The Burning Wall (2002)

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

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

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

Jan 23, 2004

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

Nov 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A frightening look at Communist-controlled East Germany.

Nov 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Nov 19, 2002

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

Mar 9, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 20, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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