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Filme über drei starke Frauen und ein Pod­cast über einen Kriegsver­brecher.

Spotlight - - CONTENTS - Von EVE LU­CAS

Films and a pod­cast

FILM PRE­VIEW | DRAMA

The fa­mous 19th-cen­tury writer Mary Shel­ley, au­thor of Franken­stein: or, The Mod­ern Prometheus, was born into tragedy and priv­i­lege. Her mother was Mary Woll­stonecraft. Con­sid­ered to be the first fem­i­nist, Woll­stonecraft died when her daugh­ter was only a few weeks old. Mary’s father, a po­lit­i­cal philoso­pher, pro­vided a rounded and lib­eral ed­u­ca­tion. While still a teenager, Mary met and be­gan an af­fair with the poet Percy Bysshe Shel­ley, then trav­elled abroad with him and an­other young ge­nius, Lord By­ron. It was a life at the cross­roads of en­light­en­ment and ro­man­ti­cism, and so­ci­ety looked with fas­ci­na­tion on its joys and rages.

The film Mary Shel­ley, di­rected by Haifaa Al-man­sour, never loses sight of this pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion. Played by Elle Fan­ning, Shel­ley was a wo­man with a rich imag­i­na­tion, whose fa­mous novel was writ­ten in com­pe­ti­tion with By­ron and Shel­ley to see who could cre­ate the most fright­en­ing story. Hers stood the test of time, but only af­ter she had fought hard to pub­lish it un­der her own name. Like the hero of her story, Mary Shel­ley found that love and cre­ativ­ity come at a price — above all for women. This film packs a punch, telling a story not only of po­etry and pas­sion, but also of early fem­i­nist pol­i­tics. Starts 27 De­cem­ber.

cross­roads [(krqs­reudz] Kreuzung, Sch­nittpunkt en­light­en­ment [In(lait&nment] Aufk­lärung punch: pack a ~ [pvnts] es in sich haben rage [reidz] Rausch, Wahnsinn

FILM PRE­VIEW | DOCUMENTARIES

The year 2018 has come to a close with a rush of fe­male-in­spired films, in­clud­ing two documentaries on bril­liant women of our times: West­wood: Punk, Icon, Ac­tivist (starts 20 De­cem­ber) and RBG (starts 13 De­cem­ber). Born in 1941, British fash­ion icon Vivi­enne West­wood has lived a life based only on her own in­ter­ests: early an­ar­chist pol­i­tics, a fas­ci­na­tion with punk in the 1970s and now a ded­i­ca­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist is­sues — plus some in­cred­i­ble fash­ion. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the other hand, had lived a dis­ci­plined life ded­i­cated to the cre­ation of equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for women well be­fore she took her place on the US Supreme Court in 1993. Here are two dif­fer­ent women and films, but shin­ing through both is a great com­mon­al­ity: a de­ter­mi­na­tion to get things done.

com­mon­al­ity [)kqme(näleti] Ge­mein­samkeit ded­i­ca­tion [)dedi(keis&n] En­gage­ment de­ter­mi­na­tion [di)t§:mi(neis&n] Entschlossen­heit rush [RVS] hier: Flut Supreme Court US [su)pri:m (ko:t] Ver­fas­sungs­gericht

POD­CAST | HIS­TORY

Philippe Sands, pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional pub­lic law at Lon­don Univer­sity, is an author­ity on crimes against hu­man­ity. A BBC pod­cast with the ti­tle In­trigue: The Rat­line shows Sands at work, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the life of Otto von Wächter. The “Rat­line” was a net­work of es­cape routes used by Nazi war crim­i­nals af­ter the Sec­ond World War: Wächter was a high-rank­ing SS of­fi­cer who avoided trial by es­cap­ing to Italy. Sands fol­lows Wächter’s route and talks to oth­ers in­volved, in­clud­ing his friend Horst — Wächter’s son. These strange asso cia­tions, formed against a back­ground of ter­ri­ble crimes, make The Rat­line rivet­ing. www.bbc.co.uk/pro­grammes/p04sj2pt

rivet­ing [(RIVITIN] fes­selnd trial [(traiel] Gerichtsver­hand­lung, Prozess

Elle Fan­ning as Mary Shel­ley, the cre­ator of Franken­stein

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