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2024 Film and History Breaks at The Green Park with Ian Garden

Surviving the Chaos of the Wild Years

Life in post-war Berlin and Vienna and the start of the Cold War.

Thursday the 15th of February until the morning of Monday the 19th of February 2024


Friday the 23rd of February until the morning of Tuesday the 27th of February 2024

Previous Film and History Breaks have tended to concentrate on films which were either produced or set during World War Two and have explored to what extent both the Allies and the Germans distorted the truth and used the cinema for propaganda purposes. 
The Film and History Break in 2024 aims to move beyond the war and explore what life was like for those trying to re-build their lives in post-war Berlin and Vienna during the chaos and confusion of the so-called ‘Wild Years’ and will also look at the advent of the Cold War.
As usual, a major feature film will be screened during each of the afternoon sessions of the break. These will include The Third Man – that classic, enigmatic thriller set in Vienna starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton and Trevor Howard ; Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers are among us) – one of the first and most influential ‘rubble films’ set in Berlin, with a plot heavily influenced by the Russians which examines the question of guilt for the war and highlights how some influential Nazis were still in power after the war;  and the third film will be a Cold War thriller reflecting the tensions and fears of that turbulent period.
As usual, the morning sessions will consist of a mixture of lectures and the screening of shorter documentary films all designed to complement the feature films to be shown each afternoon. So, the morning sessions will include items on life in post-war Germany and Austria, the Berlin Wall, the Stasi (East German Secret Police), the Cold War and the Nürnberg trials.  
This will be the sixth Film and History Break which Ian will have run at Green Park. Much of the content reflects feedback from previous courses and draws on his detailed research into various war topics. Ian is confident that you will find this new programme informative and thought-provoking. 
The full programme is attached.  

There is no supplementary charge for single accommodation on any of our activity breaks, and as normal, we can arrange complimentary transport ( on your day of arrival and on your day of departure ) between the hotel and the bus and railway stations.

Details about all of our activity breaks are readily available - either download a copy from this section, ask for them during you stay, or just telephone the hotel and ask us to forward a programme for whatever activity you are interested in.

Film & History  Breaks

Thursday the 15th February - Monday 19th February 2024

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Friday 23rd February - Tuesday 27th February 2024

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