Willy Forst of course is famous for looking back on the ‘old Vienna’ in a mixture of nostalgia and gentle irony in his films, but “Wiener Blut” may be the one which most highlights the question of what makes the ‘true’ Viennese style. We get a first answer right at the beginning, when Forst himself masqueraded as a medieval alchemist mixes the ingredients for the brew of this film, which are ‘humour’, ‘frivolity’, ‘heart’, ‘history’ and most of all, ‘music’. And the film gets this mixture right.
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Mujeres salvajes (1984) Gabriel Retes, Tina Romero, Jorge Santoyo, Patricia Mayers, Action, Crime, Drama, Erotic
Six women murderers escape from prison to dug out a gold treasure buried in the woods, but six male campers are sitting on it. Birds get shot, women and men get shot, and the prize goes to the surviving few.
Die Flucht / The Flight (1977) Roland Gräf, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jenny Gröllmann, Erika Pelikowsky, Drama, Thriller
When Dr. Schmith’s proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, he decides to leave East Germany and strikes a deal with an escape agency that promises him a leading position at a children’s hospital in West Germany.
The Friend of Friends / Die Freunde der Freunde (2002) Dominik Graf, Matthias Schweighöfer, Sabine Timoteo, Florian Stetter, Drama, Romance
Set in the boarding school milieu, the film depicts the meeting of shy Gregor and mysterious Billie. Billie has a son, her husband is in jail. Arthur, Gregor’s friend, is a serial Lothario, forever unfaithful to his girlfriend Pia. Both Arthur and Billie have had a similar mystical experience related to someone’s death.
Der schöne Tag / A Fine Day (2001) Thomas Arslan, Serpil Turhan, Bilge Bingul, Florian Stetter, Drama
A day in the life of the 21 years old Deniz, who aims to become an actress and makes her living by dubbing movies. After she has split with her old boyfriend she gets to know Diego and spends the evening with him.
Zombies from Outer Space (2012) Martin Faltermeier, Judith Gorgass, Florian Kiml, Siegfried Foster, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Bavaria in the late fifties. Someday the life of Maria, a young girl, changes all of a sudden when she finds the body of a woman. The scientist Dr. Robert Hoelzlein and the American Captain John Welles, deployed in Bavaria, are commissioned to solve the apparently obvious murder case.
Die große Liebe / The Great Love (1931) Otto Preminger, Hansi Niese, Attila Hörbiger, Betty Bird, Drama
After ten years of detention in Russia as a prisoner of war, Franz returns to his native Vienna. When he saves a child from drowning his photo gets onto the title page of the newspaper and is seen by Frieda, an elderly shopkeeper whose son is a missing person in the war.
Am Abend nach der Oper / In the Evening After the Opera (1945) Arthur Maria Rabenalt, Gusti Huber, Siegfried Breuer, Robert Lindner, Drama, Romance
This totally forgotten film is adapted from a story by Franz Nabl who also provided the basis for Der verzauberte Tag. The story is about a rich murderer (Siegfried Breuer) who killed his wife out of jealousy nd tries to start a new life. He meets a young woman (Gusti Huber) and marries her without telling her the secret directly.
Hate Thy Neighbor / Odia il prossimo tuo / Hasse deinen Nachsten (1968) Ferdinando Baldi, Spiros Focás, George Eastman, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Action, Drama, Western
Ken wants justice for his brother Bill, who was killed by a notorious gunman named Stevens for a goldmine map. The gunman is arguing with gangster Malone (Horst Frank) about the map. A deadly cat and mouse game between the three men ensues.
Vivi (Britta Hammelstein) is exhausted. Actually, she is about to become an attorney and to move in together with her boyfriend Adam (Golo Euler), but somehow, she is stuck. She tries to flee back to her Moms (Victoria Trauttmansdorff) couch, only to find that there is no more space for her.