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Erich Kästner film adaptations

Erich Kästner is one of the most popular children's authors of the 20th century. His novels have been filmed countless times in Germany and elsewhere. As part of a family program at the German Historical Museum, the series Emil, Pünktchen und die anderen offers the opportunity to get to know and compare eight Erich Kästner film adaptations.

Zeughaus | Deutsches Historisches Museum
Zeughaus | Deutsches Historisches Museum © ThomasBruns

The first film versions Emil and the Detectives (1931), Das doppelte Lottchen (1950), Pünktchen and Anton (1953) and Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (1954) will be followed by new film versions from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Erich Kästner would certainly have been pleased with the continuing popularity of his books, which tell of the solidarity and courage of children and young people from their perspective. But would the writer, who was also involved in film adaptations of his novels as a screenwriter, have agreed with the modernizations of the new versions? In any case, in an amazing way, his stories have remained adaptable to new social developments.

The film screenings are part of Family Sundays at the German Historical Museum. Until January 15, there is the opportunity, preferably for children aged 8 to 12, to take part in the family guided tour Wo PASS ich hin? after the film screening.

The tour, which is part of the exhibition Citizenships. France, Poland, Germany since 1789, invites visitors to explore questions of citizenship during a dialogic tour of the exhibition spaces: What is a passport? What is citizenship? How important are passport and citizenship to me? And what would a world without citizenship look like?

From January 22 to February 26, 2023, discovery tours around the museum will take place for young people ages 8 and up. Who had the armory built? Who planned it? What stories do the objects and figures on the facade and roof of the building tell? On the open-air tour, young people discover one of Berlin's oldest preserved buildings and learn how different actors used the Zeughaus for their own purposes.

(Program in German)
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