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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Naughty Nymphs (1972) Franz Antel, Michel Caputo, Sybil Danning, Eva Garden, Alena Penz, Comedy, Erotic
When their straight-laced sister loses her job and returns home, Maria and Christel’s sex lives grinds to a halt. They conspire, with the aid of a “potency pill,” to change her views about sex. But little goes as planned.
Die Flucht / The Flight (1977) Roland Gräf, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jenny Gröllmann, Erika Pelikowsky, Drama, Thriller
When Dr. Schmith’s proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, he decides to leave East Germany and strikes a deal with an escape agency that promises him a leading position at a children’s hospital in West Germany.
Seven Hours of Gunfire / Aventuras del Oeste (1965) Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, Rik Van Nutter, Adrian Hoven, Gloria Milland, Western
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…
The Friend of Friends / Die Freunde der Freunde (2002) Dominik Graf, Matthias Schweighöfer, Sabine Timoteo, Florian Stetter, Drama, Romance
Set in the boarding school milieu, the film depicts the meeting of shy Gregor and mysterious Billie. Billie has a son, her husband is in jail. Arthur, Gregor’s friend, is a serial Lothario, forever unfaithful to his girlfriend Pia. Both Arthur and Billie have had a similar mystical experience related to someone’s death.
Der schöne Tag / A Fine Day (2001) Thomas Arslan, Serpil Turhan, Bilge Bingul, Florian Stetter, Drama
A day in the life of the 21 years old Deniz, who aims to become an actress and makes her living by dubbing movies. After she has split with her old boyfriend she gets to know Diego and spends the evening with him.
Zombies from Outer Space (2012) Martin Faltermeier, Judith Gorgass, Florian Kiml, Siegfried Foster, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Bavaria in the late fifties. Someday the life of Maria, a young girl, changes all of a sudden when she finds the body of a woman. The scientist Dr. Robert Hoelzlein and the American Captain John Welles, deployed in Bavaria, are commissioned to solve the apparently obvious murder case.
After not seeing him since he was a child, a successful advertising executive with the ideal family is visited by his cousin. He soon finds that his cousin and his cousin’s fiance are taking over his and his wife’s life and winning the affection of his son.
Vivi (Britta Hammelstein) is exhausted. Actually, she is about to become an attorney and to move in together with her boyfriend Adam (Golo Euler), but somehow, she is stuck. She tries to flee back to her Moms (Victoria Trauttmansdorff) couch, only to find that there is no more space for her.
Driving Me Crazy (1988) Nick Broomfield, André Heller, Graciela Daniele, Mercedes Ellington, Documentary
Both uproaringly funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield’s behind-the-scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonious unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity conspire to ruin the best efforts of all involved in the New York rehearsals for an extravangant, glitzy production.