Germany

Peter Kahane – Die Architekten AKA The Architects (1990)

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Shot in 1990, this portrayal of life in East Berlin offers a snapshot of what life was like just before the wall came down and communism gave way to a more democratic way of life. The film follows the fortunes of architect Daniel Brenner (Kurt Naumann) as he attempts to design a thoroughly modern new part of the city, with the results coming at an enormous personal price for the young designer. The government doesn’t like his scheme, his wife leaves him due to the length of time he is spending on the project, and his ideas are constantly being compromised by the artless bureaucrats in charge of executing the plans. Daniel’s decaying life mirrors what is occurring to the city he loves, making this a powerful portrait of life under a communist regime. Read More »

Sergei Bodrov – Bear’s Kiss (2002)

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A dramatic fantasy romance film directed by Sergei Bodrov.

A German, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, French, and Italian co-production, it tells the story of the circus girl Lola, who raises a bear from cubhood. When she discovers that the bear, named Misha, can transform into a young man, a secret romance between the two ensues. The film stars Rebecka Liljeberg (Fucking Amal) as Lola and Sergei Bodrov Jr. as Misha. Read More »

Edgar Reitz – Mahlzeiten AKA Lust for Love (1967)

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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. Read More »

Edgar Reitz – Heimat – Eine deutsche Chronik (1984)

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The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982…

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“Heimat – Eine deutsche Chronik” (1984) (mini)

The series (11 episodes) 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 from 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 (as a symbol for the whole country) after WW II. Read More »

Edgar Reitz – Die andere Heimat – Chronik einer Sehnsucht AKA Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (2013)

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When Edgar Reitz made the Heimat film series in 1984 he created an incredible chronicle of German rural life in the 20th century. He went on to release another couple of mini-series, bringing events up to the modern era. At over 53 hours they were beautifully made and together are an epic saga of the Simon family and the village of Schabbach. He returns to familiar ground for this prequel, charting the fortunes of the same clan between 1840-1844, in Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision.

Jacob (Jan Dieter Schneider) dreams of escaping the hard, oppressive and poor life in Schabbach by emigrating to the tropics. His father (Rüdiger Kriese), the local blacksmith, despairs that his son is stuck with his nose in a book whilst there so much work to do. His mother (Marita Breuer) on the other hand, is happy to indulge his daydreaming. He falls for Jettchen (Antonia Bill), the daughter of a mill owner, but they are fated not to be together. When his brother Gustav (Maximilian Scheidt) returns from war, a drunken night with Jettchen leads to her getting pregnant, whilst Jacob is arrested after his first brush with rebellion. Read More »

Margarethe von Trotta – Das Versprechen (1995)

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From the L.A. Times:
November 03, 1995
Kevin Thomas

“LOVE AND THE BERLIN WALL”

Margarethe von Trotta’s beautiful, stirring love story “The Promise” reveals, through the lives of one young couple, the profound impact the Berlin Wall had on all Germans, East and West alike. It is a splendid example of classic screen storytelling by a renowned international filmmaker, a work of strength and simplicity that illuminates with flawless craftsmanship many complex issues and contradictions. Epic in scale, spanning the entire 28-year existence of the Wall, it is at once romantic and political yet ultimately personal. Read More »

Alfred Zeisler – Der Schuß im Tonfilmatelier AKA The Shot in the Talker Studio (1930)

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During the shooting of a jealousy scene on a soundstage, one actress is murdered. Due to the fact that the male star of the movie had a relation with the victim and the female star is now his fiance, he is suspected by the police. Written by Stephan Eichenberg

During the production of an early movie using not only pictures but also sound an actress is murdered. The arriving inspectors do not only have to get to know the circumstances of the crime but also the new conditions: how “sound-movies” are made, to solve the crime. Written by katharina_strehl public.uni-hamburg.de Read More »