Winterreisen Im Olympiastadion (1980)

Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This is director Klaus Michael Grueber's third foray into filming a play he directed, and it is both interesting and provocative. Although Grueber is primarily a stage director, he has a good sense of the possibilities of film. For this production he filmed his actors in the Berlin Olympic Stadium and also used an abandoned hotel along the Berlin Wall, as well as a few sets that reproduced among other things, a military cemetery. The time is 1936 -- at least for awhile -- and Hitler is appropriating the Olympic Games in Berlin for his own political purposes. But Grueber also looks at what happened before and after Hitler in these same spaces, tracing the shadows of Nazism and its enemies in German culture and history.