April 3, 7 PM: Molotov, WFI and Goethe to Host Screening of Fritz Lang’s “M”

Come to the screening/panel discussion! RSVP: http://fritz-lang-m.eventbrite.com

Come to the screening/panel discussion! RSVP: http://fritz-lang-m.eventbrite.com

On April 3, 2014 at 7 PM at Goethe-Institut Washington, German filmmaker Fritz Lang’s motion picture “M” will be the subject of both a screening and panel discussion about the intersection of German Expressionist and Grand Guignol styles.

RSVP is required through Eventbrite: http://fritz-lang-m.eventbrite.com

The event is the first collaboration among Goethe-Institut Washington, the Washington Film Institute and Molotov Theatre. Group. The screening will be held at Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Priority admission can be had through a donation to any one or all three of the sponsoring organizations, through the official event page: http://fritz-lang-m.eventbrite.com

The discussion panel will precede the film screening. Panelists include:

  • Kerstin Gaddy, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs, School of Arts and Sciences, the Catholic University of America
  • Alex Zavistovich, President and Co-Founder of Molotov Theatre Group, and
  • Moderator Jay Brock, Clinical Assistant Professor, the Catholic University of America

An informal reception will follow the screening.

The Grand Guignol was a French school of reality-based horror theatre popular from the late 1890s to the early 1960s. “By the time of the filming of ‘M’ in 1930, the Grand Guignol style had spread to many countries in Europe,” said Molotov Co-Founder Alex Zavistovich. “There are numerous echoes of that style in ‘M,’ just as there are in countless even more contemporary films. Understanding that influence is valuable to a better appreciation of the film itself.”

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