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Volker Schlöndorff, German filmmaker, lecturing on his film A Gathering of Old Men (1987). In this lecture Volker Schlöndorff speaks about Ernest Gaines, racism, social structure, the American south, the destruction of slaves' memories and traditions, the notion of divide and conquer, capitalism and colonialism. At the end of the lecture, Volker Schlondorff answers a few questions from students. Public lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School. EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011 Volker Schlondorff. Volker Schlondorff (b. 1939) is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. Along with Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he is considered a part of the New German Cinema, of the late 1960`s and early 70`s. Schlondorff`s films are, however, singular within this group, in part because of his style, but also in virtue of his choice of material. The majority of Schlondorff`s films are adaptations of literary works, including those of Marcel Proust, Heinrich von Kleist, Gunter Grass, Arthur Miller, Max Frisch, and others. Schlondorff has also focused on WWII, its build-up and consequences, and on the communist insurrections of the 1960`s and 70`s, especially in The Lost Honour of Katarina Blum (1975), Germany in Autumn (1978) and The Legend of Rita (2000). In 1979 Tin Drum was awarded the Palme d`Or, and the Oscar for best Foreign Film. The year before, Schlondorff shared the Special ...