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Deutschland im Herbst / Germany in Autumn (1978) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Drama

Deutschland im Herbst (1978)
Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie covers the two month time period during 1977 when a businessman was kidnapped, and later murdered, by the left-wing terrorists known as the RAF-Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction). The businessman had been kidnapped in an effort to secure the release of the orginal leaders of the RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang. When the kidnapping effort and a plane hijacking effort failed, the three most prominent leaders of the RAF, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Enslin, and Jean-Carl Raspe, all committed suicide in prison. It has become an article of faith within the left-wing community that these three were actually murdered by the state. The movie has several vignettes, including an extended set of scenes with the famous director Rainer Werner Fassbinder discussing his feelings about Germany’s political …

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Peyton Place (1957) Mark Robson, Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Drama, Romance

Peyton Place (1957)
It’s the pre-WWII era. Peyton Place is a small town in New England, whose leading adult citizens rule the town with their high moral standards, which they try to pass on to their offspring. The adults, especially those that wield power largely through their positions and/or through their wealth, will not tolerate anything they believe morally improper, even if there is a hint of impropriety without comprehensive evidence to back up the hints. As their offspring grow from teenagers to adults, the offspring learn that there is much hypocrisy by the adults lying underneath that façade of proper Christian morals. The offspring begin to rebel in different ways, which is brought to public scrutiny with the arrival into town of an “outsider”, the new young high school principal Michael Rossi, and through a murder trial.

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Der Nachbar / The Neighbor (1993) Götz Spielmann, Rudolf Wessely, Dana Vávrová, Wolfgang Böck, Drama

Der Nachbar (1993)
An old Viennese suburb, an area of ??dilapidated houses, situated on the tracks of the train. There has Rudolf Pawlik (Rudolf Wessely), an old man who lived his quiet, contented life. Always, without excitement, without dangers.
When his neighbor dies and new tenants move into the house, start a new story for him. Herbert (Wolfgang Böck) is a Kliner thug who likes a great would, Michaela (dana vávrová), the young Czech woman is his girlfriend, Agnes (Hana Cainer) her daughter.
Pawlik hates Herbert from the first moment on and he falls in love with Michaela. His feelings are his obsession and the friendly old man is ready to take the path he has chosen to go to the end. Herbert is the enemy standing in the way of all his plans …

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Mazurka (1935) Willi Forst, Pola Negri, Albrecht Schoenhals, Ingeborg Theek, Drama

Mazurka (1935)
“Mazurka” was Willi Forst’s third film as a director, made directly after having achieved a major international success with “Maskerade”. This time, Forst chose to make a drama based on an allegedly real murder case. A young and unexperienced music student (Theek) is courted by a famous pianist (Albrecht Schönhals), but just when she is about to fall for him, the pianist is shot by an unknown woman (Negri). At the court trial, the woman finally tells her own story and the reason for the crime she committed, and a complex family tragedy is unveiled…

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Der Student von Prag / The Student of Prague (1935) Arthur Robison, Anton Walbrook, Theodor Loos, Dorothea Wieck, Drama

Der Student von Prag (1935)
Prague in the 1860s: Balduin is a popular, handsome student, the best fencer in town, in amicable rivalry with his friend Dahl for the affections of Lydia, the innkeeper’s niece. While the students are celebrating Lydia’s birthday, the opera singer Julia Stella arrives at the inn – and Balduin’s life begins to unravel. He is immediately infatuated with the glamorous singer – but she is already kept by an admirer, the wealthy and foppish Baron Waldis. How can a poor student hope to compete? The mysterious Dr. Carpis, who also has ties to Julia and is jealous of the Baron, intervenes. But the price will be higher than Balduin can ever imagine. He risks his sanity and his life – perhaps his very soul – haunted by his own reflection.

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Die Unberührbare / No Place to Go (2000) Oskar Roehler, Hannelore Elsner, Vadim Glowna, Jasmin Tabatabai, Drama

Die Unberuhrbare (2000)
Flanders, a famous female author, travels 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall into the German capitol. She is deeply depressed of the events because she saw the communistic states as a very good thing that has now ended. In the joy of these days she finds no person to understand her, so she has to travel back to Munich. After meeting several people, known and unknown, it seems as if there will be no way to go.

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