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Karl Marx City (2017)

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Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father's suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi's extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Epperlein and Tucker sift through these illicit materials - and forge their own fresh images and interviews - with an eye toward illuminating the truth and possibly even vindicating the innocent.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…

A hypnotic work of cinematic autobiography that leverages one woman's fear to exhume the paranoia that once defined an entire country.

March 31, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As much an inquiry into the mechanics of how autocratic regimes work as it is a search for the truth about one citizen's tragic end in its clutches.

March 30, 2017 | Full Review…
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The frequent structural misjudgments are frustrating because they distract from engaging lines of inquiry.

March 28, 2017 | Full Review…

A smart, highly personal addition to the growing syllabus of distressingly relevant cautionary political tales.

March 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Essayistic and very effective.

March 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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