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Fluchtweg St. Pauli – Großalarm für die Davidswache / Hot Traces of St. Pauli (1971) Wolfgang Staudte, Horst Frank, Christiane Krüger, Heinz Reincke, Thriller

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The dangerous violent criminal Willy Jensen flees from a prison in Hamburg and seeks shelter at his brother Heinz’ apartment. Heinz, an honest taxi-driver, believes in his innocence and helps him – until Willy kills another man in a robbery. After an argument Willy takes his wife Vera, who now lives with Heinz, as hostage on his further flight from the police.

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Wiener Blut / Viennese Spirit (1942) Willi Forst, Willy Fritsch, Maria Holst, Hans Moser, Comedy, Music

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Willy Forst of course is famous for looking back on the ‘old Vienna’ in a mixture of nostalgia and gentle irony in his films, but “Wiener Blut” may be the one which most highlights the question of what makes the ‘true’ Viennese style. We get a first answer right at the beginning, when Forst himself masqueraded as a medieval alchemist mixes the ingredients for the brew of this film, which are ‘humour’, ‘frivolity’, ‘heart’, ‘history’ and most of all, ‘music’. And the film gets this mixture right.

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Seven Hours of Gunfire / Aventuras del Oeste (1965) Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, Rik Van Nutter, Adrian Hoven, Gloria Milland, Western

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When he was 12 years old, Bill Cody, later knew as Buffalo Bill, is rider for “pony express” carrying the mail through the wilds of America. It becomes later caravans guide. When driving one of them meets Luisa, the niece of a priest who tried to evangelize the savage tribes accompanied by a converted Indian. It is a dangerous time because, before the advancing white man, the Sioux tribes are buying weapons from unscrupulous dealers…

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