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Charles M. Huber – actor, politician, Bavarian

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Or: double first

The first black person to win an Academy Award as Best Actor? Sidney Poitier. The movie: Lilies of the Field. That was in 1963. Not long ago, when you think about it. But a fair time before German TV audiences were getting their first taste of a black actor on a primetime TV show. That was Charles M. Huber, who began playing the role of Henry Johnson in the very popular detective series The Old Fox in 1986. The same Charles M. Huber who is my latest guest on Talking Germany. By the way: Sidney Poitier’s role in Lilies of the Field, also won him a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 1963 Berlin Film Festival.

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May 16, 2014

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Charles M. Huber’s Movie Pick

Charles M. Huber is, after all, an actor. So I was most intrigued to hear what he would choose as his FMOAT. And it’s one of my absolute favourites of the past two decades: Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 ensemble masterpiece Magnolia. “Anderson was only 29 when he made that movie,” says Huber, “How can you be that wise at 29?”

 

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May 16, 2014

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Easygoing, but not easy – with Dergin Tokmak

Or: make your own movie!

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His face tells one story. His hands another. His face tells you that this is a remarkably easygoing guy. His hands tell you that nothing has been easy. You don’t get to tour for six years with the wonderful Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil unless you are a very special person. But that’s precisely what my latest guest on Talking Germany did – despite the fact that he was struck down by polio in early infancy. Dergin Tokmak is a dancer. And what a dancer!! His hands – gnarled and knotted – bear witness to how tough it has been to pull himself up, to reach the highest level, and to stay there. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–U_yJZtHlc)

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May 9, 2014

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Dergin Tokmak’s Movie Pick

Dergin Tokmak likes documentary films and biopics: studies in stardom achieved against the odds. Like the excellent Ray (2004), about Ray Charles and his double struggle to overcome racism and blindness. Or La Vie en Rose (2007) – featuring Edith Piaf’s battle against poverty, drug-addiction and other afflictions.

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May 9, 2014

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Jens Weidner’s Movie Pick

Jens Weidner, Professor Jens Weidner, is an “aggression researcher.” So, no surprise that he’s so fascinated by the controlled and calibrated aggression and violence exercised in Francis Ford Coppola’s epic The Godfather – his favourite movie of all time.

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May 5, 2014

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