AFTER A promotional screening of the movie "The Nasty Girl" (see review on previous page) last week, German director Michael Verhoeven and Anna Elizabeth Rosmus, the woman on whom the movie is based, talked to the audience.
Asked about German reaction to his sometimes-comedic film about dealing with the Nazi past, Verhoeven said, "The younger generation received it well. The older generation was silent. This is about what the film is all about: wiping out history, which is not possible."
Verhoeven had already done a conventional documentary on Rosmus, and the Rosmus story is well-known in Germany, so "Nasty Girl" was his attempt to "find a way to talk about things already said a thousand times."
For Rosmus, "Nasty Girl," about a girl's attempt to investigate her hometown's moral conduct during the Third Reich days, "is not only my private reality but also a typical German one . . . I have had to learn to be a fighter. I have had to deal with dangerous situations."
She has written several books about her experience and findings, including "A Case of Resistance and Persecution, Passau 1933-1939" (published in 1983) and "Balancing Horrors -- The History of the Jews in the Region of Passau from 1945 to 1990." Rosmus says her books have been made unofficially unavailable in her hometown of Passau (where Adolf Hitler, Adolf Eichmann and Nazi police security chief Karl Kaltenbrunner once lived).
The only mention of the movie, Rosmus said, was a one-sentence review in the local newspaper saying "The movie is better than expected."
THE BIOGRAPH will screen "Silence=Death" and "Positive," the first two films in director Rosa von Praunheim's documentary trilogy about AIDS, Tuesday through Thursday. There will be a special champagne reception at 9 Tuesday, between movies. Opening night admission, which benefits ACT-UP/DC, is $15; call 202/462-8970 to order tickets. Admission is $5 at other times.
THE AMERICAN Film Institute is currently showing films pertaining to this year's Kennedy Center Honorees: Katharine Hepburn, Jule Styne, Dizzy Gillespie, Rise Stevens and Billy Wilder. For Hepburn this week, there's "Woman of the Year" this weekend, "Without Love" on Sunday and Monday and "Christopher Strong," shown with "Sylvia Scarlett," on Wednesday. For Billy Wilder, the AFI will show "Witness for the Prosecution" this weekend and "A Foreign Affair" on Wednesday and Thursday. For Styne, it's "Bells Are Ringing" on Friday; "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" on Sunday and Tuesday; and "Three Coins in the Fountain" on Thursday and Dec. 14.
Admission is $6 ($5 AFI members); for recorded schedule, call 202/785-4600.