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More Viewing Options into the Pandemic Summer

I’ve raved about the German series Babylon Berlin on Netflix.Thanks to Hugh Finsten for pointing me to other terrific German series on Crave: Deutschland 83 and Deutschland 86. The New Yorker’s Richard Brody alerted me to free screenings available on the Tubi platform (https://tubitv.com/home).There are 18 films by German master Werner Herzog. (I caught up on the anarchic Even Dwarfs Started Small from 1971 and the absurdist 1977 feature Stroszek.).Included is Aguirre: The Wrath of God, among my 2018 book’s 20 greatest films of all time. Influence (Canada/South Africa 2020, available on CBC Gem and documentary channel) B+ Directed by Richard Poplak and Diana Neille, this probing exposé of the dangers of public relations manipulation was one of the HotDocs selections picked up for broadcast by CBC in May. The villain of the piece is Timothy Bell, head honcho of the firm Bell Pottinger.Clients on the right included Margaret Thatcher and Chile’s Pinochet.But the firm also worked for post-So…