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The Twist / Folies bourgeoises (1976) Claude Chabrol, Bruce Dern, Stéphane Audran, Sydne Rome, Comedy

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French New Wave director Claude Chabrol steps away from his usual style of mysteries and psychological dramas for the sex comedy Folies Bourgeoises, based on the novel Le Malheur Fou by Lucie Faure. Bruce Dern is the American writer William Brandels and Stephane Audran is his French socialite wife, Claire Brandels. The story follows the confusion of the infidelities of the wealthy upper class.

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Sabena / Hay Country Swingers (1971) Alois Brummer, Karin Götz, Johannes Buzalski, Sandra Reni, Comedy, Erotic

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Kicked out of her home after her new stepfather tries to yank her into bed, Sabina walks the streets for about… oh, three or four seconds, before wandering into a threesome with a middle-aged couple who give her a champagne shower. Hitchhiking into the country and thwarting the advances of a goofy motorcyclist, she takes a job at a picturesque farm/tavern surrounded by the kind of storybook mountainside Heidi used to live in. The tavern is owned by a Mr. Holzer who bears an eerie resemblance to a young Harry Novak, the staff are all sexy farmgirls who toil the fields but never sweat, and there’s Flori, the wacky handyman, who never misses an opportunity to make a funny face. Oh yeah, the goofy motorcyclist also gets a job there, and everyone runs around frantically trying to get laid.

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The Upright Sinner / Der brave Sünder (1931) Fritz Kortner, Max Pallenberg, Heinz Rühmann, Dolly Haas, Comedy

The Upright Sinner (1931)
Leopold Pichler (Pallenberg) is a very orderly and trustworthy chief cashier who is asked by his boss to get a large sum of money from the bank which the boss urgently needs on a trip to Vienna. Due to some circumstances, getting the money takes a little longer than expected and the director leaves for Vienna without it. But Pichler sees himself as a reliable man, and so he and his assistant Wittek (Rühmann) follow the director to Vienna with the money kept in a bag. In Vienna, the two provincials however are mistaken for guests of the director and spend an evening at a posh night club. But when it transpires that the director actually won’t come to the night club that evening, Pichler and Wittek have to pay the bill with the money from the bank. And their subsequent attempts at reimbursing the money lead to situations of ever-increasing hilariousness…

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Nachmittag / Afternoon (2007) Angela Schanelec, Jirka Zett, Miriam Horwitz, Drama

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The first shot is a static image: a view from the stage of a theatre onto the auditorium. In the foreground – and on the stage – lies a dog. A woman named Irene (Angela Schanelec), approaches it, pets it. This seems to be a rehearsal, a few people occupy seats in the auditorium, they are somewhat restless. It remains unclear whether the events being presented to us are indeed part of a rehearsal, or whether, assuming a rehearsal is indeed underway, they are merely occurring along its margins. Angela Schanelec’s film “Afternoon” never returns to this initial image, never returns to the theatre. Only later will a figure from the same scene – the one involving the woman and the dog – describe it as something she saw in the theatre. The film quits the theatre for good, and all subsequent events transpire either at a lakeside villa in Potsdam or in the streets of Berlin. And yet it becomes evident at the latest during the credits that this first scene has established a space of play that is derived from the theatre. “Afternoon” is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” – albeit a free one.

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Wenn’s juckt wird gejodelt (1975) Quirin Steinar, Fritz Korn, Olli Maier, Erich Kleiber, Comedy, Music, Erotic

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The ship’s captain Sepp Brunn Höfer (Willy Harlander) returns after nearly twenty years, back to that passenger boat, which he took a long time with tourists down the river Rhine. Here he meets an old acquaintance, the pastor Bollinger (Helmut Gauer), who was one of the three former playboys on this boat, who all had all given birth to sons the world. All three are kind of same like Brunn Höfer, all of them left their numerous mistresses down. So they set out to make the search for the relatives, but soon reveal themselves and rather by accident to be daughters.

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