The Fiancée & The Invisibles 03/23/19

DEFA Film Library, Kino Lorber/Greenwich

Why do stories about resisting the Nazis seem so important right now?  Here are two discs from different labels, with one subject. Both stories are set in Germany during the war, but the approaches are quite different. A political prisoner struggles to subsist in The Fiancée an East German classic from the part-educational DEFA Film Library. Then the recent The Invisibles from the reunited Germany chronicles the true story of four Jewish Berliners, who went underground and hid right through the war. It’s two views of resistance, from different political perspectives. Separate releases on DVD from DEFA Film Library, Kino Lorber/Greenwich.