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What did Adolf Hitler, Albert Schweitzer, and Herman Hesse have in common? All three loved the novels of adventure-writer Karl May, whose books were prized by just about every boy who grew up reading German. May died in 1912, but his writings continued to inspire German filmmakers into the ’60s and beyond. (The May-derived Manitou’s Shoe was a German box-office hit in 2002.) In his lecture “How the West Was Sold: Karl May’s America and the German Cinema,” Christoph Strupp will discuss the author’s influence on young Germans. His talk will be followed by 1965’s Apache Gold (aka Winnetou 1), perhaps the best-known cinematic adaptation of a May novel. Made with a polyglot cast—and with Yugoslavia standing in for the American West—it’s the tale of a menace that unites two of May’s best-known characters, noble Apache chief Winnetou and German-American cowboy Old Shatterhand. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. (Mark Jenkins)