who are desperate and starved, find new hope in Jakob's stories. This film is based on the novel by Jurek Becker.

The film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Approximate length: 100 minutes.

Admission: Complimentary
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