Germany

Leontine Sagan & Carl Froelich – Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

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The original play “Gestern und Morgen” had its premiere in 1930 and was an immediate success. This prompted Carl Froelich to adapt the play for film. Both leading actress of the play Hertha Thiele (her first film) and the original director of the play Leontine Sagan (also her first film) were invited to join. The direction was split into direction of the cast and mise-en-scene by Leontine Sagan and overall direction by Carl Froelich; this means that Froelich was responsible for the overall quality of the film (in German: Künstleriche Oberleitung). Read More »

Erich Engels – Sherlock Holmes – Die graue Dame (1937)

A bizarre cash-in, Die Graue Dame is a quasi-Holmes picture based on a theatrical play entirely unrelated to the works of Doyle and released shortly after the Bruno Güttner-starring Der Hund von Baskerville (1937). Here, young Jimmy Ward – played by Hermann Speelmans (1906-1960), who’d featured in the vile Nazi propaganda feature Hitlerjunge Quex: ein Film vom Opfergeist der Deutschen Jugend (1933), an immorality tale designed to drum up recruitment into the Hitler Youth – infiltrates a criminal gang, only to reveal at the last moment that he is, in fact, none other than an undercover Sherlock Holmes. One can only presume that the ‘John’ – who, according to the credits list, acts as Holmes’ ‘servant’ – was intended to be none other than the hapless Dr Watson. ~Alan Barnes, Sherlock Holmes on Screen Read More »

Sohrab Shahid Saless – Wechselbalg AKA Changeling (1987)

Based on Jürgen Breests book Wechselbalg (1980.)
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A married couple adopts a child. The mother’s relationship with the new family member quickly deteriorates.
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Bruno Schneider – Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Der Theatermensch (2002)

rare documentary about Fassbinder works in theatre Read More »

Thomas Moritz Helm – Heute oder morgen AKA Before We Grow Old (2019)

Like a summer in Berlin…

Two Berliners, Maria and Niels, and one British student, Chloë, are drifting libidinously through Berlin, plunge headlong into a carefree and chaotic love affair with each other. Boisterously living life to the full, they grasp everything and anything they please. Their only compass seems to be the pleasure they experience together – which works perfectly well until Chloë unintentionally falls pregnant… Read More »

Magnus Hirschfeld & Richard Oswald – Gesetze der Liebe aka Sexualkatastrophe aka Laws of Love: Innocently Outlawed! (1927)

A documentary by Magnus Hirschfeld, which contains a shortened version of Different From the Others (1919). Read More »

Stefan Westerwelle & Patrick Schuckmann – Lose Your Head (2013)

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Luis leaves his partner and flies to Berlin from Spain for a weekend of lighthearted partying, experimenting with drugs and casual physical encounters. He meets Viktor, a mysterious man who holds a fascinating, disconcerting attraction. Struggling with his inhibitions about being overpowered by a stranger, Luis submits to Viktor with a trusting passion. Shortly afterwards, Luis is confused with a missing Greek named Dimitri who is being desperately sought by his sister and cousin. Although Dimitri is Viktor’s ex-partner, Viktor has no explanation for his disappearance. Plagued by nagging suspicions, Luis nonetheless becomes further entangled in Viktor’s capricious and powerful aura of control and submission. This draws him into a quagmire of mysterious signs and dangers where soon even reality itself begins to seem like an illusion. Read More »