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German Day 2023

There are many similarities to draw attention to when studying the “20s”.  At both times, the world was coming out of a pandemic (Spanish flu & COVID).  Additionally, both periods were marked by economic woes - hyperinflation - and political turmoil.  There was, however, a vibrant artistic scene - cinema was just “coming into its own '' with films like Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and Metropolis (1927).  Cabaret in Berlin was enormously popular - as well as controversial - as previously “hidden” members of the LGBTQ+ often populated the stages.  The comparison to recent discussions of inclusivity and equality regarding the LGBTQ+ community is obvious, although arguing that the 2020s have been a “golden age” of film is a more difficult task.  Bauhaus - a radically new art/architectural approach that emphasized minimalism and functionality - could (possibly) be compared to our current efforts to remodel and reimage construction that serves an ecological purpose.