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Ellen Ueberschär’s Movie Pick

As a theologian, and a prominent member of Germany’s Lutheran Protestant Church, it’s interesting that Ellen Ueberschär’s favourite movie of all time should be the 1988 drama Einer trage des anderen Last – Bear Ye One Another’s Burden. It’s the story of the confrontation between a committed Marxist and a Protestant pastor. I remember seeing the movie in what was then still East Berlin and feeling very strongly that the Berlin Wall would soon fall.

 

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October 27, 2014

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The value of values, with Ellen Ueberschär

Thinking for yourself

Ellen Ueberschär 1“He helped to start a new way of thinking, encouraging people to use their own brains and think for themselves.” Was he a very German figure? “Well, he had strong opinions. He was impulsive and uncompromising. Those are German traits. He certainly triggered developments that divided Germany through to the present day.” It’s Ellen Ueberschär – my latest guest on Talking Germany – speaking about theologian Martin Luther, the central figure in the Protestant reformation.

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October 27, 2014

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Claus Hipp’s Movie Pick

Claus Hipp has been a keen equestrian all his life. Perhaps he has always dreamt of riding a chariot. Certainly, his favourite film of all time features the most famous chariot race in movie history. It is, of course, the 1959 epic Ben-Hur.
 

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October 17, 2014

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Episodes in a story quietly told, with Claus Hipp

Hipp_Peter_nah_niceOr: “You don’t have to say that any more!”

Musician, artist, linguist, equestrian, entrepreneur: he’s an outstanding representative of the Mittelstand – the medium-sized, family-run companies often described as the backbone of the German economy. He’s Claus Hipp – my latest guest on Talking Germany. Before the show he tells me about an aspect of his family’s story that doesn’t get a lot of publicity.

Date

October 17, 2014

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Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo’s Movie Pick

Stefanie is one of those people who doesn’t have to think for a moment about her favourite movie of all time. And it is: the 2008 drama The Secret Life of Bees. Which, by the way, was produced by Will Smith and stars, among others, Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys. One to look out for.

Date

October 13, 2014

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