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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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Kriegerin / Combat Girls (2011) David Wnendt, Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad, Drama

Kriegerin (2011)
Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group’s ideology. But Marisa’s convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted to him, she will learn that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way. Will Marisa ever be able to get out of this group?
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Messer im Kopf / Knife in the Head (1979) Reinhard Hauff, Bruno Ganz, Angela Winkler, Hans Christian Blech, Drama

Messer im Kopf (1979)
One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center – Hoffmann runs into the building and ends up being shot in the head. He awakens with brain trauma, partially paralyzed and unable to speak. The police accuse him of stabbing an officer; the radicals herald him as an innocent victim of police brutality. During his slow recovery at the hospital, Hoffmann must piece together his life and struggle to remember the events of that night.
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Friedliche Tage / Peaceful Days (1984) Richard Blank, Richard Beek, Beppo Brem, Raphael Klachkin, Drama

Friedliche Tage AKA Peaceful Days (1984)
The dramatic arc of Friedliche Tage was developed from images and the people who sustained those images. As long as the film is set in the building where the executions are carried out and the delinquents await their end, the tale is told with “classic” suspense. After Hanna leaves there with Robert, her potential executioner played by Branko Samarowski the traditional, linear narrative form dissolves into individual motifs; images that taken together show that these two, as a couple, can’t manage in the “normal” world. And in the end, some viewers are happy that the executioner returns to his old domain. He knows his way around there, he admits to being guilty of leaving. His career is advancing there. Happy ending?
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