Thursday, March 13, 2014

2 hours: Barbara (2012 Film)

Barbara is a 2012 German Film that tells the story of a woman physician living in East Berlin during the 1980s.
My brief analysis of this movie is influenced by two main factors. Firstly, as a history major who is currently finishing a course on Soviet Russia, I find myself greatly interested and concerned with the historical climate and relevancy of this movie. Secondly, I watched this movie at the end of an all-nighter where I was writing a paper on Russian history during the Brezhnev era. Therefore, I've chosen to embrace this academic overlap.
Barbara accurately portrays the paranoia and double-consciousness of regular people living under Soviet rule in block states such as East Germany. Barbara disdains the oppressive control she lives under and makes plans to escape to the West, but at the same time feels great responsibility to her work as a physician to care for her East German patients. The movie explores themes of negotiation within the Soviet system, where individuals neither wholeheartedly rejected authority or endorsed it, but rather bargained within the system in order to better their own livelihoods. The film also deals in exploring the facets of East German identity and ideology. 
Also, recognizable German words and phrases throughout. Learning has been accomplished.

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