Tag Archives: german

Das zweite Gleis / The Second Track (1962) Joachim Kunert, Albert Hetterle, Annekathrin Bürger, Horst Jonischkan, Drama, Romance, War

Das zweite Gleis (1962)
An attempted robbery from a railway freight wagon takes place in a marshaling yard in East Germany. The Yard Supervisor, Brock recognises the thief as someone he has good reason to hate from the wartime. But identifying him would bring all sorts of ghosts out to haunt him, so he denies knowing the man. Meanwhile his daughter and her boyfriend get curious about the past and when they investigate, they expose a history that is explosive. Can anyone put the genie back in the bottle?

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Egon Schiele – Exzesse / Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment (1981) Herbert Vesely, Mathieu Carrière, Jane Birkin, Christine Kaufmann, Biography, Drama

Egon Schiele Exzesse (1981)
Egon Schiele Exzess und Bestrafung, also known as Egon Schiele Excess and Punishment (English) and Egon Schiele, enfer et passion (French) is a 1981 film based on the life of the Austrian artist Egon Schiele. It stars Mathieu Carriere as Schiele with Jane Birkin as his artist muse Wally and Christine Kaufman as his wife Edith and Christina Van Eyck as her sister. The film is essentially a depiction of obsession and its constituents of sex, alcohol and uncontrolled emotions.Set in Austria during the Great War, Schiele is depicted as the agent of social change leading to destruction of those he loves and ultimately of himself.

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Die kommenden Tage / The Coming Days (2010) Lars Kraume, Bernadette Heerwagen, Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Drama, Sci-Fi

Die kommenden Tage (2010)
Die kommenden Tage is the story of an upper middle-class Berlin family on their personal journey from the present day into a near future, a journey into a time of uncertainty and grave changes. Due to a rare antibody reaction, Laura Kuper has to choose between her desire to have children and Hans, the love of her life. Her sister Cecilia is driven into the abyss of a newly developing terrorist movement by her unreturned love to Konstantin. And then there is Philip, the youngest child of the family, pulled into a hopeless war for Germany for the few remaining oilfields of Asia. A destabilized family tackles a destabilized world, entering their future with all their hopes and fears.

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Professor Mamlock (1961) Konrad Wolf, Wolfgang Heinz, Ursula Burg, Hilmar Thate, Drama

Professor Mamlock (1961)
Professor Hans Mamlock is the distinguished chief of surgery in a university hospital. The year is 1933, and although the Professor is Jewish, he remains unconcerned with politics and the growing Nazi threat. Mamlock identifies strongly as a German, and he believes his culture to be simply incapable of the common barbarism associated with the Nazi party. Accordingly, he shows little understanding for people with strong or unpopular political views, such as Walter, a patient, and Rolf, his own son. Indeed, when Rolf joins the communists in resisting the Nazis, Mamlock throws him out of his house. As the persecution of Jews intensifies during the 1930s, Mamlock’s own daughter is targeted for anti-Semitic attacks at her school. Professor Mamlock, however, refuses to believe her, and at work he disregards the anti-Semitism of his colleague, Dr. Hellpach. By 1938, however, anti-Jewish racial laws demand Mamlock’s removal from office.

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Lebenszeichen / Signs of Life (1968) Werner Herzog, Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou, Drama

Lebenszeichen (Werner Herzog, 1968)
A wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet island of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a decaying fortress, they guard a munitions depot. There’s little to do: Becker, a classicist, translates inscriptions on ancient tablets found in the fortress, Meinhart devises traps for cockroaches, Nora helps Stroszek make fireworks using gunpowder from grenades in the depot. Slowly, in the heat and torpor, Stroszek goes mad, drives the others from the fortress, and threatens the city with blowing up the depot. With care, the German command must figure out how to get him down.

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Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. / The Thirteen Trunks of Mr. O.F. (1931) Alexis Granowsky, Alfred Abel, Peter Lorre, Harald Paulsen, Comedy

Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (1931)
In the very oldfashioned town of Ostend suddenly 13 suitcases are delivered to the hotel, with a note, that O.F. will be here soon and needs 6 rooms (the hotel just has five). This event, probably the biggest in 300 years, starts a small wave of modernisation, yet everybody is wondering who O.F. is. Journalist Stix and architect Stark have an idea how to use this event. They proclaim, that O.F. is a former citizen of the town, who became a millionaire abroad. They tell their fellow citizens that the town still needs modernisation, like better hotels, nightclubs, shops, etc. And soon, Ostend is a boomtown, then a capital. The architect, responsible for the new buildings is finaly allowed to marry the mayor’s daughter, while Stix marries the cabaret star and the widowed mayor his new secretary. The only problem is, O.F. hasn’t shown up, while finance experts from all over the world are trying to solve the depression problem, that is non-existant in Ostend, this soon lets the people …

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Heller Wahn / Sheer Madness (1983) Margarethe von Trotta, Hanna Schygulla, Angela Winkler, Peter Striebeck, Drama

Heller Wahn (Margarethe von Trotta, 1983)
Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. Ruth dreams in black and white, sometimes of her suicide. Olga lectures on a 19th-century writer, von Günderrode, a suicide after the breakup of her intense friendship with Bettina Brentano. Ruth’s husband Franz encourages the women’s friendship, then, as Olga draws Ruth out and the friendship deepens, he becomes jealous. After the women travel to Egypt, Franz has a tirade. Ruth seems crushed between her husband and her friend, and how she responds is the film’s climax.

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Der amerikanische Soldat / The American Soldier (1970) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Karl Scheydt, Elga Sorbas, Jan George, Drama

Der amerikanische Soldat (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970)
Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home town of Munich to eliminate a few problem crooks for three renegade cops. He inspects his old neighborhood with his childhood accomplice Franz Walsch, and pays a short visit to his mother and doting brother. When Ricky asks the hotel clerk for a girl, one of the cops sends his girlfriend Rosa. However, she falls for the killer.

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Der Glanz des Tages / The Shine Of Day (2012) Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, Philipp Hochmair, Walter Saabel, Drama

Der Glanz des Tages AKA The Shine Of Day (2012)
Phillip Hochmair is a young, successful actor with engagements at big theatres in Vienna and Hamburg. His life is marked by learning new texts by heart, rehearsals, and performances, thus gradually losing contact with the reality of everyday life. Only when he meets his uncle Walter, whom he didn’t know about before and establishes an ambiguous friendship with, and also faces his neighbour Victor’s destiny, he discovers with full force how cruel the daily battle for survival can be.

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