• F.W. Murnau – Schloß Vogeloed AKA The Haunted Castle (1921)

    Crime1921-1930F.W. MurnauGermanyMysteryWeimar Republic cinema

    PLOT: In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat’s first husband, three years ago. So he is rather undesirable. But Oetsch stays; arguing he is not the murderer and will find the real one…Read More »

  • Rüdiger Sünner – Schwarze Sonne aka Black Sun (1998)

    1991-2000DocumentaryGermanyPoliticsRüdiger Sünner

    A historical analysis of how groups such as the Nazi’s may use language, symbols, and religious connotation in order to come to power. It raises questions that deserve in depth analysis and consideration. Questions include: Where do legends expand our thinking and where do they bury it? When does spiritual pursuit suddenly turn into fanaticism and violence? Last, have we as a society learned from our past, and if so have forgotten the lessons of the 20th Century? Are we now embarking on a new level only to learn the same old lessons about humanity again? In addressing these questions we are taken into the back drop of the history of Germany beginning in the late 1800’s through the late 20th Century at the eve of the 21st. “A society that does not take archetypes, myths, and symbols seriously will possibly be jumped by them from behind.”Read More »

  • Harun Farocki – Der Auftritt AKA The Appearance (1996)

    1991-2000DocumentaryGermanyHarun Farocki

    The head of a Berlin advertising agency explains his proposed strategy to his potential client, a Danish optical company. The communication strategy that we ultimately came up with as a basis or any creative act or means of communication has three headings.

    The first is ‘relevant, not arrogant’; the second, ‘varied, not uniform’; and the third is, ‘creative, not pushy’. These are essentially translations, strategic translations of your basic requirements and your analysis of the market, as well.Read More »

  • Ulrich Seidl – Jesus, Du weisst AKA Jesus, you know (2003)

    2001-2010DocumentaryGermanyUlrich Seidl

    Six Catholics share their thoughts and problems with Jesus in different churches. The camera accompanies them.

    Great, uncompromising semi-documentary about six people who tell Jesus any given detail that is on their mind. They practice in such detailed manner that not seldomly you won’t manage to keep serious. For instance Elfriede who while cleaning the church’s floor and dusting the crucifixes starts her whining soliloquy about her Muslim husband’s behavior after sickness, his TV habits which appear to have taken influence on their relationship. Read More »

  • Cem Kaya – Ask, Mark ve Ölüm AKA Love, Deutschmarks and Death (2022)

    2021-2030Cem KayaDocumentaryGermany

    LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH is a documentary film about the independent, and as of yet, unknown music of emigrated Turkish guest workers and their grandchildren in Germany. In a musical and essayistic form, Cem Kaya shares insights into the unique liveliness of this forgotten subculture.Read More »

  • Jesús Franco – Lolita am Scheideweg (1980)

    1971-1980EroticaExploitationGermanyJesus Franco

    Yet another of Franco’s variations on De Sade’s PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOUDOIR. While it lacks the star power and scope compositions of DE SADE 70 and the hardcore grunginess of COCKTAIL SPECIAL, EUGENIE 80 is one of Franco’s best works of the eighties and has the elegance of the Harry Alan Towers production and is satisfyingly explicit without being XXX. Eugenie (Katja Bienert) is on vacation with her family (the resort is the same ornate building used in SHE KILLED IN ECTASY and THE PERVERSE COUNTESS) and is noticed by a decadent couple who seduce her parents in order to initiate Eugenie into their games of perversion. Franco’s eighties regulars Antonio Mayans and Tony Skios are on hand as well as Lina Romay as the decadent couple’s “pet dog.” A must see.Read More »

  • Rudolf Thome – Liebe auf den ersten Blick AKA Love at First Sight (1991)

    1991-2000DramaGermanyRomanceRudolf Thome

    After the German reunification: A widowed, unemployed archaeologist with two children and a single futurologist with a little daughter in Berlin fall in love at first sight and persistently and unwaveringly develop a life together. An equally unspectacular and rigorous examination of love as a crucial basis for private and political action.Read More »

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Händler der vier Jahreszeiten AKA The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971)

    1971-1980ArthouseDramaGermanyRainer Werner Fassbinder

    PLOT: Hans is an ex-foreign legionnaire, ex-cop and a lifelong member of the middle-class. His family, especially his wife, derides him for his lack of ambition and his chosen profession: running a fruit stand. When a heart attack impedes his ability to work, his dissatisfaction turns into despair…Read More »

  • Gerd Kroske – Schranken (2009)

    2001-2010DocumentaryGerd KroskeGermany

    In the 80s: new border barriers were needed in the GDR. Attempts to escape by car to the west increased. Metal workers of the IFA and state security work hand in hand for the defense against “terrorism” to prevent escapes. In conspiratorial work after work they worked on new barriers. Crash tests for counter-terrorism, collisions for emergencies. Cars rest there in the new barriers and leave total damage. The barriers were installed at all border crossing points from the mid-80s. “SCHRANKEN” tells of the motivation of those involved, of tragically ending escapes and gives insights into German engineering and military spirit. Archaeology GDR pure. A geneaology of the East.Read More »

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