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Two films demonstrate uses of the arts to establish historical narratives | Intro by Sky Arndt-Briggs, UMass Amherst & April Eisman, Iowa State Univ. Lin Jaldati SingsLin Jaldati singt
(GDR, 1962, dir. Gerhard Jentsch, 15 min., b/w, doc., EN ST)Featuring performances by the Dutch-born, GDR-based Jewish singer Lin Jaldati, this short establishes a direct link from the Holocaust and German militarism, to the GDR’s need for a military force to protect the peace.
Five Days, Five Nights
Fünf Tage, fünf Nächte
(GDR/USSR, 1960, dir. Lev Arnshtam, 108 min., color, EN ST)
At the end of WWII, Dresden is in ruins, and 2,200 paintings are missing from its Old Masters Picture Gallery. The Red Army has been ordered to recover the lost paintings. This Soviet-style war-movie-cum-melodrama posits the survival of art as central to civilized values.