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Marina Weisband and the audacity of (relative) youth

Germany’s chancellor after the one after next? 

She really means it. That’s the thing: she really means it. I ask her how she views Angela Merkel. And how encouraged she feels in her own ambitions by the fact that the German chancellor is a woman. “Well,” she replies, “I know that I could also be chancellor.” And then: “But I don’t know if I want to.” It’s an extraordinary statement for a 24-year-old. She’s Marina Weisband – my latest guest on Talking Germany. 

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April 22, 2012

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Marina Weisband’s favourite movie

 

Marina Weisband, piratical politician, went for Frida. Starring Selma Hayek, it’s the story of the tormented Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Marina says she identifies with the pain!

Date

April 22, 2012

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Thomas Ostermeier’s favourite movie

Thomas Ostermeier is great theatre director. So you’d expect him to choose a movie, or movies, that have a strong element of theatrical drama. And that’s why, I guess, he went for the complete works of John Cassavetes. And he named his all-time favourite: A Woman Under the Influence, starring Cassavetes’ wife, Gena Rowlands. If you haven’t seen it, do so soon. If you’ve seen it already, watch it again!!

 

Date

April 15, 2012

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Thomas Ostermeier: German theater’s erstwhile enfant terrible

Big brain, warm guest 

Yes, I’ve got a bit a problem with Regietheater. And there’s a lot of it here in Berlin: director’s theatre, where the director can cut and paste away at the original text to create something very different from what the author originally intended. I call it ‘big brain’ theatre and often wish for something closer to the original. I got thinking about all this because one of the leading proponents of Regietheater – both here in Germany and internationally is Thomas Ostermeier – Artistic Director of Berlin’s Schaubühne Theater – and my latest guest on talking Germany. 

Date

April 15, 2012

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Hanna Schygulla’s favourite movie

 

Asking Hanna Schygulla – the great muse of Rainer Werner Fassbinder in many of his weird and wonderful movies – was never likely to make for a conventional pick. And she went for a movie described by the New York Times as ‘a provocation’: Detachment, starring Adrien (The Piano) Brody and, among others, Christina (Mad Men) Hendricks. Hanna Schygulla clearly has a taste for movies that poke you in the eye.

Date

April 8, 2012

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