While out on the town in Berlin, Raymond (Ulli Lommel) sees and falls for Harlis (Mascha Rabben), a star of a troupe of lesbian cabaret strippers. Attracted to a man for the first time, Harlis leaves her long time girlfriend and dance partner Pera (Gabriele Lafari). Overwhelmed by jealousy and anger, Raymond’s brother Peter (Rolf Zacher) and his ex-fiancee Ria (Heidy Bohlen) are determined to sabotage this budding romance. Continue reading
Directed by three students, Studies on Hysteria is about about a young man played by Philip Wilhelmi discovering pants in a nudist world. Continue reading
Edmond, a man in his sixties whose wife has recently passed away, is told about a secret establishment where men can spend an entire night in bed alongside beautiful, sleeping young women, who stretch, roll over and dream, but never awaken. Bedazzled by their seductive yet innocent tenderness, but distressed about the reason for their deep sleep, he delves into the mystery of the house of sleeping beauties. Continue reading
A fifteen year-old girl experiencing the first pangs of womanhood accompanies her mentally retarded brother as he begins to experience his sexual awakening in this effort from German director Sven Taddicken. Approaching his thirtieth birthday but possessing a mind developed years behind his physical growth, Josh (Roman Knizka) likes to pretend he’s a vampire while joking with sister Nicole (Marie-Luise Schramm). Meanwhile, security guard brother Mike (innerk Schonemann), quickly racking up a long list of sexual conquests, has recently added yet another notch in his belt with the seduction of his boss Nadine (Julia Jentsch). When Nic and Josh spy Mike and Nadine in the throws of passion, Nic’s sexual curiosity reaches a fever pitch and Josh impulsively focuses his newfound lust on Nadine. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Continue reading
This is a pretty little student’s film with a peculiar background story. It was shot in spring 1968, produced by the Film- & Television Academy (dffb) of West-Berlin, which at that time was a hotbed of political turmoil. The recently founded film school played an important part during the escalation year of 1967/8. Among the students of these years were filmmakers such as Hartmut Bitomsky, Christian Ziewer, Harun Farocki and Wolfgang Petersen.
By 1967/68 the overall climate had become highly charged with politics and revolutionary fever. At least two students of that era abandoned filmmaking and turned into left-wing terrorists: the famous Holger Meins (1941-1974), who joined the RAF, and Philip Werner Sauber (1947-1975) who joined the lesser-known, but no less radical group “Bewegung 2. Juni”. While Meins died while on a hunger strike in the prison of Stammheim, the Swiss-born Sauber was killed during a shoot-out with the police in Cologne, just after he had shot to death a policeman. Continue reading
Synopsis: Lust for Love (“Mahlzeiten”) is the story of Elizabeth (Heidi Stroh), a beautiful and seductive woman who has only one aim: happiness – and as much of it as possible! Like a hungry vampire she devours her husband (Georg Hauke) until he chooses death over life. Soon she must move to another unsuspecting victim.
Influenced by the French Nouveau Vague and shot in beautiful black and white by Thomas Mauch, this film heralded EdgarReitz’s talent. When it was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1967 it won him the Best First Film award and in turn launched Reitz onto a world stage. Continue reading
Die Parallelstraße is one of the most mysterious pioneer films of the New German Cinema. It was produced by GBF, a production company for innovative industrial and promotional films and received awards in inter national film festivals. French critic Robert Benayoun called it “a philosophical thriller, a western of meditation which compensates for a whole year of inevitable manifestations of stupidity,” Jacques Rivette put it on his list of the most important films of 1968. The DVD presents for the very first time this “unjustly forgotten masterpiece of the New German Cinema” (Martin Brady) as well as several rare shorts by Ferdinand Khittl (1924-1976) which show his talent for innovative film experiments. Continue reading