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.

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

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

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