SCHOOL PROGRAM

Ständige Ausstellung Film, Marlene Dietrich, Foto: Hans Scherhaufer, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

History of German Film
Guided tour

Costumes and props, photos, scripts, sketches and outlines of decorations and models, cameras and footage from films – film history is brought to life by a wide range of different objects in the Permanent Exhibition Film. In ten rooms, the Museum tells of the beginnings of German cinema, of early stars and classics (e.g., DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI and METROPOLIS), of the golden era of German cinema during the Weimar Republic, and its misuse under National Socialism. The exhibition depicts the situation of German filmmakers and artists living in exile, and on their return after the war. A central theme of the exhibition is Marlene Dietrich’s estate.

Public Tours:

In German, every Sunday at 2:00pm
90 min, cost included in admission fee
No registration required

For school groups:

Guided Tour in English & French
60 min, 55 €
90 min, 75 €
120 min, 95 €
plus 2 € admission pp.
max. class size

You can book tours on the following topics:

  • > Early History of German Film - Pioneers and Classics
  • > Weimar Republic and National Socialism - Film in the Historical Context
  • > Film as an instrument of propaganda
  • > Iconic Marlene Dietrich> The Film City Berlin

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Ständige Ausstellung, „Nationalsozialismus“, Foto: Marian Stefanowski, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Ideology and Manipulation in Entertainment Films
Workshop

Film is a powerfully effective medium. Its potential for manipulation was recognized in the early days of film and has since been exploited by a number of governments, parties and institutions. One of the best known examples of this practice is the film propaganda used by the National Socialists. However, ideological messages and propagandistic intentions can be detected even in current German and international productions. Entertainment, particularly in the genres of action films, war dramas and history films, tends to convey moral concepts, philosophies of life and recommended actions that often go unnoticed by viewers, although they deserve to be critically scrutinized.

In a combined exhibition tour, screening of film clips and a moderated discussion, participants pursue questions concerning which ideological or propagandistic messages contemporary film and television productions convey, and which means they employ for these messages to come across.

For school groups:

Workshop in English
180 min, 135 €
admission included
max. class size
from age 14 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Ständige Ausstellung, Mediathek, Foto: Matthias Heib, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Smart Movies – Creative Works with Smart Phones & Co
Workshop

Mobile multimedia devices, such as smart phones and tablets, are not only means of communication in everyday life. They also place a pocket-sized, but complete set of film equipment at your fingertips, making experimentation with basic techniques of filming and producing creative-artistic work with audiovisual media quite simple. In the context of the workshop, participants unlock the hidden potential of smart phones etc. First, a film team is organized, then a cinematic idea is jointly developed and a shooting schedule is laid out. This is followed by putting the plans into action, using cinematic aesthetic tools to produce film and sound recordings that are subsequently assembled into a finished clip.

The structure of the workshop can be coordinated to meet the interests and prior knowledge of the participants.

The following themes are examples of offers available for booking:

  • > Portrait – Who am I and What Makes Me Who I Am?
  • > Berlin, the Metropolis – Staging the Aesthetic of the Big City
  • > Black-and-White – An Homage to Silent Films
  • > Breaking News

For school groups:

Workshop in English
240 min, 175 €
max. 10 participants
240 min, 345 €
max. 20 participants 
from 12 years on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Ständige Ausstellung, „Metropolis“, Foto: Marian Stefanowski, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Animated Films and Techniques
Guided Tour

What makes images on television and in the cinema move? When did images start talking and what animation techniques were first used? During a guided tour through the permanent exhibition, young visitors are given the answers to these and countless other questions related to cartoons and animation techniques.
The tour begins with the pioneers of German film. It then moves through the early years of German cinema, and explains the beginnings of sound film. How images are manually and individually animated is demonstrated by silent film classics like Metropolis.
 This tour, specially developed for children, offers the opportunity to touch and experience individual stations.

The offer can be combined with the workshop > My Own Animated Film.

For school groups:

Guided Tour in English
60 min, 55 €
plus 2 € admission pp.
from age 8 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Werner Krauß in DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI, D 1920, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Hocus Pocus! Special Effects Films
and the Magic of Motion Pictures
Film Talk

Movies and magic are closely related to one another: Inanimate objects come alive, moving as if directed by a magic wand, and supernatural forces seem to manifest before our eyes. All kinds of special effects have been used since the earliest days of cinema and have developed with the times. “Hocus Pocus!” guides participants through the history of cinematic special effects. They will learn the fundamentals of film techniques and about early methods of producing special effects on a brief thematic tour through the permanent exhibition. A film program with examples from over 100 years of motion picture history provides the basis for a subsequent joint discussion.

For school groups:

Film Talk in English
120 min, 95 €
max. class size
from age 8 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Legetrick: Bild für Bild zum eigenen Kurzfilm. Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

My Own Animated Film (Stop-Motion Techniques)
Workshop

Making your own animated film doesn’t have to be difficult! After a short introduction into how moving images and different animation techniques work, participants develop their own storyboard for a cartoon and turn it into a short film. They create it frame by frame using a two-dimensional technique called cutout animation, as well as a trick box and a digital camera.

This workshop can be combined with the > Animated Films and Techniques Tour.

For school groups:

Workshop in English
180 min, 135 €
max. 12 participants
180 min, 265 €
max. 24 participants

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Lotte Reiniger bei der Arbeit. Foto: Kine Press, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Animation with Scissors, Light and Imagination
(Silhouette Films)
Workshop 

In the tradition of the German special effects pioneer Lotte Reiniger (1899–1981) and other animators working in this field, participants produce a richly imaginative story. The workshop begins with a review of film history, in which select design options are presented and individual ideas are developed. Afterwards, participants create their own short cinematic narrations in the style of silhouette animation. To make animated films from silhouettes or cutouts, black silhouettes of self-made figures and other materials are brought to life on a backlit glass surface. The images are montaged into an animated film using the stop motion technique and digital software.

For school groups:

Workshop in English
180 min, 135 €
max. 10 participants
180 min, 265 €
max. 20 participants
from age 8 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Ständige Ausstellung, „Spiegelsaal“, Foto: Marian Stefanowski, Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Screenplay, storyboard and film realization
Workshop

In this workshop, the participants go through the entire process of making a film - from the script to the storyboard and the cinematic realization. First, the participants will learn the basics of cinematic design, then storyboards of individual screenplay sequences and their cinematic implementation will be analyzed. For this, we will use examples from productions like LOLA RENNT or DAS WEISSE BAND.

For school groups:

Workshop in English
180 min, 135 €
admission included
max. class size
from age 16 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Filmrollen, Deutsche Kinemathek – DFFB-Archiv, Foto: Jürgen Keiper / Deutsche Kinemathek

A Film and Many Themes
Film Courses

Participants are trained to deal with the medium of film through selected works of German film history. Both classics of film history and contemporary movies are put to use. Depending on the chosen main focus, the three-hour courses can consist of the following components: viewing film clips; guided discussions about film; research on the original formative contexts and reception history by using exhibitions, archival and source materials; comparison of a film with other cinematic and photographic works; and much more.

We offer film courses for the following films and themes:

  • > Gegen die Wand (Head-on)
    (Theme: Migration & Identity, from age 15 on)
  • > Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear eats the Soul)
    (Theme: Film talk, from age 15 on)

For school groups:

Film Courses in English
180 min, 135 €
max. class size

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


“Les Tulipes” (1907), Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek

Meet Young Filmmakers
New Talents – Cineastes’ Talks

Young Berlin filmmakers provide insights into their works based on one of their films, a series or another audiovisual work that will be jointly screened. These talks introduce a filmmaker’s personal working methods and delve into the process of filmmaking - ranging from finding a subject and developing the material, to the work’s actual staging and production. Moreover, the various cinematic trades, including directing, cinematography and film editing will be explained. Programs can be booked with a focus on documentaries, animation, children’s movies or feature films, etc., as well as in diverse formats such as series or video art.

The content and scope of the programs are coordinated individually.

For school groups

Workshop in German
120–180 min, 125 €
max. 25 participants

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
> museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin

Workshop im Seminarraum der Deutschen Kinemathek (© Deutsche Kinemathek/ Jurek Sehrt)

Film in the GDR – GDR in Film
Workshop

During the workshop the participants will deal with the division of Germany, life in the GDR and the events from the Peaceful Revolution to the German Reunification. For this, we will explore exhibits, exhibition texts and the internet archive > www.wir-waren-so-frei.de.

We will deal with film politics in the GDR, the divided film city Berlin and the Peaceful Revolution in the Mirror of the Media, answering the following questions: What restrictions were film-makers subject to in the GDR? What was DEFA and what functions did it serve? Which outstanding films were made in the GDR and why were some banned? Which image of the GDR is created in these films and to what extent does it reflect the reality?

For school groups:

Workshop in English
180 min, 135 € 
max. class size
from age 15 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Das UFA LAB, Foto: Thorsten Schwarz, © UFA LAB / Fraunhofer HHI 2017

Let's talk about Film
Film Talks

The Deutsche Kinemathek offers film talks on a variety of German and international film classics, but also on contemporary productions. These group bookings combine introductions presented by museum staff, digital film screenings and moderated film assessments and discussions. A film can be analyzed, interpreted and discussed in terms of its contents, aesthetics or ideological aspects, for example.

Film talks can be organized on the following films, among others:

  • > Angst essen Seele auf (Fear eats the Soul)
  • > Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
  • > Im Westen nichts Neues (All quiet on the Western Front)
  • > Nosferatu
  • > Berlin: Symphony of a great City (Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt)

For further information, please contact > bildung@deutsche-kinemathek.de

For school groups:

Film Talk in English
120–180 min, from 135 € on
max. class size
from age 14 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Film City Berlin
City Walking Tour

This blend of walking tour and the permanent exhibits at the Museum of Film and Television brings visitors on a fascinating journey through the past and present of "Film City Berlin."

During their visit to the exhibition, participants will learn more about the origins of German cinema, Berlin's film palaces, early stars and film classics such as DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI and METROPOLIS. We will explore the Golden Age of German film during the Weimar Republic as well as its takeover during the Nazi reign. The tour visits locations seminal to the early history of film production and cinematic presentation in Berlin as well as shooting locations for major modern films that feature Berlin, either as itself or as a stand-in for other metropolises such as Moscow, New York or even Kabul. At the same time, the tour provides glimpses of the current state of the film industry in the German capital, which has taken a major international star turn since the fall of the Wall.

This offer can also be booked by private groups.

For school groups:

City Walking Tour in English
180 min, 135 €
admission included
max. class size
from age 16 on

Booking:
> +49 30 247 49 888
museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin