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|Title: Advertising Rules! German:
Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man
Starring: Götz George,
Alexander Scheer, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Schrader, Vadim Glowna,
Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Heinz-Werner Kraehkamp, and Guorun
Summary: Edward Kaminsky, an
aging ad man, wants a golden parachute from his agency; he must
first land the Opel auto contract. Rosa, a youth with wealthy
parents, wants to establish herself as an artist. The clumsy
and enthusiastic Viktor, not quite honest, wants work. When
he wanders into Kaminsky's meeting with Opel and says something
about irony, the Opel director wants him in on the campaign.
Then he steals an idea from Rosa that the Opel director loves.
Before Rosa discovers he's expropriated her idea, Rosa and Viktor
become lovers. Father-son feelings materialize between Kaminsky
and Viktor. Can the impulsive Viktor hold it together before
Rosa learns the truth and flies away?
|Title: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
German: Angst essen Seele auf
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Brigitte Mira, El Hedi, Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin and Irm
Critics’ Prize, Cannes Film Festival and Silver Hugo Award,
Chicago Film Festival
Summary: Based on
the story The American Soldier, this is a tear-jerker fraught
with racial prejudice, anguish and true love. A lonely German
widow meets a Moroccan twenty years her junior in a pub. They
fall in love and marry much to the horror of their family, friends
|Title: The Blue Angel
Josef von Sternberg
Dietrich and Emil Jannings
Run Time: 94 minutes
Immanuel Rath, and old single, is a teacher at the town's high
school. When he discovers that some of his pupils often goes
into a join, The Blue Angel, to visit a dancer, Lola Lola, he
comes there to confound them. But he is aroused by Lola. The
next night he comes again... and does not sleep at home...
|Title: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
German: Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari
Director: Robert Wiene
Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Freidrich Feher, Hans
von Twardowski, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Rudolf Lettinger
Run Time: 82 minutes
A man named Francis relates a story about his best friend Alan
and his fiancée Jane. Alan takes him to a fair where
they meet Dr. Caligari, who exhibits a somnambulist, Cesare,
that can predict the future. When Alan asks how long he has
to live, Cesare says he has until dawn. The prophecy comes to
pass, as Alan is murdered, and Cesare is a prime suspect. Cesare
creeps into Jane's bedroom and abducts her, running from the
townspeople and finally dying of exhaustion. Meanwhile, the
police discover a dummy in Cesare's cabinet, while Caligari
flees. Francis tracks Caligari to a mental asylum. He is the
director! Or is he?
|Title: Das Boot: The Director's Cut
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Jürgen Prochinow, Herbert Grönemeyer and Klaus Wennemann
Run Time: 209
Acclaim/Award: Rated four stars
“Wolfgang Petersen’s direction is an exercise in
pure craftsmanship.”-Chicago Sun Times
An all-new restoration with over one hour of additional footage
and a completely new stereo soundtrack that delivers the theatrical
experience to your home.
|Title: Coup de Grace
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: Margarethe von Trotta, Matthias Habich, Rüdiger Kirschstein, Marc Eyraud
Run Time: 97 minute
Summary: A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster!
|Title: Eigentlich wollte ich Förster werden - Bernd aus Golzow
Director: Barbara Junge & Winfried Junge
Run Time: 142 minute
|Title: The Edge of Heaven German: Auf der anderen Seite
Director: Faith Akin
Starring: Nurgül Yesilçay, Baki Davrak, Nursel Köse, Tuncel Kuritz, & Hanna Schygulla
Run Time: 114 minutes
Summary: Faith Akin, the critically-acclaimed director of HEAD-ON, weaves overlapping tales of friendship and sexuality into a powerful narrative of universal love. Six characters are drawn together by circumstancses--an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women fall in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together. Akin's pierceing sense of the human condition and contemporary world events charge these hyperlinked stories into a multicultural powder keg.
|Title:The Experiment/Das Experiment
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski
Run Time: 119 minutes
Summary: "Man: Naturally Aggressive. Scientifically Provoked." This movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971.
|Title: Europa Europa|
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Starring: Marco Hofschneider
Run Time: 114 minutes
Summary: Separated from his family at the age
of thirteen, Solly takes on various identities to hide his Jewish
heritage. First passing himself off as an orphan and later as
one of the “Hitler Youth,” Solly carries on his
charade, hoping desperately to keep his identity hidden…and
|Title: Ali: The Experiment
German: Das Experiment
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, & Oliver Stokowski
Summary: An undercover reporter signs up to be a paid volunteer in a two-week scientific research project designed to test the psychological effects of prison life. Joining a group of other volunteer "prisoners" in a makeshift prison, the inmates are monitored by volunteer "guards" and an elaborate surveillance system. Now, the watched and the watchers find themselves drawn into a twisted nightmare where vulnerabiity is weakness, power is intoxicating, and the experiement becomes a terrifying reality that will change their lives forever.
|Title: Goodbye Lenin!
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sarß, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas
Run Time:121 minute
Summary:East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot.
|Title: The Harmonists
Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen and Heinrich Schafmeister
Run Time: 115
miss this movie!”-The New York Observer
A struggling but highly imaginative funnyman forms a singing
group with an unusual group of friends. They become an overnight
success that collides with the nation’s changing political
|Title: Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany
Director: Edgar Reitz
Starring: Marita Breuer, Eva Maria Schneider, Kurt Wagner, and Rüdiger Weigang
Run Time: 11 episodes on 9 VHS
Summary: The series tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982. Central person is Maria, who we see growing form a 17 year old girl to an old woman, and her family. The Family like the rest of the German people live through the crises after WW-I, the rise and fall of Nazism and WW-II and the rebuilding and the following prosperity of the village after WW-II.
|Title: Hot Summer German:
Starring: Frank Schöbel,
Chris Doerk, Hanns-Michael Schmidt, Georg-Peter Welzel, Hans
Mietzner, Norbert Speer, Serd Nordheim, Regine Albrecht
Run Time: 91
Summary: In this East German teen
musical, a group of girls are planning to take their summer
vacation together on the Baltic coast. When a loud and obnoxious
group of boys intrudes on their holiday, the girls are horrified
to learn that the boys have the same vacations plans as them.
The two groups quarrel with each other and compete over a number
of things, but gradually an attraction starts to form.
|Title: Kriegerin des Lichts English:
Warrior of Light
Starring: Álvaro Bezerra de
Mello and Yvonne Bezerra de Mello
Run Time: 90 minutes
Documentary about artist Yvonne Bezzerra de Mello, a human rights
activist and her work with homeless boys in Rio de Janeiro.
|Title: The Last Laugh German:
Der Letzte Mann
Director: F.W. Murnau
Starring: Emil Jannings
Run Time: 91 minutes
The experienced doorman at the Atlantic Hotel is quite proud
of his position, his responsibilities, and his uniform. One
busy, rainy night, he has to take a short rest after lugging
a heavy suitcase in from the rain. Unfortunately, his manager
comes by during the short time when he is not performing his
duties. The next day, when the doorman arrives for work, he
learns that he has been replaced as doorman, and has been re-assigned
to the less strenuous but purely menial position of washroom
attendant. Stunned and humiliated, the old man struggles to
carry on with his life.
|Title: The Legend of Paul and Paul (Die Legende von Paul und Paula)
Director: Heiner Carow
Starring: Angelica Domröse, Winfried Glatzeder, Heidemarie Wenzel
Run Time: 105 minutes
Summary:Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. They meet and discover a strong passion for each other. Life seems like a dream when they're together - but their short flights from the burdens of reality are once and again interrupted by Paul's ties to family and career.
|Title: The Lives of Others German:
Das Leben der Anderen
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, & Sebastian Koch
Run Time: 138 minutes
Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's popualation was closely monitored by the State Secret Police or Stasi. Only a few citizens above suspicion were permitted to lead private lives, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg's stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer's apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival. What the officer discovers is about to dramatically change all of their lives.
Starring: Peter Lorre
Run Time: 110
Summary: Someone is murdering children
in a German city. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing
the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find
the murderer as quickly as possible.
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Run Time: 136
Acclaim/Award: Won Oscars for Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound; Won Saturn Award for Best Director, Best Science Fiction Film, and Reeves, Moss, and Fishburne were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor respectively; Won Bogey Award in Gold in Germany
Summary:A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Starring: Brigitte Helm, Alfred
Abel, Gustave Fröhlich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp,
and Heinrich Georg
Time: 124 minutes
is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers,
who make plans (but don't know how anything works), and the
workers, who achieve goals (but don't have the vision). Completely
separate, neither group is complete, but together they make
a whole. One man from the "thinkers" dares visit the underground
where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees...
Run Time: 106 minutes
Summary: This film was designed to honor the
25th anniversary of the UFA film company. Set in the 18th century,
it brings to life the tall tales of the legendary Baron von
|Title: The Murderers Are Among Us
German: Die Mörder sind unter uns
Director: Wolfgang Staudte
Hildegard Knef, Ernst Wilhelm Borchert, Erna Sellmer, Robert
Forsch and Arno Paulsen
Run Time: 81 minutes
“A seriously film concerned with the knotty problem
of the individual German’s guilt for Nazism…marked
by a superb camera and montage technique.”-Variety
Summary: A man and woman return to war-torn
Berlin to face the harsh realities of post-war Germany. The
first feature film produced in Germany after World War II.
|Title: Die Nibelungen - Kriemhilde's Revenge
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Margarete Schön, Getrud Arnold, Theodor Loos, Han Carl Mueller
Run Time:129 minute
Summary: After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that they kill Hagen, the murderer of Siegfried, but he is protected by her brothers. A fierce battle begins to force her brothers to give Hagen to her.
|Title: Die Nibelungen - Siegfried
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Gertrud Arnold, Margarete Schön, Hanna Ralph, Paul Richter, Theodor Loos
Run Time: 140 minute
Summary: Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to win Krimhild, a mask that makes him invisible proves to be very useful. But because Brunhild is cursing Kriemhild, she tells her what really happened. Now Brunhild wants Siegfried's head. Is Gunther going to do her that favor?
Starring: Klaus Kinski and
Time: 107 minutes
Given four stars from Siskel and Ebert
The English and German versions of the modern horror
masterpiece of the definitive version of Dracula.
|Title: Nowhere in Africa
by: Caroline Link
Starring: Juliane Köhler, Merab nindze,
Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo
Acclaim / Awards:
“Magnificent!” –Roger Ebert, Ebert &
Run time: 142 minutes
The true tale of a Jewish attorney and his family who flee the
Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. As the war rages
on the other side of the world, his relationships with his wife
and daughter become increasingly complicated: they struggle
between resisting and embracing their new life, while reaching
out to each other.
|Title: The Princess and the Warrior German:
Der Krieger und die Kaiserin
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Joachim
Run Time: 135 minutes
Summary: Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly
entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first
encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact.
He causes an accident that results in her lying under a truck,
unable to breathe...
|Title: The Promise
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Meret Becker, Corinna Harfouch, Anian Zollner, August Sirner, Susanne Ugé
Run Time: 115 minute
Summary: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration.
|Title: The Rise and Fall of the City
of Mahagonny German: Aufstieg und
Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Starring: Gwyneth Jones, Roy
Cornelius Smith, Wilbur Pauley, Catherine Malfitano, Jerry Hadley
and Udo Holdorf
Time: 160 minutes
Summary: A new
production of the Kurt Weill opera which depicts the consumerism
of the mythical city of Mahagonny .
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Doris Schade, Jutta Lampe, Sve Lohde
Run Time: 136 minute
Summary:When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped Ruth escape. Hannah, Ruth's daughter engaged to a gentile, goes to Berlin to find the woman, Lena Fisher, now 90. Posing as a journalist investigating intermarriage, Hannah interviews Lena who tells the story of a week in 1943 when the Jewish husbands of Aryan women were detained in a building on Rosenstrasse. The women gather daily for word of their husbands. The film goes back and forth to tell Ruth and Lena's story. How will it affect Hannah?
|Title: Run Lola Run German:
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu
Run Time: 81
Acclaim/Award: Winner of the Audience
Award from Sundance Film Festival
receives a frantic phone call from her boyfriend who’s
lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola
doesn’t replace the money in twenty minutes, her boyfriend
will suffer severe consequences.
|Title: The Second Awakening of Christina Klages
Director: Maragarethe von Trotta
Starring: Tina Engel, Silvia Reize, Katharina Thalbach, Marius Müller-Westernhagen
Run Time: 92 minute
Summary: Three people rob a bank to help a day care center that's in debt. Wolf is captured, Werner identified, police suspect Christa is the third. She and Werner ask Hans, a clergyman, to launder the money and give it to the kindergarten. He refuses. They try Ingrid, Christa's friend, who tries to help, but the school rejects the money. When tragedy strikes Werner, Hans helps Christa bolt to a collective in Portugal. Ingrid visits her; their relationship makes the collective nervous, so she returns to Germany and ceases living in hiding. The police are still looking for her and so is a witness to the robbery, Lena, a bank clerk. Lena's interest brings Christa's second awakening.
|Title: Sheer Madness
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Angel Winkler, Peter Striebeck, Christine Fersen
Run Time: 105 minute
Summary: Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. Ruth dreams in black and white, sometimes of her suicide. Olga lectures on a 19th-century writer, von Günderrode, a suicide after the breakup of her intense friendship with Bettina Brentano. Ruth's husband Franz encourages the women's friendship, then, as Olga draws Ruth out and the friendship deepens, he becomes jealous. After the women travel to Egypt, Franz has a tirade. Ruth seems crushed between her husband and her friend, and how she responds is the film's climax.
|Title: Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Jutta Lampe, Gudrun Gabriel, Jessica Früh, Konstantin Wecker, Agnes Fink
Run Time: 95 minute
Summary: Sisters Maria and Anna live together. Maria is a most proficient executive secretary, encouraging Anna to finish her studies and start a career. Anna broods, threatens to quit university, takes pills, and keeps a diary. When Maria's relationship with Maurice, the son of her boss, starts to lead to love, Anna takes a selfish and drastic step that plummets Maria into solitude. No longer able to connect with Maurice, Maria does establish a relationship with Miriam, a typist at her office who becomes a surrogate younger sister. But Maria is intrusive as well as helpful. Can this or any relationship work out for this talented woman whose past seems to choke her soul?
|Title: Sophie, Sissis kliene Schwester
Director: Matthias Tiefenbacher
Starring: Valerie Koch, Steffen Groth, Fritz Karl, Miguel Herz-Kestranek, Daniela Ziegler
Run Time: 186 minute
Summary: It is worth struggling for Love! Touching story of misalliance!
|Title: Spring Symphony
Director: Peter Schamoni
Starring: Natassja Kinski, Rolf Hoppe, Herbert Grönemeyer, Anja-Christine Preussler
Run Time: 103 minute
|Title: The American Friend (Das amerikanische Freund)
Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer
Run Time: 125 minutes
Summary: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
|Title: Theater of War
Director:John W. Walter
Starring:Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Tony Kushner
Run Time: 95 minutes
Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at The Public Theater's production of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage" that examines the playwright's life and ideas.
|Title: The Threepenny Opera German:
Starring: Rudolph Forster, Carola
Neher, Lotte Lenya, and Fritz Rasp
Run Time: 81 minutes
"One of the ten best films of all time" - 1952 Cinematheque
Belgique International Poll
London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife
marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum,
the 'king of the beggars'.
|Title: Treffpunkt: Narrentreffen in Bad
Time: 120 minutes
|Title: The Trial Original Title:Le Procès
Run Time: 118 minutes
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider
Summary: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Acclaim/Award: Won the 1964 Critics Award for Best Film
|Title: Wings of Desire German:
Der Himmel über Berlin
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Solveig
Donmartin, Otto Sander and Peter Falk
Run Time: 2 hours and 8 minutes
Acclaim/Award: Winner of Best Director Award
at the Cannes Film Festival
story of a lonely angel who roams the streets of Berlin providing
comfort to mortals in need. He falls in love with a trapeze
artist and begins to feel things he never felt before. He is
faced with the decision to give up or lose his eternal wings
|Title: Winter Sleepers
Starring: Ulrich Matthes, Heino
Ferch, Floriane Daniel, Marie-Lou Sellem, and Josef Bierbichler
Run Time: 124
Acclaim/Award: "Breathtaking! Run
Lola Run and Winter Sleepers confirm Tykwer as a dazzling cinematic
magician!" - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Young blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend ski
instructor Marco in a mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse
Laura. Rene, local cinema projectionist, steals Marco's car
and gets into a car crash with local Theo, whose daughter, after
being in coma for a time, dies. Rene suffers from partial short
term memory loss and starts a relationship with Laura. Meanwhile
Marco is looking for the man who stole his car and Theo - for
the man who killed his daughter...
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann, Willy Semmelrogge
Run Time: 74 minutes
Summary: Everything in town appears calm, placid, lovely. But Woyzeck, a rifleman assigned as an orderly, hears voices -- the times are out of joint, at least in his cosmos. To his captain, Woyzeck is a comic marvel: ignorant but courageous, full of energy to little purpose. To a local doctor, Woyzeck is a curiosity, the object of cruel study. Woyzeck, 40, has a young wife, Marie, and a small child. He dotes on them, but Marie, even though she has periods of guilt and remorse, carries on affairs and flirtations. When the captain lets drop broad hints of Woyzeck's being a cuckold, his inner demons and the voices of the spheres take over. Will madness bring action? Of what sort?
|Title: Young Torless German:Der junge Törless
Staring:Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky and Bernd Tischer
Summary: At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The two decide that rather than turn Basini in to the school authorities, they will punish him themselves and proceed to torture, degrade, and humiliate the boy, with ever-increasing sadistic delight. As each day passes, the two boys are able to justify harsher treatment than previously given. Torless is a passive member of the group but observes rather than participates and frustrates the tormentors by dryly analyzing their behavior.
Run Time: 87 minutes
Awards/Acclaim: Won the 1966 FIPRESCI Prize and nominated for the 1966 Palme d'Or.
|German Films Located in the Library
|Title: Vampyr--Der Traum des Allan Grey
Directed by: Carl Theodore Dreyer
West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel
traveller David Gray arrives in a remote castle and starts seeing
weird, inexplicable sights (a man whose shadow has a life of
its own, a mysterious scythe-bearing figure tolling a bell,
a terrifying dream of his own burial). Things come to a head
when one of the daughters of the lord of the castle succumbs
to anaemia - or is it something more sinister?
time: 75 min.
Library Call Number: PN1997.V2653 1998