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“Helmut Kautner’s “Himmel Ohne Sterne” (Heaven Without Stars)”: presented by Dean Otto, 5/3/2007

May 3, 2007IASEvents0

Helmut Kautner, who subsisted by making comedies during the Third Reich, shows a knack for melodrama in Himmel ohne Sterne/Sky Without Stars (1955; March 19 at 7 p.m.). Anna, a factory worker in the Communist East, sneaks across the border to retrieve her son from his selfish bourgeois grandparents. She’s aided by Carl, a West German border policeman, and the two begin a desperate, doomed romance, their trysts taking place in a bombed-out railroad-station waiting room in no man’s land. Subplots and secondary characters deepen the film’s compelling love story. Anna’s grandmother, a survivor of the Dresden bombing, has lost her mind: she believes that the city still exists and that all those who perished in the firestorm still live, a chilling embodiment of the nation’s collective amnesia. And Mischa (Horst Buchholz), a young Soviet soldier with a crush on Anna, adds a note of sexual tension, paranoia, and pathos. Restrained, achingly detailed, and poignant, if subdued, in its social and political criticism, Himmel ohne Sterne ends on a note of heartbreaking irony. –Peter Keough, THE PHOENIX.

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