Tag Archives: german
Violent Province / Provincia violenta (1978) Mario Bianchi, Calogero Caruana, Antonella Dogan, Alicia Leoni, Crime, Thriller
Franco Sereni, a captain of carabiniers, is dismissed from service for being the proponent of “the law of the gun”. He is asked to hold a private investigation of several cases of blackmailing wealthy women. Soon Sereni finds out that there is much more then just blackmailing.
Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war / The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (1937) Karl Hartl, Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann, Marieluise Claudius, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement with two young British female travelers ensues, but the plot deepens into the disappearance of rare Mauritius postage stamps which they undertake to recover, in their role as Holmes and Watson.
Frauen In New York / Women in New York (1977) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Eva Mattes, Angela Schmid, Margit Carstensen, Comedy
The main characters in this film are wives of rich men who have nothing to do because they have staff – like the cook, the maid, the hairdresser, the manicurist, the governess, the teacher, the tailor etc. – who work for them. Naturally, the wives themselves do not pursue careers, they depend on their husbands’ money. This is why most of their thoughts revolve around the husband. And because the husband only appears as “the” man, there is no man in this film. All women fight for the same man. Those who have one, want to keep him no matter what. And those who do not have one yet only have one goal: To take away somebody else’s husband.
Naked Among Wolves / Nackt unter Wölfen (1963) Frank Beyer, Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wójcik, Drama, War
As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovered. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him–moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors.
The Mad Magician (1954) John Brahm, Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask design. When Don embarks upon his own career as Gallico the Great, showcasing his own masterful illusions, his dreams are shattered by Ormond and he turns to murder to vent his frustrations.
Die Nichten der Frau Oberst / Secrets of a French Maid (1980) Erwin C. Dietrich, Karine Gambier, Brigitte Lahaie, Pascale Vital, Comedy, Erotic
Frau Oberst has 2 young nieces who are very open with their sexuality. She hopes to find adequate lovers for her nieces and along the way finds herself in some precarious sexual situations. After a series of sexual encounters between just about everyone at the estate, the Countess drops by for a party where the nieces announce their wedding intentions.
Das Kaninchen bin ich / The Rabbit Is Me (1965) Kurt Maetzig, Angelika Waller, Alfred Müller, Ilse Voigt, Drama, Romance
The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for political reasons; she eventually confronts him with his opportunism and hypocrisy. It is a sardonic portrayal of the German Democratic Republic’s judicial system and its social implications. The film was banned by officials as an anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist attack on the state. It henceforth lent its name to all the banned films of 1965, which became known as the “Rabbit Films.” After its release in 1990, The Rabbit Is Me earned critical praise as one of the most important and courageous works ever made in East Germany. It was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005 as part of the film series Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany.
Nacktschnecken / Slugs (2004) Michael Glawogger, Raimund Wallisch, Michael Ostrowski, Pia Hierzegger, Comedy, Drama, Erotic
Three college dropouts trying to make ends meet in Graz, Austria. One day they get the ultimate job offer: to shoot an amateur porn video. It sounds like good money, sexual adventure, and just plain fun. Despite a few initial difficulties, the three friends develop an almost fierce ambition to achieve their goal. But love, embarrassment, and technical difficulties get in the way.
Mein Kampf / My Fight (2009) Urs Odermatt, Götz George, Tom Schilling, Anna Unterberger, Biography, Comedy, Drama
The young, despotic and untalented artist Adolf Hitler comes to Vienna to study art. He befriends the Jew Schlomo Herzl working on a novel with the title “Mein Kampf”. Hitler is rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Herzl’s concern for the sad young man continues, and leads him to a new career with disastrous consequences for world history.