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The Rhinegold

  Das Rheingold is the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, (English: The Ring of the Nibelung). It was performed, as a Read More

Christians, Jews, and Moslems in Medieval Spain

  Due partly to the weakness of its Visigothic rulers, partly to its proximity to Africa, the Iberian peninsula was conquered by Berbers and by Arabs belonging to the Umayyad Read More

Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man

  This program from Films for the Humanities and Sciences examines the life and literary career of the charismatic Argentine writer, as well as the thematic, symbolic, and mythological underpinnings Read More

Walk on Water

  An Israeli Mossad agent is given the mission to track down and kill an ex-Nazi officer who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide, he befriends Read More

Because of That War

  Because of That War is the first Israeli film to explore the life experience of the Holocaust generation and its own second generation – children born in Israel, who Read More

An Andalusian Dog

  Un Chien Andalou is a 1929 Franco-Spanish silent surrealist short film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí.  It has no plot in the conventional sense of Read More

Black Mix-Up

  When a group of African squatters in Paris are threatened with eviction, they find themselves fighting against a bureaucracy that few French citizens understand, let alone immigrants. In desperation, Read More

Tea in the Harem

  Seventeen-year-old Madjid (Kader Boukhanef) and his friend, Pat (Rémi Martin), spend their days indulging in petty crime in a neglected Paris housing project. Madjid, the son of Algerian immigrants, Read More

The Boundaries of Our Time: Caspar David Friedrich

  During the night of June 5, 1931, a major fire broke out in Munich’s Glass Palace. Among the inferno’s victims, the entire German Romantic exhibition, including ten major works Read More

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

  Although her most important writings came late in life, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s poetry and prose – often compared to Goethe’s – have assured her a place among Germany’s great Read More