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The Singing Revolution - How Music Toppled an Empire
Most people don't think about singing when thinking about revolutions. But in Estonia song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. Few people know the crucial role one of the world's…
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The Murderers are Among Us - Die Mörder sind unter uns
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Shot in the rubble of Berlin just a year after WWII, The Murderers Are among Us was the first…
American Experience: Cold War Roadshow - The Reaction of the American Media to Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 Tour of the U.S.
PBS
This is the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history--the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. The visit was…
Berlin - Schönhauser Corner - Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser
They are East Berlin teenagers. They want to be free - to dance to rock'n'roll, trade forbidden western goods and get away from the constraints of their parents and the state. This classic 1950's teen cult film became a box-office…
The Architects - Die Architekten
Filmed as the GDR crumbled, this somber, finely drawn portrait of life in East Berlin depicts a young architect whose life and goals are strangled by communist dogma represented by the older generation. One of the first fiction films to…
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For Eyes Only—Top Secret - for eyes only - streng geheim
Hansen is a double agent working for the East German secret police. He has infiltrated the American Military Intelligence Division, part of a network planning to invade the GDR. Hansen's mission is to obtain and bring back classified, top-secret documents.…
3 videos
Divided Heaven - Der geteilte Himmel
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
After a breakdown, Rita returns to her childhood village in 1961. As she recovers, she remembers the past two years: her love for the chemist Manfred, ten years her senior; how his enthusiasm about his new chemical process turned to…
The Cold War - Part 2
Communists and capitalists united in World War II to defeat the Axis powers. But following victory in 1945 the allies became adversaries. The world's two great superpowers--the United States and Soviet Union--locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and…
5 videos
Solo Sunny
This smash hit, which captures the East German "70's style" in its gritty-glitzy visuals and its catchy soundtrack, is ranked by film critics among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time. Sunny (Renate Krossner, Go for Zucker ),…
2 videos
The Cold War - Part 1
Communists and capitalists united in World War II to defeat the Axis powers. But following victory in 1945 the allies became adversaries. The world's two great superpowers--the United States and Soviet Union--locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and…
6 videos
Cold War Secrets - The Female Soviet Spy Who Stole American Atomic Bomb Secrets
On August 29, 1949, the USSR set off their first atomic bomb -- just four years after the Americans. The speed with which they achieved this surprised the world. What nobody knew was that, behind it all, was an espionage…
The Wall - Die Mauer
A poetic and enigmatic documentary by painter and filmmaker Jurgen Bottcher, who relies on sight and sound to contemplate the Berlin Wall's historic and symbolic significance. Part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany . This unconventional…
CIA vs KGB - Battleground Berlin
For 50 years, Berlin was the symbol of the Cold War. The city at the heart of the intelligence war between the US and the Soviet bloc. Thousands of KGB or CIA agents observed each other, cogs in the biggest…
The Cold War Part One 1945-1961
The division of Europe following World War II, and the ideological differences between capitalism and communism which alienated former allies, initiated the Cold War. The Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin Blockade created even greater distrust between the…
Marriage in the Shadows - Ehe im Schatten
The first German feature film to explicitly address the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, Marriage in the Shadows called on Germans to accept collective responsibility for the crimes of the Third Reich. Stylistically, the production--in which many former Ufa…
2 videos
WWI, Prohibition, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, WWII & The Cold War
America The Living Dream series, is one of the greatest historical collections ever assembled, dealing with the history of the United States of America through the 20th Century. World War I was devastating to America despite her short-term involvement. The…
McCarthy Reconsidered - A Look into Senator McCarthy's Term
Part of the Series: 20th Century with Mike Wallace
Senator Joseph McCarthy's term is reviewed, including the cases of Alger Hiss, and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace studies the life, work, and controversy of McCarthy. This documentary offers new evidence and insights into the McCarthy…
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover and The Birth of Nuclear Power 
PBS
Combative, provocative and searingly blunt, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was a unique American hero. Unafraid to buck the system, he alienated Navy brass in his quest to create the first nuclear-powered submarine, aircraft carrier and power plant. However, few contested…
The Red Button
The Red Button is a documentary film that tells the dramatic story of Stanislav Petrov, the Russian officer who, in 1983, saved the world from atomic war. During the early '80s, the Russian leader was Jurij Andropov, the most right-wing…