German Film

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Film library to date. Want to see indicates that film is on a wish list to add to my collection.

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Diary of a Lost Girl 1981,  Unrated)
Pandora's Box 1929,  Unrated)
Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) 1930,  Unrated)
M 1931,  Unrated)
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) 1972,  R)
Fitzcarraldo 1982,  PG)
Woyzeck 1979,  Unrated)
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) 1979,  PG)
Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) 1975,  PG)
Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum)
Brilliant! Who could have foreseen how relevant reactionary right-wing conservativism and a terrorizing media would be to contemporary American politics?
Berlin Alexanderplatz 1980,  Unrated)
Lola 1981,  R)
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss 1982,  R)
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Chilling! Fassbinder's visual technique complements the morphine induced highs and lows experienced by the star. A harrowing satire of the fickleness of the film industry, public perception, addiction, and the parasites that prosper through exploitation.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) 1979,  R)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
Another brilliant post WWII response, this film reviews West Germany's Wirtschaftswunder. A compellingly wrought marriage of contradictions: survival and adaptation; idealism and cynicism; compassion and coldness. The final, ironic commentary "Germany has won" raises chilling implications.
Martha 1974,  Unrated)
Wicked! Fassbinder is one of the few directors that can create high comedy instead of melodrama out of a borgeois, sado-masochistic relationship.
Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) 1978,  Unrated)
Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)
Personally, I think this is one of Bogarde's finest roles.
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt) 1999,  R)
Winter Sleepers 1997,  R)
Head-On (Gegen die Wand) 2005,  R)
Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
Paths of self-destruction and despair collide and traverse winding roads to affirmation. Faith Akin immerses this familiar plot in Turkish-German culture, avoiding pretension, melodrama and cliche to reveal achingly honest and human characters.
Im Juli. (In July) 2001,  Unrated)
Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) 2007,  G)
The Lives of Others 2006,  R)
Der Freie Wille (The Free Will) 2006,  Unrated)
Der Freie Wille (The Free Will)
an unflinching exploration of damaged psyches, alll the more disturbing because of the intrinsic nature of the disturbances, free will, and naked, raw pain.
Pingpong 2006,  Unrated)
one of the finest psychological films in years. nuanced performances. let the games begin!
The Counterfeiters 2007,  R)
The Counterfeiters
not just another WWII / Holocaust movie. this film is engrossing, and resplendent with its truthfulness and humanity.
Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) 2008,  Unrated)
Downfall (Der Untergang) 2004,  R)
Downfall (Der Untergang)
An important and grim film about the final days of the Third Reich within Hitler's bunker. The complexities of Hitler's character, complete in its brutality and humanity, are eerily realized in Bruno Ganz's performance. The power of this film is its historical accuracy, the varied fates of the leaders and followers, and the realization that youth is no excuse for lack of political awareness.
The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) 2005,  R)
The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
Provocative! Is there a place for revolution within capatilistic society? Who is responsible for its ills? How can you change society without resorting to terrorism? Is hope for change merely youthful idealism? While the film raises many questions, it falls short on answers. The cast compensates for any directorial shortcomings, as the characters are sympathetic and well-acted. Stipe Erceg has 'cheekbones like geometery and eyes of sin.'
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) 2008,  R)
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)
WOW!!! A very powerful, intense, eerie, shocking film. There is no positive outcome with terrorism. Idealism, objectives, and goals are muddled by the means. Yet, there is no doubt that there are societal wrongs that require correction and reigning powers are sometimes part of or benefit from the problem. I know nothing about this era of German history or the veracity of this presentation, but seeing this film triggers the desire to learn more about the context.
Good Bye, Lenin 2004,  R)
Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) 2010,  Unrated)
The Rabbit Is Me 1965,  Unrated)
The Rabbit Is Me
It's amazing that the GDR even permitted this film to be made, with its bias toward social democracy and commentary on individualism. Although the film was quickly suppressed by the 11th Plenum and never screened in the GDR, we are fortunate this seminal film was preserved for its rare glimpse of a culture lost in time.
Murderers Are Among Us 1946,  Unrated)
Murderers Are Among Us
Berlin has surrendered, the Reich has fallen, Germany lost once again. Amidst the war torn ravages, the people also cope with psychic rubble. An important film, the first shot in post-war Germany, using the very real setting of a city destroyed, rats included. There are some wonderful shots and montage sequences, yet the plot isn't near as sophisticated as the setting and subject matter. Fortunately, the Soviets were interested in developing a cinematic presence for post-war Germany, as the Western Allies were strongly against film production.
Born in '45 (Jahrgang '45) 1990,  Unrated)
Born in '45 (Jahrgang '45)
Inspired by Italian Neorealism, this movie seemingly encapsulates 1960â??s youth in the GDR, East Berlin. Shot on location, predominantly in Prenzlauer Berg, this work is not a response to post-WWII devastation or identity like Italian cinema. This film is unique; its own narrative and singular testament to time and place. The youth are familiarly dissatisfied and disconsolate, but are not rebellious and alienated like their Western counterparts. There is an underlying energy questioning freedom and the future. Through the body language and understated camera movements, you feel the restlessness nagging the protagonist (Whatâ??s next? Is that all there is?). The director was never able to finish the film, so itâ??s obviously left open-ended. This is a poetically resonant, uncorrupted work, inadvertently preserved since it was banned upon release and not reissued until 1990.
The Adventures of Werner Holt 1965,  Unrated)
Solo Sunny 1979,  Unrated)
Yesterday Girl 1966,  Unrated)
Practice of Love 1984,  Unrated)
Practice of Love
This was a bizarre movie experience. I can't say I really enjoyed the film, but I ranked it higher because of the innovative camerawork and color usage. I have now been to Valie Export.
That Was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany 1993,  Unrated)
That Was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany
The great social experiment...that failed. Fascinating!
Lili Marleen 1981,  R)
Chinesisches Roulette (Chinese Roulette) 1977,  R)
Fontane Effi Briest 1974,  Unrated)
The Scarlet Empress (Catherine the Great) 1934,  Unrated)
Christiane F.: A True Story 1981,  Unrated)

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