FQ Columnist Bilal Qureshi examines two recent German historical dramas that address the cultural and artistic process of grappling with the country's Nazi and Communist past: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Werk ohne Autor (Never Look Away, 2018) and Christian Petzold's Transit (2018). He queries the two films’ highly divergent receptions at home and abroad and asks what Germany's rejection of the lush romanticism of Never Look Away—and embrace of Christian Petzold's unresolved puzzles—can tell us about the shifting grounds of how history is seen and interpreted on-screen in this moment.

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