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The Rest of the Bauer Story : Festival Founder's Nazi Past Clouds 70th Anniversary, How many skeletons are still in the closet?

By Alex Deleon, filmfestivals.com
Alfred Bauer with Sophia Loren at the Berlinale's ninth edition in 1959.
 
This report from the historical back page of the Hollywood Reporter
 
The 70th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival should be a cause for celebration.   But recent revelations about the festival's first director, Dr. Alfred Bauer, (a film historian who ran the Berlinale from its start in 1951 through 1976) are casting a dark shadow over this year's festivities.  Documents from the early  1940s indicate that the "film historian" was an active and enthusiastic member of the Nazi Party under Adolph Hitler and was a high-ranking member of the Reichsfilmintendanz, the film division of the Nazi propaganda ministry.
After the war, Bauer was initially given an employment ban,  part of the Allies "denazification" process.  But when Oscar Martay, a film officer of the US Army stationed in Berlin, persuaded the American military to fund the first Berlin Film Festival in 1951, Bauer was asked to run it.  Since his death in 1986, Berlin has awarded the Alfred Bauer Prize in his honor, recognizing work that "opens new perspectives on cinematic art".
In the wake of these revelations the Berlinale has canceled the award, replacing it with a special Silver Bear for this year's festival and commissioning an independent investigation into Bauer's past.  "It is a paradox of history that master director Andrzej Wajda -- who was part of the Polish underground resistance during World War II -- should have received an award in Berlin that carries Bauer's name" says Polish director Agnieszka Holland, the Alfred Bauer Prize winner in 2017 for her film Spoor. 
 
        The real question now is: How many skeletons are still in the closet?
 

 

 

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