Tag Archives: German

Luis Trenker – Der Berg ruft! AKA The Mountain Calls (1938)

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The Italian mountaineer Carel wants to be the first man to stand on the top of the Matterhorn. Since the climb is very difficult, he agrees to try it together with the British mountaineer Whymper. But due to an intrigue this agreement is dropped and the two men try it on the same day with two different teams and then disaster strikes. Read More »

Christina Ebelt – Die Sterne über uns (2019)

A homeless mother and son struggle to keep up appearances…

Single mum Mellanie has a job, albeit a probationary one. She works as an air stewardess on short haul flights. She is confident, attractive and crisply turned out. But she and her son Ben are temporarily homeless, forced to sleep in a tent concealed in a patch of woodland scrub on the fringes of the city. It’s a precarious situation at the best of times, but one piece of bad luck can have far-reaching consequences when you are clinging to the appearance of a ‘normal’ life. Read More »

Rainer Werner Fassbinder – In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden AKA In a Year of 13 Moons (1978)

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Elvira Weishaupt, once a burly working-class butcher named Erwin, has made an enormous sacrifice for love. She has undergone a sex change for a romantic interest who has abandoned her, and she now must struggle to reconcile her past life with her present identity. The emotionally fractured Elvira visits influential acquaintances and old haunts in hopes of putting the pieces of her life back together — and of confronting her lost love. Read More »

Thomas Schamoni – Ein großer graublauer Vogel AKA A Big Grey-Blue Bird (1970)

This critically well-received independent German film production was made and first seen in 1970, but did not receive general release until 1971. A group of five scientists have invented a machine which will unravel the whole fabric of time and space but have managed to blot the full memory of their achievement from their minds. They did this to prevent the complete destruction of space-time as we know it. However, they also programmed themselves to remember everything if someone uses the key words “a big grey-blue bird.” Gangsters bent on world domination and a young documentary film-team track down these scientists, each attempting to learn their secrets for completely different reasons. Read More »

Victor von Plessen – Kopfjäger von Borneo aka Headhunters of Borneo (1936)

Baron Victor von Plessen’s “Kopfjäger von Borneo” (1936) is a magnificent early ethnographic film. A painter, ornithologist and ethnographer, von Plessen (1900-1980) apparently was an independent spirit of independent financial means. There is absolutely no indication for the fact that this was produced in Third Reich Germany, but this might nevertheless account for the relative obscurity into which this film has sadly fallen. Read More »

F.W. Murnau – Phantom (1922) (HD)

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Phantom is a 1922 silent film that was directed by F. W. Murnau the same year Murnau directed Nosferatu. It is an example of German Expressionist film and has a surreal, dreamlike quality. Read More »

Thomas Heise – Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit AKA Heimat is a Space in Time (2019) (HD)

In this monumental work, Thomas Heise draws on letters and other documents to trace the story of his family over four generations. Word and image merge into a piercing, deeply moving portrait of a family, a country and a century. Read More »