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well thank you so much. hi and welcome to a new edition of quito favorites we've left the sun about for this berlin bookstore because today show is all about literary adaptations that's making books into movies we've picked what we think are the seven best film adaptations of german novels in each case the director found
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a unique way to translate words into images we start with three classics of german literature. and. what was published in one thousand twelve was a sensation thomas months death in venice is a story of love madness and ruin himself called the book a tale of the ecstasy of destruction. for the one nine hundred seventy one film adaptation. of his conti found a way to capture in images that sense of decline. one major change from book to film the director turns the protagonist stuff on russian box from a writer into musician modeled on austrian composer gustav mahler. because
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i thought. it was a real idea. we have a lot of. dead. and that he'd thought about. and then i had a make or if. i should about this convalescing at a hotel in venice when he becomes obsessed with the youth and beauty of a polish boy what follows is an ecstasy of music and imagery. number six on our list all is quiet on the western front. remark turned his own trauma as a soldier in the first world war into a global bestseller. already in one thousand thirty just one year after it was published and it sold more than three and
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a half million copies worldwide. and i've been to his steam and i mean his theme my true subject was a purely humanist was that a young man eighteen years old someone who should be confronting life is suddenly forced to confront death. in his one nine hundred thirty adaptation director lewis milestone created the world's first antiwar film with stark little images of the slaughter the front no one at least in the movies had ever seen war like this. in germany nazi supporters disrupted screenings and the american legion boycott of the film but also quiet on the western front still won two oscars and remains a classic at the finds a genre. on the set for the reader stephen dahl trees drama set in one nine hundred fifty s. post-war germany. the british director found the authentic locations for his film
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in the eastern german city of girl it's based on the bennett schlink bestseller the reader is a moral tale of guilt and justice. kate winslet. place hunnish mit's thirty six year old woman who has an affair with the sixteen year old misha after every tryst michelle result loud to his older lover. as he came to do. for a moment he was still inside this is disgusting. this. borrowed it from someone at school. you should be ashamed. and improve when you sell the rights to your own book you can expect to see on screen the images you had in your head in the film you see other pictures under and i'm very happy with these images that i rediscovered in the film or into the beauty
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of these you're confronting having meat in been using computers one day hannah vanishes years later michelle sees her again she's a young law student and she's on trial for war crimes ana was an overseer at a concentration camp kate winslet won an oscar for her performance and the reader was an international success. turning a book into a film is tricky business if the director is too faithful to the novel they can end up with a too long too talking movie but strayed too far from the source material and they get accused of betraying the book our next two adaptations have the additional problem of politics set during two flashpoints in recent german history they try to capture the spirit of turbulent times. how did the wrote the last honor of catalina bloom in response to fears of a creeping surveillance state in germany that followed
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a series of leftwing terrorist attacks in the book and film a woman is arrested after a one night stand with a want to terrorists. innocent she's persecuted by police the justice system and the tabloid press. source which i guess i'm dubious but if you swear that you said ok but this recess is a perfect answer that's also by choice. really tough on thought and focus learned or captured the zeitgeist and the spirit of book in their claustrophobic film adaptation. the media systematically destroyed catalina blooms on her and her reputation. for good luck. in the end so she becomes the monster the media made her.
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boy in routers in times of fading light a family drama set against the collapse of communism in east germany won the german book prize in two thousand and eleven. the film version distills the epic novel into a single day friends and comrades gather to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of communist hero. but it's one nine hundred eighty nine and everybody but vilhelm suspects that east germany is cracking up. and in france is the she is a girl and that's why the monkey see this is the best is made by turns both funny and sad the director captures the feel of the novel the gloomy decline of east germany just before the fall time travel to
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a country that no longer exists. in sicily but it is about. this for him is the sister bravest of. satire is one of the hardest genres to get right whether in literature or in film our number two pick walks that fine line between wit and provocation daring us to laugh at the worst man in history. look who's back. in people of them mrs best seller adult hitler wakes up unharmed in berlin circa two thousand and fourteen. the most sort of conflict because. instead of a straight adaptation the director turns the novel into a borat style prank comedy sending his lead actor as hitler among unsuspecting germans the feeling in the book and movie becomes
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a media phenomenon shocking yes surprising. movie which i'm from. not a mechanic. and i don't see why. women who cover the mother who says she doesn't hitler down to size and laughing at him makes it clear to the audience that the holocaust world war two all that was only possible with and through the participation of the german people not because some monster hypnotized them. look who's back walk that fine line between funny and thought provoking biting political satire that isn't afraid to get silly sometimes. star struck. our pick for best literary adaptation comes from a book thought to be on filmable patrick siskins per feel the story of
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a murder is all about smell it's the tale of a medieval serial killer who distills the olfactory essence of his victims to create the perfect scent but how do you turn smell into cinema director tom tech for and produce about i thing or found a way in this international blockbuster are number one. patrick you skins perfume the story of a murder was published in one thousand nine hundred five and became a global bestseller but it would be more than two decades before the book became a film. our antihero is when we born with a supernatural sense of smell. to evoke that sentence director tom tucker zooms in tight creeping up on characters and objects like the murderous school and we whose magic nose is drawn to the scent
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of young women. if. we tried to close in on objects the way greenlee's nose would in a greedy and veracious way with the set design of the camera movement we set out to create scenes that felt as lifelike as possible. when we is a monster who kills and kills and is praise pursuit of a perfect scent with perfume tomtit fur turns on and filmable novel into a gruesome but beautiful thriller. those are pics of the seven best movie adaptations of german novels since your own line up of the best and worst books to movies and we'll share them online one special mention though before we go a film unrivaled in german adaptations the author won the nobel prize the director
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the oscar we go out with a classic scene from the tin drop enjoy. laundry guy international talk show for journalists discuss the topic of the week the big question in german politics now is how stable is the country following the dramatic breakdown both coalition told us will there be fresh elections and how dangerous is the crisis for chancellor angela merkel find our own country.
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. much of it african. tour link to news from africa and the world or link to exceptional stories and discussions from the news of easy town while website debutantes not freak out join us on facebook at g.w. africa. oh and a very warm welcome indeed to quadriga coming to you from the heart of the late and what a week it has been in german politics with the country plunged into an unprecedented period of uncertainty and upheaval this after the dramatic breakdown of talks to form a new coalition government that in turn dealt what seemed to be a major blow to angela merkel's hopes of pressing ahead with a fourth term in office fresh elections now looks to be the likeliest option and
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that means it could be months before europe's leading nation has a functioning government so our question on this edition of course is merkel under pressure how stable is germany and to discuss that question i'm joined in the studio by three astute observers of german politics beginning with matthew carney it's naked who is politico's chief europe correspondent he says germany will remain stable with or without america will what this crisis shows how mature germany's democracy has become also with us is judy dempsey senior fellow at carnegie europe and editor in chief of the strategic you're a blog judy believes that germany is europe's newest problem the collapse of coalition talks in berlin will have serious repercussions for the rest of the q. and a warm welcome to earth and as of right opinion editor with spiegel newspaper
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and a contributing writer for the new york times now anna says that germany is not turning into viber others perhaps just as well but there is she cautions a new disdain for compromise in this country that is deeply worrying and it's not. too deep to thank you all for being with us here with me here today in the crowd quadriga studio and let me begin with you have just referred to the new york times the new york times as spoken of germany's crisis. it is to extend your newspaper how do you assess the gravity of the crisis well i think just begin american terms there are still enough adults in germany to manage this crisis and i think somebody is going to come around eventually so i don't think it goes very deep but what i am worried about is the political culture and the political culture and the disdain for compromise that we see still fit with the political system that is based on compromise so in the mid term i am pretty much worried that i think we're going to sort this crisis out it's very interesting a short termism has come to categorize
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a german politics even though tense america's been in power twelve years is the reasons you know that's right but you saw even even during the start of the coalition talks everybody was trying to get in front of the cameras and we can do this we can give that but i think that the idea of the of the of it a culture of consensus and compromise is giving a way to perhaps political opportunism. matthew well i actually disagree that that's a bad thing i think it is happening but i think it could be it could be a good thing for germany because there are a lot of people over the past eight years over the past twelve years even said that you know these big parties in germany they've become much too similar to one another it's very difficult for voters to distinguish between the s.p.d. the social democrats and miracles party the christian democrats and so forth and what we saw over the weekend with the collapse of these talks is that there's a party out there that looked at this potential coalition and came to the conclusion that they couldn't in good conscience continue on with that if you take
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christian winter the leader of the free democrats at his word and i have no reason not to so i think this kind of soul searching now about the future of germany's consensus driven model might be a little bit overdone it the stage. maybe sort of. now i have to think of the box because if you live here you get used to this consensus you get just this feeling of a certain muddling through actually because over the last couple of years even aside the foreign policy the domestic agenda is minimal there's very little happening and there's a kind of fatigue and also i think an intellectual could take and the voters they were wondering well what is governing about what what what kind of the various political parties offer us maybe this explains some of the support for the far right wing alternative the third germany i'm surprised how sanguine you all are about the current situation the crisis what crisis you to be saying i mean i don't i wrote down
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a list of words that are being used by your fellow journalists to describe the crisis gridlock deadlock meltdown or political limbo matthew from your current quote of the beginning of the show you seem to be suggesting that it's an opportunity for germany to move on to a higher level of mature democracy a little thing less yeah i mean there is political limbo but this also means that germany is becoming a normal country i mean if you look around europe at the sort of length of time it takes many countries to form a government you don't need to go to the lengths of. belgium which i think to over over a year the last time but you know it's not out of the ordinary to have a minority government if you look at denmark they have a long tradition of that there this is a normal democratic process and just because germany has been dominated by these two big parties since world war two doesn't mean that democracy is falling apart you now have.


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