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Maskerade / Masquerade in Vienna (1934) Willi Forst, Paula Wessely, Anton Walbrook, Peter Petersen, Comedy, Romance

Maskerade AKA Masquerade in Vienna (1934)
Vienna 1905: After a carnival party the famous painter Heidenick draws his otherwise engaged girlfriend Anita Helfer with very few clothes on, only blurs her face. The image makes it into the newspaper the next day – but since he can’t tell the model’s name without offending her influential fiancée, he comes up with the fictional name Leopoldine Dur. Unfortunately there is a secretary with that name, who now gets into the focus of high society – and into Heidenick’s, much to Anita’s anger.

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Hanna Amon (1951) Veit Harlan, Kristina Söderbaum, Lutz Moik, Ilse Steppat, Drama

Hanna Amon (1951)
Hanna and her brother Thomas Amon live on the estate of their deceased parents. While Hanna of local veterinary and Thomas Brunner of the mayor’s daughter is secretly admired and sought after, the sisters have eyes only for each other. Thomas, however, forfeited the much older, seductive Vera Colombani, a castle owner. He follows her (his sister, defying the warnings) to the south, where they spend the winter. Thomas is dropped in the wake of the Colombani and returns repentant return to the home farm. But when he meets again with his former lover, he triggers a disaster the Colombani and eventually fall victim to Hanna.

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Operette (1940) Willi Forst, Maria Holst, Dora Komar, Musical

Operette (1940)
The first film of Willi Forst’s legendary Viennese trilogy is essentially a condensed history of the golden age of Viennese operetta mirrored in the fictive love story between director Jauner (Willi Forst) and actress Geistinger (Maria Holst). Famous historical facts and persons are woven into an occasionally melodramatic, occasionally funny love hate relationship where Jauner tries to impress Geistinger artistically and romantically but is mostly rebuked. The cast is filled with lots of great actors from Paul Hörbiger to Siegfried Breuer to Curd Jürgens and this costly superproduction which is always a stylish delight was a smash success.

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Soul Kitchen (2009) Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Pheline Roggan, Comedy, Drama

Soul Kitchen (2009)
In Hamburg, Zinos has a restaurant serving poor-man’s fare; he gets by, but his girlfriend has taken a job in Shanghai, he’s hurt has back and can’t cook, his feckless brother can be on daily parole from jail only if Zinos employs him (though his brother doesn’t want to work), a school acquaintance wants to buy the restaurant property, and the tax authority and health inspector are on his case. Zinos hires a temperamental chef and loses all his customers, signs a power of attorney giving his brother full authority at the restaurant, and buys a ticket to Shanghai. Is this a recipe for disaster?

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Mephisto (1981) István Szabó, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Drama

Mephisto (1981)
A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the popularity of his character supercedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons.

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Nachthelle (2015) Florian Gottschick, Anna Grisebach, Benno Fürmann, Vladimir Burlakov, Drama, Mystery

Nachthelle (2015)
A drama with a supernatural edge, this genre-crossing gem finds two couples visiting a home from their past, and sexual tension that brings out the worst in each other. Long-buried grudges resurface and it seems unlikely the couples will return intact. Faced with an outcome that will upset their delicate balance of happiness, the world offers them a bizarre opportunity to correct it.

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