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  • Ernst Lubitsch – Der Fall Rosentopf AKA The Rosentopf Case [Incomplete] (1918)

    Ernst Lubitsch1911-1920ComedyGermanyShort FilmSilent
    Der Fall Rosentopf (1918)
    Der Fall Rosentopf (1918)

    Translated from German wikipedia wrote:
    The film was shot in the UFA-Union-Filmstudios, Berlin-Tempelhof. The sets were designed by Kurt Richter. Although the National Film Archive also has designs by Paul Leni for the film, his involvement cannot be confirmed due to rediscovered film credits. The same applies to Ossi Oswalda’s involvement as an actor, as stated by Hermann G. Weinberg in 1977.
    The 1,163-meter-long film was examined by the censors in July 1918. The premiere of the film, which was announced in the Lichtbild-Bühne as Der Fall Rosenblum,[4] was on September 20, 1918 at the U.T. Friedrichstraße in Berlin.Read More »

  • Uwe Brandner – Halbe-Halbe AKA 50/50 (1977)

    1971-1980DramaGermanyUwe Brandner
    Halbe Halbe (1977)
    Halbe Halbe (1977)

    Synopsis:
    Berthold Maschkara, 36, has lost the job he would have liked to keep. Even a severance package of 30,000 marks doesn’t make him happy. When he looks for a new job, he meets Thomas, who lives in the apartment hotel next door. Thomas is ten years younger and spent seven years as an air traffic controller in the German army. During his civilian service, he needs his high school diploma, which he now wants to catch up on. He, too, has 30,000 marks at his disposal, which is his replacement for his service with the federal government. Both are in the same situation. They have to start all over again. A little start-up capital could make their future easier. But they go different ways, which cross from time to time… The film tells what they experience in the next two weeks, how they lose their money and still keep going, two outsiders who have to realize that they can’t live outside society either.Read More »

  • Ingmar Bergman – Aus dem Leben der Marionetten AKA From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)

    Ingmar Bergman1971-1980ArthouseDramaGermany
    Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (1980)
    Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (1980)

    Quote:
    Made during his self-imposed exile in Germany, Ingmar Bergman’s From the Life of the Marionettes offers a lacerating portrait of a destructive marriage and a complex psychological analysis of a murder. Businessman Peter nurses fantasies of killing his wife, Katarina, until a prostitute becomes his surrogate prey. In the aftermath of the crime, Peter and Katarina’s psychiatrist and others attempt to explain its roots. Jumping back and forth in time, this compelling film moves seamlessly between seduction and repulsion, and the German cast is superb.Read More »

  • Harun Farocki – Stilleben AKA Still Life (1997)

    1991-2000DocumentaryExperimentalGermanyHarun Farocki
    Stilleben (1997)
    Stilleben (1997)

    According to Harun Farocki, today’s photographers working in advertising are, in a way, continuing the tradition of 17th century Flemish painters in that they depict objects from everyday life – the “still life”. The filmmaker illustrates this intriguing hypothesis with three documentary sequences which show the photographers at work creating a contemporary “still life”: a cheese-board, beer glasses and an expensive watch.Read More »

  • Hans Billian – Josefine Mutzenbacher – Wie sie wirklich war: 1. Teil AKA Sensational Janine (1976)

    Hans Billian1971-1980ClassicsEroticaGermany
    Sensational Janine (1976)
    Sensational Janine (1976)

    Quote:
    Destined to become a famous madame, a young woman experiences her sexual awakenings.

    Quote:
    Sensational Janine (German: Josefine Mutzenbacher… wie sie wirklich war – 1. Teil) is a 1976 West German hardcore costume drama-sex comedy film directed by Hans Billian. The film is an adaptation of the anonymous early 20th century novel Josephine Mutzenbacher on the sexual awakening of the eponymous and fictional fin-de-siècle Viennese courtesan.Read More »

  • Claus Räfle – Die Unsichtbaren AKA The Invisibles (2017)

    2011-2020Claus RäfleDocumentaryDramaGermanyHolocaust History
    Die Unsichtbaren (2017)
    Die Unsichtbaren (2017)

    Claus Räfle’s “The Invisibles” tells the true story of four Jewish teenagers—Cioma Schönhaus (Max Mauff), Hanni Lévy (Alice Dwyer), Ruth Arndt-Gumpel (Ruby O. Fee), Eugen Friede (Aaron Altaras)—who chose to remain in Berlin during the Holocaust. We are provided a title card which states that 7,000 Jewish people chose to stay in the city. Only 1,500 survived. For the most part, the film is a compelling docudrama, smooth and confident in juggling reenactments, interviews of actual survivors, and black-and-white footages—occasionally in color—of Nazi occupied Berlin. And yet, appropriately, it is not a sentimental or melodramatic picture. Instead, it aspires to be a grave reminder of a horrible past beyond imagination and an admonition of a potential future should we fail to learn from our history.(Cinéologist , letterboxd)Read More »

  • Robert Reinert – Nerven aka Nerves (1919)

    Robert Reinert1911-1920DramaGermanySilentWeimar Republic cinema
    Nerven (1919)
    Nerven (1919)

    Quote:
    In Nerven, writer-director-producer Robert Reinert tried to capture the “nervous epidemic” caused by war and misery which “drives people mad”. This unique portrait of the life in 1919 Germany, filmed on location in Munich, describes the cases of different people from all levels of society: Factory owner Roloff who looses his mind in view of catastrophies and social disturbances, teacher John who is the hero of the masses and Marja who turns into a radical revolutionary. Using different fragments the Munich Film Museum could reconstruct this forgotten German classic which is a historic document and anticipates already elements of the Expressionist cinema of the 1920s.Read More »

  • Thomas Heise – Das Haus 1984 (1984)

    Thomas Heise1981-1990DocumentaryGermany
    Das Haus 1984 (1984)
    Das Haus 1984 (1984)

    Quote:
    Thomas Heise’s documentary portrays the meeting of officials and citizens in the district office of Berlin-Mitte in 1984.The movie uniquely displays how socialist officals and citizens interact.
    Since finishing the film in GDR times was impossible for political reasons (it was in fact illegaly shot) it was first performed in 2001.Read More »

  • Gustav Ucicky – Das Mädchen Johanna AKA Joan The Maid (1935)

    Gustav Ucicky1931-1940DramaEpicGermany
    Das Mädchen Johanna (1935)
    Das Mädchen Johanna (1935)

    France in the 15th Century: The country is marked by the wars with England and internal power struggles. King Charles sees himself powerless against the state. Suddenly a young woman named Johanna emerges from the people, who claims that the Archangel Gabriel appointed her to save France. First the king doubts her words, but he sees that the people, through her are gaining new courage.Read More »

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