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Think Transatlantic German Film Series: Bagdad Cafe (1987)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Bagley Hall, Room 260

Bagdad Cafe (1987)
Percy Adlon

This German movie was made in 1987 and soon became the cult movie of the eighties. In this comedy (Bavarian-) German culture meets American culture. The film begins with a middle-aged German-Bavarian tourist couple, that argues in the American desert, in the middle of nowhere. They separate and the woman, Jasmin Münchgstettner  (played by Marianne Sägebrecht) arrives in Bagdad, a tiny little isolated place with a motel, that is run by Brenda (played by C. C. H. Pounder). Although these two women could not be more different from each other, they happen to be in a similar situation. Just recently, Brenda and her husband split as well. After a difficult start, a friendship starts to grow between Brenda and Jasmin, who rents a room in the motel. Thanks to their creativity, Bagdad soon loses its glumness and becomes an attraction to many people in the area.

Restricted to UW students, faculty, and staff.

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