MONDAY–NOV. 10

Producing films about World War II and the Holocaust was perhaps not the easiest way to make a living in postwar Germany. From 1948’s Morituri (at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20) to 1990’s Europa, Europa (at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10), Artur Brauner was repeatedly responsible for films that German audiences, distributors, and authorities preferred not to see. The case of Morituri is extreme but instructive: This tale of concentration-camp escapees who capture and pronounce judgment on a young German soldier was rejected and vilified, forcing the producer to retreat to unthreatening popular entertainment. Brauner embraced controversy again with 1955’s The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27), which extolled as heroes men whom many Germans still considered traitors. Brauner was born in Poland, and many of his most fruitful relationships have been with Eastern European filmmakers: Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s A Love in Germany (at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4) examines the secret affair between a German shopkeeper and a Polish slave laborer. Hungary’s István Szabó directed Hanussen (pictured, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1), about a psychic who predicts Hitler’s 1933 election but then makes another, less popular prophecy. Agnieszka Holland, who co-scripted Love in Germany, made Angry Harvest (at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25), the tale of a Polish farmer who both rescues and abuses a woman who escaped German pursuers, and Europa Europa, in which a Jewish teenager finds refuge as a member of the German army. The series runs until Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Goethe-Institut’s Goethe-Forum, 812 7th St. NW. $5 (per film). (202) 289-1200. (Mark Jenkins)