Germany, 1977. A mature, rich and bored woman called Elisabeth (Elke Aufderheide) is taking a ride with the “Rheingold”, a first-class high-speed train of the seventies along the river Rhine. In the train she is meeting her old school mate and lover who is working as a waiter and falls in love with him again. Her husband, a busy politician, realizes what’s going on and tries to catch the train to face his wife and her lover in a fatal showdown.
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Schoolgirl Report 2 / Schulmädchen-Report 2. Teil – Was Eltern den Schlaf raubt (1971) Ernst Hofbauer, Friedrich von Thun, Rena Bergen, Kurt Bülau, Drama, Erotic
Schoolgirl Report 1 / Schulmädchen-Report: Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten (1970) Ernst Hofbauer, Günther Kieslich, Wolf Harnisch, Helga Kruck, Drama, Erotic
A teenage girl is caught petting with the bus driver during an outing. The school’s parent council discusses her punishment. One parent, a psychologist, suggests that her behavior is not abnormal or worthy of expulsion. He describes teen girls’ experiments with sex, and these dramatized vignettes, interspersed with man-in-the-street interviews with young women about their attitudes and experiences, make a case for 60’s generation’s attitude of independence. The girls argue for telling the truth in the face of post-war German convention. In the end, will Renata be expelled or recognized as a girl from a new era?
Barbed Wire Dolls / Frauengefängnis (1976) Jesus Franco, Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Crime, Drama, Horror, Erotic
Maria (Lina Romay) is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her sexually abusive father (Jess Franco). Upon her arrival at the prison, she meets the cold-blooded, sadistic wardress (Monica Swinn) and the spineless and equally sadistic Dr. Costa (Paul Müller). Together the two systematically torture and abuse the inmates, including Maria, who organizes a plan to rebel and escape. This ‘plot’ serves as an excuse for Franco to depict countless scenes of laughable violence and sordid sex, including lesbian trysts, rape, and female masturbation, with the director’s wild zoom lens performing close-up gynaecological examinations whenever possible.
The Man Who Killed Billy the Kid / El hombre que mató a Billy el Niño (1967) Julio Buchs, Peter Lee Lawrence, Fausto Tozzi, Dyanik Zurakowska, Drama, Western
This spaghetti western presents a fictitious version of the often filmed legend of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Billy becomes innocently an outlaw while protecting his mother, but then turns into a trigger happy killer. When he falls in love he tries with the help of Pat Garrett, a fatherly friend, to change back. However, circumstances force Billy to become violent again and it is Garrett who is credited with the killing.
Sometime in the near future, set in an apocalyptic, dying world: Raoul and Raphaela, a young and arrogant upper class couple, are visiting an art exhibition of surrealistic paintings, hosted by a group of young anarchists in their bizarre Loft flat. After making love secretly in an empty back room, they suddenly find themselves caught by the aggressive Gang and being tortured both psychological and physical by their diabolical punk leader Furio, who blames “their likes” of being responsible for the war that destroys the earth.
Der Mönch mit der Peitsche / The College Girl Murders (1967) Alfred Vohrer, Joachim Fuchsberger, Uschi Glas, Grit Boettcher, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Treasure of the Silver Lake / Der Schatz im Silbersee (1962) Harald Reinl, Pierre Brice, Lex Barker, Herbert Lom, Western, Adventure
In Arkansas, a stagecoach is robbed by Colonel Brinkley’s gang. What the gang is really after is a treasure map one of the stagecoach passengers carries. However, Mr. Engel only has half the map. The other half of the treasure map is held by Engel’s partner, a Mr. Patterson. Even so, the gang kills Engel and steal his half a map. Later, Fred Engel, the son of the murdered stagecoach passenger, seeks help to find his father’s killers and retrieve the map. He contacts famous frontier scout Old Shatterhand and his Apache blood brother Winnetou. The three men set out to catch the killers. Fred Engel reveals to his two friends that his father’s missing map pinpoints the location of a gold treasure at Silver Lake. They head toward the farm owned by Mr. Patterson, Engel’s business partner. Patterson has the other half of the map and a daughter, Ellen, whom Fred is in-love with. Unfortunately, Colonel Brinkley’s gang has the same idea of retrieving the other half of the treasure map, since the gang already has the first half of the map.
The Bridge / Die Brücke (1959) Bernhard Wickim, Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Drama, War
Bernhard Wicki’s astonishing The Bridge was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation’s first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment, and proved influential for the coming generation of New German Cinema auteurs.