Germany Is Still a Metaphysical Conundrum

What was most haunting about shooting “Being Radler” was that it became clear, while interviewing all these people who had spied for or been spied on by East German intelligence, that the same forces that had given rise to totalitarianism — historical, cultural, even spiritual — were still very much alive in the new Germany. These forces had not been exorcised but simply channeled into more constructive avenues. That was good, but it left one uneasy, as if something very bad could happen at any moment. “Being Radler” will be posted this month at

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