Friday, June 5, 2009

The German-American Connection on the Silver Screen

Did you know that Leonardo di Caprio called his grandmother 'Oma'? Or that blockbuster movies such as Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrowwere fashioned by Roland Emmerich, a director born and raised in a small southern German town?

The German-Hollywood connection is one of the most enduring and influential cultural encounters between the German-speaking countries and the U.S. The early decades of Hollywood fame owe much to German and Austrian immigrants.

Great directors such as Fritz Lang and Ernst Lubitsch have been known to generations of movie fans, and names like Marlene Dietrich are practically synonymous with
Hollywood glitz and glamor.

Find out more about the many German-American connections in the film industry, then and now, during a presentation by Claudia Grossman at the 7:30 p.m. gathering 10 June of the Indiana German Heritage Society in the Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis. Grossmann is the German Program Director and Acting Director of the Max Kade German-American Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Like all IGHS gatherings, the program is open to the public at no charge -- as is the Stammtisch which precedes it. The Stammtisch is a no-host dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Athenaeum's Rathskeller Restaurant. The menu on 10 June will include bratwurst with sauerkraut and red cabbage.

Questions? Contact Grossman, or 317:274-2330.


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