German Studies Association Conference
Still riding high on the wave of international recognition and athletic successes of the early 1970s, East Germany celebrated another first in late 1975. In the latter part of November 1975, the first Film Week of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was held in the United States, hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Twenty-one East German films were exhibited to American audiences, many of them for the first time. Six years in the making and coming just one year after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, this was clearly a momentous occasion for the country. Every little detail of the opening festivities was reported back to East Berlin: “During the evening dinner Mrs. Rockefeller [Director of the Museum] greeted our ambassador and the rest of his staff. Mrs. Rockefeller had a brief conversation with the ambassador.” In addition to chronicling the intermingling with the wealthy elite of New York’s high society, the author of the report clearly showed his relief that the events proceeded smoothly and without interruptions. “None of the conversations contained any critical comments,” he emphasized. “Quite to the contrary, everyone voiced praise and recognition for East Germany.”
Horten, Gerd, "Can’t Buy Me Love: The Importation and Impact of Hollywood Films in the GDR in the 1970s" (2013). Humanities Faculty Articles & Other Works. 21.