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The Burning Wall (2002)




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


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Critic Reviews for The Burning Wall

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

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

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
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As familiar as much of this history may be, to hear it recounted by those who lived it lends it a new emotional immediacy.

November 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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A frightening look at Communist-controlled East Germany.

November 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
New York Post
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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.

November 19, 2002
Village Voice
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...not a frame of film is wasted in telling its story of lives tortured, drugged, humiliated, and terrorized by fascist, pro-communist ideology.

March 9, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Nitrate Online

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

November 20, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
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