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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Die perlen der Cleopatra

Was at the Arsenal for the Frank Capra retrospektacle seeing his prophetic 1948 film State of the Union starring Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, an incredible Angela Lansbury only 22 but looking and acting 42, Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz)and Adolphe Menjou. Its the only film Capra did distributed by MGM and it used mainly Metro stock players. You got to give a film its due when it begins with a suicide.
After I left Kino Arsenal I noticed the S-bahn was strangely packed with people which is odd for a Monday night at 10:30pm. Everyone at this time of year has gone back home to mama&papa for the holidays.
Received a frantic text message from my assistant Julian Scherer from when I was a guest professor at Goethe Universitaet asking me if I was at the Xmas Market. Being outdoors drinking cheap sweet warm wine in the winter chill is not exactly aesthetically pleasing to me.
I also received several emails and international phone calls asking if I was ok. It wasn't until I got back to the flat and turned on the radio to NPR Berlin that I found out about the horror that had actually occurred at The Gedaechtnis Kirche.

Der Fisch stinkt vom Kopf her