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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival

Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"

The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.

Slide 1: 2010 - The Berlin Film Festival
Slide 2: 1951 - The Festival Starts
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up
Slide 4: 1958 - The Festival Opens Up
Slide 5: 1961 - A Cultural Divide
Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs
Slide 7: 1971 - Starting All Over Again
Slide 8: 1974 - Cold War Thaws
Slide 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date
Slide 10: 1979 - International Conflict
Slide 11: 1982 - Germany Divided
Slide 12: 1987 - The East Comes West
Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin
Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt
Slide 15: 2000 - An Anniversary and new Home.
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film
Slide 17: 2006 - An International Duty
Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin

Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin

Berlin wall comes down.

Just months before the 1990 Berlin Film Festival, something happened that reshaped the identity, not just of the festival, but of the country as well. East Germany authorized free movement between East and West Berlin, thus, in effect, taking down the Berlin Wall. As a testament to the new Berlin, the festival made arrangements for films to be screened in both East and West Berlin. That year, few films captured the public’s attention as much as what was happening in the city. Interestingly, the winning film that year, Costa-Gavras’ The Music Box, a thriller about a Nazi war criminal hiding out in Chicago, brought back another aspect of German history.