Endgame: a Cold War Love Story


(From Introduction)

Stripling: Miss Rettinger, are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist party?

Rettinger: May I read my statement?
— HUAC Hearing, Endgame: a Cold war Love Story

In 1949, The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) Investigating “Communist Infiltration” in positions of influence in US society confiscated a series of film reels. The reels were identified at the work of Leonora Rettinger, a German émigré artist living in New York at the time. 

On September 29th of the same year, Rettinger was summoned to appear before the House Committee on Un-American activities in Washington to testify regarding the content of her film work and her alleged ties to communists in Germany and the US. Her hearing took place in Washington DC from October 3 -7.

Three weeks later,  Rettinger disappeared...



Endgame: A Cold War Love Story brings together fiction, original animation, archival film footage, and a series of interactive interfaces from a puzzle to a map to create a new type of literary work. Users must piece together their own version of events from the remains of one woman's archive. In the process, a story emerges about love, art, and exile.

Endgame: A Cold War Love Story is available in a dual English-French version with screen by screen translation.

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