“Casablanca” and “Some Like It Hot” are among a slew of classic films set to unspool at next year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The pics are screening as part of a special showcase focusing on the legacy of cinema from the Weimar Republic and how works from that brief period of democracy in Germany, which followed imperial rule in 1919 but ended with the rise of the Third Reich in 1933, continued to influence international filmmaking well into the 1950s, especially in the films of German-speaking emigrants.
The retrospective, curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will present 33 films including musicals, comedies, crime dramas, remakes of classic Weimar Republic films and works that took a stand against the Nazis.
“Casablanca,” the 1942 Oscar-winning classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman helmed by Hungarian native Michael Curtiz, and Austrian expat Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy “Some Like It Hot,” starring Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, are among titles in the section.
Others include Victor Saville’s 1935 British pic “First a Girl,” based on Reinhold Schuenzel’s 1933 German comedy “Viktor und Viktoria (which also inspired Blake Edwards’ 1982 remake “Victor Victoria,” starring Julie Andrews and James Garner); Robert Siodmak’s 1939 French thriller “Pieges” (Personal Column); and Joseph Losey’s “M,” a 1951 remake of the 1931 Fritz Lang classic.
“During the Weimar Republic, the relevance of film for society and art was discovered, and film history written,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “At the retrospective, the impact of this film epoch on international cinema will become evident.”