• Aron Lehmann – Die letzte Sau AKA The Last Pig (2016)

    A young farmer can no longer cope with the strong competition of the big agricultural organisations. When he has to declare his bankruptcy, his girlfriend leaves him and his best friend commits suicide. Then, when a meteorite batters his barn, he can’t stand the situation anymore. He loads his last pig and his shotgun into the sidecar of his motorcycle and travels as an idealistic rebel across the country.Read More »

  • Ulrich Schamoni – “… Geist und ein wenig Glück” aka “…Spirit and a Little Luck” (1965)

    Documentary which take as subject the Oberhausen Group and New German Cinema. An ironic look back at the Oberhausen Manifesto and its impact.
    With Ferdinand Khittl, Haro Senft, Franz-Josef Spieker, Vlado Kristl, Peter Schamoni, Enno Patalas, Ulrich Gregor, Uwe Nettelbeck, Rudolf Noelte, Hilmar Hoffmann, Artur Brauner, Peter Bamberger, Rudolf Thome, Klaus Lemke, Max ZihlmannRead More »

  • Peter Schamoni – Schonzeit für Füchse AKA No Shooting Time for Foxes (1966)

    ‘Two old school friends, both in their late twenties. One lives on his parent’s rural estate and does nothing; the other half-heartedly pursues work as a journalist in Düsseldorf. While he allows himself to be lulled by the stifling petty bourgeoisie of his mother-in-law to be, he also enjoys the baronial hunting parties in the country. With their indifferent attitude, the two make cynical and blasé comments about prevailing conventions – the ones they’ll never break away from… Precisely located in place via documentary images, and in time with a reference to “the new Godard” (Une femme mariée), Schonzeit für Füchse is a milieu study that recaps the end of the Adenauer era for the petty and grand bourgeoisie in the lower Rhine region. Read More »

  • Jürgen Böttcher – Stars (1963)

    This black and white documentary film reports on a brigade of women, they are the “stars” of a Berlin light bulb factory. What is striking is the cordiality and good cooperation within the women’s group, despite their monotonous work in the control area in the production of tungsten wires, also called filaments. Original tones are inserted to convey the joys, the cheerfulness and quick-wittedness that they have despite their burden of family and work. A problem of the wrong way of counting the female workers is openly addressed by the brigade leader and in a countercut Inge introduces her baby to her colleagues in the company. Everything seems like one big family and nobody can really imagine being without this work.Read More »

  • Ákos Ráthonyi – Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen AKA The Devil’s Daffodil (1961)

    Detectives working for an airline suspect a club owner of smuggling heroin in consignments of artificial flowers. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard are investigating a series of killings of young women associated with the club, all the bodies being found along with a handful of plastic daffodils…Read More »

  • Ibrahim Shaddad – Jagdpartie AKA Hunting Party (1964)

    Ibrahim Shaddad’s graduation film Jagdpartie (1964), which he shot at the Deutsche Hochschule für Filmkunst Potsdam-Babelsberg (now: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF), is a treatise on racism. Shot in a forest in Brandenburg, it uses a Western look to portray the hunt for a Black man.Read More »

  • Tom Tykwer – 3 aka Drei (2010)

    A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.Read More »

  • Philip Scheffner – The Halfmoon Files (2007)

    Phillipe Scheffner’s film is about Indian soldiers detained in a German War Camp during World War I. Here is a synopsis from the official website:
    “There once was a man.
    This man came into the European war.
    Germany captured this man.
    He wishes to return to India.
    If God has mercy, he will make peace soon.
    This man will go away from here.”Read More »

  • Herbert Vesely – Menschen im Espresso aka People on Expresso (1958)

    “The espresso has a democratic note,” says Vesely’s study on urban life changings.
    Italy has spread to Munich: cappuccino, ice cream and outdoor tables instead of beer pub. The generation gap in 1958 is already visible, because with espresso drinking the German youth set the tone.

    An essay on the “Italianization” of life in Munich: an espresso bar and tables in the open air instead of the Hofbräuhaus.Read More »

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