The Burning Wall
The Burning Wall (2002)

Documentary that examines life and dissent in East Germany from 1949-1989.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: November 20, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A balanced, thorough and well-documented chronicle of how one Germany became two, then one again.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

On the surface, Beller's film is an acute primer on mid-century socialist statism gone inevitably screwy, but beneath it, there's something to be gleaned about the psychology of German nationhood.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

As familiar as much of this history may be, to hear it recounted by those who lived it lends it a new emotional immediacy.

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

...not a frame of film is wasted in telling its story of lives tortured, drugged, humiliated, and terrorized by fascist, pro-communist ideology.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A frightening look at Communist-controlled East Germany.

Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Beller's history of dissent in the German Democratic Republic is admirably concise and surprisingly thorough.

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