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and that is. a classic in our series one hundred german must reads and why you should put the tin drum by nobel prize winner good to have got us on your reading list. and we catch up with berlin based illustrator councilmen chick who has worked with some of literature as real heavyweights. but first the oscars are the really big deal today and a lot happening there i'm joined by our film expert scott rush progress looking number worse for wear for the long night. of music that's how you got to scott yeah how surprised were you at this win for green book yeah i mean if you're going to design an oscar winning film green book would take a lot of the boxes because it's out of the store it's a feel good story about overcoming racism through the power of friendship. it's also a true story which is calm hollywood loves as well in this case it's based on a real man who is a racist italian american play by some in the film becomes the chauffeur of
a very successful black musician and together in one nine hundred sixty s. segregationist. in america they travel through the southern states and. if i had described it and you briefly probably say it's a bit like driving miss daisy except instead of morgan freeman being the chauffeur just get handy in this case of a white man doing the driving ok so i'm detecting a slight note of skepticism there but we do learn about the actual green book i kind of a survival guide for black people traveling in the southern states at the time and so we went to the source to find out more about it. columbia south carolina the deep south musician reggie scott experienced firsthand the dangers that black travellers once faced in the region visitors from the north unfamiliar with the strict racial segregation laws in the south were especially at risk.
always scary alone or who you always nervous because you were you have to do anything to be stopped by the police they wouldn't consider harassing to us to be just serious and stop starting in the one nine hundred forty scott's aunt and mother offered lodging in this house to travelers who were banned from staying at the hotels for whites only the address was listed in the green book named for its publisher victor greene and that was the only indication that the cornwell family's hotel even existed it. going to be best. this is the book i was talking about in the film white chauffeur frank vellar longer is given a copy of the special travel guide before driving black pianist don surely on a tour through the south the story is set in the one nine hundred sixty s. rich southern whites want to attend the famous musicians concerts but they make it clear that he does not belong to their circle you're looking for the combo they're
stacking let me help you it's right out there for that. alice broadwater seen here with her son also traveled with the help of the green book. her own copy of the guide has been lost but she hasn't forgotten the discrimination she faced on trips with her husband who was a lawyer. it was demeaning that you were not considered a human being. and accepted and stablish meant that served people and you're paying money you're not begging to stay there or to eat there a real film shows how surely is refused service in restaurants he can easily afford and how he is forced to stay at the lowest budget accommodations is reserved especially for black people. reggie scott's home is listed on the national register of historic places but he lacks the funds for necessary upkeep perhaps the success
of green book will benefit this time capsule of the segregation era in american south. so that's got that's going to make a very good airplane movie i just want to get to the point that there's been a lot of controversy quite hefty actually that this film won best picture some very strong words up there on social media and obviously you weren't thrilled about the choice yourself tell us more about why yeah i guess the problem i have this film it seems really like a throwback it's another story about races america told from a white man's perspective and we've had plenty of those i really think maybe that's not the correct perspective to take perfectly in the twenty first century and we've had enough of these type of films of you know how a white person was nice to a black person the one nine hundred sixty s. i don't know if we need another of those movies i think it's maybe time to have some new perspective new perspective that's what people were after in twenty fifteen twenty sixteen with oscar so white and not push for more diversity in
hollywood something that they cademy has really been at pains to correct it seems of trying desperately to change what's your take on on this year's crop have they succeeded you know i mean it's mixed a bit but one thing you do have to have any credit for when it comes to nominations this year they've made huge progress i think we have the most diverse group of nominees. if you have films like i know black panther or we could talk all black cast the spike lee won his first oscar finally that is definitely definitely a sign of progress and i mean obviously but this idea of looking at narratives from a different perspective or almost perhaps the best. families definitely i mean stories are all. personal story of growing up in one hundred mexico but the interesting what he did with that film is telling it from his perspective a sort of a privileged white kid growing up in mexico he told from the perspective of his indigenous domestic servant who raised him and by switching that perspective by telling from telling a story we haven't seen before so much power and that's really why i think it's one
of the most amazing films of the year and maybe what the academy should be given a little bit more recognition and allowed but allowed it nevertheless to beat out a very strong field for the best foreign language film oscar thanks very much scott rockstro for bringing us those background insights. back in one nine hundred eighty the oscar for best foreign language film went to dos adaptation of the tin drum and the one nine hundred fifty nine novel has been hailed as the masterpiece of german post for literature and in our series one hundred german must reach my colleague david leavitt's tells us why despite its whopping six hundred pages every one of them is worth it. and it gets worse. scream went around the world it's the sound of good to casa's classic novel the ten
drama written dramas about oscar a tiny young man with a scream can shatter glass oscar is born in own hometown and present a poland he's born with the mind of an adult. i first saw the light of this world in the form of two sixty watt bulbs with the. absent of the obligatory perennial tear my birth went smooth forty effortlessly i freed myself from the head first position favored by mothers embryos and midwives alike let me say at once i was one of those clairaudient and friends whose mental development is complete at birth and thereafter simply confirmed at the age of three oscar decides he's had enough of growing and so he just stops from there on out he goes through life with a tender on. experiences the rise of the nazis world war two and the destruction that follows telling his story with a mixture of naivete and malevolence and unreliable narrator who may or may not be
crazy. when cast published the term drum it caused a scandal no one had written about world war two with such crassness such brutality and such. it took forty years but gus finally won the nobel prize by the way the american author john irving has called the tin drum the best novel of the twentieth century. and then there's the movie director for it won an academy award for his version of the ten drama the book and the movie are brilliant but if you read the book you'll fall hard for good authors page turning writing and that is a guarantee. well i can also guarantee you that cat men shake is one of germany's most sought
after illustrators pictures are in magazines newspapers comic books and novels and she's also the favorite illustrator of the bestselling japanese author haruki murakami and we met up with her here in berlin interested you. welcome to the world of kept mentioning where the prize where the literature crime thriller as cookbooks or gardening books her distinctive illustrations turn them all into works of art. with author tillman schleck elves and men she put a modern spin on old songs as they launch their retelling of the georgia national epic poem of the night in the panther skin at the two thousand eight hundred francs book fair. mentioned has illustrated the graphic novel version of babylon berlin was a focal put you're also chance to with illustrating its prequel beat at the same time the t.v. series was shot but men she didn't want her drawings to be
a storyboard for it. kind of illustrating i do allows me the greatest possible freedom because the text is in the book in this case the reader can immerse themselves in one nine hundred twenty lens through the words so i'm not obliged to draw it all. on the. desk. the result is a book in the format of a nineteen twenties magazine the story is told in the form of an article complete with advertisements and illustrations for example a character in the story falling ill is accompanied by pictures of the appropriate medication. debbie isn't least the most crucial call of my career came from to moment many many years ago the publisher asked me if a i was familiar with more a commie and b. whether i wanted to illustrate one of his short stories. and. i was standing in my garden at the time i knelt down in front of my cherry tree and
thought a yes i'm familiar with more a commie totally admire him i have read all his work and yes i absolutely want to illustrate. the murakami was so. so pleased he had her illustrate all his stories from then on. the japanese author even signed one of her pictures. in february a cookbook is coming out about her quote desperate attempts despite extreme dislike of cooking to throw something tasty together this book about her garden in brandenburg was voted one of twenty four teens most beautiful german books in it mention tales personal anecdotes with plenty of self mockery for example how she and her daughter nearly poisoned themselves with elderberry juice. and tales of the legendary garden parties she throws every year for over one hundred good friends.
just saw a copy of that cookbook in a window the other day so it looks like it's worth looking into a copy of cat men shake lots of fodder for your cultural to do list that is all for this edition of arts and culture you can find out more on this and other stories on d w dot com slash culture that's our website check it out and until next time all the best from us here in berlin and bob i.
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