--The Cultural Films Committee presents Hollywood, Billy Wilder, and the Anti-Nazi Film:
-Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:00 p.m., ARH 302 -- Film Screening and Q&A: Billy Wilder's 1961 Cold War comedy One, Two, Three followed by a Q&A Session with renowned film historian Prof. Sabine Hake. The film moves between the East and West German border and between U.S. and Russian occupation soldiers and business men while a Coca-Cola executive from Atlanta in West Berlin tries to avoid being fired by keeping his American Boss's daughter from marrying an East German Communist.
-Thursday, Nov. 21, 4:15 p.m., BCA 152 -- Lecture by Dr. Sabine Hake "Exiled in the American Century: Revisiting the Holywood Anti-Nazi Film." German exile studies have for a long time been informed by the kind of binaries that associate the exiles fleeing Nazi Germany for the United States with a stance of political and aesthetic resistance. Her lecture on the Hollywood anti-Nazi films intends to challenge such simplistic readings. A little studied group of approx. 150 feature films, made between 1939 and 1945 to support the fight against Nazism, the anti-Nazi films bring out the contradictions of exile experienced by the diverse group of Central European actors, screenwriters, and directors arriving in Hollywood after 1933. Focusing on the contribution of the actors in performing the absolute Other, Nazism, on the screen, Dr. Hake's discussion will reconstruct their enlistmentâthrough anti-Nazi stereotypes, performance styles, and forms of character identificationâin the promotion of American democracy and the making of what Henry Luce famously called the American century.
Dr. Sabine Hake is the Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin where she has taught since 2004. A cultural historian working on nineteenth and twentieth century Germany, with a special emphasis on film, she is the author of six monographs, including German National Cinema (2008, second revised edition), Topographies of Class: Modern Architecture and Mass Society in Weimar Berlin (2008), and Screen Nazis: Cinema, History, and Democracy (2012). In addition, she has coedited four anthologies and published numerous articles and book reviews. Since 2011, she also serves as the editor of German Studies Review, the journal of the German Studies Association.