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The fearless Carolin Emcke

I got it from my mother

Carolin Emcke 1As a parent, I often wonder what qualities one might, if at all possible, wish to instil, or inspire, in a son or daughter. A short list might include: curiosity, openness, stamina, wit – and a sense of fairness, or justice. The question is: how much of a role do parents actually play in encouraging such virtues in their children? A good deal, it seems, if my latest guest on Talking Germany is anything to go by. “I’m fearless,” says Carolin Emcke, “and I got it from my mother.”

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July 7, 2014

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Carolin Emcke’s Movie Pick

Carolin Emcke has two FMOATs – one from Denmark, the other from Mexico. Both are excellent choices. First up, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast from 1987: a movie that is a feast in itself. Then Amores Perros – surely one of the most breathtaking movies ever made.

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July 7, 2014

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Military history and military present, with Colonel Matthias Rogg

The times they are a-changin’

Matthias Rogg 1No doubt about it, he says: “The best war film of all time is All Quiet on the Western Front. He’s referring to the classic anti-war movie that won Lewis Milestone a best director Oscar in 1930. “Almost as good,” he quickly adds, “is Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. And then there’s the famous opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan.” It’s still unusual to be talking about war in this way – with a German. But then the man offering me his expert opinion is Colonel Matthias Rogg – soldier, academic and director of the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden. He’s also my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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June 23, 2014

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Matthias Rogg’s Movie Pick

Colonel Matthias Rogg has plenty of interesting things to say about war movies (see blog). But his FMOAT is something very different: The Graduate from 1967, starring Dustin Hoffman and the magnificent Anne Bancroft. Matthias Rogg likes everything about the movie – especially the music.

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June 23, 2014

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Amir Kabbani´s Movie Pick

Amir Kabbani is a restless young man. The kind of person who can hardly sit still. So it’s interesting that his favourite movie of all time is about a character who sits so famously still, on a bench: Forrest Gump from 1994, with an Oscar-winning performance from Tom Hanks.

 

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June 13, 2014

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