In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust, married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim, a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.
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Trilogie : Wohin und Zurück / Welcome in Vienna (1982-1986) Axel Corti, Gabriel Barylli, Nicolas Brieger, Claudia Messner, Drama, War
Wien 1945. Der Zweite Weltkrieg ist zu Ende. Freddy Wolff und Georges Adler, österreichischer und deutscher Herkunft, sind in die USA emigriert und nun Soldaten in der amerikanischen Armee. Wien ist zerstört und in vier Besatzungszonen aufgeteilt. Die Stadt wird vom Schwarzmarkt beherrscht. Österreich nimmt sich als unschuldiges Opfer des Nationalsozialismus wahr und verweigert jegliche Aufarbeitung. Die Bevölkerung passt sich mehr schlecht als recht an das neue System an. Freddy lehnt jedoch die allgemeine Heuchelei ab und leidet an seiner Liebe für die junge Schauspielerin Claudia.
Verbotene Filme / Forbidden Films (2014) Felix Moeller, Götz Aly, Stefan Drössler, Jörg Jannings, Documentary
1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Utilizing clips from the films and recorded discussions from public screenings (permitted in Germany in educational contexts) in Munich, Berlin, Paris and Jerusalem, Moeller shows how contentious these 70-year-old films remain, and how propaganda can retain its punch when presented to audiences susceptible to manipulation.
Jack the Ripper (1976) Jesús Franco, Klaus Kinski, Josephine Chaplin, Andreas Mannkopff, Horror, Exploitation, Drama, Thriller
The inimitable Klaus Kinski (NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE, CRAWLSPACE, FITZCARRALDO) assumes the role of the most heinous criminal of modern history – JACK THE RIPPER – in this explicitly savage, wildly erotic version of the infamous tale from Europe’s most notorious filmmaker, Jess Franco. Kinski stars as a sympathetic doctor by day who, when night falls, sheds his skin and stalks the shadowy streets of London as the prostitute-murdering Jack the Ripper. While Scotland Yard races to stop his bloody reign of terror, a young woman launches her own investigation and becomes the Ripper’s next target. Produced by German exploitation film legend Erwin C. Dietrich and co-starring Franco’s longtime muse, the sensual Lina Romay, JACK THE RIPPER is one of the controversial director’s finest films, presented here in a lush anamorphic widescreen transfer, freshly struck from a new, glorious HD master. Think you’ve seen JACK THE RIPPER? Think again…
The Blue Angel / Der blaue Engel (1930) Josef von Sternberg, Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Drama, Music
Concerned that some of his students are being corrupted by the entertainment at a local club, the Blue Angel, Professor Immanuel Rath pays a visit to the establishment intent on having his charges barred from the premises. There however he meets Lola Lola and quickly becomes infatuated with her and thus begins the professor’s downward spiral. They are married but he is forced to leave his teaching position and is soon working at odd jobs for the traveling cabaret troupe. When the troupe once again finds itself performing at the Blue Angel, Rath visits his old school, a broken man.
She Devils of the Ss / Eine Armee Gretchen (1973) Erwin C. Dietrich, Elisabeth Felchner, Karin Heske, Renate Kasché, Comedy, Thriller, War, Erotic
In the last days of WW2, women are volunteering from all over Germany to serve in the front lines by having sex with the brave Nazi soldiers. But when they start having sex with each other, things get complicated. Especially with the increasing danger from the revengeful Soviet army
Emanuelle In The Country / Messo comunale praticamente spione (1978) Mario Bianchi, Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Cándida López, Comedy, Erotic
When Emanuelle (Gemser) arrives in the small Italian village heads start turning and eyes start popping. All males in the town are falling all over themselves trying to get a look (or a feel) of the new doctor. One in particular is the fiancee of the mayor’s daughter. A kind of “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” feud with a political twist has been going on and the young lovers’ families are, unfortunately, on opposite sides. Emanuelle’s shower becomes the target of a gang of voyeurs, including the pillars of the community. She uses it as a stage to taunt the watchers to charge into her apartment on the notion that she is showering with the mayor’s daughter’s fiancee. Instead of what they expected, they find the two young lovers in bed. Can Emanuelle shame them into allowing the marriage that they had been preventing?
White Skin Black Thighs / Weiße Haut und schwarze Schenkel (1976) Jesús Franco, Kali Hansa, Pilar Coll, Diotta Fatou, Thriller, Mistery, Erotic
Robert Kuhn is looking forward to a nice evening in the brothel: First he enjoys the strip show, then he runs with his chosen ones back to a room. A short time later, he was arrested and the black lady, with whom he had spent the night, is with life-threatening injuries in hospital. Robert’s wife Lola is shocked when she learns of it: But her husband’s brothel shocked her, but that her husband should have pushed the prostitutes out of the window, they can not believe. In order to prove the innocence of her husband, Lola examined for the brothel where he meets Lena know that lesbian friend and colleague of the victim. By Lena gets the naive Lola in a maelstrom of sex, love and lesbian lust ..
Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie / Westfront 1918 (1930) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis, Drama, Romance, War
A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily terror fills their lives as the attacks on and from the French army ebb and flow. One of the men, Karl, goes home on leave only to discover the degradation forced on his family by wartime poverty. He returns to the lines in time to face an enormous attack by French tanks.
From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014) Rüdiger Suchsland, Siegfried Kracauer, Fritz Lang, Thomas Elsaesser, Documentary, Biography, History
“Metropolis” (1927), “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), “M” (1931), “Nosferatu” (1922), “People on Sunday” (1930), “Berlin, Symphony of a Metropolis” (1927) all rank among the classics and most influential films of European Cinema. FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER tells the story of early German Cinema as the story of social and cultural upheaval in the first republic, between 1918 and 1933. Siegfried Kracauer, who wrote the groundbreaking book ‘From Caligari to Hitler’ (1947) on this ‘Weimar Cinema’, is a central figure, as is Fritz Lang, the most versatile of all Weimar directors. The viewer will encounter the cast members of the young Republic’s stage: Marlene Dietrich, Louise Brooks, Emil Jannings, directors such as G.W.Pabst and F.W. Murnau, writers like Billy Wilder and many more – those who helped shape the new art of cinema.