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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival

Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"

The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.

Slide 1: 2010 - The Berlin Film Festival
Slide 2: 1951 - The Festival Starts
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up
Slide 4: 1958 - The Festival Opens Up
Slide 5: 1961 - A Cultural Divide
Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs
Slide 7: 1971 - Starting All Over Again
Slide 8: 1974 - Cold War Thaws
Slide 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date
Slide 10: 1979 - International Conflict
Slide 11: 1982 - Germany Divided
Slide 12: 1987 - The East Comes West
Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin
Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt
Slide 15: 2000 - An Anniversary and new Home.
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film
Slide 17: 2006 - An International Duty
Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs

Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs

1965 Golden Bear winner Alphaville.

In order to accommodate the different cinematic styles being invited, the festival created new programs.  The Information Show would welcome films too controversial for competition, and the Representation Show provided individual countries the space to program their own films, especially since the political dimensions of the festival somewhat enforced of national quota. But even as the festival attempted to house its controversies, the competition had no shortage of debate. Roman Polanski’s Repulsion polarized audiences, and Jean-Luc Godard’s sci-fi noir Alphaville won the Golden Bear only after much discussion about its dark vision of the future.