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Alfred Ritter’s Movie Pick

“My favourite movie of all time? That’s tricky,” says Alfred Ritter. But then suddenly, he’s in no doubt: Zorba the Greek. Why, I ask? “Life,” he answers. And that’s all.

Date

September 7, 2014

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Jennifer Teege’s Movie Pick

Jennifer Teege is, I think, the first person to choose an Austrian film. Indien (India) is a tragi-comic road movie from 1993 about two government inspectors sent out to examine food and hygiene in Austrian inns. Sounds dour, but I’m told it’s very moving and that it has achieved cult status in Austria. I can’t however properly judge because I had real problems understanding the Austrian dialect in the DVD copy that I ordered and gave up. I’m going to have another go – with headphones – and then report back to Jennifer!

Date

August 30, 2014

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What about a guest like Jennifer Teege?

Or: Suffering and grief, doubt and qualms


OK, I’ll admit it: I often spend the last couple of days before the Talking Germany recording tortured by qualms about how far I can or should probe into the guest’s private life – into his, or her, private sphere.

Date

August 30, 2014

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Maren Kroymann’s Movie Pick

“My favourite movie of all time?” A moment’s thought. Then: Some Like It Hot. Well, we’ve heard that before! Then: To Be or Not to Be. Well, we’ve heard that before! A further moment’s thought. Then: Nashville. Robert Altman’s crazy country music collage. Somehow it really fits.

Date

August 22, 2014

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In her sixties, with Maren Kroymann

Entertainer, activist, thinker
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She’s multitalented. A singer and an actor: TV, radio, cabaret. But there’s one side to my latest guest that only really comes out when you get talking to her. She’s very well read, very sharp, and very interested in ideas. The very definition, in fact, of an intellectual. And, she admits, that hasn’t always made things easy: “When I was a young woman, there was only one thing worse that being a lesbian, and that was being an intellectual woman!” It’s a great line. Sounds at first like a joke. But I’m sure it was the source of some pain. She is Maren Kroymann: entertainer and activist, and my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

August 22, 2014

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