For U.S. audiences, cinematographer Christian Berger may be best described as “the eyes” of Michael Haneke, the Austrian auteur known for his intense (and frequently violent) films. Haneke and Berger’s latest film, “The White Ribbon,” matches their previous efforts in both formal artistry and moral turpitude.
Nostalgia for the East — or ‘ostalgie,’ a portmanteau combining the words ost (‘east’) and nostalgie (‘nostalgia’) — has taken hold in contemporary, unified Germany.
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives work out final details with coalition partner the Free Democrats, analysts foresee few major foreign policy shifts in the new government and therefore little upheaval in relations with the U.S. Continue reading
As Germany slowly recovers from the economic crisis, the country’s voters are still concerned about jobs and financial stability heading into Sunday’s election, which will decide whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party stays in power. Continue reading