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08/15 (1954)
Director: Paul May. Cast: Joachim Fuchsberger, O.E. Hasse, Gustav Knuth, Hans Christian Blech, Peter Carsten, Mario Adorf, Emmerich Schrenk. This finely crafted look into life in a German military barracks shortly before WWII is the story of a rebellious young trainee who launches a mutiny against his superiors. Although the film focuses primarily on the tribulations of the new recruit it also presents a fascinating look at the lives of other soldiers, officers and civilians (most of whom are played by non-professional actors). The film's title refers to a particular type of German military pistol. Based on the novel 08/15 in der Partei by Hans Hellmut Kirst 299 min. DVD X6476 (with English subtitles); vhs 999:3125 (without English subtitles)
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38--auch das war Wien (Austria / West Germany, 1987)
Director, Wolfgang Glück. Cast: Sunnyi Melles, Tobias Engel, Heinz Trixner, Ingrid Burkhard. Follows two lovers--one Jewish, one Aryan--in pre-war Vienna who are blind to the inhumanity which surrounds them. In German without subtitles. 94 min. DVD 7693
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40 qm Deutschland (1986)
Director, Tevfik Baser. Cast: Özay Fecht, Yaman Okay, Demir Gökgöl. The tale of a young Turkish woman who, after an arranged marriage, follows her much older husband to Hamburg, where he had been working for some time. Instead of allowing his wife to experience for herself life in this German city, the husband anxiously shields her from any contact with the host culture and keeps her a prisoner in their apartment. PAL format. In Turkish with German subtitles. 76 min. vhs 999:2995
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Ab morgen wird sich alles andern
Presents five short Austrian films made accessible for the first time to a broader public. Ab morgen wird sich alles andern / Andreas Gruber (1980) -- Freistadt / Fritz Lehner, Heinz Scheiderbauer (1976, 60 min.) -- Jugendliche / Peter Patzak, Heinz Scheiderbauer (1972) -- Wochenend / Wolfram Paulus Jr. (1981, 31 min.) -- Der Ball / Ulrich Seidl (1982, 50 min.) In German without subtitles. DVD 7749

Abenteuer in Wien (Gefährliches Abenteuer) / Stolen Identity(Austria / USA, 1952)
Director: Emil E. Reinert (Abenteur in Wien); Gunther von Fritsch (Stolen Identity. Abenteuer in Wien: Gustave Fröhlich, Cornell Borchers, Franz Lederer.; Stolen Identity: Donald Buka, Joan Camden, Francis Lederer. The films Abenteuer in Wien and Stolen identity, are two Austrian/US co-productions with the same story produced in the same year but with different leading actors and director. These noir-styled films concern a jealous concert pianist who murders his wife's lover and then frames an innocent taxi driver for the crime. Based on the book Ich war Jack Mortimer by Alexander Lernet-Holenia.84 min; 86 min. DVD X778
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Abschied von gestern (Anita G.) (West Germany, 1966)
Director, Alexander Kluge. Cast: Alexandra Kluge, Gunther Mack, Eva Maria Meinecke, Hans Korte, Josef Kreindl, Alfred Edel Recognized as a cultural icon of the sixties in West Germany, this film tells the story of a young East German woman who comes to West Germany in hopes of a better life. She has trouble adjusting to life in a new society and becomes her employer's mistress, but leaves when she is wrongly accused of theft. She becomes a wandering gypsy, confused and unable to deal with either the communist regime or a free-market economy. PAL format; in German. 88 min. DVD 8160; vhs 999:3119
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Abschied von gestern (Anita G.) & Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin
Two feature films and six shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Cast: Alexandra Kluge. Disc 1. Abschied von gestern / Yesterday Girl / starring Alexandra Kluge (84 min.), 1966 -- Nachricht vom Filmfestival in Venedig 1966 / News from the 1966 Venice Film Festival (1 min.), 1966 -- Brutalitat in Stein / Brutality in Stone (11 min.), 1961 -- Ein Liebesversuch / An Experiment in Love (13 min.), 1998 -- An Vertov / For Vertov (1 min.), 1998 -- Disc 2. Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin / Part-time Work of a Domestic Slave / starring Alexandra Kluge (87 min.), 1973 -- Lehrer im Wandel (11 min.), 1963 -- Sam remembers Papa Kong (1 min.), 2006. Abschied von gestern (Yesterday Girl): tells the story of a young East German woman who comes to West Germany in hopes of a better life. She has trouble adjusting to life in a new society and becomes her employer's mistress, but leaves when she is wrongly accused of theft. She becomes a wandering gypsy, confused and unable to deal with either the communist regime or a free-market economy. Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin (Part-time Work of a Domestic Slave): Roswitha Bronski is a married mother of three at the center of the protest movement who finds her plans for social change are easier to realize outside family life. DVD 8160

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Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

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Affaire Blum (Blum Affair) (1948)
Directed by Erich Engel. Cast: Paul Bildt, Hans Christian Blech, Klaus Becker, Gerhard Bienert. A film based on a true case which occured in the 1920's. An accountant responds to an advertisment and gets murdered for his money. Mr. Blum is blamed for the murder because the accountant was about to give evidence about a tax fraud involving Mr. Blum's company. A dramatic presentation about pre-Hitlerite Germany which relates the story of a Jewish businessman falsely accused by anti-Semitic police. 100 min. vhs 999:299
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Agnes und seine Brüder (Agnes and His Brothers) (2004)
Directed by Oskar Roehler. Cast: Martin Weiss, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Katja Riemann, Tom Schilling, Susan Anbeh, Vadim Glowna, Margit Carstensen. Agnes, a transsexual, and her brothers, Hans-Jorg, a sex addict/meek librarian, and Werner, a successful politician with a slowly self-destructing family, have little in common except an eccentric father and relationships totally screwing up their lives! 115 min. DVD X3378
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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre Wrath of God) (1972)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling, Cecilia Rivera, Daniel Ades. A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Aguirre, self-styled "Wrath of God," travel up the Amazon in search of gold, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip. 94 min. DVD 377; VHS 999:7
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"Aguirre Wrath of God." In: Screenplays / Werner Herzog ; translated from the German by Alan Greenberg and Martje Herzog New York : Tanam Press, 1980 (NRLF (UCB) PT2668.He774 .A24.1980)

Aimée & Jaguar (Germany, 1999)
Directed by Max Färberbóck. Cast: Maria Schrader, Juliane Kohler, Heike Makatsch, Johanna Wokalek, Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck. Based on true events during the Battle of Berlin in World War II, about two women who find each other. One is single, Aimee, the other, Jaguar, is unhappily married with 4 children. In war torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish, it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. When Jaguar's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about the relationship of his wife to Aimee, nothing but trouble ensues. Based on the book of the same title by Fischer, Erica (MAIN: DD857.W87 F5713 1995; MOFF: DD857.W87 F713 1998) 125 min. DVD 3788
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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) SEE Fear Eats the Soul

Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities) (1974)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Rudiger Vogler, Yella Rottlander, Lisa Kruzer. Phillip, a footloose 31-year old journalist on the road from the United States to Europe, suddenly finds himself with a new traveling companion: a 9-year old girl named Alice. 110 min. vhs 999:138
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Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2009)
Director, Maren Ade. Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka. A young couple's relationship is pushed to the brink while vacationing in the Mediterranean. On the surface, Chris and Gitti appear blissfully in love while enjoying the sun and sand of Sardinia. But as they spend more time together, their silly games and playful teasing begin to unmask hidden fears and desires. When they accidentally run into another, seemingly happier and more successful couple, the tensions between them erupt. Special features: "A summer without Gitti" short film; interviews with cast and crew; deleted scenes; outtakes; theatrical trailer; essay by Mark Peranson, editor of Cinema Scope. 124 min. DVD X5744
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Jones, Kent. "You and Me." Film Comment, Jul/Aug2009, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p38-43, 6p UC users only
Peranson, Mark. "Me, You, & Everyone They Know." Cinema Scope, Fall2009, Issue 40, p6-11, 6p UC users only

Der Alte. Kalt wie Diamant. (1982)
Director, Theodor Gradler. Cast: Siegfried Lowitz, Michael Ande, Gustl Halenke, Doris Kunstmann. The armed robbery of a jewelry store and the murder of its proprietor, a marriage on the rocks and a million dollar insurance policy test the skills of an experienced detective. In German 67 min. vhs 999:3189

Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gerard Blain. Story about a Hamburg picture framer who is perfectly ordinary except that he is suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. His peace and sanity are upset when an insistent Frenchman offers him money to assassinate a Mafia figure in Paris. 127 min. DVD 1557; vhs 999:320
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Der Amerikanische Soldat (The American Soldier) (1970)
Written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Karl Scheydt, Elga Sorbas, Jan George, Margarethe Von Trotta. Story about a charismatic hit man (Ricky) who always wears a gun bulging from his shoulder holster, sports a soft fedora hat and white suit. Ricky carries out his assignments without knowledge or emotion and the final shoot-out is one of the most startling of Fassbinder's off-beat endings. 80 min. DVD 1724; vhs 999:3285
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Anders als du und ich (Different From You and Me) (West Germany, 1957)
Directed by Veit Harlan. Cast: Paula Wessely, Paul Dahlke, Hans Nielsen, Ingrid Stenn, Christian Wolff, Friedrich Joloff, Herbert Hübner, Kurt Vespermann, Hilde Körber, Günther Theil, Paul Esser, Siegfried Schürenberg, Peter Nijinskij, Otto Graf, Hans Schumm, Marcel Andrée. Originally produced as Das dritte Geschlecht (The third sex) the German FSK wouldn't let the finished film pass so Arca re-cut the film, shot new scenes, re-dubbed others and changed the film's title so the film could be distributed. The plot concerns Klaus, a young man in post-war Berlin who is drawn to his friend Manfred and, under the encouragement of their acquaintance Dr. Winkler, explores the underground world of gay clubs and electronic music. His family begins to learn of his other life and do everything they can to set him straight. Special features: Szenenvergleich mit "Das dritte Geschlecht" = Scene-by-scene comparison with Das dritte Geschlecht (38 min.) ; Presse-und Aushangfotos = Press photos and lobby cards. 130 min. DVD X758
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Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only
Guenther-Pal, Alison. "Sexual Reorientations: Homosexuality Versus the Postwar German Man in Veit Harlan's Different from You and Me." In: Light motives : German popular film in perspective / edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy. Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 L54 2003)
Steakley, James "Anders als die Andern" : ein Film und seine Geschichte Hamburg : Mannerschwarm Verlag, 2007. (MAIN: PN1997.A348 S74 2007)
Steakley, James. "Cinema and Censorship in the Weimar Republic: The Case of Anders als Die Andern." Film History, Vol. 11, No. 2, emigré Filmmakers and Filmmaking?. (1999), pp. 181-203 UC users only
Tropiano, Stephen. "Different from the Other(s): German Youth and the Threat of Homosexual Seduction." In: Youth culture in global cinema / edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Y6 Y68 2007)

Angeschwemmt (Washed Ashore) (Austria, 1994)
Nikolaus Geyrhalter's first full-length documentary, focuses on a place called "Friedhof der Namenlosen" (The Cementary of Unknown Dead), a place, where all those nameless suicides, washed ashore on the Danube-riverbanks have been buried. The film gets the old grave-digger and other people talking about their lives alongside the river and creates a very special athmosphere: you almost get to sense the fog and the dampness of the Danube-meadows. In German with English subtitles. 86 min. DVD 7738
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Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die ubrige Zeit & Vermischte Nachrichten(1967-2006)
Two feature films and seven shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Disc 1. Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die ubrige Zeit = The blind director (106 min), 1985 -- Blinde Liebe: Gesprach mit Jean-Luc Godard (24 min.), 2001 -- 16 Minutenfilme (17 min.), 1970 -- Zwischen Mitternacht und der vierten Nachtstunde (1 min.), 2006 -- Disc 2. Vermischte Nachrichten = Miscellaneous news (96 min.), 1986 -- Frau Blackburn, geb. 5. Jan. 1872, wird gefilmt (13 min.), 1967 -- Ein Arzt aus Halberstadt (29 min.), 1970 -- Besitzburgerin, Jahrgang 1908 (11 min.), 1973 --Nach jedem Untergang kommt ein Dampfer (1 min.), 2006. Cast (Blind director): Jutta Hoffmann, Armin Mueller-Stahl ; (Miscellaneous news): Marita Breuer, Rosel Zech. Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die ubrige Zeit (The blind director): In this "film essay," director Alexander Kluge handles two different stories with both fictional and documentary aspects. In one story, a foster parent cares for a traumatized young girl who is now an orphan after witnessing a car crash that killed both her parents. After the foster-parent does the right thing and takes the girl to her aunt --her court-appointed guardian -- she is shocked to see that neither the wealthy aunt nor her servants are very interested in the girl. An unusual decision follows. In the other story, a director goes blind in the middle of a film project but has to be kept on because of his contract. This situation leads to some philosophizing on the nature of film and art in the modern world. Vermischte Nachrichten (Miscellaneous news): This drama strings together vignettes of events taken from everyday newspaper headlines. Germans are shown in their reactions to World War II, minorities, and the elderly. A side plot follows a meeting between former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and East German leader Erich Honecker. DVD 8177

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Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick) (West Germany / Austria, 1971)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: Arthur Brauss, Erika Pluhar, Kai Fischer. Josef Bloch, a suspended soccer player, picks up a girl in Vienna, strangles her, and escapes to a small town where he passively waits, reading newspaper accounts of the police dragnet that is slowly closing in on him. Based on the novel by Peter Handke (PT2668.Ha5 A8 Main Stack) - 101 min. vhs 999:347
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Angst Essen Seele Auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) (West Germany, 1974)
Directed by Rainer Fassbinder. Cast: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A Moroccan immigrant in Munich comes up against social and racial prejudice when he marries a sixty-year-old charwoman. 94 min. DVD 1725; vhs 999:622
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Angst vor der Angst (Fear of Fear) (TV, 1975)
Directed by Rainer Fassbinder. Cast: Margit Carstensen, Ulrich Faulhaber, Brigitte Mira, Irm Hermann, Armin Meier, Adrian Hoven. A pregnant middle-class housewife, living an ideal, comfortable life, begins to experience moments of uncontrollable undirected fear. Her anxiety grows and becomes more frequent. After giving birth, she turns to drugs and alcohol, but nothing seems to alleviate her tempestuous nerves. 88 min. DVD 1652
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Vicari, Justin. "Better Living Through Chemistry? On Fassbinder's Forgotten Masterpiece, Fear of Fear." Bright Lights, August 2006 | Issue 53

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Anna Christie (Germany, 1931)
Director, Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Greta Garbo (Anna), Charles Bickford (Matt), George F. Marion (Chris), Marie Dressler (Marthy), James T. Mack (Johnny, the Harp), Lee Phelps (Larry). In papers of Edgar G. Ulmer at the AMPAS Library, Ulmer states that he directed the German version. In addition, an affidavit by Fritz Feld testifies to this statement; however, Jacques Feyder is listed as director in the onscreen credits. Actress Salka Steuermann, who appears in the German version, was also known as Salka Stearman and Salka Viertel. In German with English subtitles. 85 min. DVD 4279
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Ansichten eines Clowns (1975)
Director, Gunther Witte. Cast: Helmut Griem, Hanna Schygulla, Eva Maria Meineke. The place is the Federal Republic of Germany, 1960, under the blue skies of the German economic miracle. Hans Schnier for years has earned his living as a clown, though he is in fact a very covert sort of social critic. Disgusted by the insincere moral standards of the middle class he "drops out" along with his girfriend from the proletariat, Marie. PAL format. In German. 111 min. vhs 999:3005
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Antares (Austria, 2004)
Directed by Götz Spielmann. Cast: Petra Morze, Andreas Patton, Hary Prinz, Susanne Wuest, Dennis Cubic, Andreas Kiendl, Martina Zinner. Tells three stories of passion, jealousy, routine, and violence, in which love is the cause of and driving force behind each character's emotional and physical experiences. Alex and Nicole are divorced, but Alex cannot let go of what has passed. Sonja is facing tough times because of her pregnancy and becoming wildly jealous of her husband Marco. Eva, a loyal wife and mother, has her life turned upside-down by a fling with Tomasz. 115 min. DVD 6303
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April 2000 (Austria, 1952)
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner. Cast: Hilde Krahl, Josef Meinrad, Waltraut Haas, Judith Holzmeister, Hans Moser, Curd Jurgens. A comic satirical science-fiction film, as much as a document of a rather short period of Austrian history, namely the ten years from 1945 to 1955 when the four occupying powers were here. The film takes a look into the future year 2000 where some things changed radically but most things are just the same as they were. The Big Four are still in the country and the new president suddenly claims that Austria is independent. The occupying powers immediately call the "World Protection Commission" that should decide whether Austria is endangering the world peace or not. If so, they will destroy the country or at least evacuate the population into sparsely populated regions of the world. In German without subtitles. 101 min. DVD 7748
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Aprilkinder (April Children) (1999)
Directed by Yüksel Yavuz. Cast: Erdal Yildiz, Inga Busch, Bulent Esrungun, Serif Sezer, Senem Tepe, Hasan Ali Mete, Cemal Yavuz, Kaan Emre, Özgur Özata. The story of a Kurdish family in Hamburg. The brothers Cem and Mehmet live with their sister Dilan and their immigrant parents in Germany. Mehmet drifts off into a world of crime while Cem works in a meat factory and falls in love with a German prostitute before obeying his father's will and marrying a relative from his faraway Kurdish village. The "Aprilchildren" are the descendants of a generation torn between two worlds: they have lost their former native country, its traditions and its values, but are still alienated in their new country. 85 min. vhs 999:2796
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Anderson, Susan C. "Unification and Difference in German Post-Wall Cinema." In: Beyond Political Correctness: Remapping German Sensibilities in the 21st Century German Monitor, 72Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DD261 .G17)
Kraenzle, Christina. "At Home in the New Germany? Local Stories and Global Concerns in Yüksel Yavuz's Aprilkinder and Kleine Freiheit." The German Quarterly Volume 82 Issue 1, Pages 90 - 108 UC users only

Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos & Die unbezähmbare Leni Peickert
Two feature films and four shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Disc 1. Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos = Artists in the big top: Perplexed (100 min), 1968 -- Hinrichtung eines Elefanten (15 min.), 2000 -- 5 Stunden Parsifal (1 min.), 1998 -- Disc 2. Die unbezahmbare Leni Peickert = Undomitable Leni Peickert (33 min.), 1970 -- Reformzirkus (127 min.), 1970 -- Die traurige Nachricht (1 min.), 2006. Cast (Artists in the big top: perplexed): Hannelore Hoger, Curt Jurgens, Sigi Graue ; (Undomitable Leni Peickert): Hannelore Hoger, Bernd Hoeltz. Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos (Artists in the big top: Perplexed): Tells the story of a circus beset with financial woes. Leni, the director of a circus, has just lost her father in a trapeze accident. She tries to keep the circus out of debt and vows to continue the performances under the big top. Helped by a small and unexpected inheritance, Leni has high hopes of keeping the circus operating. She must decide if her dedication to the show is realistic or merely wishful thinking. Curt Jurgens appears as the animal trainer Mackensen in this symbolic but slow-moving feature. Die unbezahmbare Leni Peickert (Undomitable Leni Peickert): Continues the drama above as Leni continues to pursue her activities to keep the circus afloat. DVD 8178; DVD X6925 (Die Artisen in der Zirkuskuppel only)
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Aschenbrödel: Die schonsten Marchenfilme (1954)
Six films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, presenting animations of well-known fables and fairy tales. Lotte Reiniger developed the art of using silhouettes in film during the 1920s. These current films were developed in Great Britain where she had immigrated prior to World War II. Contents: Aschenbrodel (Cinderella) / Brothers Grimm -- Daumelinchen (Thumbelina) / H. C. Andersen -- Hansel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) / Brothers Grimm -- Der Heuschreck und die Ameise (Grasshopper and the ant) nach "Grille und die Ameise" / Jean de Lafontaine -- Die drei Wunsche (Three wishes) / Brothers Grimm -- Das tapfere Schneiderlein (Brave little tailor) / Brothers Grimm. PAL format. In German without subtitles. 60 min. Video/C 8416

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (Even Dwarfs Started Small) (1969)
Director, Werner Herzog. Cast: Helmut Doring, Gerd Gickel, Paul Glauer, Erna Gschwendtner, Gisela Hertwig, Gerhard Marz, Hertel Minkner, Alfredo PPiccini, Gertraud Piccini, Brigitte Saar, Marianne Saar, Erna Smolarz, Lajos Zsarnoczay. The inmates have taken over an institution in a bleak and savage world in which everyone's a dwarf in this brutal allegorical film about the consequences of imprisonment and rebellion. In this land of reversed proportions, as one of the institution's directors holds a rebel hostage while issuing orders for calm, the other inmates run amok, smashing equipment, setting fires, fighting for power and tormenting two blind prisoners. 96 min. DVD 977
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Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (Germany / Turkey / Italy, 2007)
Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nursel Kose, Nurgul Yesilcay, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Hanna Schygulla. "Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten." [IMDB] 116 min. DVD X391
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Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten (Notebook on Cities and Clothes) (1989)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Yohji Yamamoto, Wim Wenders. Focuses on issues of identity -- how individuals see and define themselves based on clothes, where they live, how they see their place in the world. Profiles/interviews fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he and his staff prepare for presentation of a seasonal collection. Director/writer Wim Wenders compares the film and fashion industries, illustrating how they parallel one another. 81 min. DVD 1556
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Die Ausgesperrten (Austria, TV, 1982)
Directed by Franz Novotny. Cast: Rudolf Wessely, Emmy Werner, Paulus Manker, Ursula Knobloch, Alexandra Curtis, Christine Kaufmann. Two young characters in this story of rebellious youth are named after two Germans, brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl who were imprisoned and executed for their anti-Nazi stance during World War II. In this film, the rebels do not have such a clear-cut enemy but nevertheless, they cannot accept the way life is heading in Austria of the 1950s and they revolt by stealing, mugging, and trying out terrorist methods (bombs). Their future seems to be inexorably heading on a collision course with the forces that have locked them out. In German without subtitles. 93 min. DVD 7709
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Baader (Germany / UK, 2002)
Directed by Christopher Roth. Cast: Frank Giering, Laura Tonke, Vadim Glowna, Birge Schade. A fact-based drama that conveys a lot about the life, thinking and hopes of those who became known as terrorists in the RAF, people who thought of themselves as terrorists when they were still only a group of bourgeois youngsters looking for their way. Non-US Format DVD (PAL, Region 2.) 110 min. DVD 4569
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Preece, Julian. "Between Identification and Documentation, 'Autofiction' and 'Biopic': The Lives of the RAF." German Life & Letters; Oct2003, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p363, 14p UC users only
Rasch, Ilka. "The Generation Gap: The Reappropriation of the Red Army Faction in Contemporary German Film." In: Generational shifts in contemporary German culture / edited by Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Susanne Vees-Gulani. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT111 .G36 2010)
Stott, Rosemary. "Revolutionary Fiction: The Baader Meinhof Complex and other representations of the Red Army Faction in German film." Twentieth Century Communism, May2010, p180-196, 17p

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (Germany | France | Czech Republic, 2008)
Directed by Uli Edel. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Uhl, Stipe Erceg, Niels Bruno Schmidt, Vinzenz Kiefer, Simon Licht, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Lommatzsch, Sebastian Blomberg, Heino Ferch, Jan Josef Liefers, Hannah Herzsprung, Tom Schilling, Bruno Ganz. Germany 1967: murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism, and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still-fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation, led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Gudrun Ensslin, are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism. The man who understands them is also their hunter, the head of the German police force, Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. Based on the book by Stefan Aust. Bonus features: Disc 1. The making of The Baader Meinhof complex. Disc 2. The actors on their roles; Scoring Baader; On authenticity; Behind the scenes; Interview with author Stefan Aust; Interview with writer-producer Bernd Eichinger. 149 min. DVD X2915
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Bagdad Cafe (Out of Rosenheim) (West Germany / USA, 1990)
Directed by Percy Adlon. Cast: Marianne Sagebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufman, Monica Calhoun, Darron Flagg. An off-beat comedy about a greasy spoon and a rusty gas pump in the Mojave desert. Through hard work and magic, a stranded German housewife, with the owner's assistance, transforms the run-down gas station/restaurant into a nightclub. 107 min. DVD 6818; vhs 999:3158
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Baron Münchhausen (1943)
Directed by Josef Von Baky. Cast: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Brigitte Horney, Michael Bohnen, Ferdinand Marian, Hans Brausewetter, Hermann Speelmans, Marina von Ditmar, Andrews Engelmann, Kathe Haack, Waldemar Leitgeb, Walter Lieck, Hubert von Meyerinck, Jaspar von Oertzen, Werner Scharf. The famous Baron Munchhausen is called to the court of St. Petersburg. He becomes a favorite of the Tsarina, duels with a jealous Potemkin and receives the gift of eternal youth from the diabolical Cagliostro. This lavish, impudent, adult fairly tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting, and a rich color palette. DVD special features: Making of documentary with comments by director of the F.W. Murnau Foundation ; original theatrical trailer ; animated short film, "Die Abenteuer des Baron Munchhausen: eine Winterreise" (1944) ; photo gallery ; examples of Afgacolor restoration: Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten (1941) ; excerpt from the Agfacolor film Die Fledermaus (1944) ; pop-culture gallery of Munchhausen images. 111 min. DVD 2870; vhs 999:328
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Christensen, Peter G. "The Representation Of The Late Eighteenth Century In The Von Baky/Kästner 'Baron Münchhausen:' The Old Regime and its Links to the Third Reich." German Life & Letters, Oct1990, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p13-24, 12p UC users only
Rentschler, Eric. "The Triumph of Male Will: "Münchhausen" (1943) Film Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3. (Spring, 1990), pp. 14-23. UC users only
Rentschler, Eric. "Sel-Reflexive Self-Destruction: Münchhausen." In: The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife / Eric Rentschler. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N36 R46 1996)
Schulte-Sasse, Linda. "Of Lies and Life: Münchhausen's Narrative Arabesque." In: Entertaining the Third Reich : illusions of wholeness in Nazi cinema / Linda Schulte-Sasse. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N36 S38 1996)

Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (Confessions of Felix Krull) (1957)
Director, Kurt Hoffmann. Cast: Horst Buchholtz, Liselotte Pulver, Susi Nicoletti. Felix Krull, an opportunist, full of charm, and a "goodly amount of larceny in his soul," is at the helm of every adventure from imperial Germany at the turn of the century to a Paris hotel and an eccentric Professor Cuckoo's household in Lisbon. 105 min. vhs 999:2914
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Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Bella Martha (Mostly Martha) (Italy / Germany / Austria / Switzerland, 2001)
Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, August Zirner, Ulrich Thomsen, Sibylle Canonica, Katja Studt, Idil Üner, Sergio Castellitto. Martha is the chef who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from meeting new people. When her sister suddenly dies and Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece, she finds unexpected help from Mario, Martha's hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina's spirits afloat. Just as Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, Lina's erratic father shows up demanding that he take her back to Italy with him. 107 min. DVD 1657
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Benny's Video (Austria / Switzerland, 1992)
Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Muhe, Ingrid Stassner. Benny likes to watch violent movies, including a home-made video of a pig being slaughtered. Benny soon loses his mind, killing a girl and filming the murder with his video camera. 106 min. DVD 5587
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Berlin Alexanderplatz (1982)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Gunter Lamprecht (Franz Biberkopf), Hanna Schygulla (Eva), Barbara Sukowa (Mieze), Gottfried John (Reinhold), Ivan Desny (Pums). Story of Franz Biberkof, a former transportation worker. When we first see Franz, he has just been released from prison where he has served four years for an irrational act of violence. He returns to his Berlin neighborhood resolved to go straight but forces in his environment, the influences of his cronies, the grinding poverty, the decay of society overwhelm him and he begins his duel with fate. Based on Alfred Doblin's novel (PT2607.O35 B5 1930 Main Stack) Disc 1. Part I, The punishment begins ; Part II, How is one to live if one doesn't want to die? -- Disc 2. Part III, A hammer blow to the head can injure the soul ; Part IV, A handful of people in the depths of silence ; Part V, A reaper with the power of our lord -- Disc 3. Parts VI, Love has its price ; Part VII, Remember- an oath can be amputated ; Part VIII, The suns warms the skin, but burns it sometimes too -- Disc 4. Part IX, About the eternities between the many and the few ; Part X, Loneliness tears cracks of madness even in walls ; Part XI, Knowledge is power and the early bird catches the worm -- Disc 5. Parts XII, The serpent in the soul of the serpent ; Part XIII, The outside and the inside and the secret of fear of the secret -- Disc 6. Epilogue Special features (Disc 7): "Notes on the Making of 'Berlin Alexanderplatz'" Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary (44 min.) ; "Berlin Alexanderplatz remastered" notes on the restoration (32 min.) ; "Berlin Alexanderplatz" 1931 film adaptation of the novel from a screenplay co-written by the author himself (84 min.); Interview with author and Berlin Alexanderplatz scholar Peter Jelavich. Program notes on container insert include an essay "He who lives in a human skin" by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, "The cities of humanity and the human soul" reflections by Fassbinder on Doblin's novel, an essay "You've no right to exist" by German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel, "Black and white in color" an interview with Schwarzenberger, film chapter titles, and notes on the digital transfer process. 940 min. DVD 9281; vhs 999:430
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Berlin Alexanderplatz: die Geschichte Franz Biberkopf (1931)
Director, Piel Jutzi. Cast: Maria Bard, Heinrich George, Margarete Schlegel, Bernhard Minetti Ex-convict Franz finds he cannot escape the infuence of his old criminal cohorts. When he refuses to pay "hush money" to the mob, his faithful wife is killed. Franz resigns himself to a life of crime, ultimately descending into madness. PAL format. In German without subtitles. 83 min. vhs 999:3124
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Der Bettelstudent (1956)
Directed by Werner Jacobs. Cast: Cast: Gerhard Riedmann, Gunther Philipp, Waltraut Haas, Elma Karlowa, Gustav Knuth. In revenge for being jilted by Laura, the daughter of a Countess, a Polish General arranges for a humble begger student to pretend to be a wealthy gentleman. When Laura falls in love with the student intrigue and confusion follow. 93 min. vhs 999:3002
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Der Bewegte Mann (The Most Desired Man) (1996)
Director, Sönke Wortmann. Cast: Til Schweiger, Katja Reimann, Joachim Krol, Rufus Beck. A comedy in which heterosexual Axel, having been thrown out by his wife for one more sexual escapade, ends up being taken in by two homosexuals, Norbert and Walter, who promptly begin competing for his favors. This leads to a number of comical misunderstandings, which play with heterosexual and homosexual stereotypes. PAL format. 93 min. vhs 999:3115
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Caryl, Christian. "German farewells." New Criterion, Mar97, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p40, 6p UC users only
Darke, Chris. "The Most Desired Man/Der Bewegte Mann." Sight and Sound. Mar 1996. Vol. 6, Iss. 3; p. 46 (2 pages)

Bildnis einer Trinkerin (Ticket of No Return) (1979)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Magdalena Montezuma, Nina Hagen, Eddie Constantine. A drunken sightseeing tour of Berlin presented through a portrait of two extremely different women in an exploration of the complexity of female identity. This drinkers' geography of Berlin is complemented by people who live in Berlin or are visiting, including rock singers, writers, taxi drivers and an artist. 108 min. vhs 999:3431
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Bis ans Ende der Welt (Until the End of the World) (Germany | France | Australia, 1991)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Sam Neill, Max Von Sydow, Rudiger Vogler, Ernie Dingo, Jeanne Moreau. Sam Farber portrays an uneasy traveler in this futuristic 21st century adventure. He is pursued by a killer, and a government who would do anything to acquire his invention. He and a woman, who will do anything for his love, share an adventure that takes them around the world. 158 min. DVD X4802; vhs 999:3011
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Bis zum Horizont und weiter (1999)
Directed by Peter Kahane. Cast: Corrina Harfouch, Wolfgang Stumph, Nina Petri. The love of Henning Stahnke's life, Katja, has been sentenced to three years in prison. A desperate Henning kidnaps the woman judge responsible for sentencing Katja, hoping to secure Katja's release. Unknown to Henning, Katja has escaped from prison with the help of her cellmate, and is hitchhiking her way back to Henning's village. The police follow in close pursuit of both the escaped convict and the kidnapper. In German. 90 min. DVD 1426
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Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) (1985)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kathe Jaenicke, Hans Beerhenke, Isa Haller, Margit Carstensen, Wojciech Pszoniak, Gerd Baltus, Kurt Raab. A wartime story [1943] that is both a character study and a mesmerizing cat and mouse game between a Polish Catholic farmer and a Jewish woman who has escaped a train bound for the Nazi death camps. Set in Silesia during WWII, the drama unfolds with the concealment of the woman by the wealthy, sexually repressed farmer, and moves through various stages of power and powerlessness on both sides. The battle between the two is dispassionate yet haunting in its portrayal of this ill-fated relationship. 102 min. DVD 6834
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Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant)(1974)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes, Gisela Fackeldey, Irm Hermann. This haunting melodrama concerns a woman who divorces her husband when she realizes that she no long loves him and that she is sexually attracted to her secretary. It explores the lesbian relationship and finds that just as many of the games that exist in a heterosexual relationship (love/hate and jealousy) are present an homosexual one. 124 min. DVD 1651; vhs 999:553
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Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930)
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Hans Albers, Rosa Valetti. One of the early sound masterpieces of German cinema, this film made Marlene Dietrich an international star and helped assure director Joseph von Sternberg a place in cinematic history. The story is a gripping portrait of a middle-aged professor who is degraded by his obsession with a tawdry cafe entertainer. Presents two versions of the film: The original German and original English versions. Special features: Audio commentary (German version only) ; Marlene Dietrich's "Blue Angel" screen test ; Dietrich interview footage ; original trailer ; Dietrich concert footage ; photo gallery ; filmmaker/cast bios. ; production history. Adapted from the novel by Heinrich Mann. Disc 1. German version with English subtitles (106 min.) -- Disc 2. English version (94 min.) DVD 951; vhs 999:27
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Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light) (1932)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Mathias Wiemann, Max Holzboer, Beni Fuhrer, Franz Maldacea, Martha Mair. A love story/fantasy set in the Italian Tyrol, about a painter who defies a local legend by climbing a mountain. 70 min. DVD 3851
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Majer-O'Sickey, Ingeborg. "Visualized space. The cult of the cold and the gendered body in mountain films." In: Spatial turns : space, place, and mobility in German literary and visual culture / edited by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT148.S717 S7 2010)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only
Schulte-Sasse, Linda. "Leni Riefenstahl's feature films and the question of a fascist aesthetic." Cultural Critique, Spring 1991, Issue 18, p123-148, 26p UC Berkeley users only

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Die Blechtrommel (Tin Drum) (West Germany / France / Poland / Yugoslavia, 1979)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski. A story set in Danzig in the 1920s and 1930s about the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. Special features: Video essay featuring original set designs, costume sketches, storyboards and behind-the-scenes photographs; audio commentary by director Volker Schlöndorff; Maurice Jarre's score isolated on alternate audio channel; gatefold essay by Annette Insdorf. 141 min. DVD 554
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Awards

Special Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Die Bleierne Zeit (Marianne and Julianne) (1981)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Jutta Lampe, Rudiger Vogler, Doris Schade, Verenice Rudolph, Luc Bondy. Based on true events this film presents the relationship between two sisters caught up in the turmoil of Germany in the 1970s. The details of the personalities of the two main characters and their development parallels the personal history of the Ensslin sisters: Gudrun (Marianne in the film) who was imprisoned as a terrorist in the Stammheim prison where she died, supposedly a suicide, in the Fall of 1977 ; Christiane (Julianne in the film) who worked for some time as an editor of a women's magazine, "Emma," and was determined to prove that her sister did not kill herself. 102 min. vhs 999:2902
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Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife)(TV, 1876)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kurt Raab, Bernhard Helfrich, Udo Kier, Volker Spengler, Karl-Heinz von Hassel. Set in a small Bavarian town in pre-Hitler Germany, this is the story of stationmaster Bolwieser, a man who is sexually enslaved by his beautiful wife, Hanni. Bored with life at the train station, Hanni embarks on a series of adulterous affairs as her deluded husband grows progressively sullen. Based on the novel by Oskar Maria Graf. 111 min. DVD 6636; vhs 999:2908
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Das Boot (The Boat)(1982)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge. This gripping tale follows the daring patrol of U-96, one of the famed German U-boats known as the "gray wolves". Prowling the North Atlantic, they challenged the British Navy at every turn. Delivers an amazingly accurate account of Germany's elite U-boat crewmen, as it hammers away at the tragic waste of war. 154 min. DVD 96; VHS dubbed in English - vhs 999:296
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Prager, Brad "Beleaguered under the Sea: Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot (1981) as a German Hollywood Film." In: Light motives : German popular film in perspective / edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy. Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 L54 2003)
Reimer, Robert C. "The Effect of Hollywood Convention and Historical Event on American Reception of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot." In: Holding the vision : essays on film : proceedings of the First Annual Film Conference of Kent State Film Conference of Kent State University (1st : 1983) [Kent, Ohio] : International Film Society, Kent State University, c1983. (NRLF (UCB) PN1995 .F4577 1983)

Das Boot ist voll (The Boat is Full) (1981)
Director, Markus Imhoof. Cast: Tina Engel, Curt Bois, Gerd David, Renate Steiger, Mathias Gnadinger, Michael Gempart, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Simone, Laurent. In the summer of 1942 the Swiss government, alarmed at the numbers of people fleeing Nazi Germany, set up stringent immigration policies. But when a Swiss inkeeper's wife finds a group of refugees hiding on her property, she looks the other way and takes them in. When the local authorities are alerted, the woman, her husband and the townspeople have a decision to make... ignore the callous policies of their government or send the refugees back to certain death? 104 min. DVD X4793; vhs 999:2907
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Insdorf, Annette. "In Hiding/On Stage." In: Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust / Annette Insdorf. 2nd ed. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. (UCB Main; Moffitt) PN1995.9.H53 I57 1989)
Mahoney, Dennis F. "Personalizing the Holocaust: Das Boot ist voll" Modern Language Studies 19. 1 (1989 Winter): 3-11. UC users only

Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959)
Director, Bernhard Wicki. Cast: Fritz Wepper, Volker Bohnet, Michael Hinz, Volker Lechtenbrink, Cordula Trantow. Young German boys suffer senseless deaths during the final days of World War II. Betrayed and urged on by unenlightened leaders, they come to believe that a small and meaningless bridge is worth any risk to their lives. 102 min. DVD 1288; vhs 999:2911
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Brudermord (Fratricide)(Luxembourg / Germany / France, 2005)
Directed by Yilmaz Arslan. Cast: Xevat Gectan, Erdal Celik, Bulent Buyukasik, Nurettin Celik, Yusuf Gectan, Taies Farzan, Oral Uyan, Xhiljona Ndoja. Amidst hopeless squalor, four young exiles -- two Kurds, two Turks -- meet in Germany, unleashing a nightmarish cycle of violence they believed they had left behind. 92 min. DVD 7262
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Buddenbrooks (West Germany / France, TV, 1979)
Directed by Franz Peter Wirth. Cast: Ruth Leuwerik, Martin Benrath, Volkert Kraeft, Reinhild Solf, Gerd Bockmann. Film adaptation of Thomas Mann's story of the Buddenbrooks family from Lubeck, Germany and how they struggle to maintain their status as one of the city's most wealthy and respected families. 638 min. DVD 7428
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Burning Life (1994)
Directed by Peter Welz. Cast: Anna Thalbach, Maria SChrader, Max Tidof, Jaecki Schwarz, Dani Levy. The story takes place after the first euphoria of unification in Germany has evaporated. Lisa, the daughter of a man who had committed suicide when he realized that he had missed out on a fabulous real estate deal, goes on wild crime spree with her friend Anna, taking advantage of the unsettled and uncertain times, which have also left the guardians of public order confused. The two soon become famous as 'Robin Hood's daughters', but eventually the law catches up with them. Special DVD features: Biographies and filmographies ; introduction by scriptwriter, Stefan Kolditz ; "Peter Welz and the lst DEFA generation" by Laura G. McGee ; trailers. 105 min. DVD DVD X2378; vhs 999:3126
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Carl Peters (1941)
Directed by Herbert Selpin. A docu-drama of the life of Karl Peters, the German Commissioner in East Africa during World War I. It tells of the founding of Deutsch Ostafrika, which covered parts of present-day Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. In German without subtitles. 110 min. vhs 999:2740
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Hake, Sabine. "Mapping the Native Body: On Africa and Colonial Film in the Third Reich." In: The imperialist imagination : German colonialism and its legacy / edited by Sara Friedrichsmeyer, Sara Lennox, and Susanne Zantop. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX550.A1 I53 1998)
Klotz, Marcia. "Epistemological Ambiguity and the Fascist Text: Jew Süss, Carl Peters, and Ohm Krüger." New German Critique, No. 74, Special Issue on Nazi Cinema. (Spring - Summer, 1998), pp. 91-124. UCB users only

Catharsis(Spain | Germany, 2007)
Directed by Daniel Chamorro. Cast: Rolf Nagel, Ursula Am-Ende, Sara Wolff. A man and a woman speak about their relationship in individual interviews. They seem to be arguing, but actually they are just trying to understand each other. In German with English subtitles. 11 min. DVD X7016
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Charleys Tante (1963)
Director, Geza von Cziffra. Cast: Peter Alexander, Maria Sebaldt, Peter Vogel, Rudolf Vogel. In this comedy of errors and misunderstandings, a young man is forced by circumstances to dress up as a middle-aged women. Dr. Otto's friends Charley and Ralf, are expecting female visitors but the girls won't show up without a chaperone, so Otto is inveigled into disguising himself as "Charley's Aunt." 81 min. vhs 999:2993
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Chinesisches Roulette (Chinese Roulette) (West Germany / France, 1976)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Anna Karina, Ulli Lommel, Macha Meril, Margit Carstensen, Brigitte Mira, Alexander Allerson, Volker Spengler, Andrea Schober. A German businessman pretending to go on a business trip heads for his country estate with his French mistress where he runs into his wife and her own lover. When their teenage daughter, a young teen who walks with crutches, arrives she angrily confronts them with their hypocrisy and compels everyone to rigorous truth-telling, revealing the latent hatreds within the family, culminating in a shocking climax. 96 min. DVD 1653; vhs 999:2912
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Cobra Verde (Ghana / West Germany, 1987)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, Jose Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile, Peter Berling, Nana Agyefi Kwame II of Nsein. Francisco Manoel da Silva, 19th century, gun-toting Brazilian bandit known as the Cobra Verde, is unknowingly hired by the owner of a sugar plantation to keep his slaves in check, but instead the Cobra manages to impregnate the landowner's daughters. In revenge, the owner sends the Cobra on a dangerous mission to sail to the West coast of Africa and reopen the slave trade, and the Cobra wages war with a local tribal king. 110 min. DVD 2696
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Prager, Brad. "The face of the bandit: racism and the slave trade in Herzog's Cobra Verde.(Critical Essay)." Film Criticism 28.3 (Spring 2004): 2(19). UC users only

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Danton's Tod (1983)
Directed by Fritz Bornemann. Cast: Friedo Solter, Carl-Hermann Risse, Uwe Kockisch, Volkmar Kleinert, Winfried Wagner, Joachim Siebenschuh. A chronicle of the aftermath of the French Revolution and the ideological struggles between two of its leaders, Danton and Robespierre. A production adapted for German television by Fritz Bornemann. PAL format. In German. 133 min. vhs 999:2799

David (1979)
Directed by Peter Lilienthal. Cast: Mario Fischel, Irene Vrkijan, Walter Taub, Eva Mattes. Based upon a true story this film focuses on the everyday life of an orthodox rabbi and his close knit family trying to survive during the Nazi persecutions. It begins when David is a small boy in Liegnitz in 1933 and follows him to his escape in 1943 as one of the last Jews to leave Germany. Based on David: Notes of a Surviver by Joel Konig. 106 min. vhs 999:2583
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Dealer (1999)
Director, Thomas Arslan. Cast: Tamer Yigit, Idil Uner, Birol Unel, Hissi Kutlucan. Can is a small time drug dealer in a Turkish "guest worker" community in Berlin. He is not happy with his situation, constantly trying to reconcile the irreconcilable elements in his life: drugs, family, street violence and love. When his boss Hakan promises to make him a bar manager his hopes are raised but then Hakan is killed and Can is eventually arrested and condemned to four years in prison. PAL format. In German and Turkish. 80 min. vhs 999:2997
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Despair: eine Reise ins Licht (1978)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Andrea Ferreol, Klaus Lowitsch, Volker Spengler, Bernhard Wicki. In Hermann Hermann, a Russian emigrant and successful chocolate magnate, starts to experience hallucinations. One day, he meets Felix and is sure that this man is his doppelganger. His delusional thinking leads him to hatch a plan to relieve him of his mental anguish. Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. 121 min. DVD X6098 vhs 999:3515 (In German; PAL format tape)
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Mazierska, Ewa. "Escape into a different person, escape into a different reality : Despair (1978) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder" In: Nabokov's cinematic afterlife / Ewa Mazierska. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PG3476.N3 Z7375 2011)
Plater, Edward M. V. "The Externalization of the Protagonist's Mind in Fassbinder's Despair." Film Criticism, vol. 11 no. 3. 1987 Spring. pp: 29-43. UC users only

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Deutschland 09: 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation
A compilation of thirteen short films-- including documentary, drama and satire-- by contemporary German filmmakers. Each film provides a snapshot of the political and social climate in post-reunification Germany. Contents Erster Tag / Angela Schanelec (5 min.) -- Joshua / Dani Levy (12 min.) -- Der Name Murat Kurnaz / Fatih Akim (8 min.) -- Die Unvollendete / Nicolette Krebitz (11 min.) -- Schieflage / Sylke Enders (13 min.) -- Der Weg, den wir nicht zusammen gehen / Dominik Graf & Martin Gressmann (10 min.) -- Fraktur / Hans Steinbichler (12 min.) -- Eine Demokratische Gesprächsrunde zu festgelegten Zeiten / Isabelle Stever (11 min.) -- Gefährder / Hans Weingartner (12 min.) -- Feierlich reist / Tom Tykwer (9 min.) -- Ramses / Romuald Karmakar (12 min.) -- Krankes Haus / Wolfgang Becker (15 min.) -- Séance / Christoph Hochhäusler (9 min.). 152 min. DVD X4748
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Deutschland bleiche Mutter (Germany, Pale Mother) (1979)
Director, Helma Sanders-Brahms. Cast: Eva Mattes, Ernst Jacobi, Elisabeth Stepanek, Angelika Thomas, Rainer Friedrichsen, Anna Sanders. Love story set during and after the Nazi era. Explores the private lives of a young bride and her Nazi soldier husband, and her parents, by-standers who tolerated Hitler. While not excusing the actions of its protagonists, it uses them to show how easily the unthinkable can happen. 123 min. DVD 9865; vhs 999:2177
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Deutschland im Herbst(1978)
Director, Alexander Kluge, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Katja Rupé, Bernhard Sinkel. Cast: Hans Peter Closs, Katja Rupé, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Liselotte Eder, Amin Meier, Angela Winkler, Heinz Bennent, Helmut Griem. Produced in response to the kidnapping and murder of a prominent industrialist by a German terrorist group 30 years ago, this film will resonate with today's audiences who are familiar with political terrorism.... More of an essay than a straightforward documentary it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to capture impressions of this explosive and emotive moment in Germany's history. 119 min. DVD X5461; DVD X5461; vhs 999:1799
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Deutschland im jahre null (Germany, Year Zero; Germania, anno zero) (Italy, 1947)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Edmund Moeschke, Franz Kruger, Barbara Hintz, Werner Pittschau, Erich Guhne. This film tells the story of a 12 year old boy who works with increasing desperation to support his family in war-torn Germany. He kills his sickly father, and then, unable to live with such a deed, kills himself. Filmed shortly after WWII in Berlin, a place filled with starving people, rampant crime, and a generation confused by the role their fathers played in one of history's greatest tragedies. Rossellini took people off the streets of Berlin to play the characters in this, his last Neo-Realist film, which poignantly captured the impoverished state of Berlin at that time. Based on a story by Roberto Rossellini. 75 min. DVD 1798; vhs 999:2790
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Deutschstunde (1971)
Directed by Peter Beauvais. In this dramatization of the novel by Siegfried Lenz, a young juvenile offender in a Hamburg prison, Siggi Jepsen, is forced by his teacher to write an essay. In it he remembers the years 1943-54, his childhood in Schleswig-Holstein, his strict father, the policeman Jans Jepsen and a friendly painter Max Ludwig Nansen. Jens Jepsen tries to implement a prohibition against Nansen and destroys his pictures but the small Siggi saves some of them from destruction and at the end of the war is accused of stealing them and is sent to prison. In German, no subtitles. 225 min. Video/C 8134

Doktor Faustus: Bilder aus dem Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkuhn (1982)
Director, Franz Seitz. Cast: Jon Finch, Andre Heller, Hanns Zischler, Marie-Hel`ene Breillat, Siemen Ruhaak, Marie Lebee, Lothar-Gunther Buchheim. The tale of a composer who sells his soul to Satan to ensure his own creativity, but finds he cannot keep to his bargain to refrain from all close human relationships and his closest friends die as a result. Based on the novel by Thomas Mann. 177 min. DVD 7426
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Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse (1984)
Director, Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Irm Hermann, Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, Toyo Tanaka, Barbara Valentin, Veruschka von Lehndorff. Dr. Mabuse, the president of a multinational press conglomerate, has an unscrupulous plan to increase circulation. She wants to use her company to create a human being that she can shape and control according to the corporation's requirements. Enter Dorian Gray, a wealthy and handsome young man whom Mabuse leads on a nightmare journey through the Berlin underworld. "We shall let him experience everything the reader does not dare to dream," she explains. 150 min. vhs 999:3344
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Kuzniar, Alice A. "Allegory, Androgyny, Anamorphosis: Ulrike Ottinger's Dorian Gray." In: The queer German cinema Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: MAIN: PN1995.9.H55 K89 2000)

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Drachenfutter (Dragon Chow) (1987)
Directed by Jan Schütte. Cast: Bhasker, Ric Young, Buddy Uzzaman. In this moving story an Asian political refugee arrives in Hamburg and finds himself in a land of welfare hotels and con men. He manages to land a job at a Chinese restaurant where he joins forces with a friend in an attempt to open their own restaurant and storm the citadel of Western capitalism. 75 min. vhs 999:3057
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Die Dreigroschenoper (3groschenoper)(The 3 Penny Opera) (1931)
Director, G.W. Pabst. Cast: Rudolph Forster, Lotta Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schunzel. Highwaymen and thieves stand for the great lords and powerful public officials of Georgian England, in this spoof of the corrupt politics during that time. Depiction and intimation of crime and vice in all strata of society make it universally appealing. Based on John Gay's Beggars' Opera (see Video/C 1755) Disc. 1. Dreigroschenoper (105 min.) -- Disc 2. Lopera de Quat'sous (98 min.) In German with English subtitles (Disc 1); In French with English subtitles (Disc 2) 113 min. DVD 8381 (Criterion); DVD 3593
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Die Dritte Generation (The Third Generation) (1979)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Volker Spengler, Bulle Ogier, Hanna Schygulla, Harry Baer, Vitus Zeplichal, Udo Kier, Margit Carstensen, Gunther Kaufmann, Eddie Constantine, I Sa Lo, Ra`ul Gimenez, Hark Bohm, Claus Holm, Lilo Pempeit. An inept group of middle-class German radicals plot to kidnap the director of a multinational company. Their position is compromised by the arrival of two mysterious strangers, yet still they persist with their controversial strategy. 127 min. DVD 6475
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Echo Park (USA / Austria, 1986)
Directed by Robert Dornhelm. Cast: Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Michael Bowen, Christopher Walker, Shirley Jo Finney, Heinrich Schweiger. A struggling actress, an insecure musician and a professional body-builder pursue their dreams of making it big in Los Angeles. Dubbed in German. 86 min. DVD 7698
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Edith Clever liest Joyce
One in a series of monologue films by the director Han Jurgen Syberberg featuring the actress Edith Clever. In this film she reads selections from James Joyce. Directed by Hans Jurgen Syberberg. In German without English subtitles. 2006-2007. 180 min. DVD X304

Effi Briest (1974)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel, Karl-Heinz Bohm, Lilo Pempeit, Herbert Steinmetz, Ursula Statz, Irm Hermann. Effi Briest is a radiant beauty, a vivacious blend of naivete and intelligence, forthrightness and willful self interest. She is married when very young to a much older Prussian diplomat and carried away to a remote Baltic port where she drifts into a brief, passionless affair with a local womanizer. The full effects are felt only later, in a chilling manifestation of the Prussian legal code. 135 min. DVD 1608; vhs 999:607
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Die Ehe der Maria Braun (Marriage of Maria Braun) (1979)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Lowitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen. Fassbinder's allegorical story of post-war Germany revolves around a young woman as she strives for material wealth while ignoring human values. 120 min. DVD 1944; vhs 999:245
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Der Eiffelturm, King Kong und die weiße Frau; & Mann ohne Kopf
Der Eiffelturm, King Kong und die weiße Frau: A typical magazine from the start-up period of the independent television window in private broadcast TV. All traditional possibilities for expression in film and many types of television are experimented with: Editing, collage, multiple exposure, narrative interlacing. Mann ohne Kopf: Ballads and murder ballads are elemental narrative styles that are the precursor to the cinema. They relate destinies and emotion. Contents: Disc 1. Deutschland/Germany 1988-1990: Die Afrikanerin oder Liebe mit tödlichem Ausgang = The African woman or Love with a deadly finale (1988, 24 min.) / DCTP, 10 vor 11/Ten to Eleven -- Die Guillotine oder die Kategorie der Plötzlichkeit = The guillotine or the category of suddenness / 10 vor 11, Spiegel TV News & Stories, DCTP Magazin (1988, 24 min.) -- Der Eiffelturm, King Kong und die weiße Frau = The Eiffel tower, King Kong, and the white woman (1988, 24 min.) / 10 vor 11/Ten to Eleven, DCTP News & stories -- Antiquitäten der Reklame = Artifacts of advertising (1988, 24 min.) / DCTP, 10 vor 11/Ten to Eleven -- Das Fliegerlied = The pilot's song (1988, 22 min.) / DCTP, 10 vor 11/Ten to Eleven -- Wilde Nacht mit Mond = Wild night with moon / DCTP ; Prime Time Spätausgabe (1990, 16 min.) Disc 2. Deutschland/Germany 1994-2008: Mann ohne Kopf : die Lücke, die der Teufel lässt = Headless man : the space left by the devil (2007, 2 min.) -- Woher stammt das Lied "Die Fahne hoch" = What is the origin of the song: "The flag on high"? (1994, 9 min.) -- Die Zeit, die vergehen muß, damit eine Zuschauermenge Initiative ergreift = The time that must pass before an audience takes the initiative (2007, 4 min.) -- Bleib steh'n, Wanderer, und lies = Stop stranger and read / DCTP News & stories ; Balladenmagazin mit Texten von Durs Grünbein, H.M. Enzensberger und von unbekannten Autoren (Cut edition, 1996, 15 min.) -- Nur Gott hat zugesehen : die stärke einfacher Bilder = Only God witnessed it : the power of simple images (cut edition, 2002, 12 min.) / DCTP, 10 vor 11/Ten to Eleven -- N.Y. Ground Zero (2002, 2 min.) -- Raubengel = Preying angel (2007, 1 min.) -- Der Untergang der Titanic = The sinking of the Titanic (2003, 15 min.) -- Solange die Notenblätter reichen = As long as the sheet music lasts (2007, 2 min.) -- Die Rache der betrogenen Braut = The revenge of the betrayed bride (1994, 13 min.) -- Die neun Unzertrennlichen = The inseparable nine (1994, 3 min.) -- Amok. Das Ende der Einfühlung = Amok. The end of empathy (2002, 45 min.). Many films originally produced for the German television program: 10 vor 11. DVD X769

Das Einhorn (1978)
Director, Peter Patzak. Cast: Peter Vogel, Gila von Weitershausen, Christiane Rucker, Isolde Barth, Anton Diffring. Anselm Kristlein, a married 42 year old publicity man, has written a sexually explicit book and now is being pressured to write a second book. In German without subtitles. 111 min. DVD 7699
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Ekstase (Ecstasy)(Czechoslovakia / Austria, 1933)
Directed by Gustav Machatý. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Moog, Leopold Kramer, Jaromir Rogoz. Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, returning to her father's house. One day while bathing in the lake she meets a young man and they fall in love. The husband has become grief stricken at the loss of his young bride, and fate brings him together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him. The film was highly controversial in its time largely because of a nude swimming scene. It is also perhaps the first non-pornographic movie to portray sexual intercourse,[2] although never showing more than the actors' faces. It has also been called the first on-screen depiction of a female orgasm. Based on a story by Samuel Cummins 79 min. DVD X781; vhs 999:287
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Fischer, Lucy. "Ecstasy: female sexual, social, and cinematic performance." Women & Performance; 1993, Vol. 6 Issue 2 (ISSUE #12), p27-40, 14pUC users only
Horak, Jan Christopher. "High Class Whore." CineAction - Spring 2001 p31 UC users only

Elementarteilchen (Atomised; The Elementary Particles) (2006)
Directed by Oskar Roehler. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Martina Gedeck, Franka Potente, Nina Hoss. Tells the story of two half-brothers, one an introverted molecular biologist who is wrapped up in his research and shies away from intimacy, while the other is a slave to his sexual fantasies. Everything changes when both men find love in unexpected places. Questions of biological evolution, love and fate are raised. Based on the novel Particules élémentaires by Michel Houellebecq. 108 min. DVD X3230
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Emilia Galotti: ein Trauerspiel (1984)
Director, Thomas Langhoff. Cast: Sunnyi Melles, Rolf Boysen, Doris Schade, Michael Konig, Edgar Selge, Otto Kurth, Jorg Hube, Rainer Goernemann, Margit Carstensen, Peter Herzog, Karl Renar, Fred Klaus, Willy Berling. Virginia is portrayed as a young Italian woman about to be married to her fiance, Count Appiani. Trouble befalls her when the Prince, learns of this and devises a way to kidnap her. When her fiance is killed in the abduction, her moralistic father, Odoardo, takes it upon himself to kill her to prevent the deflowerment of her virtue and her wish for suicide, which would mean religious condemnation. Videorecording of premiere performance of February 22, 1984, by the Munchner Kammerspiele. PAL format. In German without subtitles. 130 min. vhs 999:3003

Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed) (1999)
Directed by Doris Dörrie. Cast: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter W?ohler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike Kriener, Heiner Lauterbach, Anica Dobra, Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss. Uwe is a kitchen salesperson in Munich who likes his sleep and who loves his kids and has a very Western outlook on life. His brother Gustav is a Feng Shui consultant who structures his life around Zen meditation. When Uwe's wife leaves with the kids, Gustav takes him along on a trip to Japan, to the Monzen monastery near Tokyo. But not before getting separated and lost, and sleeping in a tent on a tennis court. Once at the monastery, they experience rising at 4:30 A.M., taking cold baths, cleaning the floor, and the elaborate unwrapping of eating utensils. Despite personal torment and sibling rivalry, the two brothers gradually give up "control" of their lives and learn to live in the present. 105 min. DVD X3647
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Europa, Europa (Hitlerjunge Salomon) (1991)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Hanns Zischler. A dramatization of the true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years. Through quick wittedness, the oddest twists of fate, and sheer luck, the young Jewish boy escapes from a Polish ghetto, lives in a Communist orphanage, hides out in an elite school for Hitler's youth and fights as a Nazi soldier without the Germans ever knowing the truth. Based on the autobiography of Salomon Perel titled Eropah Eropah. 115 min. DVD 8362; vhs 999:1424
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Der Ewige Jude (Eternal Jew) (1940)
Directed by Fritz Hippler. Period An anti-Semitic propaganda film produced in 1940's Nazi Germany which explores Jewish practices as viewed through the eyes of wartime Germany, presenting them as evil, corrupt and intent on world domination. The climax and resolution of the film is Hitler's 1939 announcement that the Jewish race will meet its "annihilation." DVD 3854 (without English subtitles); vhs Video/C 1351 (partially subtitled in English); vhs 999:295 (without English subtitles)
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Exit -- nur keine Panik (Austria, 1980)
Director, Franz Novotny. Cast: Hanno Poschl, Paulus Manker, Isolde Barth, Eddie Constantine, Kurt Krenn. Hanno Poschl stars as a young thug who steals cars and has just one dream: to own his own coffee house. But tumbling through the Viennese underground, he is keeping himself busy with trouble...an incredibly funny and at the same time disturbing and at times depressing look on 1980's Vienna. 97 min. DVD 7764
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Das Experiment (2001)
Director, Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Maren Eggert, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Andrea Sawatzki. A dramatization of the infamous "Stanford Prison experiment," conducted in 1971 which studied the effects of prison life and the chronology of normal into abnormal behavior. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and soon quarrels arise as the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority. In German without subtitles. 114 min. DVD 1372; vhs 999:3326
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Falsche Bewegung (Wrong Move) (1975)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Rudiger Vogler, Hanna Schygulla, Nastassia Nakszynski, Hans-Christian Blech, Peter Kern, Ivan Desny. A would-be writer drives across Germany in search of a first-hand experience. Along the way, he meets an ex-Nazi and his mute companion, a wandering poet and an actress who together challenge him to become a writer. 103 min. DVD 6949; vhs 999:247
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Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters) (Austria / Germany, 2007)
Director, Stefan Ruzowitzky. Cast: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, Veit Stubner, August Zirner, Marie Baumer, Dolores Chaplin. The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch, the king of counterfeiters, lives a life of cards, booze, and women, but his luck runs dry when he is arrested and thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp. There he exhibits exceptional skills and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen where, hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. Special features : Optional commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky ; The making of Counterfeiters ; interviews ; Adolf Burger's artifacts ; Q&A with director Stefan Ruzowitzky ; deleted scenes ; original theatrical trailer. 76 min. DVD X476
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Alleva, Richard. "Behind Enemy Lines." Commonweal, 4/11/2008, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p30-31, 2p UC users only
Bell, James. "Turning the tables." Sight & Sound, Nov2007, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p12-12, 1p UC users only
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Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit)(West Germany | France, 1981)
Director, Volker Schländorff. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jerzy Skolimowski, Jean Carmet, Gila von Weitershausen, Peter Urtel. Grateful for a respite from his imploding marriage, Hamburg newspaperman Georg arrives in civil war torn Beirut to chronicle the bloody Lebanese war. Inside a shell-pitted hotel, Georg and colleague Hoffman, join a cynical international coterie of competitive fellow journalists. Outside, they take their lives in their own hands, dodging bullets and conducting interviews that are always just a trigger pull away from becoming executions. Based on the novel by Nicolas Born. Special features: The making of 'Circle of deceit' (1981, 29 mins. with English commentary by Volker Schländorff); an interview with Volker Schländorff (2004, 15 min. in English); stills gallery. 109 min. DVD X3981
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Der Fangschuß (France | West Germany, 1976)
Director, Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Margarethe von Trotta, Matthias Habich, Rüdiger Kirschstein, Matthieu Carrière, Valeska Gert. Set in Latvia in 1919 at the end of the Russian civil war, a Prussian soldier rejects the advances of an aristocratic woman who retaliates by joining the Bolsheviks. 98 min. DVD X4069
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Fata Morgana (1971)
Director, Werner Herzog. Herzog brings his cameras to the Sahara desert in order to film mirages. He combines the apocalyptic, often hallucinatory images of the desert with passages from the Mayan creation myth, the PopolVuh, set to songs of Leonard Cohen. (Also on DVD: "Lessons of Darkness".) 76 min. DVD 993
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Faust (1960)
Director, Peter Gorski. Cast: Will Quadflieg, Gustaf Grundgens, Ella Buchi, Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Eduard Marcks, Heinz Reincke. In 1957 Gustaf Grundgens staged a new production of Goethe's Faust in which he once again played Mephisto, a part he had played since 1932. Here in his directorial debut, Peter Gorski captures on film the performance at the Deutsches Schauspielhus in Hamburg of the classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil. In German. 122 min. vhs 999:3019
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Dr. Faust - Ein Puppenspiel (Dr. Faust - a puppet play)
Here the Faust story takes the form of showing the difficult art of working puppets by hand rods, which also includes figures from the traditional puppet play, such as those by Hans Wurst. Originally produced for television broadcast in 1953. 16 min. Video/C 8577

Faust im Film (Faust in Film)
A documentary of early film treatments of the story of Faust in three parts: 1. Faust and his pact with the devil. 2. Faust and the people around him. 3. Faust and magic. The accompanying textbook contains descriptions of well-known Faust films. In German with English commentary. 1999. 36 min. Video/C 8578

Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (1975)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karl-Heinz Bohm, Harry Baer. Fassbinder directs and stars as a gay lower-class carnival performer known as Fox the Talking Head, who strikes it rich by winning a lottery. His new found wealth attracts an upper-class lover, with whom he begins an ill-fated romance. 123 min. DVD 1195; vhs 999:1158
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Fitzcarraldo (Peru / West Germany, 1982)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale. Story of a man obsessed with the ambition to make his fortune and build his own personal opera house in the Peruvian jungle. 150 min. DVD 659; VHS 999:239
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Cannes Film Festival -Best Director

Das Flötenkonzert von Sans-souci (1930)
Directed by Gustav Ucicky. A depiction of the life and times of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci. 85 min. vhs 999:302
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Förster Vom Silberwald (1954)
Directed by Alfons Stummer. Based on the book by Gunther Schwab. 87 min. vhs 999:323
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Four (4) Short Films by Werner Herzog (1968-1977)
Directed by Werner Herzog. "How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck": Series of hilarious interviews set at the annual World Championship of Livestock Auctioneers in the Amish region of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. "La Soufriere": Record of an ardent and unfulfilled journey Herzog made to the island of Guadalupe. "The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner": Studies Walter Steiner, a woodcarver who explores the shapes, knots, grain and forces in a piece of wood and sculpts it in a way to release the hidden tensions and energy. The film also shows Steiner, a world championship ski jumper, preparing for the World Ski Jumping Championships. "The Flying Doctors of East Africa": Shows an independent group of physicians in remote areas of East Africa, and the difficulties they encounter in treating the African patients, who prefer local traditional remedies. 167 min. Video/C 8714

Die Frau des Anarchisten (The Anarchist's Wife) (Germany | Spain | France, 2008)
Directed by Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr. Cast: Juan Diego Botto, Maria Valverde, Nina Hoss, Jean-Marc Barr. The story of Manuela who is left behind when her husband Justo fights for his ideals against Franco's Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. He is deported to a concentration camp, and upon his release, continues the fight against nationalism in the French resistance. As the years pass, Spain suffers through the Civil War and World War II, while Manuela cares for her children, searching for the man she loves trying to hold on to the hope that he will someday return. 118 min. DVD X5400
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Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius (Switzerland / Germany, 1950)
Directed by Curt Goetz and Karl Peter Gillmann. Cast: Curt Goetz, Valerie von Martens, Erich Ponto, Bruno Hübner. In the face of two world wars, Professor Praetorius, a philanthropist and surgeon, wants to exterminate the one danger to mankind, the microbe of stupidity. But then he tries to help a pregnant girl and becomes involved more and more in her life and is forced to marry her. This melodramatic comedy was the first film by Curt Goetz after his return to Germany from America and a top hit in post-war German cinema. Special feature: Sound recording of radio play by Carl Goetz: Das Märchen (1947) ; interview with Valerie von Martens, Goetz's wife who performed with him in his films and radio plays. 95 min. DVD X766
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Fräulein Elsie (1986-1987)
Director, Hans Jurgen Syberberg. One in a series of monologue films by the director Han Jurgen Syberberg featuring the actress Edith Clever. In this film she reads selections from James Joyce. Directed by Hans Jurgen Syberberg. In German without English subtitles. 120 min. DVD X305

Das Fräulein (Germany / Switzerland / Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006)
Director, Andrea Staka. Cast: Mirjana Karanovcic, Marija Skarcic, Ljubica Jovic. Tells the story of two Balkan refugees. Reza owns a restaurant and has lived in Switzerland for 25 years. Ana is a Bosnian who breezes into Reza's life and injects both joy and discontent. 81 min min. DVD 8071
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Die Fremde (When We Leave)(Germany, 2010)
Directed by Feo Aladag. Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Derya Alabora. What would you sacrifice for your family's love? Your values? Your freedom? Your independence? German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She is hoping to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Ultimately her family decides to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for her and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. 114 min. DVD X5399
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Fremde Haut (Unveiled) (2005)
Director, Angelina Maccarone. Cast: Jasmin Tabatabai, Anneke Kim Sarnau. Persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, Fariba assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany. She becomes close with fellow worker Anne only to face danger again when told she must return to Iran. System Details 95 min min. DVD X5353
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Fuchsjagd: Ein Fall für zwei (Horse Play) (1981)
Directed by Reinhard Schwabenitzky. Cast: Gunter Strack, Claus Theo Gartner, Hannelore Cremer, Dietmar Schonherr, Kerstin Lohde. In this fast paced drama of dishonesty and greed an Olympic horseman's midlife crisis costs him more than his marriage. As his celebrity status fades, the former Olympian saddles up for a new career but despite his top form, he's reined in. Who wants to harness his life? Is it a jealous competitor? Has his daughter got more in the stable than horses? Or is his wife tired of following in the hoofsteps? Videocassette release of a segment of the German television program, "Ein Fall fur zwei." In German without English subtitles. 60 min. vhs 999:2787
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Führer Ex (Germany / Italy, 2002)
Directed by Winfried Bonengel. Cast: Christian Blumel, Aaron Hildebrand, Jule Flierl, Luci Van Org, Harry Baer, Dieter Laser. The chilling allure of neo-Nazism is exposed in this unflinching portrait of a young man's transformation from a sensitive teenager living in Germany in the 1980s to a hate-filled fascist thug. Based on the autobiographical experiences of co-screenwriter and ex-neo-Nazi Ingo Hasselbach, this harrowing drama looks at the still vibrant underworld of the neo-Nazi movement in Germany. 105 min. DVD 3375
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Funny Games (Austria, 1997)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Suzanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Stefan Clapczynski, Doris Kunstmann, Christoph Bantzer. Michael Haneke's controversial thriller watches an affluent couple, their child and dog as they arrive at their lakeside vacation home. Settling into their holiday routine, the family is visited by a pair of clean-cut young men in tennis whites and gloves, who inexplicably turn ruthless and brutal, forcing the family into playing their 'funny games.' 103 min. DVD 2054
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Für immer und immer (For Ever and Ever) (1997)
Director, Hark Bohm. Cast: Johanna Ter Steege, Jeanette Arndt, Lili Bohm, Heinz Hoenig, Robert Giggenbach, Angela Roy, Hark Bohm, Ulrike Kriener. Five years ago, the unmarried mother Melanie Brunnhauser had surrendered her daughter Maria to foster parents. Now, she is married and demands the return of Maria, whom she has never seen again since her birth, regardless of the relationship which has built up between the child and her fosterparents in the meantime. 89 min. vhs 999:3006
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Geboren in Absurdistan (Born in Absurdistan) (Austria, 1999)
Director, Houchang Allahyari. Cast: Cast: Julia Stemberger ; Karl Markovics, Meltem Cumbul, Ahmet Ugurlu, Josef Hader. In the hospital the new-born babies of an Austrian couple and a Turkish family of immigrant workers are mixed up and go home with the wrong parents. By the time the mistake comes to light, the Turkish family has been deported so the Austrian couple begins a confusing odyssey through Turkey to track down the family to their native village in order to exchange their children. 104 min. DVD 2122
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Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (Germany, 2002)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Udo Kier, Otto Kuhnle, Christoph Merg, Nadine Buttner, Lucie Hurtgen-Skladanowsky. A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers, the German-born duo who invented the "bioskop", an early version of the film projector at the same time as the Lumieres and Edison were working on their inventions. The footage is shot with a 1920s handcranking camera, in the style of silent films. 76 min. DVD 6951; also on DVD X6346
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Gebürtig (Austria / Poland / Germany, 2002)
Directed by Robert Schindel, Lukas Stepanik. Cast: Peter Simonischek, Ruth Rieser, August Zirner. The past catches up with two men, the Jewish emigrant composer Hermann Geburtig and the German journalist Konrad Sachs. Geburtig testifies against a former concentration camp supervisor, and Sachs faces the reality that his father was an SS-Doctor. 100 min. DVD 2960
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Gegen die Wand (Head-On) (Germany / Turkey, 2004)
Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Birol Unel, Guven Krac, Meltem Cumbul, Catrin Striebeck. A melodrama of a Turkish man and woman living in Germany, torn between two cultures, tradition and modernity, survival and death. 118 min. DVD 4315
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Foreign Language Film

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Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin
Directed by Alexander Kluge. SEE Abschied von gestern & Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin DVD 8160

Georg Elser einer aus Deutschland (West Germany / USA, 1989)
Directed by Klaus Maria Brandauer. Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Rebecca Miller, Brian Dennehy, Elisabeth Orth, Nigel le Vaillant. Georg Elser, a solid citizen of 1939 Berlin who is loyal to the Fatherland despises Hitler and the Nazis. A few weeks after the start of World War II, he begins cooking up a scheme to assassinate Der Fuehrer at a reunion for the participants of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. All he needs is seven minutes. All he doesn't need is the unwitting intrusiveness of innocent barmaid Anneliese. Based on true events. In German without subtitles. 93 min. DVD 7716
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Geschwister Kardesler (1997)
Director, Thomas Arslan. Cast: Tamer Yigit, Savas Yurderi, Serpil Turhan, Hildegard Kuttlenberg, Fazlt Yurderi. A film about three young siblings from a German-Turkish family living in Berlin. 17-year-old Leyla only wants to escape from her family while her brother, called to military service in Istanbul intends to accept enlistment, against the advice of his mother and brother Ahmed, who is just about to graduate from high school and having difficulties with his girlfriend and his cultural background. PAL format. In German and Turkish. 82 min. vhs 999:2998
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Burns, Rob. Turkish-German Cinema: From Cultural Resistance to Transnational Cinema?" In: German cinema : since unification / edited by David Clarke. London ; New York : Continuum, c2006. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G3.G359 2006)

Die Geschwister Oppermann (The Oppermanns) (1983)
Director, Egon Monk. Cast: Wolfgang Kieling, Till Topf, Michael Degen, Peter Fitz, Eberhard Fechner, Rosel Zech, Ilona Grubel. "From a novel by Lion Feuchtwanger." Produktionsleitung, Horst Meyer ; Redaktion, Helmut Rasp ; Drehbuch und Regie, Egon Monk ; narrator, Bernard Hepton. Cast: Wolfgang Kieling, Till Topf, Michael Degen, Peter Fitz, Eberhard Fechner, Rosel Zech, Ilona Grubel. The story of a Jewish family in Berlin during the period 1932-1933, after Hitler has become the leader of Germany's strongest political party. Martin Oppermann must find a non-Jewish frontman to shield the family business in this dramatization of the fear and oppression experienced by Jewish businessman and professionals at the onset of the Nazi regime. 235 min. vhs 999:3024
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Die Geschwister Scholl und der Film Die Weiße Rose: Ein Spielfilm im Unterricht Deutsch als Fremdsprach... (1982)
Director, Michael Verhoeven. Cast: Lena Stolze, Wulf Kessler, Oliver Siebert, Ulrich Tukur, Werner Stocker, Martin Benrath. A dramatization of the true story of a Munich University student group that spread anti-Nazi propaganda between the years of 1942 and 1943. After gaining widespread support and almost causing a full student uprising, the Gestapo was able to hunt down the members of the White Rose and have them executed for treason. Contents: 1. Teil: Sophie kommt nach Munchen -- 2. Tiel: Die Flugblatter -- 3. Teil: Der Krieg an der Front und zu Hause -- 4. Teil: Das Ende. Based on Inge Scholl's book, 'Die Weisse Rose'. In German without English subtitles. 120 min. vhs 999:2845
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Moeller, Hans-Bernhard. "Bridges between New German Cinema and Today's Generation of Political Filmmakers: An Interview with Michael Verhoeven." Journal of Film & Video; Spring/Summer2010, Vol. 62 Issue 1/2, p3-12, 10p UC users only
Paehler, Katrin. "Breaking the Post-War Goose-Step: Three Films by Michael Verhoeven." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Summer2010, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p41-56, 16p UC users only
Rutschmann, Paul. "The White Rose In Film And History." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Aug2007, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p371-390, 20p UC users only
Verhoeven, Michael. "Political Motivation and Humanitarian Commitment." German Films Quarterly, 2010, Issue 3, p3-5, 2p UC users only

Gespenster (Ghosts)(Germany | France, 2005)
Director, Christian Petzold. Cast: Julia Hummer, Sabine Timoteo, Marianne Basler, Aurélien Recoing. Benno Fürmann. Nina is a vulnerable 17-year-old, alone in a world of social workers who run her life. She finds an ally in reckless Toni, a tough young woman who grabs what she wants to survive. Together they experience a fleeting moment of intimacy, an instant of happiness. Meanwhile, Francoise has returned to Berlin where her baby daughter was kidnapped many years previously. In the street she spots Nina and becomes convinced that she has found her long-lost child. 85 min. DVD X6823; DVD X6839 (PAL)
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Ghetto-kids(France / Germany, 2002)
Director, Christian Wagner. Cast: Ioannis Tsialas, Toni Osmani, Barbara Rudnick, Günther Maria Halmer. Two young brothers from Greece who live in Munich on the fringes of society are into drugs and petty crime. A new teacher in the special school attended by the two brothers decides to make an attempt at reaching out to the boys. The head of a social center supports her and they are able to help one of the two criminal boys. 88 min. DVD X2070
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Ghosted (Ai-Mei)(Germany | Taiwan, 2009)
Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu, Jana Schulz, Jack Kao, Yi-Ching Lu. German artist Sophie is trying to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling. After a run-in with the seductive Mei-Li, a journalist investigating Ai-Ling's death, Sophie flees back to Germany. But when Mei-Li turns up on her Hamburg doorstep, the mystery deepens. Bonus feature: Documentary film "Tigerwomen grow wings" / written and directed by Monika Treut (56 min., 2005) Tigerwomen grow wings: Against the backdrop of Taiwan's turbulent presidential elections in 2004, this documentary portrays three women of different generations: The 70-year-old opera singer Hsieh Yueh-hsia, internationally renowned writer Li Ang, and 23-year-old film director Chen Yin-jung. The film focuses on the changes taking place in the lives of women in Taiwan's youthful democracy. 89 min. DVD X3343
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Die Goldene Stadt (The Golden City) (1942)
Directed by Veit Harlan & Alfred Braun. Cast: Kristina Soderbaum, Eugen Klopfer. In Czechoslovakia a German farmer's daughter, bored with the country, leaves her father to go to Prague, where she falls among evil companions, is seduced and abandoned by her Czechoslovakian cousin. 104 min. vhs 999:2916
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Lowry, Stephen. "Ideology And Excess In Nazi Melodrama: 'The Golden City'." New German Critique; 1998 (74): 125-149, 25p UC users only
Slane, Andrea. "Nazi Nationalist Melodrama: Science, Myth, and Paternal Authority in Die Goldene Stadt." Not So Foreign Affair, 2001, p23, 19p

Good News: Von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen(Austria, 1990)
Ulrich Seidl's documentary debut looks at the lives of young men from India and Egypt, from Pakistan and Turkey --Mohammedans from the third world who sell newspapers on the roads of Vienna: a view into the world of the newspaper salesmen and the world of newspaper readers in Austrian living rooms. In German without subtitles. 1990. 126 min. DVD 7739

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Directed by Wolfgang Becker. Cast: Daniel Bruhl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas. Alex's proud, socialist mother falls into a coma for eight months. When she wakes, her heart is weak, so Alex has to keep the secret that the Berlin Wall has fallen and capitalism has triumphed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam. 121 min. DVD 2833
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César Awards, France -Best European Union Film

Götter der Pest (Gods of the Plague) (1969)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Margarete von Trotta, Harry Bar, Gunther Kaufmann. Fassbinder's third feature about the alienated, aimless post war generation in Munich. A flashy nightclub singer, whose petty criminal boyfriend has left her for another woman, betrays him to a police detective. 88 min. DVD 2492
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Grafin Mariza (1958)
Directed by Rudolf Schundler. Cast: Christine Gorner, Rudolf Schock, Renate Ewert, Gunther Philipp, Hans Moser. To avoid her amorous neighbor Countess Mariza pretends to be a simple gypsy girl while visiting her estate and falls in love with the manager. Set in the beautiful Hungarian countryside this fast paced musical is based on Kalman's famous operetta, with all its gypsy music and hit songs. In German. 103 min. vhs 999:2801
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Der Große König (The Great King) (1942)
Director, Veit Harlan. Cast: Otto Gebuhr, Kristina Soderbaum, Paul Wegener, et. al. Portrays the Prussian hero Frederick II during his struggle for victory in the Seven Years War. 116 min. vhs 999:304
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Fox, Jo. "'Heavy Hands And Light Touches': Approaches to the Study of Cinematic Culture in the Third Reich." History Compass 2003 1(Europe): 16 pages
Schulte-Sasse, Linda. "Frederick the Move; or, the Return of the King's Body: Fridericus, and the Great King ." In: Entertaining the Third Reich : illusions of wholeness in Nazi cinema / Linda Schulte-Sasse. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N36 S38 1996)

Der große Verhau & Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte
Two feature films and five shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Disc 1. Der grosse Verhau / The Big Mess (90 min.), 1971 -- Triebwerk-Husten / Engine Cough (11 min.), 1996 -- Lernprozess mit todlichem Ausgang / Learning Process with a Deadly Outcome (1 min.), 1998 -- Disc 2. Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte / Willi Tobler and the Decline of the 6th Fleet (78 min.), 1972 -- Der Tag ist nah / The Day is Nigh (15 min.), 1997-- Raumfahrt als inneres Erlebnis / Spaceflight as an Internal Experience (15 min.), 1999 -- Das gab's nur einmal (1 min.), 2006. Cast (Big mess): Sigi Graue ; (Willi Tobler and the decline of the 6th fleet): Alfred Edel, Kurt Jurgens. Der grosse Verhau (The Big Mess): In the first century of the third millenium, a galactic civil war is raging between governments, industrial giants and space pirates. Features space captain Douglas, the pirate couple Sterr, a space admiral and countless other characters trying to eke out a living in the cosmos. Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte (Willi Tobler and the Decline of the 6th Fleet): Willi endeavors to survive in a world where annihilstic galactic battles rage by taking a job at the center of power. But it's the wrong side that he takes in this civil war. DVD 8159
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La Habanera (1937)
Director, Douglas Sirk. Cast: Zarah Leander, Karl Martell, Ferdinand Marian. Working at Germany's famed UFA Studios under the very noses of the Nazi authorities that would later force him into Hollywood exile and eminence, Sirk transformed a glossy musical vehicle for UFA's "new Garbo" into a dark and intimate anti-colonial melodrama. Desperate to escape the "cold Swedish minds" of her homeland, beautiful Astree falls under the enchanting spell of the Caribbean love serenade La habanera and into the arms of Puerto Rican land baron Don Pedro de Avila. But ten years later, when Astree's old flame arrives in Puerto Rico, all is far from heavenly. 93 min. DVD 2456
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Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (Merchant of Four Seasons) (1972)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Irm Hermann, Hans Hirschmuller, Hanna Schygulla. Hans, a fruit peddler, watches his unexceptional life disintegrate. Seduced and rejected to the point of a nervous breakdown, Hans drinks himself to death as he toasts his loved ones at the dinner table. 88 min. DVD 1221
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Hanussen (Hungary / West Germany / Austria, 1989)
Directed by Istvan Szabo. Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Walter Schmidinger. In 1920's Berlin, Erik Jan Hanussen is a charismatic magician and clairvoyant whose compelling stage show turns him into a star. His uncannily accurate predictions make him a celebrity. Soon, when he looks into the future, he can see a rising storm of hate, destruction and war. When the Nazis seize power, he is forced to choose between joining them and standing alone. 117 min. vhs 999:2885
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Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (Captain from Koepenick) (1956)
Directed by Helmut Käutner. Cast: Heinz Ruhmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Erich Schollow. A lower class man's life changes dramatically when he finds an old captain's uniform and poses as a military offical in Prussia. 88 min. vhs 999:306
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Plater, Edward M. V. "The Captain from Koepenick: A Faithful Adaptation?" Film & History (03603695); 1990 20(4): 87-100, 14p UC users only

The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists) (Germany / Austria, 1997)
Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Cast: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Max Tidof, Kai Wiesinger, Meret Becker. In this dramatization of a true story, Harry and his friends form "The Harmonists," a singing group in pre-war Germany. Changes in the nation's political tide force them to make decisions that will test their loyalty. When three of the six are disclosed as Jews, the group faces banning. 115 min. DVD 1862
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Koepnick, Lutz. "'Honor Your German Masters': History, Memory, and National Identity in Joseph Vilsmaier's Comedian Harmonists (1997)." In: Light motives : German popular film in perspective / edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy. Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 L54 2003)

Ein Haus für Uns (TV, 1974)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: Thomas Brandt, Nicolas Brieger, Elisabeth Kreuzer, Helga Trumper, Katja Wulff, Hansjoachim Krietsch. Contents: Aud der familie der panzerechsen (22 min.) -- Die Insel (22 min.) Ute, an 8-year-old girl, keeps running away from home and the Youth Center in order to spend hours at the zoo standing in front of the crocodile pond, which gradually dominates her life. Monika, from the Youth Center, tries to enter the little girl's world, sensing that Ute's escape to the crocodiles is an escape from her parents and the grown-up world. Monika convinces her parents their daughter needs professional help and eventually Ute manages to break out of her isolation. Originally broadcast in 1974 as 2 segments on the German television program Ein haus fur uns. PAL format tape. In German without subtitles. vhs 999:3506
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Heidenlöcher (Austria, 1986)
Directed by Wolfram Paulus. Cast: Florian Pircher, Albert Paulus, Helmut Vogel, Joanna Madej, Rolf Zacher. In this drama an Austrian village experiences the tragedy of war on several different levels. Within one family, the younger son is jealous of the praise his father gives to a Polish POW who is working for them under very difficult conditions. Within the village as a whole, the French, Polish, and Russian POWs are kept under guard by Nazi soldiers, creating a tense situation all around. But more importantly, the village has conspired to hide an Austrian deserter in a cave up in the mountains. This act of rebellion on the part of the deserter and the village hangs in a precarious balance that could be upset by a single traitorous comment to the Gestapo. In German with optional French subtitles. 96 min. DVD 7757
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Heimat: a Chronicle of Germany (Heimat, einie Chronik) (1984)
Director Edgar Reitz. Cast: Marita Breuer, Gertrud Bredel, Willi Burger, Rudiger Weigang, Johannes Lobewein, Kurt Wagner. A massive chronicle of life in Germany, from 1919 to 1982, as reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of the members of one family, initially peasant-farmers, in the fictitious village of Schachbach in the Rhineland. Heimat is an extraordinary succession of mostly ordinary events and characters - history seen from ground level - vividly acted by a huge cast of both professional and nonprofessional actors. 925 min.
DVD Version (6 discs): Disc 1: Pt.1. Fernweh (The call of far away places, 1919). Disc 2: Pt.2. Die mitte der welt (The centre of the world, 1929); Pt.3. Weihnacht (The best Christmas ever, 1934). Disc 3: Pt.4. Reichshoherstrabe (The highway, 1938). Pt.5. Auf und davon und zuruck (Up and away and back, 1938); Pt.6. Heimatfront (The home front, 1943). Disc 4: Pt.7. Die liebe der soldaten (Soldiers and love, 1944); Pt.8. Der Amerikaner (The American, 1945). Disc 5: Pt.9. Hermannchen (Little Hermann, 1955). Disc 6: Pt.10. Die stolzen jahre (The proud years, 1967); Pt.11. Das fest der lebenden und der tot (The feast of the living and the dead, 1982). 925 min. DVD 5295

Videotape version (9 parts): Tape 1. Pt.1. Fernweh (The call of far away places, 1919); Tape 2. Pt.2. Die mitte der welt (The centre of the world, 1929); Tape 3. Pt.3. Weihnacht (The best Christmas ever, 1934); Tape 4. Pt.4. Reichshoherstrabe (The highway, 1938). Pt.5. Auf und davon und zuruck (Up and away and back, 1938); Tape 5. Pt.6. Heimatfront (The home front, 1943). Pt.7. Die liebe der soldaten (Soldiers and love, 1944); Tape 6. Pt.8. Der Amerikaner (The American, 1945); Tape 7. Pt.9. Hermannchen (Little Hermann, 1955); Tape 8. Pt.10. Die stolzen jahre (The proud years, 1967); Tape 9. Pt.11. Das fest der lebenden und der tot (The feast of the living and the dead, 1982). 925 min. vhs 999:1428 (parts 1-9)
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Heimat 2 (Heimat 2: Chronik einer Zeitenwende) (Germany / UK, TV, 1992)
Director Edgar Reitz. Cast: Henry Arnold, Salome Kammer, Daniel Smith, Franziska Traub, Hannelore Hoger, Gisela Muller, Noemi Steuer, Laszlo I. Kish, Michael Schonborn, Anke Sevenich, Lena Lessing, Armin Fuchs, Martin Maria Blau. Beginning in 1960, Hermann Simon leaves his village of Schabbach to settle in Munich. Over the next ten years, Hermann becomes a talented musician, falls in love with an enigmatic cellist, struggles as an acclaimed avant-garde musician, and marries the girl next door. Disc 1. The first songs -- Disc 2. The eyes of strangers ; Jealousy and pride -- Disc 3. Ansgar's death ; The freedom game -- Disc 4: Kennedy's children ; Wolf notes -- Disc 5. The wedding ; The eternal daughter -- Disc 6. The end of the future ; A time of silence -- Disc 7. A time of words ; Art or life. 1580 min. DVD 9436
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Heimat 3 (Heimat 3: Chronik einer Zeitenwende) (Germany / UK, TV, 2004)
Director Edgar Reitz. Cast: Henry Arnold, Salome Kammer, Peter Schneider, Antje Brauner, Larissa Iwlewa, Michael Kausch, Mathias Kniesbeck. [Disc 1.] Episode 1. The happiest people in the world ; Episode 2. The champions -- [Disc 2.] Episode 3. The Russians are coming ; Episode 4. Everyone's doing well -- [Disc 3.] Episode 5. Follow me ; Episode 6. Goodbye to Schabbach -- [Disc 4.] Bonus features. Television mini-series set against the backdrop of Germany from 1989-2000. In this sequel to Heimat 2, Hermann and Clarissa, the star-crossed lovers of Heimat II meet in a hotel on the eveing of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Caught up in the euphoria over the reunification fo their country, the couple reunites as well. Bonus features: Introduction to Heimat 3 by Marc Silberman; Schabbach is everywhere, a cinematic portrait of the fictional village of Schabbach; interview with director Edgar Reitz; original trailer; photo gallery. 680 min. DVD 8896
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Heimkehr (1941)
Directed by Gustav Ucicky. Cast: Paula Wessely, Peter Petersen, Attila Horbiger, Ruth Hellberg, Carl Raddatz. In this Nazi propaganda piece, ethnic Germans suffer from the cruel Poles until they are finally rescued by their German liberators. In German without subtitles. 100 min. DVD 3858
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Heimkehr de Jäger (Austria, 2000)
Directed by Michael Kreihsl. Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Julia Filimonow, Nikolaus Paryla, Johannes Silberschneider, Sophia Gorgi, Justus Neumann. In this thought-provoking drama, Franz is a recently divorced man who has a keen appreciation for beauty. He's an artist who loves the paintings that hang in the gallery where he works, and he takes comfort in the unspoiled vistas of the countryside. But Franz lives in the city, where pollution, noise, construction, and urban sprawl are a familiar part of the landscape. One day, Franz snaps, and he begins lashing out violently at the world, plowing into a bus full of tourists in his car and firebombing a supermarket that's put a number of smaller local shops out of business. Franz gains a comrade in arms in a young girl who shares his love for nature and distrust for the trappings of modern life, but he soon discovers that they're risking their lives in a battle they cannot win. In German without subtitles. 80 min. DVD 7750
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Helden wie wir (1999)
Directed by Sebastian Peterson. Cast: Drehbuch, Thomas Brussig, Sebastian Peterson, Markus Dittrich ; musik, Ingo Frenzel ; kamera, Peter Przybylski. Story highlights the absurdities of everday life in the former German "Democratic" Republic, centering on the comic life and loves of a rookie secret policeman who must keep his fellow citizens under close surveillance, while never quite sure what he should be looking for. Based on the novel by Thomas Brussig. In German without English subtitles. 93 min. DVD 1427
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Heller Wahn (Sheer Madness)) (1985)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Angela Winkler, Peter Striebeck, Christine Fersen. Chronicles the friendship between two very different women: one a lecturer in literature and separated from her stage director husband; the other the shy wife of a well-known peace expert. As the two women become closer, their husbands become annoyed at their own loss. 106 min. DVD 5400
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Herz aus Glas (Heart of Glass) (1974)
Director, Werner Herzog. Cast: Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Guttler, Clemens Scheitz. Set in the pre-industrial past, the story tells of a German village that looses the secret of making its unique Ruby glass. The townspeople turn to madness, murder, and magic in a desperate effort to recover the pure ingredient they have lost. During the filming, Herzog hypnotized his actors in order to help convey the atmosphere of hallucination, prophecy and the visionary. 94 min. DVD 990
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Himmel oder Hölle (Austria, 1990)
Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger. Cast: Adi Murnberger, Fabian Weidinger, Johannes Habeler, Lukas Habeler, Ines Ledwinka, Simon Scharf. A beautiful presentation of director Wolfgang Murnberger's childhood, spent in a small Austrian village, where his family owned a cinema. The sequences are put together in a non-chronological order and thus create a kaleidoscope of colorful childhood images, impressions of cinematographic history and life on the country side. This is Murberger's debut film and graduation project from film school that earned him a special Austrian film prize. 71 min. DVD 7782
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Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) (1987)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk. Romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal. Set in modern-day Berlin, the film is not only a love story, but also serves as a reminder of just how good it feels to live. 130 min. DVD 1726; vhs 999:342
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Hinterholz 8 (Austria, 1998)
Director, Harald Sicheritz. Cast: Roland Duringer, Nina Proll, Rudolf Rohaczeck, Wolfgang Bock, Reinhard Nowak, Herwig Seebock, Karl Ferdinand Kratzl, Eva Billisich. With the help of a smarmy banker, the family Krcal purchase an old, run-down farm house which they intend to renovate. Problems develop and the family keeps falling more and more into debt. In German without subtitles. 105 min. DVD 7715
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Hitler, ein film aus Deutschland (Hitler, a Film from Germany; Our Hitler, a film from Germany) (1977)
Director, Hans Jurgen Syberberg. Cast: Harry Baer, Heinz Schubert, Peter Kern, Hellmut Lange, Rainer von Artenfels, Martin Sperr, Peter Moland, Johannes Buzalski, Alfred Edel, Amelie Syberberg. Highly experimental film providing a panoramic view of the sources which helped shape early twentieth-century Germany through the Nazi period. Contents: Cassette 1, Part 1. Der Gral (The grail); Cassette 2, Part 2. Ein Deutscher Traum (A German dream); Cassette 3, Part 3. Das Ende eins Wintermarchens (The end of a Winter's tale), and Part 4. Wir Kinder der Holle (We, the children of Hell). 3 videocassettes (420 min.) DVD 8899; vhs 999:2971; also DVD X297 [German without English subtitles]
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Hitlerjunge Quex: Ein Film vom Opfergeist der deutschen Jugend (Our Flags Lead Us Forward)(1933)
Directed by Hans Steinhoff. Cast: Heinrich George, Berta Drews, Claus Clausen. In this classic propaganda film, Quex, a German youth, faces a conflict of ideals between his Communist father and his growing allegience to the Hitler youth movement which eventually leads to his own death. In addition plot paraphrases, commentary and analysis of propaganda techniques are interspersed throughout original film. Based on the novel by K.A. Schenzinger. 110 min. DVD X4201; vhs Video/C 3794

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Baird, Jay W. "From Berlin to Neubabelsberg; Nazi film propaganda and "Hitler Youth Quex"." Journal of Contemporary History. London18,3 (1983) 495-515. UCB users only
Bateson, Gregory. "An Analysis of the Nazi Film Hitlerjunge Quex." In: The Study of Culture at a Distance / edited by Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux. pp 302-14 [Chicago] University of Chicago Press [1953] (Anthropology GN33.M35; Moffitt GN33.M35)
Faletti, Heidi. "Reflections of Weimar Cinema in the Nazi Propaganda Films SA-Mann Brand, Hitlerjunge Quex and Hans Westmar." In: Cultural history through a Nazi lens: essays on the cinema of the Third Reich. pp: 11-36.Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2000. (Main PN1995.9.N36 C85 2000)
Giesen, Rolf. Hitlerjunge Quex, Jud Süß und Kolberg : die Propagandafilme des Dritten Reiches : Dokumente und Materialien zum NS-Film Berlin : Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, 2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.N36 G53 2005)
Rentschler, Eric. "Emotional Engineering: Hitler Youth Quex." Modernism/Modernity 2.3 (1995) 23-44 UCB users only

Hotel (Austria, 2004)
Director, Jessica Hausner. Cast: Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr, Marlene Streeruwitz, Peter Strauss, Rosa Waissnix. Irene is hired as a desk clerk at a luxury hotel in Austria following the disappearance of Eva Stein, who had previously held the position. Having moved to the city to take the job, Irene takes a room in the hotel for the meantime, and is eager to learn more about her new home and business, though her boss Kros seems curiously guarded about what goes on at the hotel. Though Irene makes friends with some of the staff members, she still spends a great deal of her time trying to uncover the mysteries of the building, and when she discovers a pair of Eva Stein's glasses, she begins to wonder if the girl ever went missing at all or if she might still be on the premises somewhere. 73 min. DVD 7755
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Hundstage (Dog Days) (Austria, 2001)
Director, Ulrich Seidl. Cast: Maria Hofstatter, Alfred Mrva, Georg Friedrich, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Claudia Martini, Viktor Rathbone. Through six intertwined narratives, Austrian director Ulrich Seidel weaves together extravagantly sordid tales of everyday people in suburban Austria during a heat wave. 122 min. DVD 7756
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Ich denke oft an Piroschka (1955)
Director, Kurt Hoffman. Cast: Liselotte Pulver, Gunnar Moller, Wera Frydtberg, Gustav Knuth, Rudolf Vogel. A German exchange student on his way to Hungary falls in love with a girl he meets on the way and also for the station master's daughter, who takes his attentions more seriously than he intends. Eventually the fur flies when the two girls find out about each other. In German without English subtitles. 92 min. vhs 999:2994
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Ich gelobe (Austria, 1994)
Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger. Cast: Christoph Dostal, Andreas Lust, Andreas Simma, Leopold Altenburg, Elisabeth Lanz, Pia Baresch This film explores the dreams and philosophical musings of a young Austrian soldier as he wrestles with an obsession with sex and his romantic ideals. Berger, like other young Austrian men must complete his required service in the army. He is a quiet sort and an indifferent soldier. Most of his time is spent daydreaming in the latrine where he carves an elaborate medieval scene on the back of the door. Like most young men in his unit, Berger is looking to get laid as frequently and as impersonally as possible. But in his strange recurring dreams he longs for romance and chivalry. 110 min. DVD 7782
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Ich hiess Sabina Spielrein (My Name Was Sabina Spielrein) ((France | Germany | Sweden | Denmark | Finland | Switzerland, 2002) )
Directed by Elisabeth Márton. Cast: Eva Osterberg, Lasse Almeback, Mercedes Csampai, Palle Granditsky, Natalia Usmanova. Featuring the voices of Maria Thorgevsky, Dan Weiner, Helmut Vogel, and Alan Pryke. A docu-drama based on a find of letters and diaries that revealed a love affair between Carl Jung and his first patient, Sabina Spielrein. Her cathexis was rapid and she formed an intense attachment to her young doctor, who seems to have reciprocated. But after a note from Sigmund Freud on the nefarious nature of females, the doctors hatched the theory of counter-transference to explain their feelings. Luckily, this wouldn't be Sabina's final contribution to psychoanalysis. Pronounced cured, she became a psychoanalyst herself and, within eight years, was practising alongside the founding fathers. 90 min. DVD X3970
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Ich Klage An (1941)
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner. Cast: Heidemarie Hatheyer, Paul Hartmann, Mathias Wieman, Margarete Haagen, Charlotte Thiele, Christian Kaysler, Harald Paulsen, Albert Florath. In this feature film, a doctor whose wife suffers from multiple sclerosis kills her with her consent. The Nazis used this film to justify killing the mentally ill and retarded. Adapted from the novel "Sendung und Gewissen" by Hellmuth Unger and Jdee von Harald Bratt. 119 min. German without subtitles DVD 3862; also vhs 999:316
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Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt (I Only Want You to Love Me) (1976)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Vitus Zeplichal, Elke Aberle, Alexander Allerson, Ernie Mangold. A hardworking, young Bavarian bricklayer, after an upbringing by unsympathetic parents, marries and struggles to provide his wife and baby with consumer goods beyond their means, but gets deeply in debt and eventually commits a senseless murder. Originally produced for television. Based on a story from the book Lebenslanglich (Life sentence) by Klaus Antes and Christiane Ehrhardt. 110 min. DVD X6106; vhs 999:2886
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Im Juli (In July) (2000)
Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Uner, Jochen Nickel, Branka Katic, Birol Unel, Sandra Borgmann, Ernest Hausmann, Gabor Salinger, Cem Akin, Fatih Akin. Daniel, a young teacher, decides to spend his summer at home in Hamburg. At the local flea market, he meets Juli, who is immediately attracted to him, a fact to which Daniel seems oblivious. On the same day, Daniel meets Melek, a young Turkish girl, with whom he is immediately smitten. Ignoring his earlier plans, he sets out in pursuit of her across the Balkans. Along the way he picks up a hitchhiker, who just happens to be Juli. 96 min. DVD 2849
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Im Kreise der Lieben (1991)
Director, Hermine Huntgeburth. Cast: Barbara Auer, Karin Baal, Ruth Hellberg, Edgar Selge, Wolfgang Rüte, Roland Kenda. In this murder mystery made for television, three women live off the exploitation of gullible men and find that crime pays. PAL format. In German without English subtitles. 79 min. vhs 999:2987
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Im Lauf der Zeit (Kings of the Road) (1976)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Rudiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer, Rudolf Schundler, Marquard Bohm, Dieter Traier, Franziska Strommer, Patrick Kreuzer. Depicts the experiences of two young men in Germany. One repairs cinema equipment, the other cannot face the world from which he came. Together they set off on a rambling trip across Germany, listening to rock'n roll, visiting closed movie theatres, meeting strangers and learning what it means to be living in today's Germany. 176 min. vhs 999:310
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Im Weissen Rößl (1952)
Directed by Willi Frost. Cast: Johanna Matz, Johannes Heesters, Walter Müller, Rudolf Forster, Paul Westermeier, Ulrich Beiger. Based on the operetta of the same name, the film tells the story of the popular hotel owner, who - after many misunderstandings - marries her waiter, Leopold. In German. 93 min. vhs 999:2800
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Import/Export (Austria | France | Germany, 2007)
Directed by Ulrich Seidl. Cast: Ekateryna Rak, Paul Hofmann, Michael Thomas, Maria Hofstatter, Georg Friedrich. Olga, a nurse from the Ukraine, searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria travels East for the same reason. Both are looking for work, a new beginning, an existence, and life. Olga comes from a place where unremitting poverty is the order of the day. Paul comes from a place where unemployment doesn't mean hunger, but a crisis of meaning and sense of uselessness. Both are struggling to believe in themselves and to find a meaning in life. 135 min. DVD X3533
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In Einem Jahr Mit 13 Monden (In a Year of Thirteen Moons) (1978)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Eva Mattes.Erwin Weishaupt gets a sex change operation to please the boyfriend who no longer loves him. Now, as Elvira, he/she resents the change. 119 min. DVD 2538; vhs 999:1675
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Fassbinder, Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Joyce Rheuban (translator). "In a Year of Thirteen Moons." [Screenplay] October, Vol. 21, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. (Summer, 1982), pp. 4-50. UC users only

In gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod & Der starke Ferdindand
Two feature films, and five shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Disc 1. In gefahr und grosster Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod = In danger and in deep distress, the middleway spells certain death (86 min.) -- Biermann-Film (1974 ; 3 min.) -- Portrat einer Bewahrung = Policeman's lot (1964 ; 12 min.) -- Die Frau auf dem Schlachtfeld (2006 ; 1 min.) -- Disc 2. Der starke Ferdinand = Strongman Ferdinand (1976 ; 91 min.) -- Ich war Hitler's Bodyguard = I was Hitler's bodyguard (1999 ; 45 min.) -- La Habanera (2006 ; 1 min.) Cast (In danger and in deep distress): Dagmar Bodderich, Jutta Winkelmann ; (Strongman Ferdinand): Heinz Schubert, Verena Rudolph. Two feature films, and five shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. In gefahr und grosster Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod (In danger and in deep distress, the middleway spells certain death) : Mingles real documentary footage covering contemporary (1975) German politics with a spoof of spy stories. The stories include: a woman prostitute who gets even with men by stealing their wallets and cars, and a female Marxist spy who is so boring to her handler that she gets fired. The Miss Germany beauty pageant is one of the settings in which these stories take place. Der starke Ferdinand (Strongman Ferdinand): Ferdinand Rieche was a policeman, but found the legal constraints of that profession too stifling. He gets into the business of protecting manufacturing plants and outfits and trains his men like a private army expecting an invasion. After his excesses prove too much for his bosses, he is fired, and Ferdinand takes his strong opinions back into public life. DVD 8165
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In Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel (At Swim-Two-Birds) (Austria, 1997)
Directed by Kurt Palm. Cast: Andreas Sobik, Renato Uz, Andreas Karner, Johannes Friesinger, Harry Rowohlt. The story of a student who lives with his uncle and rarely attends class, drinks and smokes too much when money permits and works intermittently on his novel in which he mixes characters of his own invention with others borrowed from Irish classics and folklore. Based on "At Swim-Two-Birds" by Flann O'Brien, first publ. 1939. 86 min. DVD 7783
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In weiter Ferne, so nah! (Faraway, So Close!) (1993)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Horst Buchholz, Nastassja Kinski, Heinz Ruhmann, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Rudiger Vogler, Willem Dafoe. In this sequel to "Wings of desire," an angel dares to cross the line and stumbles into the harsh reality of post-Cold War Berlin to find himself engaged in deadly combat to protect the mortals he loves. 146 min. DVD 665
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize

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Indien (India) (Austria, 1993)
Directed by Paul Harather. Cast: Josef Hader, Alfred Dorfer, Maria Hofstätter, Wolfgang Bock, Ranjeet Singh. Heinz Bösel, a rude, uncommunicative slob and Kurt Fellner, a very talkative, pushy Yuppie-type, do not care for each other but are forced to work together travelling across the Austrian countryside inspecting hotels and inns. Eventually, the two become friends. 86 min. DVD 7785
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Das Indische Grabmal (The Indian Tomb) (1959)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer. In the grand tradition of the serialized cliffhanger, this film picks up right where The Tiger of Eschnapur (DVD 1828) ends. Seetha and the architect Harald have fallen in love. The biggest stumbling block to their romance is Chandra, the Maharaja of Eshnapur, because he wants Seetha for himself. The lovers flee and are hunted by Chandra's henchmen. The adventure concludes with a rescue from a sandstorm, a trek through the jungle, a cave of lepers, and a bloody palace rebellion. DVD X6380; also DVD 1829
100 min. DVD 1829
In German. 97 min. vhs 999:2880
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Mennel, Barbara. "Returning home : the orientalist spectacle of Fritz Lang's Der Tiger von Eschnapur and Das indische Grabmal." In: Framing the fifties : cinema in a divided germany / by John Davidson, Sabine Hake. New York : Berghahn Books, [2009], c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 T35 2009)

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Die Innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In) (2000)
Directed by Christian Petzold. Cast: Julia Hummer, Barbara Auer, Richy Muller, Bilge Bingul. Together with their adolescent daughter, two former terrorists have been living underground in Portugal for years. Complications arise when their daughter falls in love and the family's secret life is revealed. On the run, they return to Germany where the parents end up robbing a bank. In German without English subtitles. 105 min. DVD X6831; DVD 3647 [Non-US format DVD (PAL, Region 2)]
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Awards
German Film Awards - Outstanding Feature Film
German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film

Fisher. Jaimey "Globalization as Uneven Geographical Development: The 'Creative' Destruction of Place and Fantasy in Christian Petzold’s Ghost Trilogy." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies Volume 47, Number 4, September 2011 UC users only
Scheufler, Eric. "The Ghosts of Autumn Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Christian Petzold’s Die innere Sicherheit." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Volume 47, Number 1, February 2011, pp. 103-120 UC users only
Möller, Olaf; Wood, Jason. "Vanishing point." Sight & Sound; Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p40-42, 3p UC users only

Jana und Jan (Germany, 1992)
Directed by Helmut Dziuba. Cast: Kristin Scheffer, René Guss, Julia Brendler. In Fall 1989 Jan is almost 16. Caught while trying to escape to the West, he is now in a reformatory, where he meets Jana, and what starts as a bet becomes true love. When Jana gets pregnant, the situation spirals out of control. In the summer of 1990, Jana and Jan flee from the reformatory into the unknown, insecure future of a new Germany. 84 min. DVD X2379
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Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser / Every Man For Himself, God Against All) (1974)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira. Based on a real historical event, this is the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who appeared in a small German town in 1820 after having lived in total isolation from humans since birth. He is taught to speak, read, and write by the townspeople, but is then mysteriously murdered. 109 min. DVD 988; vhs 999:326
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Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Jerichow (Germany, 2008)
Director, Christian Petzold. Cast: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sözer. The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. That's when Thomas meets Laura, his Turkish boss's young and attractive wife. A classic love triangle is born, unfolding in desolate northeast Germany, where thick forests suddenly end on cliffs overlooking the Baltic Sea. 96 min. DVD X2351
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Awards
German Film Awards - Outstanding Feature Film; Best Direction
German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film

Monder, Eric. "Jerichow." Film Journal International, Jul2009, Vol. 112 Issue 7, p45-46, 2p UC users only
Möller, Olaf; Wood, Jason. "Vanishing point." Sight & Sound; Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p40-42, 3p UC users only
Monder, Eric. "Jerichow." Film Journal International, Jul2009, Vol. 112 Issue 7, p45-46, 2p UC users only
Sicinski, Michael. "Once the Wall Has Tumbled." Cinema Scope, Spring2009, Issue 38, p6-9, 4p UC users only

Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia (West Germany / France, 1988)
Director, Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Irm Hermann, Gillian Scalici, Ines Sastre, Xu Re Huar. This epic adventure set in Mongolia traces a fantastic encounter between two different worlds. Seven western women travelers meet aboard the sumptuous, meticulously reconstructed Trans-Siberian Express, a rolling museum of European culture. Suddenly ambushed by a band of Mongol horsewomen, the company is abducted to the plains of Inner Mongolia where they embark on a camel ride across the magnificent countryside. 165 min. vhs 999:3341
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Jud Süß (1940)
Director, Veit Harlan. Produced in 1938, but not released until 1940, this was the film that made the wearing of the Jewish Star of David in Europe mandatory. This is the Nazi version of the novel of the same title by Lion Feuchtwanger. It is based on the real historical character of Josef Süß Oppenheimer who was tax advisor to Karl Alexander during the early 1700's and was publicly executed in Stuttgart for manipulation of state funds. In 1926 Feuchtwanger (also Jewish) wrote the novel "Jud Süß" which contained no anti-Semitic content whatsoever. In 1934 British Gaumat Studios produced the film under the title "Power". Minister of Nazi Propaganda Joseph Goebbels saw the film and felt that the film could be produced in a Nazi version to benefit National Socialism. 98 min. DVD X1808; also DVD 3856; vhs 999:338
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Die Jungfrauenmaschine (The Virgin Machine) (1988)
Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Ina Blum, Marcel Uriona, Gad Klein, Peter Kern. Initially intending to write a story, a young journalist researches and tries to find romantic love in Hamburg. When her attempts seem fruitless, she tries her luck in San Francisco, where the search becomes more personal. There she is introduced to San Francisco's lesbian scene, discovers her own homosexuality, and remains convinced, despite a minor setback, that romantic love can be found. 85 min. DVD 1866; vhs 999:1295
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Der Junge Törleß (Young Toerless) (1965)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Matthieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Jean Launay, Barbara Steele. At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates. As each day passes, the two boys are able to justify harsher treatment than previously given. Torless is a passive member of the group but observes rather than participates and frustrates the tormentors by dryly analyzing their behavior. Eventually Törless concludes that good and bad cannot be differentiated in life. 90 min. DVD X5689; vhs 999:3523
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Hamilton, Elizabeth C. "Imaginary Bridges: Politics and Film Art in Robert Musil's Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Torless and Volker Schlöndorff's Der junge Törless." Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift fur Germanistik, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 69-85, 2003

Justiz (Execution in Justice) (Germany / Switzerland, 1993)
Directed by Hans W. Geissendorffer. Cast: Maximilian Schell, Thoma Heinze, Anna Thalbach, Mathias Gnadiger, Norbert Schwientek, Ulrike Kriener. The plot involves the examination of justice from the moral as well as from the judicial point of view. A man, who shoots another in open view without any reason, is arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He then prevails on a young lawyer to reexamine the question of guilt from a purely theoretical perspective. The question of what is right and what is wrong turns out to be extremely complex. 106 min. vhs 999:2786
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Kameradschaft (Comradeship) (1931)
Director, G.W. Pabst. Based on an actual incident in which German miners crossed the border to go to the assistance of French miners trapped by an explosion. 90 min. vhs 999:151
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Berman, Russell A. "A Solidarity of Repression: Kameradschaft." In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 116-24. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.(Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990; Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

Die Kampagne (The Campaign) (1995)
Director, Thomas Bohn. Cast: Ulrike Folkerts, Brigitte Karner, Ben Becker, Hannes Jaenicke, Theo Maalek, Jorg Plewa. The mother of a boy who has been found murdered decides to use her own means to discover the murderer which leads to the arrest and eventual suicide of a suspect. The female police commissary, who is in charge of the investigation, doggedly pursues her own leads and finally discovers the real murderer, who is no other than the mother's own boy friend. Originally produced as a segment of the television program Tatort. 90 min. vhs 999:2791
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Der Kandidat
Director, Alexander Kluge. SEE Krieg und Frieden & Der Kandidat DVD 8170

Karl May (1974)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. Cast: Attila Hörbiger, Helmut Kautner, Kristina Soderbaum, Kathe Gold, Lil Dagover, Mady Rahl, Rudolf Prack. Follows the last years in the life of Germany's most popular author, Karl May. His rousing adventure tales set in America's Wild West and the Arabic countries of the Near East mythologized a rustic lifestyle that appealed to German sensibilities and may have inspired Hitler to win Stalingrad. At the end of his career, May was attacked for fictionalizing his background and for hiding his past as a criminal and was bogged down in a series of libel suits against his detractors. 187 min. DVD X3899; copy 2 DVD X299 [In German without English subtitles}
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Kaspar Hauser (Germany / Austria / Sweden, 1993)
Director/writer, Peter Sehr. Cast: Andre Eisermann, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Katharina Thalbach, Udo Samel, Jeremy Clyde. Based on the true story of the Crown Prince of Baden and the elaborate plot to control the lineage of the throne of the Duchy of Baden. The Countess Hochberg conspires to kidnap the rightful heir, Kaspar Hauser and replace him with a changeling. Kaspar is imprisoned for 12 years in a dark cellar until one day in 1828 he appears on the streets of Nuremberg a crippled, disturbed young man. He is assisted by a succession of benefactors who transform him into a gentleman. 137 min. vhs 999:2905
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Perlmutter, Ruth. "Ghosts of Germany: Kaspar Hauser and Woyzeck." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 25 no. 3. 1997. pp: 236-39.

Katzelmacher (1969)
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Rainer Maria Fassbinder, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Elga Sorbas, Doris Mattes and Orm Hermann. Follows the lives of an aimless group of friends who spend their days outside their Munich apartment smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and sleeping with each other. Their lives take an interesting turn when a Greek immigrant moves in and evokes extremely hostile reactions from the men in the group who beat him up when he begins dating one of the German women. 88 min. DVD 2491
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Klassenverhältnisse) (West Germany / France, 1984)
Directors, Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub. Cast: Christian Heinisch, Nazzareno Bianconi, Mario Adorf, Laura Betti, Harun Farocki, The film is based on Kafka's unfinished novel "Der Verschollene". It doesn't deal with the real United States but is rather a kind of allegory taking place at no specific time in history. Straub and Huillet's version is about class relations and about the society that is created by capitalism, which is utterly cruel, capricious and ludicrous.Disc 1. Klassenverhältnisse = Class relations / written and directed by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub (122 min.) -- DVD-ROM with scripts, interviews and press conference (in German language only) -- Disc 2. Arbeiten zu "Klassenverhaltnisse" von Danièle Huillet und Jean-Marie Straub = Work on "Class relations" by Dani?ele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub / directed by Harun Farocki (65 min.) -- Wie will ich lustig lachen : Danièle Huillet und Jean-Marie Straub und ihr Film "Klassenverhältnisse" = How merrily I shall laugh : Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub and their film "Class relations" / directed by Manfred Blank (42 min.) -- Work in progress. Filmgenetische Analyse der Zeichenstruktur und Rhetorik in den Anfangssequenzen von "Klassenverhaltnisse" anhand nicht verwendeter Takes = Genetic analysis of the sign structure and rhetoric in the opening sequences of the film "Class relations" on the basis of unused takes / concept and montage, Klaus Kanzog, Klaus Volkmer (20 min.). 122 min. DVD X605; DVD X4213
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Byg, Barton. Landscapes of resistance : the German films of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub / Barton Byg. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.S77 B94 1995)

Klavierspielerin (La Pianiste; The Piano Teacher) (Germany / Poland / France / Austria, 2001)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel. The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments. 125 min. DVD 1684; DVD 7710 (dubbed German soundtrack)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize

Kleine Freiheit (A Little Bit of Freedom) (Germany, 2003)
Director, Yüksel Yavuz. Cast: Cagdas Bozkurt, Leroy Delmar, Nazmi Kirik, Necmettin Cobanolu, Naci Ozarslan, Susanna Rozkosny, Sunay Girisken, Thomas Ebermann. Baran, a Kurdish teen from Turkey, makes bicycle deliveries for a kebab shop while trying to outwit the authorities who have refused him political asylum. He strikes up a friendship with another outsider, an illegal African immigrant who deals drugs to get by. Trouble begins after Baran loses his low profile status because the kebab-stand owner's daughter sets her sights on him. 97 min. DVD X162
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Göktürk, Deniz. "Yüksel Yavuz's Kleine Freiheit / A Little Bit of Freedom." Migration, Culture, and the Nation-State Volume 1, Issue 1 2005
Kraenzle, Christina. "At Home in the New Germany? Local Stories and Global Concerns in Yüksel Yavuz's Aprilkinder and Kleine Freiheit." The German Quarterly Volume 82 Issue 1, Pages 90 - 108 UC users only

Kolberg (1945)
Director, Veit Harlan. Cast: Kristina Soderbaum, Heinrich George, Horst Caspar, Paul Wegener, Gustav Diessl. Re-creates the true story of a Prussian town's rebellion against Napoleon's army of the occupation. Laced with National Socialist ideology, the film is a mirror of Nazi Germany's own war for survival during the final years of World War II. In its characterizations of Kolberg's besieged citizenry, the epic allegorically reflects the spirit of fanatical resolve to fight on that Nazi propaganda was attempting to instill in the German populace. One of the Third Reich's most ambitious spectaculars, three years in the making. 118 min. DVD 3857; vhs 999:321
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Culbert, David. "Kolberg: Goebbels' Wunderwaffe as Counterfactual History. Historical Reflections, Summer2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p125-141, 17p UC users only
Culbert, David; Grohmann, Hans-Joachim. "Kolberg: Film, filmscript and Kolobrzeg today." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct1994, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p449, 18p UC users only
Giesen, Rolf. Hitlerjunge Quex, Jud Süß und Kolberg : die Propagandafilme des Dritten Reiches : Dokumente und Materialien zum NS-Film Berlin : Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, 2005.(MAIN: PN1995.9.N36 G53 2005)
Paret, Peter. "Kolberg (1945) as historical film and historical document." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct1994, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p433, 16p UC users only

Komm, süsser Tod (Austria, 2006)
Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger. Cast: Joseph Hader, Barbara Rudnik, Simon Schwarz, Nina Proll, Bernd Michael Lade, Karl Markovicz, Michael Schonborn, Reinhard Nowak, Ingrid Burkhard, Gottfried Breitfuss, Georg Feitel. Thrown off the police force, former detective Brenner works as an ambulance driver in Vienna. He and the other drivers try to outwit another ambulance service to get more business. When a favorite nurse is brutally murdered, Brenner and others set out to track down the killer. 104 min. DVD 7747
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Kondom des Grauens (Killer Condom) (Germany | Switzerland, 1996)
Directed by Martin Walz. Cast: Udo Samel, Peter Lohmeyer, Marc Richter, Leonard Lansink, Iris Berben. Killer condoms are on the loose and after a close call Luigi Mackeroni is on the case. Will he be able to rid New York City of this evil menace? Based on the comics by Ralf König. 107 min. DVD X3975
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Kotsch (Austria, 2006)
Directed by Helmut Köpping. Cast: Christoph Theussl, Michael Ostrowski, Andreas Kiendl, Michael Fuith, Ursula Strauss. Follows four anti-heroes in this tragi-comedy through everyday life. The scene: Fohnsdorf in 1999, the largest village in Austria on a somewhat cloudy-gloomy field where they place advertisment posters for Viktor Klima, the FR chancellor. The protagonists: a group of young men and women, more or less lost in this place. 90 min. DVD 7694
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Krieg und Frieden & Der Kandidat (1993-2006)
Two documentary films and four shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Disc 1. Krieg und Frienden = War and peace / directors, Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlöndorff (118 min.), 1982 -- Auf der Suche nach einer praktisch-realistischen Haltung (12 min.), 1983 -- So tuckisch sind Friedensschlusse (1 min.), 2006. -- Disc 2. Der Kandidat = The Candidate / directors, Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, Alexander von Eschwege, Volker Schlöndorff (124 min), 1980 -- Große Reiche muss man leiten wie man kleine Fischlein brat (15 min.), 1993 -- Sturm uber Agypten (1 min.), 2006. Krieg unde Frieden (War and peace): This documentary and fiction film was a cooperative writing effort by five different German writers and/or directors, one of the most noted being the 1972 Nobel prize winner Heinrich Boll. Boll was specifically responsible for three fictive episodes at the end of the film that promote an anti-nuclear, pro-peace message ("Space Talk," "Atom Bunker," and "Kill Your Sister"). Documentary footage of Chancellors Helmut Kohl and Helmut Schmidt in action, along with various European and American leaders highlight the urgent issues of the day. Der Kandidat (The Candidate): This political documentary puts together clips from newsreels, archives, and television to review the controversial career of Franz Josef Strauss who was running for Chancellor of West Germany at the time this documentary was made. Strauss founded the Christian Socialist Union and had a long political history as a parliamentarian (1949), Special Minister (1952), and by 1955 was Minister of Defense. His career began to unravel when a series of scandals hit the presses that involved him in kickbacks and abuses of power. Strauss was forced to resign his post as Defense Minister in the early 1960s. Films were originally produced 1993-2006. DVD 8170

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (Princess and the Warrior) (2000)
Directed by Tom Tykwer. Cast: Franka Potente, Benno Furmann, Joachim Krol. When shy, beautiful Sissi is the victim of a horrible car accident, a handsome small-time criminal comes to the rescue and saves her life. Once she recovers, she sets out to find him and discovers that he is a violent man with a conflicted past and dangerous future. It doesn't take long for the two to meet again - during a deadly bank robbery. Now it is her turn to save his life. 133 min. DVD 1147
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Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? (1932)
Directed by Slatan Dudow. Cast: Hertha Thiele, Ernst Busch, Martha Wolter, Adolf Fischer, Lilli Schonborn, Max Sablotzki. At the height of the Depression, Anni and her parents are evicted from their Berlin home and sen At the height of the Depression, Anni and her parents are evicted from their Berlin home and sent to Kuhle Wampe, a camp that now accommodates the ever-growing numbers of the dispossessed. The only Communist film to come out of Weimar Germany, this film was swiftly banned upon Hitler's rise to power in 1933. The film is followed by a video essay (48 min.) by freelance writer, Andrew Hoellering, the son of the producer, Georg Hoellering. 117 min. DVD X1857; vhs 999:3040
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Kurz und Schmerzlos (Short Sharp Shock) (1998)
Director/script, Fatih Akin. Cast: Mehmet Kurtulus, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Adam Bousdoukos, Regula Grauwiller, Idil Uner, Ralph Herforth. The story of three friends of foreign nationality living in Hamburg. Gabriel, a son of Turkish parents starts a new life after leaving jail. The Serb Bobby, on the other hand, starts out on a criminal career with the Albanian mafia. He and his Greek friend Costa get tangled up in an arms deal that proves to be too big for the young men. 95 min. vhs 999:3658; vhs 999:2996 (in German without English subtitles)
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Kurzer Prozess (West Germany, 1969, TV)
Director, Michael Kehlmann. Cast: Helmut Qualtinger, Alexander Kerst, Otto Tausig, Bruni Lobel, Gudrun Thielemann. An Austrian policeman comes under suspicion of murder and is locked up. His supervisor from years past, who is transferred from Vienna to the province for disciplinary reasons, does not initiate an investigation. He watches out for his own interests as the murders continue. In German without subtitles. 97 min. DVD 7701
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Das Land hinter dem Regenbogen (The Land Beyond the Rainbow) (Germany, 1992)
Director, Herwig Kipping. Cast: Winfried Glatzeder, Axel Werner, Franciszek Pieczka. This harsh, yet poetic critique of Stalinism in East Germany centers on the mythical village of Stalina in 1953. The villagers legitimate injustice by glorifying the idea of real existing socialism at the same time as they experience their own destruction by the system. Only children, like the Rainmaker and Marie, still believe in the goodness of the people and in true love, and so he conjures a rainbow for her. 89 min. DVD X2375
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Der Landvogt von Greifensee (Switzerland, 1979)
Director, Wilfred Bolliger. Cast: Christian Quadflieg, Silvia Dionisio, Adelheid Arndt, Brigitta Furgler, Pauline Larrieu, Laura Trotter, Christian Kohlund, Alida Villa. Well into his maturity, Salomon Landolt, who is the Bailiff of Griefensee, invites five women with whom he has had satisfying relationships to visit him at his castle. Each one thinks she was the only one invited. Flashbacks detail the nature and quality of his encounters with each woman. Near the end of the film, the Bailiff asks the five women to choose a wife for him. In Swiss German without English subtitles. 105 min. vhs 999:3018
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[Lang] Fritz Lang: Circle of Destiny (1998)
From M to Rancho Notorious, from Metropolis to Moonfleet, the films of Fritz Lang are part of the history of cinema. The first phase of his career was set in Germany, where he returned twenty-five years later to shoot his last three films. It was during this early German period that the director developed his inimitable directorial style. Now those who know the man and his work best reveal the secrets behind his craft. 54 min. DVD 839

The Last Waltz (UK | Germany, 1935)
Directors, Leo Mittler, Gerald Barry. Cast: Harry Welchman, Jarmila Novotna. A prince must choose a bride so a countess and three of her four daughters are brought for the playboy monarch's choosing. Complications set in, but all is righted when the missing fourth daughter arrives. In English. 74 min. (With "Bartered Bride".) vhs 999:2917
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Lea (Czech Republic / Germany, 1996)
Directed by Ivan Fila. Cast: Lenka Vlasakova, Christian Redl, Hanna Schygulla, Miroslav Donutil, Udo Kier, Gerd Lohmeyer, Ivo Gogal. Lea was abused by her stepfather in eastern Slovakia while still a child. Many years later, she is threatened with the same fate when a farmer sells the young woman to a German. The couple finally grow closer, but it is too late and Lea dies of a brain hemorrhage. In German without English subtitles. 100 min. vhs 999:2793
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Das Leben der Anderen (Lives of Others) (2006)
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Herbert Knaup. A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people - or at least to this one particular person. Special features: Optional audio commentary by Von Donnersmarck (in English); interview with Von Donnersmarck (in English, 30 min.); making-of featurette (in German with English subtitles, 19 min.); 7 deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by Von Donnersmarck (in English). 137 min. DVD 4108; vhs 999:1798
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Lebenszeichen (Signs of Life) (1968)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou, Werner Herzog. In this debut film directed by Herzog an injured German soldier is sent to recuperate at a remote Greek island during the Second World War. The islands beauty tempts him with the promise of peace, but ultimately he can't accept the potential of this enchanting place. Finally he snaps, tries to kill his wife, and plans to ignite the ammunition dump. Ultimately, soldiers swarm the area, trying to capture the psychotic before he blows up the whole island. 87 min. DVD 4108; vhs 999:1798
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Leonce und Lena: eine Lustspiel (TV, 1963)
Directed by Fritz Kortner. Cast: Horst Tappert, Dieter Kirchlechner, Gertrud Kuckelmann, Rudolf Thomberg. There was once a prince, Leonce, who was to assume the kingship, but not before he had married. An arranged marriage was planned to the Princess Lena but the prince fled to Italy as he did not wish to marry. Princess Lena was also not happy as she wanted to marry only for love so she too fled. On the way they happened to meet, and not recognizing one another, fell in love. Videorecording of a production premiered by the Munchner Kammerspiele on September 30, 1963. PAL format. In German without English subtitles. 127 min. vhs 999:3004
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Die Letzte Brücke (The Last Bridge) (Yugoslavia / Austria, 1954)
Directed by Helmut Käutner. Cast: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rutting, Carl Mohner. Filmed in a neorealist style the film tells the story of a German doctor taken captive by Yugoslav partisans during WWII. Her initial reluctance to providing medical assistance softens as she recognizes that suffering is the same on either side in a war. The anti-war theme is simply and realistically depicted in this thoughtful and moving film. 90 min. vhs 999:2893
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Letztes aus der Da Da eR (Latest from the DA-Da-R) (Germany, 1990)
Directed by Jörg Foth. Cast: Irm Hermann, Christoph Hein, Täve Schur, Andre Hennicke, Peter Dommisch, Gerd Wolf. The two cabaret clowns Wenzel and Mensching provide a picture book from the German former bipolar world as they they satarize East German life in the final days before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Special features: Biographies & filmographies , introductory essay by Reinhild Steingröver ; written interview with Jörg Foth ; "Wenzel, Mensching and the latest from the DA-Da-R" by David Robb ; "Tuba wa duo" directed by Jörg Foth (1989, 11 min.) ; original trailers and posters ; Wende Flicks trailer ; scene selections. 86 min. DVD X2376
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Steingrover, Reinhild. "On Fools and Clowns: Farewell to the GDR in Two Final DEFA Films." German Quarterly. Fall 2005, Vol. 78 Issue 4, p441 UC users only

Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (Love is Colder than Death) (1969)
Directed by Rainer Fassbinder. Cast: Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans Hirschmuller, Peter Berling. Franz, a small-time pimp from Berin, strikes up a friendship with Bruno, another criminal recruit. Despite ther persuasive methods, Franz refuses to join the organization. Instead, he teams with Bruno on a small wave of shoplifting and murder. But Franz's prostitute girlfriend is distrustful of the gangster -- and when Bruno begins planning a bank robbery, she makes some arrangements of her own. 85 min. DVD 1655
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Liebelei (1932)
Director, Max Ophuls. Cast: Paul Hoerbiger, Magda Schneider, Luise Ullrich, Wolfgang Liebeneiner, Willi Eichberger. In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a young lieutenant's love for a musician's daughter leads inevitably to her tragic suicide. Valse Brillante is a classical film in which Alexander Brailowski plays Chopin. Based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler ( PT2638.Sc62 L5 1966 Main Stack) 88 min. vhs 999:621
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Lola (1981)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf. When an upright new commissioner arrives in a small town, Lola, a cabaret singer and prostitute, sets out to seduce him in order to gain power over him for her boyfriend and a respectable marriage for herself. 115 min. DVD 1946
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Bergfelder, T. "Popular genres and cultural legitimacy: Fassbinder's Lola and the legacy of 1950s West German cinema." Screen (London, England) v. 45 no. 1 (Spring 2004) p. 21-39

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Lola Rennt (Run Lola, Run) (1998)
Director, Tom Tykwer. Cast: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri. A thrilling roller-coaster ride about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out: Lola has just received a frantic call from her boyfriend Manni, who's accidentally lost a small fortune he was to deliver to his mobster boss. If they cannot find a way to replace the money within twenty minutes, Manni will suffer severe consequences. 81 min. DVD 725
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Awards

German Film Awards - Outstanding Feature Film; Outstanding Individual Achievement: Direction
German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, World Cinema

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Lola und Bilidikid (Lola and Billy the Kid) (1999)
Director, Kutlug Ataman. Cast: Gandi Mukli, Erdal Yildiz, Baki Davrak, Inge Keller, Celal Perk. Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman wants him to finally lose his virginity in a heterosexual manner thus causing Murat to run away. In a bar, Murat meets a tranvestite, Lola, and also Bilidikid, who thinks Murat is enamoured with Lola. Eventually Lola is revealed as Murat's actual brother disowned by Osman years ago. 93 min. DVD 722
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Burns, Rob. Turkish-German Cinema: From Cultural Resistance to Transnational Cinema?" In: German cinema : since unification / edited by David Clarke. London ; New York : Continuum, c2006. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G3.G359 2006)
Clark, Christopher. "Transculturation, Transe Sexuality, and Turkish Germany: Kutlug Ataman's Lola und Bilidikid." German Life and Letters, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 555-72, Fall 2006
Hillman, Roger. "Lola and Billy the Kid (1999): A Turkish Director's Western Showdown in Berlin." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 44-55, Winter 2006 UC users only
Kilicbay, Baris. "Impossible crossings: Gender melancholy in Lola + Bilidikid and Auslandstournee." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 4 | Issue: 2 October 2006, Page(s): 105-115
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Kilicbay, Baris. "Queer as Turk." In: Griffiths, Robin. Queer cinema in Europe. Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect Books, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 G75 2008)

Ludwig: requiem für einen Jungfräulichen König (Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. Cast: Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Balthasar Thomass, Oskar von Schab, Edgar Murray, Peter Kern, Gerhard Maerz. A dramatic exploration of the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), featuring a collage-like mixture of images from German folklore and history. The first section presents in the course of one single night several significant events in the life of Ludwig. The second section depicts nightmarish projections of his fantasies and reality, as well as his fall from grace and death. In German without English subtitles. 1972. 139 min. DVD X298
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"Ludwig: requiem for a virgin king." Film Quarterly, Spring 1981, Vol. 34, p58-61, 4pUC users only

Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (West Germany, 1955)
Directed by Helmut Käutner. A dramatization of the tragic life of Bavaria's King Ludwig II (1845-1886), from his ascension to the throne to his early death in 1886. In German without English subtitles. 110 min. vhs 999:2962

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M (1931)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Grundgens. A German town is gripped by terror due to the sadistic murders of little girls. The underworld is threatened when the police search proves futile so the denizens of the underworld trap, capture, and finally drag the murderer before a tribunal of criminals. Special features on DVD X4781: (Disc 1): optional audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes & Eric Rentschler; color bars. (Disc 2): "Conversation with Fritz Lang" by William Friedkin (c1975, 49 min.); "M le maudit" short film by Claude Chabrol (c1982, 11 min.); interview with Chabrol about Lang (7 min.); interview with Harold Nebenzal, the son of producer Seymour Nebenzal (c2004, 14 min.); classroom tapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing "M" and its history (c1976-1977, 36 min.); "The physical history of M" featurette (c2004, 25 min.); gallery, with production stills, behind-the-scenes photos and production sketches by art director Emil Hasler. Booklet includes an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffman ("The mark of 'M'"); 3 contemporaneous articles about the film ("My film 'M' : a factual report", "Fritz Lang's 'M' : filmed sadism" & "Gangsters, too, have their professional honor"); interview with Lang by Gero Gandert ("Fritz Lang on 'M' : an interview", c1963). 99 min. DVD X4781; DVD 16
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Die Macht der Gefuhle & Serpentine Gallery Program (1961-2005)
One Feature film, a compilation of 6 German television programs and five short films created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Disc 1. Das todliche Dreieck (1 min.), 2006 -- Die Macht der Gefuhle = The Power of Emotion (112 min.), 1983 -- Feuerloscher E. A. Winterstein = E. A. Winterstein, Fire Extinguisher (11 min.), 1968 -- Disc 2. La Paloma (1 min.), 2006 -- Serpentine Gallery Program (100 min.), 1995-2005 : Minutenfilme = Minute Films ; Der flexible Unternehmer = The Flexible Entrepreneur ; Die Liebe stort der kalte Tod = Cold Death Interrupts Love ; Wer immer hofft, stirbt singend = He Who Hopes dies Singing ; Eine Frau wie ein Vulkan = A Woman Like a Volcano ; Der Offizier als Philosoph = The Officer as a Philosopher -- Rennen = Racing (9 min.), 1961 -- Protokoll einer Revolution = Transcription of a Revolution (12 min.), 1963. Die Macht der Gefuhle (The Power of Emotion) explains that emotion isn't to be confused with sentimentality. In this intellectual perspective of what emotion is and does, director Alexander Kluge has divided the topic into 12 parts with titles such as "The Change," "Act Five" or "The Shot" and then proceeded to formulate a film treatise that does not exclude political figures or activities in West Germany in the early 1980s. Serpentine Gallery Program: A treasure trove of German television programs. 246 min. DVD 8171

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Madame X: ein absolute herrscherin (Madame X: An Absolute Ruler) (1977)
Director, Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Roswitha Janz, Lutze, Mona III, Yvonne Rainer, Claudia Skoda, Mackay Taylor, Monika von Cube, Irene von Lichtenstein. In this allegory, Madame X, the cruel, uncrowned ruler of the China seas, promises "gold, love, and adventure" to all women who'll leave their humdrum lives behind. Gathered aboard her ship the women's utopia devolves into betrayal and self-destruction as the power games of the outside world are ritualized among them. 145 min. vhs 999:3342
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Corenthal, Michael. "Cohen on the Telephone: An Introductory Discussion of Recorded Jewish Humor." Jemf Quarterly. 17(64):182-191. 1981 Winter. UC users only

Hake, Sabine "'And with Favorable Winds': Madame X and Femininity." In: Gender and German cinema : feminist interventions / edited by Sandra Frieden ... [et al.]. Providence : Berg, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 G357 1993 Library Has v.1-2 (1993))

Magdalena, vom Teufel besessen (Magdalena, Possessed by the Devil; aka Beyond the Darkness)(West Germany, 1974)
Directed by Walter Boos. Cast: Dagmar Hedrich, Werner Bruhns, Michael Hinz, Peter Martin Urtel. Magdalena is an orphan at a girls' school who gets possessed by a demonic supernatural force. She goes into convulsions and makes furniture fly around the room before she gets some help from an exorcist. 82 min. DVD X2237
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Mannequins für Rio (aka They Were So Young) (West Germany / USA, 1954)
Directed by Kurt Neumann. Cast: Scott Brady, Raymond Burr, Johanna Matz, Ingrid Stenn. A "white slavery" melodrama filmed on location in Rio De Janeiro. Innocent young Johanna Metz is hired for a supposed modelling job in Brazil. Upon her arrival, she finds herself broke, stranded and at the beck and call of a criminal gang. Escaping from the crooks, Johanna is rescued by Scott Brady, an engineer in the employ of tycoon Raymond Burr. Unfortunately, Burr turns out to be the leader of the gang from whom Johanna has escaped. 78 min. DVD 8237
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Männer... (Men) (1985)
Directed by Doris Dörrie. Cast: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ulrike Kriener, Heiner Lauterbach, Janna Marangosoff, Marie-Charlotte Schuler. An uptight ad executive becomes very jealous when he learns that his wife is having an affair, so he befriends her lover and becomes his roommate, with hilarious consequences. 95 min. vhs 999:3151
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Ein Mädchen aus Flandern (The Girl from Flanders) (1956)
Directed by Helmut Käutner. Cast: Maximilian Schell, Nicole Berger, Gert Frobe, Reinhard Kolldehoff. Set in Belgium during World War I, this film depicts the futility and destructiveness of war through a story about the love between a chaste German barmaid who is accused of stealing weapons and a disillusioned German soldier. 91 min. vhs 999:3000
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Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
Director, Leotine Sagan. Cast: Emilia Unda, Dorothea Wieck, Hedwig Schlichter, Hertha Thiele, Ellen Schwannecke. A girl at a strict boarding school for the daughters of Prussian army officers falls in love with one of the teachers. She is isolated from the rest of the students by the headmistress and is driven from her unhappiness to attempt suicide. 89 min. DVD X6480 (with English subtitles); DVD X6144 (without English subtitles); vhs 999:350 (English subtitles
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Ein Mann wie EVA (A Man Like Eva) (1983)
Directed by Radu Gabrea. Cast: Eva Mattes, Lisa Kreuzer, Charles Regnier, Werner Stocker. Loosely based on the colorful, combustible life and career of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this film stars actress Eva Mattes in male drag as an obsessive, sadomasochistic movie director. Eva is currently working on a filmization of Dumas' Lady of the Camelias, and in so doing mercilessly uses and abuses everyone in "his" cast and crew and succeeds in driving everyone crazy -- and at least one person to suicide. 92 min. vhs 999:2988
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Maria Stuart (1985)
Director, Heinz Schirk. Cast: Daniela Ziegler, Anja Kruse, Dietrich Mattausch, Erik Frey, Karl Walter Diess. A drama about Mary Queen of Scots who was held captive in the castle of Fotheringwh. A drama about Mary Queen of Scots who was held captive in the castle of Fotheringwhay, unjustly convicted of complicity in an attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth. 112 min. vhs 999:3001
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Die Marquise von O-- (La Marquise d'O--) (West Germany / France, 1976)
Writer-director, Eric Rohmer. Cast: Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Edda Seippel, Peter Luhr, Otto Sander. During the Franco-Prussian war, a young widow who is saved from an attempted rape finds herself mysteriously pregnant several months later. Unaware of how this happened, she is sent away by her family and ends up marrying her rescuer, whom she doesn't know is the child's father. Based on a novella by Heinrich von Kleist. 102 min. DVD 658
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Die Marquise von O-- (1989)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. One in a series of monologue films by the director Han Jürgen Syberberg featuring the actress Edith Clever. A new adaptation of the work by Heinrich von Kleist which has previously been brought to film by Eric Rohmer in the 1970s, with the same actress in the title role. In German without English subtitles. 224 min. DVD X302

Mein Führer: Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler (My Fuhrer) (Germany, 2007)
Directed by Dani Levy. Cast: Helge Schneider, Sylvester Groth, Ulrich Mühe. December 1944: Berlin lies in ruins and the war is as good as lost. Goebbels is convinced all the country needs is a re-energizing speech from the Führer. Adolf, however, is only a shadow of his former self; demoralized and depressed, he hides in his office. The only man who can help is Germany's finest acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum -- a Jew. 91 min. DVD X2743
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Hantke, Steffen. "Hitler as Actor, Actors as Hitler: High Concept, Casting, and Star Performance in Der Untergang and Mein Führer." Cinephile: The University of British Columbia's Film Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 19-28, Winter 2009 UC users only

Menschenfrauen (TV, 1980)
Director, Valie Export. Cast: Renée Felden, Maria Martina, Susanne Widl, Christiane von Aster, Klaus Wildbolz. Four women are either married to, pregnant by or in other ways attached to one man who, for a long time, gets understanding until, in the end, the four women revolt against him. 114 min. DVD X6909; vhs 999:1566
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Mephisto (West Germany / Hungary / Austria, 1981)
Directed by István Szabó. Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyne Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe, Karin Boyd. The story of a star's egotism, narcissism, and sexual opportunism. All are betrayed for political expediency in Hitler's Third Reich. Dubbed into English. 134 min. vhs 999:398
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Christensen, Peter G. "Collaboration in István Szabó's Mephisto. Film Criticism, Spring88, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p20-32, 13p UC users only
Lorenz, Dagmar C G. "Ethnicity, sexuality, and politics in István Szabó's Colonel Redl and Mephisto." In: Insiders and outsiders : Jewish and Gentile culture in Germany and Austria / edited by Dagmar C.G. Lorenz Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DS135.G33 I48 1994)
Eidsvik, Charles. "Tootsie versus Mephisto: Characterization in a Cross- Cultural Context." Film Criticism, Spring89, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p13-24, 12p UC users only
Imre, Anikó. "White man, white mask: Mephisto meets Venus." Screen, Winter99, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p405-422, 18p UC users only
Mills, Moylan C. "The three faces of Mephisto: Film, novel, and reality." Literature Film Quarterly, 1990, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p255, 8p UC users only
Rubenstein, Lenny "Dreams and Nightmares: An Interview with István Szabó" Cineaste; 1982, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p36-36, 1p UC users only

Die Ministranten (West Germany / Austria, 1990)
Directed by Wolfram Paulus. Cast: Christoph Schnell, Gerald Bachler, Nikolaus Dobrowolsky, Stefan Steger, Franz Brandauer, Petra Obinger. Follows the story of some Austrian boys who decide to organize themselves into a gang with the fear-inducing name "Wolf." Their goal is to strike fear into the hearts of a rival gang in a nearby town. In German without English subtitles. 83 min. DVD 7702
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Miraculi (Germany, 1992)
Directed by Ulrich Weiss. Cast: Volker Ranisch, Käthe Reichel, Katrin Vogt, Hans-Peter Minetti. A group of young people draws straws to see who'll steal some cigarettes. With this theft, Sebastian starts on a bizarre symbolic odyssey through a sclerotic world, in search of himself and of truth and justice. When he tries withdrawing from one social paradigm, he finds himself caught in another... 113 min. DVD X2380
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Moloch (Molokh) (Russia / Germany / Japan / Italy / France, 1999)
Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. Cast: Leonid Mosgowoi, Elena Rufanowa, Leonid Sokol, Yelena Spiridonova, Vladimir Bogdanov, Anatoli Shvedersky. In an ominous fortress perched high above the clouds, everything seems in order for a reposing 24 hours. It is the spring of 1942 in Germany and Eva Braun is the only voice that dares contradict the Fuhrer. Eva is caught up in the complexities of a man incapable of human intimacy, making her as volcanic as her beloved Hitler. 108 min. DVD 6683
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Morgenrot (1930)
Directed by Vernon Sewell and Gustav Ucicky The adventures of the German U-boat U-21, during World War I. 75 min. vhs 999:305
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[Muller, Matthias]: Selected Films (1989-1994)
Directed by Matthias Muller. In German and French. Aus der ferne (The memo book) (1989, 27 min.); The flamethrowers, a collective film by Owen O'Toole and the groups Alte Kinder and Schmetzdahin) (1990, 9 min.); Home stories (1990, 6 min.); Sleepy haven (1993, 15 min.); Sternenschauer (Scattering stars) (1994, 2 min.); Alpsee (1994, 14 min.).
Muller's experimental image-rich films deal with the intersection of the private and public spheres. His seamless, collages of personal imagery and appropriated materials weave a kinetic spell of motion and vitality, ranging from tender, magical and melancholy love poems to sarcastic comments on gender entrapment in classic-era Hollywood. 63 min. vhs 999:1964

Müllers Büro (Austria, 1986)
Directed by Niki List and Hans Selikovsky. Cast: Christian Schmidt, Andreas Vitasek, Barbara Rudnik, Sue Tauber, Maxi Sukop, I. Stangl, Jochen Brockmann, Gabi Hift. Two private detectives find themselves entangled in criminal and sexual adventures, in a film that blends crime drama, comedy and musical styles. In German without subtitles. 100 min. DVD 7706
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Münchhausen (1943)
Directed by Josef Von Baky. Cast: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Brigitte Horney, Michael Bohnen, Ferdinand Marian, Hans Brausewetter, Hermann Speelmans, Marina von Ditmar, Andrews Engelmann, Kathe Haack, Waldemar Leitgeb, Walter Lieck, Hubert von Meyerinck, Jaspar von Oertzen, Werner Scharf. The famous Baron Munchhausen is called to the court of St. Petersburg. He becomes a favorite of the Tsarina, duels with a jealous Potemkin and receives the gift of eternal youth from the diabolical Cagliostro. This lavish, impudent, adult fairly tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting, and a rich color palette. DVD special features: Making of documentary with comments by director of the F.W. Murnau Foundation ; original theatrical trailer ; animated short film, "Die Abenteuer des Baron Munchhausen: eine Winterreise" (1944) ; photo gallery ; examples of Afgacolor restoration: Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten (1941) ; excerpt from the Agfacolor film Die Fledermaus (1944) ; pop-culture gallery of Munchhausen images. 111 min. DVD 2870; vhs 999:328
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Rentschler, Eric. "The Triumph of Male Will: "Münchhausen" (1943) Film Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3. (Spring, 1990), pp. 14-23. UC users only

Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel (Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven) (1976)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Brigitte Mira, Ingrid Caven, Armin Meier, Irm Hermann, Gottfried John, Margit Carstensen. A factory worker goes berserk one day killing the boss' son and then throwing himself into the machinery. Trying to clear her husband's name, the murderer's widow journeys through ludicrous arenas of yellow journalism and left-wing politics. 108 min. DVD 1625; also VHS 999:2444
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Mutters Courage (My Mother's Courage) (Germany / UK / Austria / Ireland, 1995)
Directed by Michael Verhoeven. Cast: Pauline Collins, Ulrich Tukur, Heribert Sasse, Natalie Morse, Robert Giggenbach, Günter Bothur, Simon Verhoeven, Jens Harzer, Buddy Elias, Peter Radtke, Otto Grünmandl, Hana Frejkova. Based on the true story of Elsa Tabori, whose dramatist son George Tabaria also wrote a stage version of it. During the German occupation in summer 1944, a woman who has been deported by the Nazis escapes annihilation in a concentration camp through her courage. Based on the novel by George Tabori. 89 min. DVD X1063; vhs 999:2794 (PAL format)
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Paehler, Katrin. "Breaking the Post-War Goose-Step: Three Films by Michael Verhoeven." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Summer2010, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p41-56, 16p UC users only

Der Nachbar (Austria, 1993)
Director, Götz Spielmann . Cast: Rudolf Wessely, Dana Vavrova, Wolfgang Bock, Hana Cainer, Josefine Pilecky, Georg Tenkwitz. In an old Viennese suburb Rudolf Pawlik, an old man, lives a calm, content life, without excitement or danger. When his neighbour dies and new tenants move into the house, a new life begins for him. Herbert is a small time crook who lives with Michaela, a young Czech woman who is his girlfriend and his daughter Agnes. Pawlik hates Herbert from the first moment he sees him -- and falls in love with Michaela. His feelings for her become an obsession and the friendly old gentleman is ready to follow his feelings through to the very end ... only Herbert stands in his way. 91 min. DVD 7776
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Die Nacht (1984-1985)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. One in a series of monologue films by the director Han Jürgen Syberberg featuring the actress Edith Clever. In German without English subtitles. 360 min. DVD X300

Nachtgestalten (1998)
Director, Andreas Dresen. Cast: Michael Gwisdek, Meriam Abbas, Dominique Horwitz, Ricardo Valentin, Oliver Bassler, Susanne Bormann. On the night the Pope arrives in Berlin, three groups of people search for their own bit of luck in this tragic comedy. On the night the Pope arrives in Berlin, three groups of people search for their own bit of luck in this tragic comedy. A homeless man and woman dream of spending a night in a hotel; a farmer seeks romantic love in a red light district, only to become involved with a drug addict; and an old yuppie takes a boy from Angola under his wing. PAL format tape. In German without subtitles. 99 min. vhs 999:3399
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Nacktschnecken (Slugs) (Austria, 2004)
Director, Michael Glawogger. Cast: Michael Ostrowski, Raimund Wallisch, Pia Hierzegger, Georg Friedrich, Detlev Buck, Brigitte Kren. An Austrian low-budget comedy about three young pals who plan to earn money by shooting an hardcore-porno movie. 86 min. DVD 7784
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Nasser Asphalt (Wet Asphalt) (West Germany, 1958)
Directed by Frank Wisbar. Cast: Horst Buchholz, Martin Held, Maria Perschy, Gert Frobe, Heinz Reincke, Inge Meysel. A Nazi buried in a bunker for 6 years somehow escapes and survives. A sensationalistic reporter stuns the world with the story of the WWII survivor, only to have his assistant find out the story was made up to sell more papers. 89 min. DVD X4320
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Nathan der Weise (1985?)
Cast: Wolfgang Heinz, Christine Schorn, Elsa Grube-Deister, Dieter Mann, Rolf Ludwig. A filmed version of a theatrical performance of the play by the 18th century German theater critic and writer, G. E. Lessing. The play presents a plea for religious tolerance by examining the tensions that trouble an old Jew, a Moslem sultan and a medieval Christian Knight of the Templars. In German without English subtitles. PAL format. 157 min. vhs 999:2986

Neben der Zeit (Outside Time) (TV, 1995)
Directed by Andreas Kleinert. Cast: Rosel Zech, Julia Jager, Sylvester Groth, Michael Poretschenkow, Christine Schorn, Heidemarie Schneider, Michael Schweighofer. Sophie, a young railway station manager in a small town in the former GDR after unification, falls in love with a Russian soldier who lives in hiding. When she introduces him to her family, her younger brother kills the Russian out of childish jealousy and fear of change in the family. This does not stop the disintegration of the family, as Sophie leaves at the end. 107 min. vhs 999:3129
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Netto (Germany / Luxembourg / Czech Republic, 2004)
Directed by Robert Thalheim. Cast: Milan Peschel, Sebastian Butz, Stephanie C. Koetz, Christina Grosse, Bernd Lamprecht. A down-on-his-luck East German repairman, unable to adapt after the fall of the Wall receives an important lesson in consumerism from his previously estranged, West Berlin born and bred son, Sebastian. Arriving on his father's doorstep in hopes of avoiding a move to suburbia with his newly remarried mother, Sebastian sees that what his father really needs to get back on his feet is a new image. 86 min. DVD X3228
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Der neunte Tag (The Ninth Day) (Germany / Luxembourg / Czech Republic, 2004)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Bibiana Beglau, Germain Wagner, Hilmar Thate, Jean-Paul Raths. Inspired by the true story of a dissident priest's temporary furlough from Dachau, The Ninth Day transforms an ethical crisis into a nail biting showdown and unspeakable guilt into transcendent redemption. 93 min. DVD 7803
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Neurosia - 50 Jahre pervers (Neurosie: Who Shot Rosa von Praunheim?) (1995)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Desiree Nick, Rosa von Praunheim, Gertrud Mischwitzky, Tima die Goettliche. After gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is murdered onstage hosting a tribute After gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is murdered onstage hosting a tribute to himself, an intrepid tabloid reporter is assigned to find the motive -- and the body. Her search into Rosa's life carries her from Germany to New York, from angry ex-lovers to dark sex clubs, where she soon discovers everyone wanted to kill Rosa! 87 min. vhs 999:3186
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Night of the Filmmakers
A stellar assembly of filmmakers are brought together to discuss German cinema, including Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Volker Schlöndorff and Leni Riefenstahl, with film clips to illustrate their points. 1998. Video/C MM444

Niklashauser Fahrt (The Niklashausen Journey) (1970)
Directed by Rainer Fassbinder. Cast: Michael Konig, Hanna Schygulla, Margit Carstensen, Michael Gordon, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurt Raab. Can a small group of people start a proletarian revolution, asks the "Black Monk" in a leather jacket. The medieval shepherd, Hans Boehm, claims to have been called by the Virgin Mary to create a revolt against the church and the landowners. The "Black Monk" suggests that he would have more success if he dressed up Johanna and had her appear as the Virgin Mary. 86 min. DVD 1671
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Nikolaikirche (1995)
Directed by Frank Beyer. Cast: Barbara Auer, Ulrich Matthes, Daniel Minetti, Ulrich Muhe, Otto Sander, Ulrich Tukur et al. A dramatization of events in Leipzig, East-Germany in the year 1989 which eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany. 133 min. vhs 999:2797
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Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)) (Germany, 2001)
Directed by Caroline Link. Cast: Juliane Kohler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo, Lea Kurka, Karoline Eckertz. Critically acclaimed, this film is based on the true life story of a Jewish family who fled the Nazi regime in 1938 and learned to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya. 142 min. DVD 1997
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Academy Award - BestForeign Language Film

Falcon, Richard Reviews: "Nowhere in Africa" Sight and Sound 13:4 (April 2003) p. 45-46UC users only
Kopp, Kirstin. "Exterritorialized Heritage in Caroline Link's Nirgendwo in Afrika." New German Critique. Oct 31, 2002. , Iss. 87; pg. 106 UC users only

Nordrand (Austria / Germany / Switzerland, 1999)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Nina Proll, Edita Malovcic, Tudor Chirila, Astrit Alihajdaraj, Michael Tanczos, Georg Friedrich. Five young refugees from the former Yugoslavia seek comfort in one another as they try to build new lives in Vienna. 138 min. DVD 7690
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Nordwand (North Face) (Germany | Austria | Switzerland, 2008)
Directed by Philipp Stölzl. Cast: Benno Fürmann, Johanna Wokalek, Florian Lukas, Simon Schwarz, Georg Friedrich, Ulrich Tukur. Based on a true story, a gripping adventure about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps, the north face of the Eiger. Set in 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German alpinists to conquer the mountain, and two reluctant young climbers, Toni and Andi, attempt a daring ascent, closely followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and forces of nature begins. 121 min. DVD X3362
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Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (The Vampire Nosferatu) (1979)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz. A remake of the German silent film classic by F.W. Murnau of the unmasking of the insatiable Translyvanian Vampire, Count Dracula. Closely based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. 107 min. DVD 94; VHS 999:2004
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Notturno (Austria, 1988)
Directed by Fritz Lehner . Presents 2 versions of the film directed by Fritz Lehner of the last days of the composer Franz Schubert. Udo Samel plays Franz Schubert in these film biographies that present a grim look at the darker side of the legendary composer. Schubert is released from a hospital-asylum after being treated for a sexually transmitted disease. After visiting his strict father, he goes to live with his wealthy friend Schober. Franz is followed by Kajetan, the crippled beggar he befriended during his hospital stay. In German without subtitles. Version 1: Notturno: love has lied (100 min.) -- Version 2: Notturno: Winterjourney (131 min.) DVD 7767

Novemberkatzen (November Cats) (1986)
Directed by Sigrun Koeppe. Cast: Angela Hunger, Ursela Monn, Katharina Brauren, Robert Zimmerling, Jürgen Vogel. Tells the story of a young girl, growing up in Germany in the 1950s in a lonely, friendless environment. Her divorced mother beats her and when she is sexually molested by a boy, she finally flees to live with her grandmother. In the end, she learns to stand up for herself. 100 min. vhs 999:3127
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Novembermond (November Moon) (West Germany | France, 1985)
Directed by Alexandra von Grote. Cast: Gabriele Osberg, Christiane Millet, Danièle Delorme, Bruno Pradal. A timeless and compelling love story set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France. On the brink of war and in the face of escalating anti-Jewish activity, November has fled her native Germany for the relative safety of Paris. She meets and falls in love with Férial, a fiercely patriotic French woman. 106 min. DVD X2757
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Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl) (Yugoslavia | Hungary | Austria | West Germany, 1985)
Director, István Szabó. Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe.Colonel Redl is the latest movie version of an oft-filmed tale, based on a true story. Redl (Klaus Maria Brandauer), a poverty-stricken Ukranian of the early 20th century, laboriously works his way into the highest circles of the Imperial Austrian Army. Throughout his upward ascent, Redl is able to keep his homosexuality from becoming public knowledge. Because of his mastery of several languages, Redl is sent by Emperor Franz Joseph to spy on the Russians. Playing one country against the other, Redl enjoys the sexual and monetary favors from both sides of the espionage spectrum until word of his gayness leaks out and he is blackmailed. To pay off his accusers, Redl is obliged to increase his counter-espionage activities on behalf of the Russians. Finally trapped by his many deceptions, Redl is given the option of killing himself to save his honor. (Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide) Based on John Osborne's play "A Patriot For Me. " (Grad Svcs XMAC.O81.P3 Modern Authors Collection [Non-circulating material]; Main Stack PR6029.S39.P3 1965; NRLF #: B 4 097 228. 144 min. DVD X4745; vhs 999:607
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British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Christensen, Peter G. "Szabó's Colonel Redl and the Habsburg Myth." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-10, 2006 Mar
Lorenz, Dagmar C G. "Ethnicity, sexuality, and politics in István Szabó's Colonel Redl and Mephisto." In: Insiders and outsiders : Jewish and Gentile culture in Germany and Austria / edited by Dagmar C.G. Lorenz Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DS135.G33 I48 1994)
Robinson, David; Hames, Peter. "Redl Ezredes/Colonel Redl: István Szabó/West Germany/Austria, 1984." In: The cinema of Central Europe / edited by Peter Hames ; [preface by István Szabó]. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.C36 C56 2004)

Ohm Krüger(Germany, 1941)
Director: Hans Steinhoff. Cast: Emil Jannings, Ferdinand Marian, Hedwig Wangel. The great Boer hero, Ohm Krüger ("Oom Paul"), tells his life story in flashbacks as he lies dying in a Swiss hospital. A good example of a German anti-British propaganda film, the film is historically not entirely correct and was mainly meant to have the audience sympathize with the South African "boers" representing the German people fighting against the English. Based on themes found in the novel: Mann ohne Volk, by Arnold Krieger. 124 min. DVD X1909; vhs 999:2727
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Hake, Sabine. "Mapping the Native Body: On Africa and Colonial Film in the Third Reich." In: The imperialist imagination : German colonialism and its legacy / edited by Sara Friedrichsmeyer, Sara Lennox, and Susanne Zantop. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX550.A1 I53 1998)
Hallstein, Christian W. "Ohm Krüger': the genesis of a Nazi propaganda film." (Critical Essay) Literature-Film Quarterly April 2002 v30 i2 p133(7) UCB users only
Klotz, Marcia. "Epistemological Ambiguity and the Fascist Text: Jud Süß, Carl Peters, and Ohm Krüger." New German Critique, No. 74, Special Issue on Nazi Cinema. (Spring - Summer, 1998), pp. 91-124. UCB users only
Lutz, Reinhart C. "False history, fake Africa, and the transcription of Nazi reality in Hans Steinhoff's 'Ohm Krüger'." Literature-Film Quarterly 25.n3 (July 1997): 188(5)UCB users only
Winkel, Roel Vande. "Ohm Krüger's Travels: A Case Study in the Export of Third-Reich Film Propaganda." Historical Reflections, Summer2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p108-124, 17p UCB users only

Olympia, Part I (1938)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. After being commissioned by the 1936 Olympic committee to create a feature film of the Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl made a film that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Part I, "The Festival of the People," includes the carrying of the flame from Greece, the lighting of the torch and the track-and-field events where American runner Jessie Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals. 119 min. DVD 3681; vhs Video/C 5432
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Olympia, Part II (1938)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. After being commissioned by the 1936 Olympic committee to create a feature film of the Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl made a film that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Part II, "The Festival of Beauty," includes field hockey, polo, soccer, aquatic, bicycling, sailing and rowing events as well as the marathon race and the thrilling decathlon where American Glen Morris won the title of the greatest all-around athlete in the world. 96 min. DVD 3681; Video/C 5433
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Ostkreuz (TV, 1991)
Directed by Michael Klier. Cast: Laura Tonke, Miroslaw Baka, Suzanne von Borsody, Beatrice Manowski, Stefan Camman, Henry Marankowski. Elfie, a fifteen-year-old former East German now living in West Germany, is trying to survive without much help. She falls for Elfie, a fifteen-year-old former East German now living in West Germany, is trying to survive without much help. She falls in with a petty criminal named Darius, who comes from an Eastern European country. He talks her into helping him pull off one of his illegal schemes but she eventually wises up and has the police haul him off to jail. The film ends with Elfie taking another street-kid under her wing. PAL format tape. 73 min. vhs 999:3403
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Otomo (1999)
Directed by Frieder Schlaich. Cast: Isaach De Bankole, Eva Mattes, Hanno Friedrich, Barnaby Metschurat, Lara Kugler, Sigrid Burkholder. A fictionalized reconstruction of the story of Frederic Otomo, a West African political refugee, who is stopped on a subway by an intolerant conductor. He panics, breaks loose, and escapes. Hours later, when confronted by police, he stabs 5 officers before being gunned down by one of them. 84 min. DVD 6630
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Palermo oder Wolfsburg (Switzerland / West Germany, 1980)
Director, Werner Schroeter. Cast: Nicola Zarbo, Ida Di Benedetto, Otto Sander, Magdalena Montezuma, Brigitte Tig, An impoverished young man from Sicily travels to Wolfsburg, West Germany to find work. He takes a job in the Volkswagen factory after he travels through Northern Italy by train. The young man is arrested after he kills two Germans with his knife when they question his honor. The third part of the film follows his subsequent trial and deals with justice denied and the attitude of many Germans who resent the influx of foreign labor. 170 min. DVD X1816
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Der Papagei (Parrot) (1992)
Directed by Ralf Huettner. Cast: Harald Juhnke, Dominic Raacke, Ilse Zielstorff, Ludwig Haas, Veronica Ferres, Dietmar Mossmer. An unsuccessful actor becomes suddenly successful as a politician campaigning for a right-wing party. This film mirrors the influence of media campaigns on politics and the conservative political movement in Germany. 93 min. vhs 999:2781
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Papageno (Die schonsten Musikfilme von Lotte Reiniger)
Presents three animated films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, plus one short documentary film showing her at work cutting and wiring her intricately detailed paper figures for her shadow theater and film productions. Carmen / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, George Bizet (1933, silent with music, b&w, 9 min) -- Papageno / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Die Zauberflote) (1935, silent with music, b&w, 11 min.) -- Ein Scherenschnittfilm entsteht / Regie, Louis Hagen (1970/71, in German, col., 16 min.) -- 10 Minuten Mozart (Zehn Minuten Mozart) / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Cosi fan tutte, Eine kleine Nachtmusik) (1930, silent with music, b&w, 10 min.) Video/C 8370

Paracelsus (1943)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Mathias Wieman, Fritz Rasp, Martin Urtel, Josef Sieber, Rudolf Blumner, Harald Kreutzberg. Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician, is named head physician of Basel and orders the city gates to Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician, is named head physician of Basel and orders the city gates to be closed against the Plague. He heals the dancer Fliegenbein but the authorities don't approve of his methods and seek to arrest him but Fliegenbein helps Paracelsus escape. 100 min. vhs 999:2443
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Rentschler, Eric. "The Führer's Phanton Paraclelsus." In: The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife / Eric Rentschler. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N36 R46 1996)

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Parsifal (1982)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg takes the viewer on an exhilarating journey through the philosophical latticework which makes Parsifal unique in the world of opera. Syberberg's pacing, dictated by the majestic pace of Wagner's score, is slow, but enlivened by constant subtle shifts in point of view, and memorable performances by actress Edith Clever as the villainess/heroine Kundry (sung by Yvonne Minton), orchestra conductor Armin Jordan as the remorseful knight Amfortas (sung by Wolfgang Schoene), and Robert Lloyd (the faithful retainer Gurnemanz). In German without English subtitles. 255 min. DVD X329

Bolduc, Michelle. "Mourning and Sexual Difference in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's Parsifal." In: Queer movie medievalisms / edited by Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Tison Pugh. Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1995.9.H55 Q45 2009)

Die Patriotin (The Patriotic Woman)
Directed by Alexander Kluge. Cast: Hannelore Hoger, Dieter Mainka and Alfred EdelVarious aspects of German history are explored from several angles in a series of odd sequences. Gabi Teichert (Hannelore Hoger) is both a history teacher and a patriot. One day she goes out into the winter landscape carrying a shovel (digging for the truth?) and comes across a dead soldier killed at the battle of Leningrad, whose symbolically disembodied knee speaks to her. Next, Gabi scans the landscape with a telescope, looking for evidence. Later, she is at a convention of the Social Democrat Party and tries to find information there. The scenes continue at different venues and with different people as this history teacher tries to piece together history. DVD 8166
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Flinn, Caryl. "Kluge’s Assault on History: Trauma, Testimony, and Difference in The Patriot." In: The new German cinema: music, history, and the matter of style Berkeley: University of California Press, c2004. (Full-text of this book available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: MAIN & Moffitt: PN1993.5.G3 F57 2004)

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Penthesilea (1988)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. One in a series of monologue films by the director Han Jürgen Syberberg featuring the actress Edith Clever. In German without English subtitles. 240 min. DVD X301

Pioniere in Ingolstadt (Pioneers in Ingolstadt) (1970)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, Harry Baer, Rudolf Waldemar Brenn, Walter Sedlmayr, Klaus Lowitsch, Carla Aulaula, Gunther Kaufman, Burghard Schlicht. A group of young German recruits are on assignment to build a wooden bridge in the town of Ingolstadt. The young men seek relief from boredom with alcohol use, acts of brutality and sexual escapades with the local women. 87 min. DVD 1073
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Die Praxis der Liebe (Practice of Love) (West Germany / Austria, 1984)
Directed by Valie Export. Cast: Adelheid Arndt, Rudiger Vogler, Hagnot Elischka. Combines a thriller narrative with experimetal images to tell the story of Judith, a television journalist, whose investigation of murder implicates her two male lovers (an arms dealer and a psychiatrist). Through these relationships Judith discovers that in a world of male power struggles, love is complicit, marginal or impossible. The film makes a strong coherent indictment of male-dominated society. ""Valie Export's third feature is an anti-romance in which the heroine, oscillating between two relationships, gradually discovers that both are impossible, not because the subjective processes of "love" are defective, but because the objective, social matrix in which both her male lovers operate is corrupt, immoral, murderous: in this film, the male world and its power structures cancel the possibility of love beyond the matter of sexuality, that is the objectification of love. Export makes use of techniques drawn from her earlier experimental cinema, video and conceptual photography to expand the possibilities of narrative feature filmmaking and to disintegrate some of its overdetermined conventions." -Gary Indiana 90 min. DVD X7252; DVD 7775 (PAL); vhs 999:619
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del Rio, Elena. "Politics and Erotics of Representation: Feminist Phenomenology and Valie Export's The Practice of Love." Discourse 2000 Spring, 22:2, 46-70.

Querelle (1982)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet, Hanno Poschi, Burkhard Driest. Fassbinder's final film; a stylized, delirious interpretation of Jean Genet's story, "Querelle de Brest," of a proud and tough loner, the sailor Querelle who becomes involved in drug-smuggling, homosexuality and murder. 109 min. DVD 2235
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Radetzkymarsch (Austria / West Germany, TV, 1965)
Directed by Michael Kehlmann. Cast: Leopold Rudolf, Xandi Schwarz, Helmuth Lohner, Karl Ehmann, Rudolf Rhomberg, Jane Tilden, Manfred Inger, Fritz Eckhard, Hertha Martin, Eva Fiebig, Walter Sedlmyr. Taking place in Vienna, Austria, the story concerns an aristocratic family right before the outbreak of WWI. Baron Franz Von Trotta is the son of a war hero who saved the Emperor's life. He was raised in royalty under the Emperor's care and not allowed to join the army himself, so he pressures his son, Carl Joseph, to join the military. Carl Joseph is weak and wants no part of the armed forces, but soon WWI breaks out and lessens his chances for escape. In German without subtitles. 210 min. DVD 7718
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Die Rättin (The Rat) (TV, 1997)
Directed by Martin Buchhorn. Cast: Matthias Habich, Sunnyi Melles, Peter Radtke, Dieter Laser, Katharina Thalbach, Helene Grass, Angelika Bartsch, Edda Leesch. The film creates a grandiose doomsday fantasy playing in the narrator's head, accompanied by sarcastic commentaries on the condition of the world of humans by his pet rat, and interspersed by a subplot involving Oskar Matzerath, the hero of the novel "The Tin Drum", and his grandmother who reappear in the novel "The Rat". PAL format. 91 min. vhs 999:2785
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Der Rebell (The Rebel) (1932)
Directed by Luis Trenker, Curtis Bernhardt (as Kurt Bernhardt), Edwin H. Knopf. Cast: Drehbuch, Walter Schmidtkunz, Robert Adolf Stemmle. Luis Trenker, Luise Ullrich, Victor Varconi. The year is 1809. The freedom loving mountain dwellers of Tyrol are banding together to fight Napoleon's troops, who have overrun their homeland. When Severin Anderlan, one of their own, comes home from the university, he joins them and fights the oppressors to the end. A tale of love and sacrafice is enacted here before the backdrop of towering mountains. 92 min. vhs 999:311
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Majer-O'Sickey, Ingeborg. "Visualized space. The cult of the cold and the gendered body in mountain films." In: Spatial turns : space, place, and mobility in German literary and visual culture / edited by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT148.S717 S7 2010)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

Recycling Film History: Found Footage Filme(Austria, 1992-2005)
A collection of avant-garde shorts originally produced in Austrian between 1992-2005. Definitely Sanctus / Sabine Hiebler & Gerhardt Ertl (1992, 4 min.) -- Welt Spiegel Kino - Episode 1 / Gustav Deutsch (2005, 30 min.) -- Passagen / Lisl Ponger (1996, 12 min.) -- Mirror mechanics / Siegfried A. Fruhauf (2005, 7 min.) -- S.O.S. Estraterrestria / Mara Mattuschka (1993, 10 min.)-- To the happy few / Thomas Draschan & Stella Friedrichs (2003, 4 min.) -- Verdrehte Augen / Dietmar Brehm (2002, 12 min.) -- Blah blah blah / Dietmar Brehm (2006, 12 min.) -- Happy end / Peter Tscherkassky (1999, 10 min.) -- Outer space / Peter Tscherkassky (1999, 10 min.) -- Passage `a l'acte / Martin Arnold (1993, 12 min.) DVD 7736

Reitet für Deutschland (1941)
Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt. Cast: Willy Birgel, Gertrud Eysoldt. A cavalryman is injured during a military campaign and is eventually reunited with his talented horse. In German without subtitles. 110 min. vhs 999:314
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Revanche (Austria, 2008)
Directed by Götz Spielmann. Cast: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Ursula Strauss, Andreas Lust, Hannes Thanheiser, Hanno Pöschl. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. 122 min. DVD X2700
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Rio das Mortes (TV, 1971)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Michael Konig, Gunther Kaufmann. Two friends decide to leave Germany in search of a treasure they believe to be hidden in the Rio das Mortes area of Peru. However, the fiance of one of the friends threatens to shoot them both if they embark on this childish adventure. 84 min. DVD 2493
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Robert und Bertram (1939)
Directed by Hans H. Zerlett. Cast: Rudi Godden, Kurt Seifert, Carla Rust. In this musical farce, the first major Nazi Germany anti-semitic film, two 19th century vagabonds rob a Jewish banker and his friend to help a girl being forced to marry another Jew. Jews are portrayed here as clumsy, dull, greedy, and lecherous. In German 90 min. DVD 3859
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Romeos (Germany, 2011)
Directed by Sabine Bernardi. Cast: Maximilian Befort, Rick Okon, Liv Lisa Fries, Felix Brocke. Lukas, 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend Ine introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne, where he meets the confident and gorgeous Fabio. The two develop a romantic relationship that tests the boundaries of love. 94 min. DVD X6887
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[Geduld der] Rosa Luxemburg (Czechoslovakia / West Germany, 1985)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander. Dramatization of the life of Rosa Luxemburg, a Polish Jewess, who became known as "Red Rosa". She became German through an unconsumated marriage and at the beginning of the century, played an important role in the political and moral fields. She was at the sides of Bebel, Jaures, Lenin during all the major international congresses. She was also an ardent pacifist and spent the greatest part of World War I in prison and was eventually assissinated. 122 min. vhs 999:1197
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Rosen für den Staatsanwalt (1959)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. Cast: Walter Giller, Martin Held, Ingrid van Bergen. Set in the West Germany of the late 1950s, deals with the encounter between a one-time Nazi military prosecutor, now an esteemed public prosecutor, and an easy-going hawker, formerly a private, whom he had sentenced to death during hostilities. PAL format tape. In German without English subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:3478
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Rosenstraße (Germany | Netherlands, 2003)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Martin Feifel, Jürgen Vogel, Fedja van Huêt, Edwin de Vries. After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. Traveling to Berlin to interview a woman who knew her mother as a child, Hannah hears the story of a week in 1943 when the Aryan wives of Jewish men held captive in a building on Rosenstrasse protested in the name of love, and realizes how little she knew of her mother's troubled childhood. 136 min. DVD X3780

Die Rothschilds: die Aktien von auf Waterloo (1940)
Director, Erich Waschneck. Cast: Carl Kuhlmann, Albert Lippert, Hilde Weissner, Gisela Uhlen. In this second anti-Semitic feature film produced during the Third Reich, a Jewish banking family makes a fortune from the Napoleonic wars by exploiting and swindling the British. In German without English subtitles. 92 min. DVD 3860
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San Domingo (1976)
Director, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Cast: Alice Ottawa, Michael Konig. This surrealistic experimental film finds the son of a young nobleman staying with hash-smoking hippies in a seamy section of Munich. He falls for a hippie girl who is involved in shaking down the young man's parents for money. She falls in love with the young man but the group continues to extract money from the parents in return for their wayward son. When he discovers the shakedown, his rage leads to tragedy for the star-crossed lovers. In German without English subtitles. 138 min. DVD X288
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[Sander, Helke] Helke Sander (Edition der Filmemacher)
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DVD #1. BeFreier und Befreite 1 (1991/92) (90 min.) ; BeFreier und Befreite 2 = Liberators take liberties, pt. 1-2 (1991/92) (102 min.) BeFreier und Befreite: Documents the 1945 mass rape of German women and girls by the advancing Soviet army.

Liberators take liberties

DVD #2. Der subjektive Faktor = The subjective factor (1981) (138 min.) ; Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure = Break the power of the manipulators (1967/68) (49 min.) Der subjektive Faktor: This story handles the movement to end discrimination against women - and its context, through a semi-autobiographical account of the years between 1967 and 1970 that the director Helke Sander spent in West Berlin. Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure: The film was produced for Finnish television in 67/68. It not only documents but also reflects on the campaign of the German new left against the German publishing house Springer which still publishes the most powerful German right-wing tabloid Bild (think of the Murdoch Press) and which in the heated sixties and seventies tried to instigate public opinion against the student movement.

DVD #3. Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe = Trouble with love = Love is the beginning of all terror (1983) (112 min.) ; Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit, redupers = Allround reduced personality, redupers (1977) (95 min.) Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe: The unfortunate Traugott suddenly finds himself caught between his former lover Freya (director, Helke Sander) and his new love Irmtraut, both women are good friends-- or were. Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit, redupers: A free-lance photojournalist struggles to realize herself as an artist and as a woman straddling multiple worlds- work, womanhood, motherhood, East, West, capitalism and socialism.

Redupers

DVD #4. Mitten im Malestream = In the midst of the malestream (2005) (92 min.) ; Hannelore Mabry, ein porträt = Hannelore Mabry, a portrait (2005) (32 min.) ; Muttertier, Muttermensch = Mother beast, mother human (1998) (63 min.) Mitten im Malestream: Sander uses a wide range of old documentary material, often recorded by filmmakers, journalists or media avant-gardists on early electronic equipment to present a documentary touching on the core question of the women's movement in Germany: the politics of motherhood, men's perception of themselves as fathers, the legalization of abortion, women's silent "child-bearing strike', and the political struggle between the women's movement and the Christian churches. A discussion on these issues held in Berlin, Fall 2004, was used as a framework for the film. Hannelore Mabry, ein porträt: Film clips of interviews, both old and new, of women's rights activist, sociologist, actress and critic of the church, Hannelore Mabry. Muttertier, Muttermensch: Does being a woman automatically make one a mother? What does it mean to be born female? This television documentary addresses the views of today's women concerning the maternal role.

DVD #5. Dorf = Village (2001) (90 min.) ; Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste Nr. 1 = From the reports of security guards & patrol services Nr. 1 (1984) (11 min.) ; Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste Nr. 5 = From the reports of security guards & patrol services Nr. 5 (1986) (10 min.) ; Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste Nr. 8 = From the reports of security guards & patrol services Nr. 8 (1986) (6 min.) ; Subjektitüde = Subjectitude (1966) (4 min., 20 sec.) ; Silvo = Silvo (1967) (11 min.) ; Völlerei?-Füttern! = Gluttony?-Feeling! (1986) (13 min.) ; Eine Prämie für Irene = Bonus for Irene (1971) (50 min.). Dorf: This documentary examines the German village of Kortenbeck, exploring the impact of history and the social atmosphere, as well as the changes taking place due to globalization. Nr. 1. Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste: Based on a true event, a young mother with her two small children climb onto an arm of a building crane. The mother threatens to jump unless affordable housing is found for her by the evening. Nr. 5. Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste: A man prevents a rape of a woman, then rapes the victim himself. A third party comes to the aid of the woman. Another woman observes these events from a distance and calls the police who end up arresting the wrong man. Based on a true event. Nr. 8. Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste: A customer in a china shop repeatedly demands a simple piece of information from the store clerk. Based on a true event. Subjektitüde: This short is shot from the differing persectives of three people waiting for the bus. Sander's first film. Silvo: Documentary showing the daily routine of Sander's seven year old son, Silvo. Völlerei? Füttern!: Part of the episodic film, Seven women, seven sins, this is a different take on the Adam and Eve story. Eve does eat the apple and her curiosity makes her human. Her generous gesture of offering people things turns into a compulsion to feed others. Prämie für Irene: The domestic and working life of Irene, a single mother with two children, is depicted in a somewhat comic strip style.

Satansbraten (Satan's Brew) (1976)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Kurt Raab, Helen Vita, Margit Carstensen, Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven. This fast-paced black comedy follows the frantic efforts of a starving and confused writer to beg, borrow or steal some money and at the same time make some sense of his confusing life. Unable to write enough to keep his publisher's royalty advances coming, he seeks out a woman he imagines is a prostitute and interviews her and then takes a look at the "gay scene," where he quickly becomes a celebrity. 112 min. DVD 1623; also VHS 999:2891
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Scarabea Wieviel Erde braucht der Mensch (1969)
Director, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Cast: Walter Buschhoff, Nicoletta Machiavelli. A Teutonic lecher on vacation has a wager with some local peasants that he can't make a walking circle from sunrise to sunset to secure some coveted land. The middle-aged businessman embarks on his journey only to be slowed down by the beautiful reporter Scarabea. With thoughts of drunkenness and sex on his warped mind, the man tries to circumnavigate the parcel of property. Based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy. In German without English subtitles. DVD X289
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Schamlos (France / Austria / West Germany, 1968)
Director, Eddy Saller. Cast: Udo Kier, Rolf Eden, Marina Paal, Joe Palt, Herbert Kersten, Louis Soldan Inge Toifl, Vladimir Medar, Thomas Astor. In this violent sex-riddled crime drama Pohlmann, a young racketeer, falls in love with an exotic dancer, who gets murdered. Seeking revenge, Pohlmann investigates in the caravans that are used as mobile whorehouses and threatens everyone he meets with violence. In German without English subtitles. 75 min. DVD 7707
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Der scharlachrote Buchstabe (The Scarlet Letter) (West Germany / Spain, 1973)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: Senta Berger, Lou Castel, Hans-Christian Blech, Yella Rottlander. After 7 years Hester Prynne's missing husband finds her forced to wear the letter 'A' branding her as an adultress. He becomes obsessed with proving the true identity of the father of the illegitimate Pearl while the Rev. Dimmesdale, the father, is slowly consumed by his guilt. Both men die, Hester and Pearl gain in strength. Based on the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 84 min. DVD 6950
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Schlußakkor (Final Chord) (1936)
Directed by Detlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk). Cast: Willy Birgel, Lil Dagover, Maria Von Tasnady, Theodor Loos, Maria Koppenhofer. A young mother leaves her child behind in Germany to join her husband in America. When he dies she returns to Germany and obtains employment as a nanny in the household where her son has been adopted by a kindly orchestra conductor. 100 min. vhs 999:3629
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Der Schönste Tag im Leben (Best Day of Your Life) (TV, 1995)
Director, Jo Baier. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Heio von Stetten, Jorg Hube, Erna Wassmer, Anaid Iplician, Doris Buchrucker. Richard and Waltraud have somewhat reluctantly decided to get married. The bride's mother refuses to travel to Munich for the wedding and it is consequently celebrated in her parents' village in the country. The groom soon feels uncomfortable with the rustic traditions prevailing in provincial Bavaria and the wedding ends in a fiasco. The couple finally decides: 'Divorce yes, separation no.' 88 min. vhs 999:3159
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Das Schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl) (1989)
Directed by Michael Verhoeven. Cast: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Muller, Monika Baumgartner, Michael Gahr, Fred Stillkrauth, Elisabeth Bertram, Robert Giggenbach. Sonja undertakes a school project to investigate her town's past entitled "My home town during the Third Reich." She begins to search for facts, but those people who have personal experiences of that time are unwilling to provide her with information. The local archives produce contradictory evidence and she is denied access to local newspaper files. She quickly becomes the object of scorn and threats from the townspeople who have a surprising lot to conceal. Based on the true story of Anja Rosmus who still lives in her home town in Germany where the story is based. 94 in. DVD X4803; vhs 999:2843
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film

Donahue, William Collins. "Pretty boys and nasty girls: The Holocaust figured in two German films of the 1990s." New England Review (21:4) [Fall 2000] , p.108-124. UC users only
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Schrei aus Stein (Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein) (Scream of Stone) (1991)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Mathilda May, Stefan Glowacz, Donald Sutherland. A mountaineering expert and a free climber have a rivalry going over who is the better climber. Their antagonism toward each other blows up when they realize they have the same love interest. A journalist decides to exploit their hate by pitting them against each other in a climbing race. Cerre Torre, known for its bad weather, is to be the sight for this media event. PAL format DVD. 102 min. DVD 3106
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Die Schwarzwald-klinik. Folge 5. (1985)
Contains two episodes of a television drama produced in Germany. 1. Der Dieb. When a patient is taken to the hospital and a short time later her money is missing, suspicion falls on the medic Mischa who was the last person seen to leave her house. -- 2. Der Kunstfehler. A brilliant young pianist has lost the ability to perform as the result of treatment by one of Professor Brinkmann's best students. He is called to testify. In German. 88 min. vhs 999:3028

Die Schwarzwald-klinik. Folge 6. (1985)
Contains two episodes of a television drama produced in Germany. 1. Die Mutprobe. Two young men have an accident during a bicycle trip. Dr. Schafer, father of one of them, insists on taking part in the rescue. -- 2. Vatersc haft. Franziska, a pregnant high school student, is brought to the hospital with light injuries. The medic Mischa offers her and her baby his apartment as temporary home, which leads to unexpected consequences. In German. 88 min. vhs 999:3029

Der schweigende Stern (The Silent Star; aka First Spaceship on Venus) (East Germany/Poland, 1960)
Directe by Kurt Maetzig. Cast: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michal N. Postnikow, Kurt Rackelmann, Gunther Simon, Tang Hua-ta, Lucina Winnicka. When an unusual rock with a cylinder inside is found in the Gobi Desert, scientists determine its origin as the planet Venus. A crew of astronauts is sent there to learn more. Meanwhile experts attempt to decode the message that was encoded on the spool within and determine why Venus is utterly silent. Based on the novel "Astronauci" (The Astronauts) by Stanislaw Lem; adapted to film by J. Fethke, W. Kohlhaase, G. Reisch, G. Rucker, and A. Stenbock-Fermor. Special features: Historical essay "Socialists in outer space," by Stefan Soldovieri; biographies of director, set designer and special effects artist; newsreels about the film; East Germany sci-fi trailers; gallery of set design. DVD X5060 (78 min); DVD 6362 (98 min)
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Schwestern, oder, die Balance des Glücks (Sisters, or, The Balance of Happiness) (1979)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Jutta Lampe, Gudrun Gabriel, Jessica Frueh, Rainer Delventhal, Heinz Bennent, Agnes Fink. Two sisters share a complex and compelling relationship. Anna seems dependent, emotionally and economically, on Maria. Successive inward turns of the screw, however, make it unclear who exploits and dominates whom. 96 min. DVD 5398
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Donougho, Martin. "Margarethe von Trotta: Gynemagoguery and the Dilemmas of a Filmmaker." Literature Film Quarterly, 1989, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p149, 12p UC users only
Schwestern, oder Die Balance des Glücks: ein Film / von Margarethe von Trotta ; hrsg. von Willi Bär und Hans Jürgen Weber. Frankfurt am Main : Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1979. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .S317 1979)

71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) (Austria / Germany, 1994)
Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Gabriel Cosmin Urdes, Lukas Miko, Otto Grunmandl, Anne Bennent, Udo Samel, Branko Samarovski, Claudio Martini, Georg Friedrich. In this "meticulous depiction of the numbing and normalizing effects of television," a series of many characters appear, are lost and then suddenly reappear. Each fragment begins with a newscast that functions as a surreal connection between the segments. 91 min. DVD 5588
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Der Siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) (Austria, 1989)
Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel, Silvia Fenz. Georg and his wife Anna realize how monotonous and isolated their lives are when their daughter Eva, in a desperate attempt to get attention, suddenly pretends to be blind. The family decides to break with their routine and plans to emigrate to Australia. This film is a stark look at lives severed from feelings. 104 min. DVD 5580
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Die Siebtelbauern (The Inheritors) (Austria, 1998)
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Cast: Simon Schwarz, Sophie Rois, Lars Rudolph, Julia Gschnitzer, Ulrich Wildgruber, Tilo Pruckner. In an Austrian farming village during the 1930s, narrator Severin watches an old woman, Rosalind, visit the bed of sleeping farmhand Lukas. Rosalind is accused when the owner of the farm is found dead. Local farmers believe his land will be divided among them, since he had no heirs, but his will states that both farm and livestock are left to his peasant workers. When the seven peasants decide not to sell, they join the ranks of the landed gentry. The community's established farmers, led by Danninger, first attack the seven peasants with slander and ridicule and then turn violent. 90 min. DVD 7781 (without English subtitles); vhs 999:2887
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Von Dassanowsky, Robert. "Going Home Again? Ruzowitzky's Die Siebtelbauern and the New Austrian Heimatfilm." Germanic Review; Spring2003, Vol. 78 Issue 2, p133-147, 15p UC users only

Silentium (Austria, 2004)
Director, Wolfgang Murnberger. Cast: Josef Hader, Simon Schwarz, Maria Kostlinger, Joachim Krol, Udo Samel, Jürgen Tarrach, Rosie Alvarez, Anne Bennet, George Friedrich. A man who accused a catholic bishop of abusing him when he was a child dies in the Austrian city Salzburg. Everyone except his widow and the eccentrical detective Simon Brenner keeps silent and believes that the man killed himself. 112 min. DVD 7719
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Sissi (Austria, 1955)
Director, Ernst Marischka. A story of the princess who wins the heart of Kaiser Franz Joseph. 101 min. vhs 999:300
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Carter, Erica. " Sissi the Terrible: Melodrama, Victimhood, and Imperial Nostalgia in the Sissi Trilogy." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Sohn Der Weißen Berge (1930)
Directed by Luis Trenker, Luis. In this historical 1930 movie set in the Swiss Alps, the alpine guide, Hans Turri is suspected of murder when returning from a mountain tour without his client.90 min. vhs 999:312
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Majer-O'Sickey, Ingeborg. "Visualized space. The cult of the cold and the gendered body in mountain films." In: Spatial turns : space, place, and mobility in German literary and visual culture / edited by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT148.S717 S7 2010)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only
Sonnenallee (1999)
Directed by Leander Haussmann. Cast: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Katharina Thalbach, Teresa Weissbach, Robert Stadlober. Set in the 1970s, this comedy chronicles the lives of a group of kids from East Berlin who grow up in the shadow the Berlin Wall at one of the few crossing stations to the West. The antics of these kids, their families and their "West German" friends and relatives who come to visit, and the East German border guards, all serve to illustrate the absurdity of everday life throughout the former East Germany. In German without English subtitles. 87 min. DVD 1373 (Multizone DVD)
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Cooke, Paul. "Performing 'Ostalgie': Leander Haussmann's Sonnenallee." German Life & Letters, Apr2003, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p156-167, 12p UC users only
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage) (Germany, 2005)
Director: Marc Rothemund. Cast: Julia Jenstsch, Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs. In 1943, as Hitler continues to wage war across Europe, a group of college students mount an underground resistance movement in Munich. Dedicated expressly to the downfall of the monolithic Third Reich war machine, they call themselves the White Rose. One of its few female members, Sophie Scholl is captured during a dangerous mission to distribute pamphlets on campus with her brother Hans. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to the White Rose, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. 117 min. DVD 5812
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S.O.S. Iceberg (1933)
Directed by Arnold Fanck and Tay Garnett. Cast: German language version: Leni Riefenstahl, Gustav Diessl, Sepp Rist, Gibson Gowland, Ernst Udet. English language version: Rod La Rocque. Explorer Karl Lorenz is stranded on a steadily eroding iceberg. A rescue crew reaches him only to become stranded themselves. When his pilot wife arrives, she crashes her plane and is stranded too. Surrounded by polar bears they battle the elements, and each other, while hoping for a miracle. 86 min. DVD 4764
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Soul Kitchen (Germany, 2009)
Directed by Fatih Akin. Cast: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Pheline Roggan, Anna Bederke, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Lucas Gregorowicz. When German-Greek chef Zinos hires a gourmet chef for his struggling restaurant, it drives away his low-life regulars. In the meantime, his girlfriend, Nadine, moves back to China, but a hip new clientele brings the restaurant back to life. When he goes to China to get Nadine back, he leaves the restaurant in the hands of his criminal brother. When Zinos discovers that Nadine has a new boyfriend, and his brother has gambled away his restaurant, he knows he must work with his brother if he is to get it back. 99 min. DVD X5126
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Speak Easy: Kurzfilme
Presents seven short films produced in Austria between 1992 and 2002 illustrating a small cutout of Austrian film history. Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Sonnenflecken / Barbara Albert (1998, 25 min.) -- Agypten / Kathrin Resetarits (1997, 10 min.) -- Automatic / Josef Dabernig/G.R.A.M. (2002, 7 min.) -- Die Schwarze Sonne / Johannes Hammel (1992, 26 min.) -- Flora / Jessica Hausner (1996, 25 min.) -- Speak easy / Mirjam Unger (1997, 20 min.) -- Copy shop / Virgil Widrich (2001, 12 min.) In German without subtitles. 150 min. DVD 7691
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The Specimen(2002)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Hanns Zischler, Raymond Wolff, Thorsten Heidel, Heidi von Plato, Eva Ebner, Boris Raev, Sissi Tax. And in this cabinet" the head of the museum says, "you will find something very unique; in fact unique and one-of-its-kind in all of the USSR: the specimen of a philistine from the year nineteen-o-five." A tsarist civil servant of high status , the philistine, before the revolution, ... falls in a deep, lethargic sleep. When, 20 years later, he wakes up and finds himself in a post-revolutionary still young Soviet Union, he is stunned and shocked. But a philistine always finds his way..." 10 min. DVD X7330
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Staatsoperette (Austria. 1997)
Directed by Franz Novotny. Cast: Ernst Meister, Erwin V. Gross, Rudolf Jusits, Emanuel Schmid, Gerhard Steffen, Fritz Hackl, Emmy Werner. A musical political satire which includes a parody of fascist Austrian statesman Engelbert Dollfus. The interpretation of the events shaped by strong accents from the burlesque circus tradition of French theatre, produced a storm of protest and producer Franz Novotny's relationship with the ORF ended abruptly with the release of this deft musical processing of the First Republic. In German without subtitles. 67 min. DVD 7692
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Stalingrad (1993)
Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Cast: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastan Rudolph, Dana Vavrova. In the late Fall of 1942, thousands of German soldiers set out to fight one of the bloodiest battles of all time. 'Stalingrad' is the story of four of these soldiers, as they struggle against both physical and emotional enemies ... the anonymity of the enemy is lost and the soldiers must face the war literally eye to eye. 150 min. DVD 462; VHS 999:2163
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Stammheim: Baader-Meinhof vor Gericht (1986)
Directed by Reinhard Hauff. Cast: Ulrich Pleitgen, Ulrich Tukur, Therese Affolter, Sabine Wegner, Hans Kremer, Hans Christian Rudolph. A powerful depiction of events that split a country, this movie was equally controversial. Based on the well-publicized Baader-Meinhof terrorists, it concerns five terrorists who were brought to trial and accused of the murder of four U.S. servicemen in Germany. The trial was almost a travesty in that the presiding judge was removed and defense attorneys and prosecutors switched with almost daily regularity during the long and complicated court battle. PAL format. In German without English subtitles. 103 min. vhs 999:2788
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Preece, Julian. "Between Identification and Documentation, 'Autofiction' and 'Biopic': The Lives of the RAF." German Life & Letters; Oct2003, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p363, 14p UC users only

Stand der Dinge (State of Things) (1982)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: Patrick Bauchau, Allen Goorwitz, Viva, Sam Fuller, Paul Getty II, Roger Corman. Friedrich (Patrick Bauchau), a Swiss director is in the middle of shooting an impressionistic film about six survivors of the nuclear holocaust when the film stock suddenly runs out. He is forced to go to Hollywood in search of a film producer (Allen Goorwitz) who is an erratic genius ceaselessly roaming the LA streets throughtout the night. 102 min. DVD X6346; vhs 999:248
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Der starke Ferdindand
Director, Alexander Kluge. SEE In gefahr und gr??ter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod & Der starke Ferdindand

Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (1999)
Director, Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Bibiana Beglau, Martin Wuttke, Nadja Uhl. This political thriller, set in the final years of the Cold War, recounts the struggles of a young West German woman member of a terrorist group (loosely based on the real Baader-Meinhof gang). When the group disbands, she goes into hiding with an invented identity in East Germany. She struggles with the realities of a Communist state while keeping the distant ideal of socialism. 101 min. DVD 1095
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William, Jennifer Marston William. "When West meets East and decides to stay: Shared historical experience in Volker Schlöndorff's Die Stille nach dem Schuss (The legend of Rita, 2000)." German Studies Review 28.1 (Feb 2005): p127(14).
Said, S.F. "The Legends of Rita.(Review)." Sight and Sound 10.11 (Nov 2000): 18(1).

Der Stille Ozean (Austria / West Germany, TV, 1983)
Director, Xaver Schwarzenberger. Cast: Bruno Dallansky, Marius Cella, Johannes Thanheiser, Paola Loew, Hanno Poschl, Marie-France Pisier. A young doctor exiles himself to a remote Austrian village when he accidentally causes a death. Once at the village, winter sets in and against that harsh and poetic backdrop a rabies epidemic sweeps through the population. As the epidemic raises questions of life and death, the doctor's mind is brought back to the death that caused his exile and he considers suicide for awhile. The same issues come up again when an enraged villager goes on a killing spree and in turn, is hunted by the citizens. Faced with the prevalence of death all around him, the doctor starts to gain some perspective on the personal experience that brought him there in the first place. In German without subtitles. 92 min. DVD 7717
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Stilles Land (Silent Country) (1992)
Directed by Andreas Dresen. Cast: Thorsten Merten, Jeanette Ardnt, Kurt Bowe, Petra Kelling, Horst Westphal, Katrin Martin, Asad Schwarz. In the German Democratic Republic in Autumn 1989 a provincial theatre is planning to stage Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' but political events -- the exodus of East-Germans via the Hungarian border, the revolution, and the fall of the Berlin Wall -- overshadow the rehearsals. 98 min. vhs 999:2782
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Streifschuß: Ein Ehrenmann stirbt nicht im Sex-Salon (1982)
Directed by Helmut Griesmayr. Cast: Agnes Fink, Ekkehard Belle. A story of blackmail and burgeois morality in the city of Bremen. In German. 94 min. vhs 999:2798
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Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (Germany | Poland, 2006)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Katharina Thalbach, Andrzej Chyra, Dominque Horwitz, Andrzej Grabowski, Dariusz Kowalski, Ewa Telega, Wojciech Pszoniak. Based on historical events, tells the story of Agnieszka Kowalska. An illiterate single mother, Agnieszka is a Socialist "heroine of labor" for working long hours as a shipyard welder... until her superiors deny compensation to the widows of 21 workers killed in an industrial disaster. Risking her job, her life, and the love of her son to defy the bureacracy, Agnieszka inspires the largest labor strike in world history... and becomes a national hero. 108 min. DVD X3784
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Stroszek (1977)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Bruno Stroszek can't keep from getting into trouble. Just released from his latest stay in jail, he takes up with Eva the streetwalker and Schertz, on eccentric old man. They emigrate to America where all his possessions are confiscated. 108 min. DVD 985; vhs 999:617
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Stürme über dem Mont Blanc (Storm Over Mont Blanc) (1930)
Directed by Arnold Fanck. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Ernst Udet. In a mountain outpost a scientist lives with little contact with the outside world. Through telegraph, he communicates with an astronomer and is occasionally visited by an airplane pilot. Then in the middle of a fierce snowstorm, he loses his station and is battered by the elements. Suffering from frostbite, he sends a desperate S.O.S. hoping that he can be rescued. 95 min. DVD 4763
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Majer-O'Sickey, Ingeborg. "Visualized space. The cult of the cold and the gendered body in mountain films." In: Spatial turns : space, place, and mobility in German literary and visual culture / edited by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT148.S717 S7 2010)
Prime, Rebecca. "A Strange and Foreign World: Documentary, Ethnography, and the Mountain Films of Arnold Fanck and Leni Riefenstahl." In: Folklore / cinema : popular film as vernacular culture / edited by Sharon R. Sherman and Mikel J. Koven. Logan : Utah State University Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1994 .F545 2007)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

Supertex: eine stunde im paradies (Super Tex) (2003)
Directed by Jan Schutte. Cast: Stephen Mangan, Jan Decleir, Maureen Lipman, Elliot Levey, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Ana Geislerova, Meital Berdah, Otto Tausig. A film about Max, a "Jew in a Porsche," who needs to come to terms with his Jewish background, his love-life, his father's company where he works, but most of all his father himself, a stern man he hardly knows. PAL, Region 2 DVD. 92 min. DVD 5728
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Tage Schöne Tage (Austria, TV, 1981)
Director, Fritz Lehner. Cast: Andreas Umnig, Martin Fritz, Johann Woschitz, Veronika Dovjak, Josef Holister, Regina Maurer. This filmed version of the first segment of the autobiographical trilogy by author Franz Innerhofer presents a description of his years (from 6 to 17) on the family farm in the mountains of the Karten region of Austria. Between his lack of schooling, his stepfather's abuse, and the restricted use of language, Innerhofer reaches a point in his teen years where he ceases to be able to express himself well. After he leaves the farm, he keeps up correspondence with his grandfather, the one individual who empathized with young Innerhofer's plight. Fortunately for Innerhofer he completed his education after his military service, attended the university in Salzburg, and started writing. In German without subtitles. 152 min. DVD 7773
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Tausend Augen des Dr. Mabuse (The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse) (1960)
Director, Fritz Lang. Cast: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Wolfgang Preiss, Gert Frobe, Werner Peters. Remake of Lang's 1930 motion picture Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse. A new variaton on the Mabuse theme incorporating a realistic modern style and new technological notions. 99 min. DVD 1
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Taxi Zum Klo (1981)
Writer/director, Frank Ripploh. Cast: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup. Autobiographical film of a homosexual school teacher adventuring in the Berlin underworld, to the detriment of his one "meaningful relationship." Promiscuity develops and results in a blow-up. 92 min. DVD X984; vhs 999:979
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Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse) (1933)
Director, Fritz Lang. Cast: Oscar Beregi, Sr., Paul Bernd, Henry Bless, Gustav Diessl, Paul Henckels, Oskar Hocker, Georg John, Rudolf Klein-Rogge. Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document's nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it's up to Berlin's star detective, Inspector Lohmann, to connect the fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse appropriates slogans and ideas from the newly ascendant Nazi party and puts them into the mouth of a madman, warning the audience of the horrible menace that was rapidly becoming a reality. The film was banned in Germany the year of its release because of its attack on the fundamentals of the Nazi Party. Special features: Audio commentary by David Kalat; complete French-language version of the film "Le testament du Dr. Mabuse" filmed simultaneously with French actors; excerpts from "For example Fritz Lang", 1964 interview with Lang; "Mabuse in mind", 1984 film by Thomas Honickel featuring an interview with actor Rudolf Schundler; comparison between the 1933 German version, the French version, and "The crimes of Dr. Mabuse", the edited and dubbed American version of the film; interview with Mabuse expert Michael Farin about the literary inventor of the series, Norbert Jacques; rare production designer drawings by art director Emil Hasler; collection of memorabilia, press books, stills and posters; new essay by Tom Gunning. DVD X755 includes audio commentary by film-scholar and Lang expert David Kalat. 104 min. DVD 6550; also DVD X2755 (PAL format)
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Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (Testament of Dr. Mabuse) (1962)
Director, Werner Klingler. Cast: Gert Frobe, Senta Berger, Helmut Schmid. In this crime thriller, evil genius Dr. Mabuse hypnotizes the director of an insane asylum. A stylish and fast paced remake of Fritz Lang's 1932 cinematic landmark. 85 min. DVD 661
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Theodor Hierneis: oder Wie man ehemaliger Hofkoch wird(1974)
Director, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. A monologue based on the true memoirs of a court cook under King Ludwig II. The narrator walks through the many beautiful palaces in the present time, quoting the memoir in a documentary style, as he recounts the madness of King Ludwig and the travail of his servants. In German without English subtitles. 90 min. DVD X328
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Thomas Harlan --Wandersplitter (Thomas Harlan: Moving Schrapnel)
Thomas Harlan, author and filmmaker, was born in 1929 as the only son of the infamous German propaganda filmmaker Veit Harlan. During his childhood, as a result of his father's closeness to the Nazi Party, little Thomas came face to face with Hitler and Goebbels. Now he lives in a respiratory clinic in Berchtesgaden, and it is from this clinic in southern Germany that he examines fragments of his past. Special features: Contents: Disc 1: Über Wandersplitter = About Moving shrapnel (6 min.) -- Der Film Souvenance = The film Souvenance (24 min.) -- Disc 2. Thomas Harlan--Extrasplitter = Additional fragments: Der Film Torre Bela = The film Torre Bela (37 min.) -- Reise nach Kilmhof/Rosa = Trip to Chelmo/Rosa (27 min.) -- Der Film Wundkanal = The film Wundkanal (33 min.) -- Anmerkungen zum Roman Heldenfriedhof = Commentary on the novel Heroes' cemetery (19 min.) -- Die Organigramme = The organigrams (4 min.) -- Am Ararat = On Mount Ararat (16 min.) 2007. 96 min. DVD X780

Tiefland (1954)
Directed Leni Riefenstahl. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Franz Eichberger, Bernhard Minetti, Maria Koppenhofer, Luis Rainer. Set in 18th century Catalonia, Marquez Don Sebastian in debt due to bad harvests, marries the mayor's daughter in order to increase his wealth and sends his mistress, Martha, to live with Pedro, the shepherd. Pedro and the beautiful gypsy Martha fall in love and the film ends with Don Sebastian and Pedro fighting a final duel. Based on the opera Tiefland, by Eugen d'Albert. Originally produced as motion picture in the 1940's; released in 1954. 97 min. vhs 999:2897
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Schulte-Sasse, Linda. "Leni Riefenstahl's feature films and the question of a fascist aesthetic." Cultural Critique, Spring 1991, Issue 18, p123-148, 26p UC Berkeley users only
von Dassanowsky, Robert. " "Wherever you may run, you cannot escape him": Leni Riefenstahl's Self-Reflection and Romantic Transcendence of Nazism in Tiefland." Camera Obscura 12(2 35): 106-128 (1995) UC users only

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Der Tiger von Eschnapur (The Tiger of Eschnapur) (1959)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer. Western architect Harald Berger, called to India by Chandra, the Maharajah of Eschnapur, falls in love with the beautiful temple dancer Seetha, although she is promised to the Maharajah. Their betrayal ignites the wrath of a vengeful Chandra, who is fighting his own battle for power with his scheming brother, and the lovers are forced to flee into the desert. (The story continues in The Indian Tomb, DVD 1829.) 101 min. DVD X6379; also DVD 1828
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Mennel, Barbara. "Returning home : the orientalist spectacle of Fritz Lang's Der Tiger von Eschnapur and Das indische Grabmal." In: Framing the fifties : cinema in a divided germany / by John Davidson, Sabine Hake. New York : Berghahn Books, [2009], c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 T35 2009)

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Titanic (Germany, 1943)
Directed by Herbert Selpin. Cast: Sybille Schmitz, Hans Nielsen, Kirsten Heiberg, E.F. Fürbringer, Karl Schönböck, Charlotte Thiele, Otto Wernicke, Franz Schafheitlin, Sepp Rist. Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Bruce Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. It is at Ismay's urging that Capt. Edward J. Smith pushes for a record speed in their voyage to New York, and that eventually sows the seeds for later disaster. This Titanic features a number of rich, decadent British passengers and a handful of noble German peasants. Ends with the court tribunal acquitting Ismay of any wrong-doing for the sinking of the great ship.Special features: original 1912 newsreel; White Star Line promotional film, offering a tour of the Olympic, Titanic's sister ship; theatrical trailer; photo gallery; excerpts from the pressbook. 85 min. DVD 2932
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Malone, Paul. "Goebbels Runs Aground: The Nazi Titanic Film." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Peck, Robert E. "The Banning of Titanic: a study of British postwar film censorship in Germany." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; Aug2000, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p427-444, 18p UC users only
Peck, Robert E. "Misinformation, Missing Information, and Conjecture: Titanic and the historiography of Third Reich cinema." Media History; Jun2000, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p59-73, 15p UC users only
Strobl, Gerwin. "'Zum Ruhme Englands': The 'Vorgeschichte' of the Nazi Film Titanic." German Life & Letters, Apr2007, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p196-211, 16p UC users only

Tokyo-ga (1985)
Directed by Wim Wenders. A film diary of filmmaker Wim Wenders' journey to Tokyo to discover the city he came to know through the films of Yasujiro Ozu, one of Japan's greatest and most prolific filmmakers. This perceptive critique of the Ozu career presents a fascinating portrait of different cultures defining themselves through filmmaking and film images. 141 min. DVD 6913; also DVD 5882; vhs Video/c 8579
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Tonio Kröger (1965)
Director, Rolf Thiele. Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Nadja Tiller, Gert Frobe, Werner Hinz, Rudolf Forster. Tonio, the son of an austere Prussian businessman and a fiery, exotic Italian woman, is a young writer torn between contradictory desires and emotions as he travels through Europe experiencing various relationships with women, and trying to find a world that suits him. 92 min. vhs 999:2960
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Die Tote in der Isar (1982)
Director, Alfred Weidenmann. Cast: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Ulli Maier, Horst Buchholz. The body of a young woman is discovered in the Isar River. Is it accident, suicide, or murder? Detective Derrick is desperately looking for clues and gets his break when the investigation takes a dramatic turn when the girl's grandfather comes forward. Originially produced as a segment on the German television drama Derrick. In German. 70 min. vhs 999:3070

Totes Kapital (TV, 1995)
Director, Michael Meyer. Cast: Gunter Strack, Claus Theo Gartner, Loni von Friedl, Karl Michael Vogler, Bruno Dallansky, Ruth Kahler. Detective Matula and his sidekick, attorney Renz, nail the culprits in a banking fraud scheme involving recently deceased persons, one of whom, however, happens to be alive and able to defend himself. Videocassette release of a segment of the German television program, 'Ein Fall fur zwei'. In German without substitles. 60 min. vhs 999:2846

Totstellen (Austria / West Germany, TV, 1975)
Director, Axel Corti. Cast: Klaus Rott, Sylvia Haider, Bruno Dallansky, Wolfgang Hubsch, Liliana Nelska, Jaromir Borek, Jackel Ehl. A young farm laborer has improved his lot by studying hard and becoming a mason. Encouraged by his new standing, he marries. He has regular, well-paying work in his village. Driven by ambition, he accepts a job in the city with people he doesn't respect and who don't respect him, and he loses the support of his village boss as well. He begins to build a house for himself out of materials stolen from building sites. Overworked, and overextended, he is crushed by the resulting two courtroom trials and prison sentence and commits suicide. Based on an Austrian folk-play. In German without substitles. 100 min. DVD 7708
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Ein Traum, was sonst? (1994-1995)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. One in a series of monologue films by the director Han Jürgen Syberberg featuring the actress Edith Clever. In German without English subtitles. 132 min. DVD X303

Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will) (1936)
Producer, director, and editor, Leni Riefenstahl. A pictorial record of the sixth Nazi congress - the infamous 1934 rallies of the Nazi party - at Nuremberg, and a propaganda film on Nazi Germany commissioned by Adolf Hitler. 122 min. (German with subtitles) DVD 711; Video/C 5428
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Der Tunnel (The Tunnel) (Germany,2001)
Directed by Roland Suso Richter. Cast: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sebastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara, Claudia Michelsen, Felix Eitner, Mehmet Kurtulus. Set in East Berlin in 1961, the film tells the story of a champion swimmer who, with his engineer friend, masterminds an attempt to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall through which some two dozen people hope to escape to the West. Based on true events. 160 min. DVD X4741
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Tuvalu (1998)
Directed by Veit Helmer. Cast: Denis Lavant, Chulpan Hamatova, Philippe Clay, Terrence Gillespie, E.J. Callahan, Djoko Rosic, Catalina Murgea, Todor Georgiev. A young dreamer whose blind father runs the bathhouse has convinced his father that the bathhouse is filled with customers. His brother is a ruthless industrialist who wants to destroy the building and erect a futuristic city in its place. But that struggle is soon replaced by the movie's dominant storyline, Anton's falling in love with a beautiful 18-year-old girl. Aside from a few random words, the film is without dialogue, a silent film with musical accompaniment. Special features: Short film: "Surprise!" (6 min.) / Veit Helmer Filmproduktion. 86 min. DVD X3341
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Der Überfall (Germany / Austria / Canada, 2000)
Directed by Florian Flicker. Cast: Roland Duringer, Josef Hader, Joachim Bissmeier, Birgit Doll. Looking around for a suitable place to hold up, Andreas stumbles into a tailor's shop. What was supposed to last only a few minutes ends up being a bizarre afternoon for three men: the tragicomic of the less-than-expert robber, the cranky tailor and a customer - a know-it-all who drives the other two crazy. The mood constantly shifts, and the tables keep turning among the threesome. A black comedy with a twist. 122 min. DVD 7766
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Uliisses (1982)
Directed by Werner Nekes. An experimental film in the mode of James Joyce's Ulysses to the extent that human interactions are represented by poetic, symbolic images and language, with a certain amount of nudity added in. PAL format. In German and English dialog. 90 min. vhs 999:2802
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Die unbezähmbare Leni Peickert
Director, Alexander Kluge. SEE Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos & Die unbezahmbare Leni Peickert DVD 8178

Die Unberührbare (No Place to Go) (2000)
Director, Oskar Roehler. Cast: Hannelore Elsner, Jasmin Tabatabai, Vadim Glowna. A fascinating portrait of middle-aged leftist writer Hanna Flanders, an intellectual torn between her conflicting ideals and the new realities of a changing society. The character of Hanna is based on German author and Leninist, Gisela Elsner, who is also the mother of director Oskar Roehler. 103 min. DVD X3229
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Awards
German Film Awards - Outstanding Feature Film; Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actress (Hannelore Elsner)
German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film

Mattias Frey. "No(ir) Place to Go: Spatial Anxiety and Sartorial Intertextuality in "Die Unberührbare". Cinema Journal, Vol. 45, No. 4 (Summer, 2006), pp. 64-80 UC users only

Der Unhold (The Ogre) (France / Germany / UK, 1996)
Director, Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: John Malkovich, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Marianne Sagebrecht, Gottfried John, Volker Spengler, Heino Ferch, Dieter Laser, Agnes Soral. A grotesque drama about Hitler's Germany in which a naive mechanic comes to symbolize the seductive appeal of the Nazi regime. Abel enters the Army on the eve of World War II, beginning a journey that takes him from Herman Goering's private hunting estate to a school for Hitler youth to the final climax in a firestorm battle that is one of the last of the war. 117 min. DVD 664
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Unsichtbare Gegner (Invisible Adversaries) (Austria, 1977)
Director and producer, Valie Export. Cast: Susanne Widl, Peter Weibel. Anna, a Viennese photographer, discovers that extra-terrestrial beings are colonizing the minds of her fellow citizens by raising the human aggression level. The outer world immediately becomes disjointed, but the inner world, too, as Anna and her lover try to hang on to their deteriorating relationship. 112 min. vhs 999:1567
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Eifler, Margaret. "Valie Export Invisible Adversar: Film as Text." In: Gender and German cinema : feminist interventions / edited by Sandra Frieden ... [et al.]. Providence : Berg, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 G357 1993 Library Has v.1-2 (1993))
King, Homay. "Vision and Its Discontents: Valie Export's Invisible Adversaries. " Discourse 2000 Spring, 22:2, 25-45.
Weibel, Peter. "Invisible adversaries." Camera Obscura nr 3-4 (Summer 1979); p 219-224. UC users only

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Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand (Under the Pavement Lies the Strand (1975)
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms. Cast: Grischa Huber, Heinrich Giskes, Ursula von Berg, Gunter Lampe. Renowned German director Helma Sanders-Brahms made her feature-film debut with this potent drama about a politically motivated couple who struggle in the calm that followed the student rebellions and demonstrations of the late 1960s. The heady days of 1968 brought sweeping socio-political changes in Germany, but the subsequent years have been a letdown for Grischa and Heinrich, who are starring in a successful play on the Berlin stage. 99 min. DVD X423
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Untergang (Downfall) (Germany / Italy / Austria, 2004)
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes. Set in Hitler's bunker in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich as seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge. Optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors. 155 min. DVD 4178
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[Valentin] Karl Valentin. 5. (1914-1923)
A selection of four humerous film sketches by the German comedians, Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt. Contents: Mysterien eines Frisiersalons (1922/23, 25 min.) -- Die lustigen Vagabunden (1912, 4 min.) -- Der neuer Schreibtisch (1914, 8 min.) -- Auf dem Oktoberfest (1923, 11 min). Videocassette release of motion pictures originally produced between 1914 and 1923. PAL format tape; in German. 48 min. Video/C 8107

[Valentin] Karl Valentin und Liesl Karlstadt (1932-1937)
A selection of humerous film sketches by the German comedians, Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt. Programm 1 (113 min.): Orchesterprobe (1933) -- So ein Theater (1934) -- Musik zu zweien (1936) -- Im Photoatelier (1932) -- Der Antennendraht (1937) -- Der Firmling (1934) -- Die Terra Zeight. -- Programm 2 (116 min.): Beim Nervenarzt (1936) -- Im Schallplattenladen (1934) -- Der Theaterbesuch (1934) -- Der verhexte Scheinwerfer (1934) -- Das verhangnisvolle Geigensolo (1936) -- Der Zithervirtuose (1935) -- In der Apotheke (1941). Videocassette release of motion pictures originally produced between 1932 and 1937. PAL format tape; in German. 229 min. Video/C 8099

Vampyr (Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey) (German with English subtitles; Denmark, 1931)
Directed by Carl Dreyer Carl. Cast: Cast: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Jan Hieronimka, Henriette Gerard. Vampyr is an early vampire horror classic, a sophisticated approach to the supernatural told in a slow dreamlike style through inference and suggestion. In The mascot, an animated film using puppets, a toy dog comes to life. "Pursuing its poor owner's dream of a nice fresh orange, the puppy stumbles into a netherworld bacchanal hosted by the Devil himself, with a menagerie of guests worthy of Hieronymus Bosch." A cinema classic also known as "The Strange adventure of David Grey". 66 min. DVD 212; vhs 999:297
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Verfehlung (The Mistake) (1991)
Directed by Heiner Carow. Cast: Angelica Domröse, Gottfried John, Jörg Gudzuhn, Justus Carrière, Dirk Kummer. Jacob from Hamburg, in West Germany falls in love with Elisabeth in her village in East Germany. They meet secretly in East Berlin, but it seems the Stasi (secret police) knows about it. Back in the village someone informs on Jacob and he is deported. Elisabeth knows who begrudges her this love and plans her revenge. 110 min. DVD X2381
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Die Verkaufte Braut (The Bartered Bride) (In German, 1932)
Directed by Max Ophüls. Cast: Bartered bride: Jarmila Novotna, Otto Wernicke, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender. Adaptation of Smetana's opera about the bartered bride who finally married the young Bohemian she loved. With "Letzte Walzer" (The Last Waltz). 76 min. vhs 999:2917
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Der Verlorene (The Lost Man) (1951)
Directed by Peter Lorre. Cast: Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmut Rudolph, Johanna Hofer, Renate Mannhardt, Eva-Ingeborg Scholz, Lotte Rausch, Gisela Trowe, Hansi Wendler, Kurt Meister, Alexander Hunzinger. Dr. Karl Rothe conducts important research for the Nazis during the Second World War. When he finds out that his fiancée is betraying him with one of his closest colleagues and selling the results of his secret research, he kills her. Rothe wants to be punished for his actions, but the Nazis try to cover up the incident so that he can continue working for them. In a time during which mass murders are committed regularly, one more killer will go unnoticed. Special features: Der Verlorene (ca. 93 min.) -- Extras. Peter Lorre : das doppelte Gesicht ; Displaced person : Peter Lorre und sein Film Der Verlorene ; Weitere highlights (ca. 120 min.) 213 min. DVD X6472 (subtitled); DVD X2307 (In German without English subtitles)
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Balcerzak, Scott. "The Two Faces of Hans Beckert: Refragmenting and Reconstructing Cinematic Performance in Peter Lorre's The Lost Man (1951)." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Spring2006, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p36-49, 14p UC users only
Kapczynski, Jennifer M. "Homeward Bound? Peter Lorre's The Lost Man and the End of Exile." New German Critique; Spring/Summer2003, Issue 89, p145-171, 27p UC users only
Youngkin, Stephen D. The lost one : a life of Peter Lorre / Stephen D. Youngkin. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.L65 Y64 2005)

Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (Lost Honor of Katarina Blum) (1975)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Heinz Bennent, Jürgen Prochnow, Karl Heinz Vosgerau. About the systematic victimization of a proud young woman because she is suspected of aiding a terrorist. In a period of several days, Katharina's privacy and particularly, her honor are destroyed, first by the police, who terrorize her, and then by the yellow press. Special features: Interview with directors Wolker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta ; interview with cinematographer Jost Vacano ; excerpts from Heinrich Boll, a 1971 documentary about the author ; original theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD 1654
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Verlorene Landschaft (Lost Landscape)(1992)
Directed by Andreas Kleinert. Cast: Roland Schafer, Friederike Kammer, Leo Wittrien, Christine Gloger, Sylvester Groth, Christoph Engel. A dramatization describing the relationship between a West-German politician and his East-German parents. Flashbacks to the past (the Second World War and a divided Germany) are interspersed with shots of the present. 95 min. vhs 999:2795
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Veronica Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss) (1982)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess. A journalist in the 1950s becomes involved in the life of a faded German film star under the influence of a doctor who supplies her with narcotics. Special features: Audio commentary by film critic and author Tony Rayns, editor of Fassbinder ; new video conversation with star Rosel Zech and editor Juliane Lorenz ; Dance with Death (Tanz mit dem Tod), a one-hour portrait of UFA Studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder's inspiration for the character Veronika Voss. 105 min. DVD 1945; vhs 999:551
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Vermischte Nachrichten
Director, Alexander Kluge. SEE Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die ubrige Zeit & Vermischte Nachrichten. DVD 8177

Das Versprechen (The Promise) (1994)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Meret Becker, Corinna Harfouch, Anian Zollner, August Zirner. Story of two young lovers in East Berlin in 1961. Sophie is able to escape to West Berlin, but Konrad is forced to stay behind. They meet again briefly in 1968 in Prague and find some happiness. After marrying other people, they meet again later and look back on their unfortunate circumstances. 115 min. vhs 999:3128
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Die Verwundbaren (Austria, 1967)
Directed by Leo Tichat. Cast: Frank Debray, Kim Dimon, Christine Prober, Leo Tichat, Krista Stadler, Herbert Fux, Herta Dinhobel. This nearly forgotten Austrian film from the 1960s looks at the vulnerable behaviors of a clique of young people (20-35 year olds) living in Vienna. In addition to heterosexual laisons, the film takes up the topic of love between two men when homosexual actions in Austria were a criminal offence. In German without subtitles. 58 min. DVD 7774
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Viehjud Levi (Jew-Boy Levi) (Germany / Switzerland / Austria, 1998)
Directed by Didi Danquart. Cast: Bruno Cathomas, Caroline Ebner, Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Noethen, Bern Michael Lade, Eva Mattes, Gerhard Olschewski. A peaceful, isolated community is engulfed by the hatred and violence of the outside world in this taut drama set in pre-war Germany. Levi, the Jewish cattle dealer, makes his annual trip to a remote farming village but things have changed since his last visit. Nazi propaganda has infected the town and Levi realizes that he has become a target. 90 min. DVD 441
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Vier Minuten (Four Minutes) (Germany, 2006)
Directed by Chris Kraus. Cast: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Müller, Jasmin Tabatabai, Vadim Glowna, Stefan Kurt, Nadja Uhl. Jenny has been locked up in a women's prison for killing someone, and she would do it again. Buried beneath her impenetrable facade, however, Jenny has an invaluable musical talent. When 80 year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger discovers the girl's terrible secret, her raging brutality and her dreams, she makes it her mission to retransform Jenny into the musical wunderkind she once was. 112 min. DVD X3956
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Vier von der Infanterie (Westfront 1918) (1930)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, H.J. Moebis, Claus Clausen, Jackie Monnier, Hanna Hoessrich, Else Heller. A German account of life on the Westfront during the first World War. Based on the novel "Vier von der Infanterie" by Ernst Johannsen ( PT2619.Jo5 V5 1929 Main Stack). 90 min. vhs 999:293
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Geisler, Michael. "The Battleground of Modernity: Westfront." In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 91-102. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990. (Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990; Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

Viktor und Viktoria (1933)
Directed by Reinhold Schünzel. Cast: Renate Muller, Hermann Thimig, Adolf Wohlbruck, Hilde Hildebrand, Fritz Odemar, Friedel Pisetta, Aribert Wascher. A poverty-stricken singer in Depression-era Paris becomes convinced that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. The film provides a glimpse into the world of theatres, stages and variety clubs, up front and backstage. In German with some English dialogue and songs in English. 94 min. DVD 7149
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Thompson, Rick. "He and She: Weimar Screwballwerk." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 22, 2002 Sept-Oct UC users only

Ein Virus Kennt Keine Moral (A Virus Knows No Morals) (1985)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Dieter Dicken, Maria Hasenacker, Christian Kesten, Eva Kurz, Rosa von Praunheim, Regina Rudnick. An irreverent black comedy on the AIDS crisis. Nurses on the night shift roll dice to see which AIDS patient will die next; the owner of a gay bathhouse gets Kaposi's Sarcoma but tries to keep his mind on profits; an epidemic victim is harassed by a reporter on his death bed and sticks her with a contaminated syringe; the government opens a quarantine called Hell Gay Land and gay terrorists kidnap the Minister of Health. 84 min. vhs 999:2892
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Voyager (Homo Farber) (France / Germany / Greece / UK, 1991)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa. An emotionally detached engineer meets and travels across Europe with a beautiful young woman whose love rejuvenates his life until phantoms from his past confront him with an unbearable truth, that neither is who they believe themselves to be. Special DVD features: A journey to Voyager: an interview with director Volker Schlondorff; The last sabbath: an interview with star Julie Delpy; Rudi Wurlitzer remembers Voayger: conversation with writer Wurlitzer, conducted by Robert Downey, Sr.; Deleted scenes; alternate title card; theatrical trailer. 114 min. DVD X4851
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Der Wald vor lauter Bauman (The Forest for the Trees) (2003)
Directed by Maren Ade. Cast: Eva Lobau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann. Bursting with idealism, Melanie Proschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city; however, things don't go quite as she planned. She had hoped to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but her colleagues are annoyed by her new teaching methods. Not only that, Melanie hasn't one friend in her new town. Trying not to get discouraged, she attempts to form a relationship with her neighbor Tina. As Melanie's efforts become more and more desperate, Tina begins to withdraw. Soon Melanie is crossing borderlines and entangling herself in a spiral of lies. 81 min. DVD 6335
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Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize World Cinema, Dramatic

Warnung vor Einer Heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore) (1970)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Lou Castel, Eddie Constantine, Hanna Schygulla, Marquard Bohm, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ulli Lommel. In a Spanish coastal hotel, the cast and crew of a film wait for the director, the star and the production money. When the director finally arrives he makes life miserable for everyone. The group is left to petty bickering, attempts at amusement and desperate contacts to make it through the filming of the movie. 103 min. DVD 1624; VHS 999:1186
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Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) (1969)
Directors Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler. Cast: Kurt Raab, Lilith Ungerer, and Hanna Schygulla. Herr R. seems perfectly normal, until one night when he calmly picks up a lamp and bludgeons to death his wife, son and a visiting neighbor. 86 min. DVD 6637; vhs 999:3641
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Wege in die Nacht (1999)
Director, Andreas Kleinert. Cast: Hilmar Thate, Henriette Heinze, Cornelia Schmaus, Ingeborg Westphal, Dirk Borchardt. Walter, a middle aged unemployed German ex-bureaucrat, experiences the loss of his position as a crushing blow. Trying to find something that will give his life some sense of purpose, he becomes a mentor to two young vigilantes. Later he tries to steal an expensive piece of jewelry for his wife to regain her respect. PAL format tape. In German without subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:3400
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Weinfilm, 1896-1976 (Austria)
An anthology of film clips from Austrian directors and producers from the invention of film until the mid 1970s, illustrating how Vienese filmmaking advanced with the most important works produced in the mid-1960s. Commentary: Ernst Schmidt, Jr., Kurt Kren, Peter Kubelka, Friedrich Achleitner, Moucle Blackout, Valie Export, Friedrike Mayrocker, Otto Muehl, Peter Weibel. In German without subtitles. 117 min. DVD 7737

Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (The White Ribbon) (Austria | Germany | France | Italy, 2009)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Christian Friedel, Ulrich Tukur, Leonie Benesch, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert. In a north German village prior to the outbreak of World War I, strange events, accidents, and deaths are occurring. The village people are beside themselves with worry and can't figure out what to do. After the school teacher starts to unravel the mystery, he discovers that the children of the town may be guilty of the crimes and have formed a secret society that the local pastor's daughter appears to be leading. 144 min. DVD X3847
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film
Golden Globe - Best Foreign Language Film

Welt am Draht (World on a Wire) (West Germany, 1973)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Ulli Lommel. The noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy substituting simulations for reality. Special features: Fassbinder's "World on a wire": looking ahead to today (a 50 minute documentary by Juliane Lorenz) ; interview with German film scholar Gerd Gemunden ; trailer for the 2010 theatrical release ; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter. Downloads: fact sheet ; additional photos Hi-Res ; high resolution front cover ; low resolution front cover. 212 min. DVD X7129
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Wienerinnen: Schrei nach Lieb (Austria, 1952)
Wienerinnen: After the model of the Italian neorealist films, follows the lives of four women and their fates. Using professional actors and laymen, director Kurt Steinwendner presents the four "jealousy dramas" as allegorical episodes. Der Rabe: A short horror film based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The raven." In German without subtitles. 83, 14 min. DVD 7765
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Weltmeister (1993)
Director, Zoran Solomun. Cast: Alexander Meier, Grit Hornig, Valerij Ogorodnikow, Natascha Mavrudi, Ruth Reinicke. The story of a young German girl and her interrupted friendship with a young Russian boy who has grown up in one of the Russian barracks near Berlin, just before the family is sent back to Russia. A quiet intensive film over the loss of security, which for the two children coincides with their parting from childhood. In German without subtitles. 71 min. vhs 999:3008
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Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte
Director, Alexander Kluge. SEE Der große Verhau & Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte DVD 8159

Das Winterhaus (1987)
Director, Hilde Lermann. Cast: Elfriede Ruckert, Gunter Bommert, Jochen Schroeder, Marita Breuer, Rudiger Vogler, Werner Kreindl. Tells the story of several people living in Germany during the time immediately after 1945. It vividly ambivalence towards the past, and the daily struggle to survive. renders the atmosphere of crowding, poverty. 95 min. vhs 999:3069
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Winterschläfer (Winter Sleepers) (1987)
Director, Tom Tykwer. Cast: Floriane Daniel, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Matthes, Marie-Lou Sellem. Rebecca, a young translator, lives with her boyfriend ski instructor Marco in a mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. Rene, local cinema projectionist, steals Marco's car and gets into a car crash with local farmer Theo, whose daughter is almost killed. Rene suffers amnesia as a result of a crash and starts a relationship with Laura. Meanwhile Marco is looking for the man who stole his car. 124 min. DVD 1146
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Ludewig, Alexandra. "'Heimat, Heimat, über alles': Heimat in two contemporary German films." Studies in European Cinema; 2008, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p219-232, 14p UC users only

Wir können auch anders... (No More Mr. Nice Guy) (1993)
Directed by Detlev Buck. Cast: Joachim Krol, Horst Krause, Konstantin Kotljarov, Sophie Rois. In this comic film two brothers are traveling across Germany to claim their inheritance when they meet Viktor and Nadine. When a skirmish with some highwaymen results in the death of one of the robbers the brothers are accused of murder, so they claim Nadine to be their hostage and flee from the police until they reach the coast. In German. 92 min. vhs 999:2783
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Wolke Neun (Cloud Nine) (Germany, 2008)
Directed by Andreas Dresen. Cast: Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal. Inge, a 67-year-old married woman, rediscovers her passion and sexuality when she unexpectedly falls in love with 76-year-old Karl. 98 min. DVD X3861
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Chang, Chris. "Cloud Nine." Film Comment; May/Jun2010, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p75-75, 1/4p
Garcia, Maria. "Cloud Nine." Film Journal International, Sep2009, Vol. 112 Issue 9, p45-46, 2p DD>Rayns, Tony. "Cloud Nine." Sight & Sound, Jul2009, Vol. 19 Issue 7, p59-60, 2p

Woyzeck (1979)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Klinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichman, Willy Semmelrogge, Josef Bierbichler, Voler, Precht. Overworked to exhaustion by an officer, used for experiments by a sinister doctor, and scorned by the prostitute he lives with, Woyzeck becomes as lethal as the razor with which he carries out his chilling destiny. Based on the drama fragment by Georg Buchner ( PT1828.B6 A657 1963 Moffitt; PT1828.B6 D3 1954 Main Stack; other editions available) 82 min. DVD X4862; vhs 999:157
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Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern)(2003)
Directed by Sönke Wortmann. Cast: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Mirko Lang, Birthe Wolter, Katharina Wackernagel, Lukas Gregorowicz, Peter Franke, Sascha Gopel, Knut Hartwig. Set in 1954, the Soviet Union is sending its prisoners of war home. Among them is the father of a quiet, football-loving 11-year-old, Matthias, who lives in a West-German mining town. The boy has long found a surrogate father in the local soccer player Helmut Rahn, who has "adopted" Matthias as his mascot. The return of the boy's father Richard casts a shadow over the once-happy family. Broken by his years in captivity, Richard has trouble adapting to life in post-war Germany and alienates his family through his severity. For Richard, soccer is pointless, and so is the World Cup that's about to be held in Bern, Switzerland. Matthias, through his passion for the game and his fighting spirit, rekindles a love of life in his dad's heart. 233 min. DVD 3523
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Hochscherf, Tobias; Laucht, Christoph. "'Every Nation Needs a Legend': The Miracle of Bern and the Formation of a German Postwar Foundational Myth." In: All-stars & movie stars : sports in film & history / edited by Ron Briley, Michael K. Schoenecke, an Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S67 A45 2008)
Ludewig, Alexandra. "'Heimat, Heimat, über alles': Heimat in two contemporary German films." Studies in European Cinema; 2008, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p219-232, 14p UC users only
Taberner, Stuart. "Philo-Semitism in Recent German Film: Aimée und Jaguar, Rosenstrasse and Das Wunder Von Bern" German Life & Letters, Jul2005, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p357-372, 16p UC users only
Uecker, Matthias. "Fractured families united countries? Family, nostalgia and nation-building in Das Wunder von Bern and Goodbye Lenin!" New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p189-200, 12p UC users only

Yella (Germany, 2007 )
Director Christian Petzold. Cast: Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann, Burghart Klaußner, Barbara Auer. Following a near-death experience, a young woman flees her East German hometown and failed marriage to start over in Hanover. By chance she finds work with an ambitious and determined executive and enters a ruthless world of big business and cut-throat boardroom deals. But just as she seems poised to fully realize her ambitions, she finds herself haunted by truths from the past that threaten to destroy her new life. 85 min. DVD X2355
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German Film Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Nina Hoss)
German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film

Biendarra, Anke S. "Ghostly Business: Place, Space, and Gender in Christian Petzold’s Yella." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Volume 47, Number 4, September 2011, pp. 465-478 UC users only
Fisher. Jaimey "Globalization as Uneven Geographical Development: The 'Creative' Destruction of Place and Fantasy in Christian Petzold’s Ghost Trilogy." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies Volume 47, Number 4, September 2011 UC users only
Matheou, Demetrios. "Yella." Sight & Sound, Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p82-82, 3/4p; UC users only
Möller, Olaf; Wood, Jason. "Vanishing point." Sight & Sound; Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p40-42, 3p UC users only
Petzold, Christian. "Many rivers to cross." Sight & Sound; Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p42-42, 2/3p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Yella." Sight & Sound, Sep2007, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p20-20, 1/4p;UC users only
Wood, Jason; Stackelberg, Verena von. "Many Rivers to Cross." Sight and Sound, vol. 17, no. 10, pp. 42, Oct 2007UC users only

Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain) (Austria / West Germany / France / Italy, 1982)
Director Hans W. Geissendorfer. Cast: Rod Steiger, Marie-France Pisier, Flavio Bucci, Christoph Eichhorn, Charles Aznavour. A young engineer goes to visit his cousin at a tuburcular sanitorium in the Swiss Alps intending to stay three weeks but ends by staying on for seven years to observe the disturbed personnel and patients. The unfolding exchanges between the protagonists are meant to present a microcosm of the society of pre-World War I Europe in this dramatization based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Thomas Mann. 145 min. DVD 7427 (In German with English subtitles); vhs 999:3025 (German without subtitles)
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Der Zigeunerbaron(Gypsy Baron) (1975)
Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt. Cast: Paul Horbiger, Gerhard Riedmann, Margit Saad, Karl Schonbock, Oskar Sima, Maria Sebaldt, Peer Schmidt, Waltraut Haas. In 18th century Hungary, exiled Sandor Barinkay, the black-sheep son of a wealthy Hungarian family returns to reclaim his family estate from an unscrupulous pig farmer. He is also forced to choose between a marriage of convenience with haughty Arsena and a more romantic union with gypsy girl Saffi. In German. 101 min. vhs 999:3007
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Zu Neuen Ufern (1937)
Directed by Detlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk). Cast: Zarah Leander, Willy Birgel, Hilde V. Stolz, Carola Hohn, Viktor Staal. The story of a young woman's tragic imprisonment and two gentlemen's attempts to save her. Adapted from the novel by Lovis H. Lorenz. 105 min. vhs 999:313
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Zug des lebens(Train of Life) (France / Belgium / Netherlands / Israel / Romania, 1998)
Directed by Radu Mihaileanu. Cast: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clement Harari, Michel Muller, Agathe de la Fontaine, Johan Leysen, Bruno Abraham-Kremer. Set in Central Europe during WWII. The village fool of a small Jewish community warns the townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine. Some Jews are dressed up with German uniforms, and soon they start getting strange ideas about how it feels to be a Nazi; others are infected with the fast-spreading germ of communism. Meanwhile, the Russian border gets closer and closer. 103 min. DVD 6452
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Giukin, Lenutsa. "Radu Mihaileanu, a New Cinematic Humanism." Film Criticism, Winter2009/Spring2010, Vol. 34 Issue 2/3, p67-80, 14p UC users only

Zugvögel...einmal nach Inari (Train Birds) (Germany / Finland, 1998)
Directed by Peter Lichtefeld. Cast: Joachim Krol, Outi Maenpaa, Peter Lohmeyer, Jochen Nickel, Peter Franke, Hilmi Sozer, Oliver Marlo, Nina Petri. Hannes, a shy, lonely beer lorry driver, has one passionin life: train timetables. He dreams of winning the first prize at the international competition for readers of train timetables to be held in the Finnish town of Inari. But when his special leave is canceled he knocks his boss unconscious. On his journey to Finland by train, followed by the police, he meets lots of folks and the love of his life. 87 min. vhs 999:2784
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Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages (The Second Awakening of Christa Klages) (1977)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Tina Engel, Sylvia Reize, Katharina Thalbach, Marius Muller-Westernhagen, Peter Schneider. Christa Klages is a young mother distraught at the prospect that her day care center is running out of money. With her lover, Werner, and another friend, she robs a bank. The friend is captured and Werner is killed while eluding the police, so Christa flees with her friend, Ingrid, who helps Christa escape to Portugal. 93 min. DVD 5399
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Donougho, Martin. "Margarethe von Trotta: Gynemagoguery and the Dilemmas of a Filmmaker." Literature Film Quarterly, 1989, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p149, 12p UC users only
Ooi, Siew Jin. "Changing Identity: Margarethe von Trotta's The Second Awakening of Christa Klages." In: Women filmmakers : refocusing / edited by Jacqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, and Valerie Raoul. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2002. Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 W655 2003)
Robertson, Judith P. "Teaching in Your Dreams: Screen-play Pedagogy and Margarethe von Trotta's "The Second Awakening of Christa Klages"." Canadian Journal of Film Studies = Revue canadienne d'études cinematographiques 13:2 (Fall 2004) p. 74-92 UC users only
Trotta, Margarethe von. Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages / Margarethe von Trotta, Luisa Francia. Frankfurt am Main : Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, 1980. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .Z85 1980)

Zwölf Stühle (Twelve Chairs) (2004)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Georgi Delijew, Genadi Skarga, Swetlana Djagiljewa, Boris Raev, Olga Rawitzkaja, Anatoli Paduka, Juri Lopariow, Georgi Derewjanski. When a former aristocrat who is now a Russian clerk under the new Soviet regime learns that his dying mother-in-law sewed a fortune of family jewels into one of twelve dining room chairs, he sets off across Russia to find it --with an opportunist, a priest and his former servant all in pursuit. Based on the novel The twelve chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov. 198 min. DVD X7331
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Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (The Adventures of Werner Holt) (1965)
Directed by Joachim Kunert. Cast: Klaus-Peter Thiele, Manfred Karge, Arno Wyzniewski, Günter Junghans, Peter Reusse, Wolfgang Langhoff, Karla Chadimova, Monika Woytowicz. Two 17 year old classmates, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow are conscripted into Hitler's army. Gilbert is a fanatical soldier, while at the front, Werner begins to realize the senselessness of war and leaves his friend. But when Gilbert is hanged by the SS, Werner turns his gun on his own army. A politically and artistically important piece for its time. Its frankness about the toll war takes on youth immediately generated much public resonance. In German: no subtitles. Based on the novel by Dieter Noll. 163 min. DVD X2121; vhs vhs 999:2573
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Animation Before Unification
Between 1955 and 1992, the East German DEFA Studio for Animation Film produced over 800 short animated films in a wide variety of styles and techniques. Although these films were initially produced for children, by the 1970s/1980s they targeted older audiences as well. The animation films presented here contain elements of social and political satire that would never have been allowed in live-action films. Contents: Drum beat = Paukenschlag (1974) / dir. Otto Sacher -- Star and flower = Stern und Blume (1978) / dir. Otto Sacher -- Loneliness = Einsamkeit (1979) / dir. Otto Sacher -- Variants = Varianten (1979) / dir. Klaus Georgi -- The rescue = Die Rettung (1980) / dir. Sieglinde Hamacher -- Seven rights of a viewer = Sieben Rechte des Zuschauers (1980) / dirs. Marion Rasche, Peter Missbach -- Mr. Daff is shooting a film = Herr Daff macht eine Filmaufnahme (1980) / dir. Klaus Georgi -- Hello = Hallo (1984) / dirs. Hans Moser, Thomas Rosié -- Consequence = Konsequenz (1986) / dir. Klaus Georgi -- The Solution = Die Lösung (1987) / dir. Sieglinde Hamacher -- Belly and soul = Bauch und Seele (1988) / dir. Klaus Georgi -- The breakdown = Die Panne (1988) / dirs. Klaus Georgi, Lutz Stützner -- The Full circle = Der Kreis (1989) / dir. Klaus Georgi -- The Monument = Monument (1989) / dirs. Klaus Georgi, Lutz Stützner -- Sunday = Sonntag (1989) / dirs. Klaus Georgi, Lutz Stützner -- Island joke = Inselwitz (1990) / dir. Lutz Stützner. 57 min.min. DVD X1863; vhs 999:2763

Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Anton der Zauberer (Anton, the Magician) (1978)
Directed by Gunter Reisch. In this East German comedy, Anton, a car mechanic, survives the war and rises in the world by his wits and by his cheerful disregard for the orthodox party line. He rips off others but eventually is tricked himself and loses his money in this flamboyant comedy revealing that the "planned" economy produced some unorthodox entrepreneurial methods. 101 min. vhs 999:2548
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Apachen (Apaches) (1973)
Directed by Gottfried Kolditz. In the 1960's East German "Indianerfilms," were introduced. Based upon original documents director Gottfied Kolditz together with the leading actor Gojko Mitic wrote the script based on the Mexican War of 1846-1848, when small bands of American scouts were dispatched to Mexico to plot the conquest of targeted regions. Precious metals are discovered on the Mimbreno-Apache reservation so it is decided to annex this territory to the U.S., then expel and exterminate the Indians, but the young warrior Ulzana is out for revenge for his tribe... 90 min. DVD X3390; vhs 999:2555
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Birgel, Franz A. "The Sons of Great Bear/Chingachgook/Apaches." German Studies Review, Oct2007, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p715-717, 3p
Germans and Indians : fantasies, encounters, projections / edited by Colin G. Calloway, Gerd Gemünden, and Susanne Zantop. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks F596 .G47 2002)
Gemünden, Gerd. "Between Karl May and Karl Marx: The DEFA Indianerfilme." New German Critique, Winter2001 Issue 82, p25, 14p UC users only
Lischke, Ute; McNah, David T. "'Show Me the Money': Representations of Aboriginal People in East-German Indian Films." In: Walking a tightrope : aboriginal people and their representations / Ute Lischke and David T. McNab, editors. Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2005. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks E78.C2 W35 2005)

Der Architekten (The Architect) (1990)
Directed by Peter Kahane. Cast: Kurt Naumann, Rita Feldmeier, Uta Eisold u.v.a. The film depicts this society's grinding down of Daniel Brenner, an idealistic architect in his late thirties. Daniel, like many others of his generation, is deeply frustrated by life under the old Communists but somehow tolerates it. Hired to design a miniature city on the fringes of Berlin, he fools himself into thinking that he can counteract the prevailing gloom with a cheerier, more innovative approach. 86 min. DVD 3762
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Der Arme Müllerbursch und das Kätzchen (East Germany, 1971)
Directed by Helmut Barkowsky, Lothar Barke. In this animated film of a Grimm's fairy tale a miller wants to retire and tells his three mill hands that the one who can bring him the best horse will get the mill. Two of the mill hands try to cheat but honest Hans meets a tabby cat who promises if Hans will be his servant for seven years that he will be rewarded with a wonderful horse. Hans if faithful to his promise and not only gets the horse and the mill but the hand of a princess as well. In German; PAL format. 51 min. vhs 999:2614
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Auf der Sonnenseite (On the Sunny Side) (1962)
Directed by Ralf Kirsten.A romantic comedy produced in East Germany about Martin, a steelworker and a poet who wants to become an actor. However, neither the drama school nor Martin's attractive boss is impressed with Martin's tough guy tricks. 97 min. vhs 999:2559
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Der Bärenhauter (Bear-skinned man; Bearskin) (1986)
Directed by Walter Beck. Cast: Jens-Uwe Bogadtke, Janina Hartwig, Manfred Heine, Hans Teuscher, Heidemarie Wenzel, Dieter Wien. Christopher, a penniless soldier, is suddenly confronted by the Devil who offers to make him rich if he will not wash himself, cut his nails or hair or sleep in a bed for 7 years. Christopher agrees and at first his fortune brings him many friends but as time goes by and he become unkempt people shun him. He looks for lodgings in a prison, where he bails out a heavily indebted goldsmith, which helps him win the heart of Catherine, the goldsmith's daughter. Christopher leaves her and does not return until the fixed time has expired and then faces her as a handsome stranger. In German without English subtitles. 79 min. Video/C 7255
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Das Beil von Wandsbek (The Axe of Wandsbek) (1951)
Directed by Falk Harnack. Cast" Erwin Geschonneck, Käthe Braun, Gefion Helmke, Willy A. Kleinau, Ursula Meissner, Erika Dannhoff, Arthur Schröder, Claus Holm, Fritz Wisten, Maly Delschaft, Gisela May. Tells the story of a butcher who serves as an executioner for the Nazis and also turns in four antifascists. After these atrocities become known, customers start to boycott his store, his wife takes her life and he eventually shoots himself. Six weeks after its premiere, the film was banned and the director Harnack left East Germany to direct only in the West. Based on the novel by Arnold Zweig. 97 min. DVD X2122; vhs 999:2609
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Boyer, Sophie. "The Axe of Wandsbek" German Studies Review, May 2010, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p481-482, 2p
Weiss, Scott. "The Axe of Wandsbek (1951)." Film & History (03603695), Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p138-140, 3p UC users only

Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (Berlin Schonhauser Corner) (1957)
Directed by Gerhard Klein. Cast: Ekkehard Schall, Ilse Pagé, Harry Engel, Ernst Schwill. The corner Schönhauser Allee in East Berlin is the main meeting-point for a group of adolescents. Dieter is a construction worker who falls in love with Angela who spends time with the clique whenever her mother is with her new lover. "Kohle" stays away from home to avoid his dad's alcohol problem, and Karl-Heinz is on his way to becoming a small-time criminal. Due to their interest in western music and culture they are regarded as no-goods and rowdies. Things get interesting when an incident forces Dieter and "Kohle" to escape to West Germany. 82 min. . DVD X1854; vhs 999:2550
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Feinstein, Joshua. "The Discovery of the Ordinary: Berlin—Ecke Schönhauser and the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU." In: The triumph of the ordinary : depictions of daily life in the East German cinema, 1949-1989 / Joshua Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 F37 2002)

Eine Berliner Romanze (A Berlin Romance) (1956)
Directed by Gerhard Klein. A love story about 17 year-old Uschi, an East German saleswoman, and Hans, an unemployed auto mechanic from West Berlin. The city is reflected through the eyes and feelings of these youthful figures. For example, the bright shop windows in West Berlin are much more appealing to Uschi than the plain gray buildings in the East, so she leaves her parents house for the West. Uschi takes the audience on a journey behind the facade of the economic miracle in West Berlin. In the end, she returns home to her parents' house along with Hans, who leaves his job in the West to make a living in the East. 81 min. vhs 999:2765
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Die Beunruhigung (Apprehension) (1982)
Directed by Lothar Warneke. After a routine physical exam, a divorced woman in her mid-30s learns that she may have breast cancer calling for major surgery. In the time between her physical examination and receiving the results of her biopsy, she reevaluates her whole life. The film carefully follows her heightened awareness of the nuances of the passing day. 81 min. vhs 999:2549
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Das Birnenmädchen (Pear Girl) (1988)
Directed by Horst J. Tappert. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A poor farmer who must give the king three baskets of pears yearly does not have enough pears so he places his daughter in one of the baskets. The prince discovers her and falls in love but the King does not approve so he gives the pear girl an almost impossible task. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 22 min. vhs 999:2620
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Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet (Till Death Do Us Part) (1979)
Directed by Heiner Carow. A story centering on Jens, a construction worker and his wife, Sonja, a saleswoman. Jens doesn't want Sonja to go back to work now that they have a child. Behind Jens' back, she passes the skilled-workers exam. Depressed, Jens starts to drink heavily and beat his wife. The scenes of a "socialist marriage" inevitably lead to catastrophes as the filmmakers make clear the fact that social and material security are no guarantee for individual happiness, and society cannot take responsiblity for everyone. 92 min. vhs 999:2565
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Das Blaue Licht (Blue Light) (1976)
Director, Iris Gusner. Farmer Jack is cheated out of his pay by the evil king. But one day he meets a witch who asks him to retrieve a blue light which she has dropped into a well. He does so but refuses to give it to her and discovers its magical powers: a dwarf appears who must serve whoever has the light. Jack sets off to see the king and when he is sent away empty-handed again he abducts the king's daughter who has to serve him as a maid. In German without subtitles. 60 min. Video/C 7253

Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Musicians of Bremen) (1987)
Directed by Peter Pohler. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. Musicians of Bremen: Four old animals, who are no longer wanted by their masters, leave their homes to form a group of town musicians and along the way unwittingly disband a company of robbers. Based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 92 min. vhs 999:2616
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Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Chingachgook, die Große Schlange (Chingachgook, the Great Snake) (1967)
Directed by Richard Groschopp. In the 1960's East German "Indianerfilms," were introduced. This movie, based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, "The Deerslayer," was filmed in Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. The director condensed the plot and focused primarily on the conflict between members of the two Indian tribes. Set in 1740 America, the Delaware are fighting on the side of the English. Only Chingachgook, a young Delaware, and his fair-skinned friend Deerslayer realize that the whites intend to expel and exterminate Indians altogether. 86 min. DVD X3391; vhs 999:2554
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Birgel, Franz A. "The Sons of Great Bear/Chingachgook/Apaches." German Studies Review, Oct2007, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p715-717, 3p
Germans and Indians : fantasies, encounters, projections / edited by Colin G. Calloway, Gerd Gemünden, and Susanne Zantop. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks F596 .G47 2002)
Gemünden, Gerd. "Between Karl May and Karl Marx: the DEFA indianerfilms (1965-1983." Film History; Vol.X nr.3 (1998); p.399-407 UC users only
Lischke, Ute; McNah, David T. "'Show Me the Money': Representations of Aboriginal People in East-German Indian Films." In: Walking a tightrope : aboriginal people and their representations / Ute Lischke and David T. McNab, editors. Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2005. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks E78.C2 W35 2005)

Coming Out (1989)
Directed by Heiner Carow. Cast: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek, Axel Wandtke. Against the background of the East German society's prejudice against homosexual relationships, Philip, a high school teacher with a pregnant girl friend, discovers he loves Matthias. This production, first and last DEFA feature film about homosexuality, had its premiere on the evening of the fall of the Berlin Wall. the 108 min. DVD 3759; also VHS 999:2571
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Denk Bloß Nicht, Ich Heule (Just Don't Think I'll Cry) (1964)
Director, Frank Vogel. The story of an 18 year-old East German high school senior's conflict with society. Despite his being thrown out of school for writing a provocative essay, he continues to oppose the lethargy and hypocrisy he sees, seeking to remain true to himself no matter what the cost. Along with many other films produced in 1965, this film was banned, and finally shown in 1990 after the fall of the Wall and acclaimed as a masterpiece of critical realism. 38 min. vhs 999:2612
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Dornröschen (Briar Rose) (1987)
Directed by Peter Pohler. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. Musicians of Bremen: Four old animals, who are no longer wanted by their masters, leave their homes to form a group of town musicians and along the way unwittingly disband a company of robbers. Based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 92 min. vhs 999:2616

Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Der Dritte (Her Third) (1972)
Directed by Egon Gunther. Margit has two children, each with different fathers. Both relationships failed miserably. Until now, she had allowed men in her life to choose her, but no more. Margit has discovered herself and a new liberation. She has eyes for her colleague, Hrdlitschka, but he has no idea of Margit's amourous intentions. Now the fun begins. 107 min. vhs 999:2572
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Einer trage des anderen Last (Bear Ye One Another's Burdens) (1988)
Directed by Lothar Warneke. Josef Heiliger is an ardent Communist; his roommate in a lung sanatorium is a devout Christian. As the young men battle their disease, they begrudgingly develop mutual tolerance and respect which eventually develops into friendship. 113 min. vhs 999:2552
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Der Eisenhans (Iron Jack) (1988)
Director, Karl Heinz Lotz. Iron Jack guards the woods and is therefore always in the way of the king who will have any animal slain for his opulent banquets. The king commissions the Black Hunter to arrest Iron Jack, but the king's son Prince Joachim, defies his father and flees with Iron Jack into the woods. Joachim eventually wanders into the neighboring kingdom and falls in love with Princess Ulrike. After defeating the Black Hunter, Iron Jack, the prince and princess celebrate in the Nature Spirit's cave. PAL format; German without subtitles. 79 min. Video/C 7248
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Eolomea (1972, East German)
Directed by Herrmann Zschoche. Cast: Cox Habbema, Ivan Andonov, Sanajev Vsevolod, Rolf Hoppe, Wolfgang Greese. A mysterious message--'Eolomea'-- is received on Earth from a sector of space. Within three days, eight cargo ships disappear from the sector and an entire space station goes quiet. What is "Eolomea"-- and who on Earth knows about it? 80 min. DVD 6363
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Fritzsche, Sonja. "A Natural and Artificial Homeland: East German Science-Fiction Film Responds to Kubrick and Tarkovsky." Film & History, Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p80-101, 22p, UC users only

Es waren einmal drei Schwestern (Once Upon a Time There Were Three Sisters) (East Germany, 1988)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. Three sisters, one after the other, come to a spring which is in reality an enchanted young man who can only be transformed by marriage. All three of the girls give him their word, but only one keeps her promise. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 17 min. vhs 999:2620
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Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Ete and Ali (1985)
Directed by Peter Kahane. Two East German friends, Ete and Ali, have just completed their military service but neither knows what to do next and Ete has just discovered that his wife is in search of a new partner. Ali decides to help his friend win his wife back, and then the problems really begin. This East German comedy, the first feature film by director Peter Kahane, is absolutely typical of the GDR, yet it does not have the usual "happy ending." Instead Ete and Ali drive off in a truck across the dirt roads of an East German province -- a road movie to the melancholy. 92 min. vhs 999:2569
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Das Fahrrad (The Bicycle) (1982)
Directed by Evelyn Schmidt. In an attempt to receive insurance money Susanne, an unskilled East German worker who lives alone with her child, claims that her bicycle has been stolen. Her scheme however is discovered and she is summoned to court. When her boyfriend Thomas finds out he attempts to settle matters without involving officials. Some critics saw this film as a plea for personal space and an individual's right to personal happiness, which did not conform to the concepts of GDR cultural politics. As a result, the film was boycotted after its premiere with cultural authorities refusing all invitations for its presentation at international film festivals. 89 min. vhs 999:2766

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Der Fall Gleiwitz (The Gleiwitz Case) (1961)
Directed by Gerhard Klein. Based on true events, this dramatization tells of the successful assault by Nazis posing as Poles on a German radio station in Gleiwitz on the Polish border in 1939. This attack, which was later blamed on Polish forces, served as Hitler's reason to "justify" his invasion of Poland, starting World War II. The film reflects on the possibilities and techniques of provocation. It shows how facts and opinions can be manipulated and how people are made to accept lies, murder, and war. The East German film narrowly escaped censorship, but quickly disappeared after only a few weeks in theaters. 70 min. DVDX3412; vhs 999:2768
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Figaros Hochzeit (The Marriage of Figaro) (1949)
Directed by Georg Wildhagen. Love, intrigue, jealousy -- the well-known complications around the marriage of the Countess's maid, Susanne, to Count Almaviva's valet, Figaro. Resolution is found through cunning and trickery in this vibrant adaptation of Mozart's classic tale. 109 min. vhs 999:2543
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Frau Holle (Mother Hulda). (East Germany, 1963)
Director, Gottfried Kolditz. One day, a kindhearted young woman drops her spindle into a well and goes in after it. At the bottom of the well instead of drowning, she finds herself in a beautiful meadow ... Mother Hulda's realm. She willingly helps the old lady, working diligently every day. Mother Hulda rewards her by having gold shower on her. Her lazy stepsister insists on having as many riches and flings herself into the well, but unkind and lazy she will not serve Mother Hulda, and so dirty pitch is showered on her. PAL format; German without titles. 59 min. Video/C 7247
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Die Frau und der Fremde (1985)
Directed by Rainer Simon. Kathrin Waligura, Joachim Lätsch, Peter Zimmermann, Katrin Knappe, Christine Schore, Siegfried Höchst, Ulrich Mühe. Story of two soldiers fighting together in World War I who become close friends while serving in a German POW camp. Richard shares intimate stories about his wife Anna with Karl who falls in love with her in his thoughts. Karl manages a successful escape and goes to Richard's home where he seeks refuge posing as Richard. Anna knows he is not her husband but feels a growing response to him. Then, one day Richard returns. Based on the short story "Karl und Anna" by Leonhard Frank. 97 min. DVD X2607
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Frauenschicksale (Woman's Destinies) (1952)
Directed by Slatan Dudow. This dramatic film provides an accurate picture of the cultural/political dogmatism in the GDR in the early 1950's and proves to be a substantial political study. The main protagonist, Conny, is a womanizer from West Berlin, and the archetypal bourgeois adventurer. The film presents Conny in relation to four women: a law student who is almost ruined by her love for him; a designer who becomes pregnant with his child, loses her job in West Berlin and moves to East Berlin; another woman, who in an attempt to impress him, steals a dress and later becomes guilty of the death of her brother; and lastly, another student who rebuffs Conny the first time they meet. For the director, the positive heroes in this film are the women, not the man. 105 min. vhs 999:2764

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Froschkönig (Frog Prince). (1988)
Director, Walter Beck Princess Henriette accidentally drops her golden ball into a spring where a frog offers to retrieve it but on one condition: from now on, she must share food and bed with him. She promises, but filled with disgust eventually throws him against a wall where he is turned into a handsome prince. But as she has broken her promise, the prince is only partly freed and has to leave her, but now in love with him, she works to finally free him from the spell. PAL format. In German without titles. 64 min. Video/C 7244
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Fünf Patronenhulsen (Five Cartridges) (East Germany, 1960)
Director: Frank Beyer. During the Spanish Civil War five soldiers hide their dying commander's last message in five empty bullet shells. Together these five go through hell and back to keep the message from falling into the enemy's hands. One gives up, but the other four manage to reach their destination with the message still intact. In German with English subtitles. 85 min. vhs 999:2568
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Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)
Soldovieri, Stefan. "Germans Suffering in Spain: Cold War Visions of the Spanish Civil War in Fünf Patronenhülsen (1960) and Solange du lebst (1955)." Cinemas, Fall2007, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p53-69, 17p UC users only

Gegenbilder (GDR Underground Films 1981-89)
Compiled by Claus Loser. The state had a monopoly on film production in East Germany, but it was not absolute. An underground film scene, made up of painters, poets, musicians and performance artists flourished from the 1970s through the 1980s outside official channels. Presented here are ten films from this expressive and provacative film world. Contents: Hommage a La Sarraz, Lutz Dammbeck (1981); September, September, Gino Hahnemann (1986); Draped in white, Cornelia Schleime (1983); Samuel, Cornelia Klauss (1984); Report, a comment on a comment, Volker Lewandowsky (1987); Little Angel, Thomas Frydetzki (1985); Necrology, Claus Loser (1985); 7x7 facts about the life of the poet Tohm di Roes in present climes, Thom di Roes (1983); Hello Berlin, Thomas Werner (1987); Konrad! The mother said, Ramona Koeppel-Welsh (1989). 90 min. Video/C 7150

Die Geschichte vom armen Hassan (Story of poor Hassan) (1958)
Directed by Konrad Petzold. Cast: Ekkehard Schall, Erwin Geschonneck, Ernest Otto Fuhrmann, Georgetta Sager, Heinz Schubert. Hassan, a poor man is literally dying of thirst, while the fountains of the wealthy merchant Machmud are brimming over. In order to save his parrot Hassan murders Mahmud's watchdog. He is taken to court and sentenced to take on the watchdog's duties and when a horse is stolen, he has to carry out that animal's work as well. One day Machmud and an evil friend go riding in a carriage with Hassan taking on the part of one of the horses. He slips off his shackles and flings the carriage against a rock. Hassan then goes back to open the merchant's garden to all who are thirsty. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 58 min. Video/C 7261
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Die Geschichte von der Gänseprinzessin und ihrem treuen Pferd Falada (The Goose Princess) (1976)
Directed by Konrad Petzold. Cast: Dana Moravkova, Michaela Kuklova, Eberhard Mellies, Regina Beyer, Peter Zimmermann, Gerry Wolff, Alexander Hochst, Karsten Janzon. On her way to marry a distant Prince, the young Princess Aurinia is forced to trade places with her evil maidservant and becomes a goose girl instead of a bride on her arrival at the castle. But the king and Prince Ivo become suspicious because of the evil deeds perpetrated by the self-styled princess. And Ivo falls in love with the amiable maidservant Aurinia. The fraud is eventually exposed, the maidservant receives her just punishment and Aurinia celebrates her wedding to the prince. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 96 min. Video/C 7257
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Die Geschichte vom Fischer und seiner Frau (Fisherman and his Wife) (1976)
Directed by Werner Krauße.. A humble fisherman nets a golden fish that grants wishes until the fisherman's wife with her preposterous wishes causes a reversal of their fortune. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 96min. vhs 999:2618

Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (The Story of Little Mook) (1953)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. Cast: Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter, Trude Hesterberg, Alwin Lippisch, Silja Lesny, Charles Hans Voigt, Werner Peters, Gerhard Hansel.A little boy, Muck, is banished from his home but meets a wondrous old woman who gives him magic racing slippers and a wand with which to hunt up hidden treasures. Convinced that he has found his fortune, Muck sets out for the Sultan's court where he is soon made the chief bursar. But Muck's career evokes much envy among the courtiers, so with a bit of magic, he has their heads fitted with donkey's ears. He also helps Prince Hassan find his beloved Amarza, the Sultan's daughter. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 96 min. Video/C 7258
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Das gestohlene Gesicht (Crystal Ball) (East Germany, 1985)
Directed by Lothar Barke. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. An animated film of a Grimm's fairy tale. A young man hears that in the Castle of the Golden Sun is an enchanted Princess awaiting a deliverer so he sets off for the castle. Along the way he outsmarts two giants to gain a wishing hat, and instantly wishes himself at the castle. There he finds the princess but she is old and wrinkled and tells him that she will return to her youthful state if he can retrieve a crystal ball hidden in an egg. He manages, after many adventures to retrieve the ball, restore the princess to her former beauty and becomes king of the Castle of the Golden Sun. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 33 min. vhs 999:2622
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Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Der geteilte Himmel (The Divided Heaven) (1964)
Director, Konrad Wolf. Cast: Renate Blume, Eberhard Esche, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Hilmar Thate, Martin Flörchinger. A young couple in East Germany find their relationship strained by political upheaval. Set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall's construction, tells the story of Rita Seidel, a woman in her late twenties, and her search for love and understanding in the German Democratic Republic. Based on the novel by Christa Wolf. 109 min. DVD X2123
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Berghahn, Daniela. "Do the right thing? Female allegories of nation in Aleksandr Askoldov's Komissar (USSR, 1967/87) and Konrad Wolf's Der Geteilte Himmel (GDR, 1964)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct2006, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p561-577, 16p UC users only
Coulson, Anthony S. "Paths of Discovery: The Films of Konrad Wolf." In: DEFA : East German cinema, 1946-1992 / edited by Seán Allan and John Sandford. New York : Berghahn Books, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1999.D4 D34 1999)
Feinstein, Joshua. "Straddling the Wall: Socialist Realism Meets the Nouvelle Vague in Der geteilte Himmel." In: The triumph of the ordinary : depictions of daily life in the East German cinema, 1949-1989 / Joshua Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 F37 2002)

Die Goldene Gans (The Golden Goose) (1964)
Director, Siegfried Hartmann. Klaus does a kind deed for an old woman and she in turn gives him a golden goose which has one special property: all who are prying, nosy or envious get stuck fast on it and glued to one another. As Klaus goes on his way he collects a weird following and looks so foolish that the melancholy princess laughs. The king has decreed that anyone who can make the princess laugh shall have her as his bride. But the king, in view of Klaus's poverty, sets him new tasks, but Klaus carries them out, and wins the princess. PAL format. In German without titles. 64 min. Video/C 7242
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Die Goldene Jurte (1961)
Directors, Gottfried Kolditz, Rabschaa Dordschpalam. Cast: Dshambaagijn Lubsandshamdz, Zaagani Zegmed, Batsuchijn Zorig, Surengijn Suchbaatar. Pagwa, a herdsman in Mongolia, must guard a mysterious chest which may never be opened in order to preserve the region's wealth. But his sons act in contempt of the prohibition and plunge the entire valley into a drought. His youngest son, seeks out the sage Arat, takes in his lessons and on his way home rescues the daughter of the water khan who presents him with three precious gifts: a magic cap, a little hammer which makes a golden tent appear and a lambskin which conjures up rainfall. With the help of these magical powers he is able to bring back the herd and restore rainfall to the area. PAL format. In German without titles. Based on a legend from Mongolia. PAL format. In German without titles. 76 min. Video/C 7263
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Heißer Sommer (Hot Summer) (1968)
Directed by Joachim Hasler. Cast: Chris Doerk, Frank Schöbel, Regine Albrecht, Hanns-Michael Schmidt. In this original DEFA musical two groups of high school students -- eleven girls and ten boys hitchhike to the Baltic Sea during their summer vacation. Since the girls reach the beach faster than the boys, the boys decide to get even. Stressful situations ensue strengthening ties of friendship and love. After a number of "pessimistic" DEFA films for teenagers produced in the mid-60s, this film was a breakthrough into unrestrained entertainment without comment on the developments in East German society, ranking it as a quirky and "alternative" cult film. 91 min. DVD X3347; vhs 999:2566
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Rinke, Andrea. "Eastside stories: Singing and dancing for socialism." Film History; 2006, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p73-87, 15p UC users only

Hinter Schloss und Riegel (Pardon Us!) (1931)
Director, James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas, Walter Long, James Finlayson, Tiny Sandford, Charlie Hall. Pardon us: It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew to a policeman. In prison, Stan earns the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface and hide on a cotton plantation, but are recaptured when the warden happens by. Back in the big house, they find themselves in a hail of bullets, caught between the state militia and gun-toting prisoners, when The Tiger tries another escape. Their first full length talking picture. DVD includes Hinter Schloss und Riegel: German language theatrical trailer for Pardon us with Laurel & Hardy speaking German. 65 min. DVD X324
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Ich war Neunzehn (I Was Nineteen) (1968)
Directed by Konrad Wolf. Cast: Jaecki Schwarz, Wassili Liwanow, Alexej Ejboshenko, Galina Polskich, Jenny Gröllmann, Michail Glusski. In this autobiographical account of the last days of World War II, screenwriter and director Konrad Wolf presents the story of nineteen year-old Gregor Hecker who returns to Germany wearing the uniform of a Russian Lieutenant. He had to leave the country with his parents when he was eight years old and now feels a stranger on German soil. A poetic exploration of the postwar dilemmas of German identity and a powerful document of the search for a "usable" German past. 115 min. DVD X1858; vhs 999:2567
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Coulson, Anthony S. "Paths of Discovery: The Films of Konrad Wolf." In: DEFA : East German cinema, 1946-1992 / edited by Seán Allan and John Sandford. New York : Berghahn Books, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1999.D4 D34 1999)
Elsaesser, Thomas. Wedel, Michael. "Defining DEFA's Historical Imaginary: The Films of Konrad Wolf." New German Critique. 82:3-24. 2001 Winter UC users only
Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Im Staub der Sterne (In the Dust of the Stars) (1976)
Directed by Gottfried Kolditz. Cast: Jana Brejchova, Alfred Struwe, Ekkehard Schall, Milan Beli, Sylvia Popovici, Violeta Andrei. The spaceship Cyrno and her crew travel six years to respond to an urgent message for help, but when they arrive at planet TEM 4, the "Temers" deny having sent the message. 95 min. DVD 6364
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Fritzsche, Sonja. "East Germany's Werkstatt Zukunft: Futurology and the Science Fiction Films of DEFA-futurum." German Studies Review; May2006, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p367-386, 20p

Irgendwo in Berlin (Somewhere in Berlin) (1946)
Directed by Gerhard Lamprecht. Cast: Harry Hindemith, Hedda Sarnow, Charles Knetschke, Hans Trinkaus, Hans Leibelt, Paul Bildt, Fritz Rasp, Lotte Loebinger. A realistic film portraying the ruined landscape of Berlin after World War II, where children perform feats of bravery by playing with undetonated bombs and climbing in the rubble. One boy is disappointed with his father, who comes home powerless and hopeless from a POW camp. The children convince this weary man to clean and restore his bomb-damaged garage, managing in the end to give him new hope. 134 min. vhs 999:2542
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Fisher, Jaimey. "Who's Watching the Rubble-Kids? Youth, Pedagogy, and Politics in Early DEFA Films." New German Critique: An Interdisciplinary Journal of German Studies. 82: 91-125. 2001 Winter.

Jadup und Boel (East Germany, 1981)
Directed by Rainer Simon. Cast: Kurt Böwe, Katrin Knappe, Gudrun Ritter, Käthe Reichel, Timo Jacob, Franciszek Pieczka, Michael Gwisdek. The mayor of a small town, Jadup is also the former lover of Boel. When Boel vanishes after being raped, Jadup moves to the head of the suspect list. The longer Boel remains scarce, the more the noose tightens around Jadup's neck. Originally censored and later banned by the GDR for being too controversial, the film was not released until 1988. Based on the novel 'Jadup' by Paul Kanut Schäfer. Special features: Biographies & filmographies ; The case of Jadup and Boel (2008) by Larson Powell ; Rainer Simon on Jadup and Boel (2000) 100 min. DVD X1862
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Jakob the Liar (Jakob der Lügner) (East Germany / Czechoslovakia, 1974)
Directed by Frank Beyer. Cast: Vlastimil Brodsky, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hubchen, Blanche Kommerell, Manuela Simon, Margit Bara. Jacob Heim is stopped by the police in the Jewish ghetto for being out after curfew. As his penalty, he must report to the Commander. On the police station radio, he overhears that the Red Army is advancing. To bring new hope for himself and his fellow sufferes he secretly passes on the news to the others, pretending that he has his own well-hidden radio. Jacob becomes a hero in spite of himself and the faith of all those in the ghetto hangs on his invented news reports. Based on Jakob der Lügner / [by] Jurek Becker. Special DVD features: Documentary of director Frank Beyer (60 min.) ; Introductory trailer fo DEFA films ; Biographies and pictures. 101 min. DVD X3329; vhs 999:2386
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Gilman, Sander L. "The first comic film about the Shoah." In: Jewish frontiers : essays on bodies, histories, and identities / Sander L. Gilman. New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks DS134 .G54 2003)
Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)
Ó Doherty, Pól. "Fiddler in the Ghetto: The Film of Jurek Becker's Novel Jakob der Lügner." In: Text into image, image into text : proceedings of the interdisciplinary bicentenary conference held at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (the National University of Ireland) in September 1995 / edited by Jeff Morrison and Florian Krobb. (Main Stack PN53.T49 1997)

Jahrgang 45 (Born in '45) (1966)
Directed by Jürgen Bottcher. Cast: Monika Hildebrand, Rolf Romer, Paul Eichbaum, Holger Mahlich, Gesine Rosenberg, Walter Stolp, Werner Kanitz. Al and Lisa, a young couple recently married, decide to divorce. Al takes a couple of days off to ride on his motorcycle to cAl and Lisa, a young couple recently married, decide to divorce. Al takes a couple of days off to ride on his motorcycle to clear his head, riding through Berlin and meeting friends and strangers before deciding ultimately to return to Lisa. This film was caught in a wave of politically motivated film bans in the summer of 1966 and was not allowed to be shown until 1990. DVD X1855; vhs 999:2610
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Kilborn, Richard. "The documentary work of Jürgen Bottcher: a retrospective." In: DEFA : East German cinema, 1946-1992 / edited by Seán Allan and John Sandford. New York : Berghahn Books, 1999. (Main Stack PN1999.D4.D34 1999)

Jugend ohne Gott (TV, 1991)
Directed by Michael Knof. Cast: Ulrich Mühe, Peter Sodann, Katrin Sass, Anna Thalbach. A teacher in a fascist state is drawn into an investigation of the murder of one of his students. Based on the novel by Ödön von Horváth. In German without English subtitles, 107 min. DVD X1836
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Jungfer, sie gefüllt mir (1969, in German)
Directed by Gunter Reisch. In 1792 in Saxony a judge (Adam) is infatuated with the village maiden Eve. He therefore finds Ruprecht, who want to marry Eve, an annoyance. One evening Ruprecht sees Adam climbing in Eve's window and hits him with a jug but the judge escapes unrecognized. Eve's mother takes Ruprecht to Adam's court on account of the broken jug and Ruprecht is jailed. But despite all the intrigues the truth eventually comes out ... Ruprecht is freed while the judge is arrested after being identified by a troup of Prussian soldiers as an escaped thief. PAL format. (In German.) 100 min. vhs 999:2789
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Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) (1959)
Directed by Martin Hellberg. Bourgeois tragedy from Schiller's Sturm und Drang period centering around court intrigue in 18th century Germany. Luise, daughter of the town musician, is in love with Ferdinand, the son of President von Walter. The president wants his son to marry the Duke's concubine so that he will have a greater influence over the Duke. The lovers become the victims of a secret intrigue and Ferdinand finally poisons himself and Luise. Notable for its scenery and historical constumes this film marks the first use of "Totalvision," by the production firm DEFA. 109 min. vhs 999:2562
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Das kalte Herz (Cold Heart) (1950)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Lutz Moik, Hanna Rucker, Paul Bildt, Erwin Geschonneck, Lotte Loebinger, Paul Esser. Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, after loosing his wealth, abandons his bride and summons an evil spirit. Peter is promised all the riches on earth if he is willing to exchange his heart for a cold stone. The young charcoal burner consents and from that moment on, he becomes richer and richer, but also brutal and ruthless, even beating his own wife to death. Only then does he come to his senses, but he can only be redeemed if he retrieves his true heart from the evil spirit. He manages to outwit the evil spirit with the help of the good spirit of the forest, who brings his wife back to life. Based on the fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff. In German without English subtitles. 101 min. Video/C 7246
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Das Kaninchen bin Ich (Rabbit is Me) (1965)
Directed by Kurt Maetzig. Maria, an East German girl, is denied university admission because her brother is in jail for political reasons. She later unknowingly falls in love with the judge who passed the harsh sentence on her brother. When the GDR justice system undergoes a slight reform, the judge reverses his earlier ruling, but Maria sees through his opportunism and leaves him. DEFA made this film to encourage discussion of democratization of East German society. Soon after, political membership of the GDR banned the film labeling it an attack on the state, anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist. 109 min. vhs 999:2558
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Porton, Richard. "The Rabbit is Me." Cineaste; Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p71-71 UC users only

Karbid und Sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrel) (1963)
Directed by Frank Beyer. In this comedy set in post-war East Germany, workers in Dresden decide to build a cigarette factory. They send their colleague Kalle north to pick up carbide for welding. He secures seven barrels, which he must move across the Soviet occupation zone without a car. Throughout this odyssey he runs into forests full of landmines, man-crazy women, Russian guards, and finally a boat trip across the Elbe when the hero raises the suspicions of both Soviet and American patrols. Bonus DVD materials: Trace of memories - a portrait of Frank Beyer ; short film, News from the west ; original theatrical trailer ; photogallery ; critical essay ; biographies and filmographies. 80 min. DVD X3340; vhs 999:2551
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Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Karla (Carla) (1963)
Directed by Herrmann Zschoche. A young idealistic teacher, just starting her career in East German schools, discovers her students hide their true thoughts and only say what they are expected to say. The young teacher tries to encourage open discussions about taboo topics, attempting to break down the walls of suspicion and cynicism. Her superiors view her actions with unease and eventually intervene to discipline Carla. This film was labeled nihilistic, skeptical and hostile by the Unity Party of Germany (SED) and only in 1990 was it shown in cinemas. 128 min. DVD X1856; vhs 999:2613
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Die kluge Bauerntochter (Peasant's wise daughter) (1983)
Directed by Monika Anderson. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. The daughter of a poor man successfully solves three riddles posed by the king to become his bride. When he tires of her and sends her home, he allows her to take her most cherished possession so she takes the king to her peasant's farmhouse while he is sleeping. Based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 20 min. vhs 999:2619

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Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

König Drosselbart (King Thrushbeard). (1965)
Director, Walter Beck. Princess Roswitha is to pick a future husband but none meets her fancy, not even the last one whom she mocks as "King Grisly Beard." She is so offending that the king decrees to marry her to the next beggar who comes along which happens to be a poor minstrel with whom the princess now must share a shabby hut. He teachers her to make pottery, but while selling her jugs she relapses into her old haughtiness. Then an unknown horseman destroys her stand and in desperation she enters service as a maid at court. After this painful apprenticeship, the minstrel discloses his real identity "King Grisly Beard," and they become a happy couple. PAL format; German without titles. 70 min. Video/C 7250
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Die Legende von Paul & Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula) (1950)
Directed by Heiner Carow. T A bitter-sweet love story telling about a single young saleswoman whose love for a married, complacent bureaucrat causes him to come out of his shell. This film's plea for individual freedom caused contradictory reactions among East German politicians. In most East German districts the film was banned for months and editors of state-controlled newspapers received instructions not to mention the film, but millions of viewers still saw the film and its popularity continues undiminished. Special DVD features: Director filmography and biography ; essay entitled, Introduction to The legend of Paul and Paula / Seán Allan, the University of Reading ; photo gallery. 106 min. DVD X3339; vhs 999:2611
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The Merry Wives of Windsor (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) (1950)
Directed by Georg Wildhagen. The misadventures of Falstaff, the fat, merry, ribald and boastful knight of Shakespeare's high-spirited comedy. 90 min. vhs 999:2544
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Minna von Barnhelm: or, The Soldier's Fortune (1962)
Directed by Martin Hellberg. During the Seven Year's War, the Prussian Major von Tellheim becomes engaged to the Saxon noblewoman Minna von Barnhelm. After the war, the King - in an unwarranted move - deprives the major of his title. Von Tellheim becomes impoverished and, filled with shame, breaks off his relationship to Minna. But she remains devoted to her beloved Tellheim and cunningly manages to elicit a new declaration of love from him. 103 min. vhs 999:2561
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Die Mörder Sind Unter Uns (Murderers Are Among Us) (1946)
Director, Wolfgang Staudte. Susanne is a concentration camp survivor who, despite unspeakable experiences, is filled with a new desire to live. She wants to move back into her apartment in war-torn Berlin where Hans has taken up residence. He is a former officer and surgeon in the German army who finds himself unable to deal with the haunting memories of his role in the war. Susanne and Hans form a delicate friendship as together they struggle to restore some normalcy to their lives. 82 min. DVD 1686; vhs 999:1569
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Nackt unter Wölfen (Naked Among Wolves) (East Germany, 1962)
Director, Frank Beyer. Cast: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wojcik, Fred Delmare, Viktor Awdjuschko, Gerry Wolf, Erik S. Klein.Based on true events, this is the first German film devoted to life and death in a concentration camp. It tells the story of organized resistance by political prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp. When one of the prisoners smuggles a child into a camp, the men are faced with the question of how many lives may be endangered in order to save the life of the child. Based on the novel by Bruno Apitz. 124 min. DVD X3338; vhs 999:3160
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Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Die Patriotin
Director, Alexander Kluge. SEE Deutschland im Herbst & Die Patriotin DVD 8166

Der Prinz hinter den sieben Meeren (Prince Beyond the Seven Seas). (1982)
Director, Walter Beck. Cast: Marina Krogull, Bodo Wolf, Renate Blume, Manfred Heine, Leon Niemczyk. The merchant's daughter Constanze, begs her father to ask a lion for a favor. Her father approaches the lion who agrees to his request with one condition: that he send the first person he meets upon his return home to the lion's den. It is Constanze. Against her father's will she goes to the lion and discovers that he is an enchanged prince and that only a woman's love can release him from the spell. In German without subtitles. 74 min. Video/C 7241

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Der Rat der Götter (Council of the Gods) (1950)
Directed by Kurt Maetzig. A film based on the Nuremberg Trials against the directors of the IG Farben Company which proved the joint guilt of German industry in fascism and war, and the close ties between big industry and the Nazis. Two main protagonists dominate this epic. Chairman Mauch, who had supported Hitler, finds new fame and fortune in West Germany after the war, while the bourgeois chemist Dr. Hans Scholz lives through a tortutous political transformation forced to face the fact that poison was being produced in his factory which was used to kill millions at concentration camps. The film also brings to light the cooperation between German industry and U.S. monopolies. In scenes that take place after 1945, the USA is portrayed as a latent fascist power. Special DVD features: Interviews; newsreels; about the filmmakers; stills gallery; 3 vintage trailers. 105 min. DVD 6869; vhs 999:2570
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Keitz, Ursula von. "Between Dramatization and Epicization: The Portrayal of Nazi Crimes in Exemplary German Films from the Late 1940s to the 1970s." New German Critique; Fall2007, Issue 102, p45-60, 16p UC users only

Raus aus der Haut (Shedding Skin) (TV, 1997)
Directed by Andreas Dresen. In 1977, Anna and Marcus are two teenagers in East Germany undergoing punishment by their high school principal. Inspired by terrorist kidnappings in West Germany, they kidnap the principal and hold him hostage in Anna's grandmother's basement. Special features: Essay "Youth culture, terrorism, and German film history" ; an introduction to Andreas Dresen's films ; Interview with the director ; Director's biography and filmography ; Timeline: terrorism in West Germany, 1967-1968. 89 min. DVD 3717
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Roman einer Jungen Ehe (Story of a Young Couple) (1952)
Directed by Kurt Maetzig. A DEFA propaganda film of the Cold War, portraying with dramatic verve the period between 1946 and 1951 from a decidedly Stalinist perspective. Agnes and Jochen, a husband and wife who are actors, live in the western part of Berlin. They fall in love just as the conflict between East and West is deepening after WWII. Agnes does not want to take part in the propaganda against the East so she goes to the GDR to contribute to its development with her talents. 99 min. vhs 999:2541
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Rotation (1949)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte, East Germany. Cast: Paul Esser, Irene Korb, Karl Heinz Deickert, Reinhold Bernt, Reinhard Kolldehoff. Film portrays the petty bourgeois and their support for Hitler during the Nazi period. The main character wants to join the Nazi Party to secure a good living, but after his Jewish neighbors are taken away, he changes his views. Trying to remain "a non-political man," he becomes a Nazi laborer. In 1949, when the film came to the theaters in the Soviet occupation zone, the film director was forced to change the ending of the film which shows a father and son both burning their military uniforms. Such pacifist images were taboo. The new ending shows citizens optimistically pondering the future. 80 min. DVD X1859; vhs 999:2557
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Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood). (East Germany, 1962)
Director, Götz Friedrich. Little Red Riding Hood, always friendly and innocent, often visits her grandmother who lives in the depths of the forest. But one day, she is caught at her grandmother's house and devoured by the wolf. But her friends, the bunny, squirrel and bear seek help. Her parents rush to the scene, rescue Little Red Riding Hood and see to it that the wolf receives its just punishment. PAL format; In German without titles. 69 min. Video/C 7249
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Rumpelstilzchen (Rumpelstiltskin)(Das Zaubermaennchen) (1960)
Directed by Christoph Engel. Cast: Karl Heinz Rothin, Karin Lesch, Reinhard Michalke, Peter Dommisch, Nikolaus Paryla, Bodo Mette, Siegfried Seibt. When the lazy miller has nothing left to pay his taxes he lies to the tax-collector that his daughter can spin straw into gold. So, for three nights, she is locked in the castle tower and ordered to spin straw into gold. A little elf performs the task for her, and on the last night requests her firstborn child as payment. She marries the King and in one year the elf returns for payment. She implores him to let her keep the child. The dwarf responds by agreeing if she can guess his name. With the help of Hans, the miller's boy, all ends well. 74 min. Video/C 7240

Schaut auf diese Stadt (Look at this City (Documentary, 1962)
Director, Karl Gass. The history of West Berlin from the end of the Second World War to the days following the building of the Wall on August 13, 1961, from the perspective of the leaders of the German Democratic Republic. From a communist perspective the Eastern section of Berlin was portrayed as a city of peace, while the West was portrayed as the source of constant disruptions. West Berlin could only be resisted by forcefully isolating it by the creation of the wall which would secure the possibility of peace in Europe. 80 min. Video/C 7186

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Schneewittchen (Snow White) (1961)
Director, Gottfried Kolditz. After her father's death the beautiful princess Snow White, on the order of her jealous step-mother, is to killed by the castle hunter. But the hunter is unable to murder the princess, so he leaves Snow White in the woods where she finds shelter with seven dwarves who work in a mine. The queen's magic mirror reveals Snow White's location, and the queen comes close to killing the princess. 60 min. Video/C 7238
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Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot (Snow White and Rose Red). (East Germany, 1979)
Director, Siegfried Hartmann Snow White, Rose Red and their mother live on the edge of the forest. One day two princes find themselves in front of the family's little shack but soon are transformed by the mountain goblin into a bear and a falcon. All through the winter, the unsuspecting girls tend to the needs of the bear and falcon. They also encounter "Moldy Beard" whom they befriend, but he sets a trap for them. In the nick of time, the bear and the falcon save them and in view of such affection, the mountain goblin has to give up and the four celebrate their wedding. PAL format; German without English subtitles. 67 min. Video/C 7251
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Die Schöne Lugnerin (1959)
Director, Axel von Ambesser. Featuring Romy Schneider,Jean-Claude Pascal, Hans Moser, Charles Regnier, Josef Meinard, Helmut Lohner. Fanny, a young girl of lower station, impersonates a countess and through her beauty and charm brings confusion into the proceedings at the Congress of Vienna. In German. 95 min. vhs 999:2792
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Die Schöne und das Tier (Beauty and the Beast) (East Germany, 1976)
Producers, Horst Philipp, Manfred Jahne, Anita Uebe, Helga Kurth. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. Beauty and the beast: Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast. Based on the story by Jeane-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 24 min. vhs 999:2617
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Die Schwarze Burg (Black Castle) (1976)
Directed by Barbara Eckhold. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. A soldier returns home to find his village has changed: A monster who lives in an old castle is terrorizing the village and when he discovers that his fiancee is a captive in the castle, he decides to deal with the monster. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 17 min. vhs 999:2617
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Der Schweigende Stern (The Silent Star) (1960)
Directe by Kurt Maetzig. Cast: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michal N. Postnikow, Kurt Rackelmann, Gunther Simon, Tang Hua-ta, Lucina Winnicka. When an unusual rock with a cylinder inside is found in the Gobi Desert, scientists determine its origin as the planet Venus. A crew of astronauts is sent there to learn more. Meanwhile experts attempt to decode the message that was encoded on the spool within and determine why Venus is utterly silent. 95 min. DVD 6362
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Sechse Kommen durch die Welt(Six Soldiers of Fortune). (1972)
Director, Rainer Simon. A king discharges his soldiers with a mere pittance and when one soldier protests he winds up in a dungeon. But there he meets Strongman who breaks down the prison gate. As they escape they are joined by 4 companions with marvelous talents: the best sprinter, the musician whose fiddle can make anybody dance, the hunter with an eagle's eye and Crooked Cap, the girl who can make frost. Together, they eventually gain the state's treasures and go off to divide it among the people. PAL format; German without titles. 62 min. Video/C 7252
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Das Singende, Klingende Bäumchen(The Singing, Ringing Tree).(1961)
Director, Francesco Stefani. Cast: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux, Richard Kruger, Dorothea Thiesing, Fredy Barten. To win the love of a beautiful but haughty princess a prince sets out to find the singing, ringing tree. He finds the tree in the possession of an evil gnome who turns the prince into a bear. The bear/prince abducts the princes from the castle and takes her to an enchanged garden where, deprived of her beauty and power, she slowly changes for the better and falls in love with the prince. 73 min. Video/C 7239
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Die Söhne der grossen Bärin (Sons of the Great Bear) (1966)
Directed by Josef Mach. In the 1960's East German "Indianerfilms," were introduced. This movie, based on the novel by Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich tells the story of fearless Chief Tokei-ihto, whose Dakota tribe is being driven from the land of their ancestors in the interest of gold. As director, DEFA employed a Czech, Josef Mach, since East German directors did not dare enter a foreign territory and hired a Yusoglav sports teacher, Gojko Mitic, to play the role of Tokei-ihto. 93 min. DVD X3389; vhs 999:2553
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Birgel, Franz A. "The Sons of Great Bear/Chingachgook/Apaches." German Studies Review, Oct2007, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p715-717, 3p
Dika, Vera "An East German Indianerfilm: the bear in sheep’s clothing." Jump Cut, No. 50, spring 2008
Germans and Indians : fantasies, encounters, projections / edited by Colin G. Calloway, Gerd Gemünden, and Susanne Zantop. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks F596 .G47 2002)
Gemünden, Gerd. "Between Karl May and Karl Marx: The DEFA Indianerfilme." New German Critique, Winter2001 Issue 82, p25, 14p UC users only
Lischke, Ute; McNah, David T. "'Show Me the Money': Representations of Aboriginal People in East-German Indian Films." In: Walking a tightrope : aboriginal people and their representations / Ute Lischke and David T. McNab, editors. Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2005. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks E78.C2 W35 2005)

Solo Sunny (1979)
Directed by Wolfgang Kohlhaase. Portrays the seamy, boring and funny side of travelling with a fourth-rate band in the GDR from hotel to ballroom to factory party to whatever celebration will have them, through the adventures of Sunny, a pop singer with a background of orphanage and factory work. A huge box office success, this film addressed the longings and frustrations of East German youth. It artfully captures the GDR version of the "70s style," in its gritty-glitzy visuals and its catchy soundtrack. 113 min. vhs 999:2556
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Bahr, Gisela. "Film and Consciousness: The Depiction of Women in East German Movies (Till Death Do You Part, Solo Sunny, The Disturbance, Pauline's Second Life." In: Gender and German cinema : feminist interventions / edited by Sandra Frieden ... [et al.]. Providence : Berg, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 G357 1993 Library Has v.1-2 (1993))

Sonnensucher (The Sunseekers) (1946)
Directed by Konrad Wolf. In the fall of 1950, Lutz and Emmi are arrested after the police raid a bar-room brawl. They are not sentenced to prison but instead are forced to work in an uranium mine in Wismut. Their new home is full of characters with unusual destinies: old anarchists working next to former SS members and Russian officers. Emotions collide, as well as fists." When work began on the screenplay in 1957 constant objections from both the GDR government and Russian cultural authorities were encountered; in 1958 after the film's premiere it was forbidden and was only released in 1971. 116 min. DVD 3761; also vhs 999:2608
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Coulson, Anthony S. "Paths of Discovery: The Films of Konrad Wolf." In: DEFA : East German cinema, 1946-1992 / edited by Seán Allan and John Sandford. New York : Berghahn Books, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1999.D4 D34 1999)
Elsaesser, Thomas. Wedel, Michael. "Defining DEFA's Historical Imaginary: The Films of Konrad Wolf." New German Critique. 82:3-24. 2001 Winter UC users only
Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Speer und er (Germany, TV, 2005)
Directed by Heinrich Breloer. Cast: Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Dagmar Manzel, Susanne Schäfer. This German television docudrama is a reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being Hitler's minister for war production. Teil 1: Germania, der Wahn, erzählt den Aufstieg und Fall von Hitlers Lieblingsarchitekten, der zu seinem Kriegsorganisator wurde und als Spitzentechnokrat die Dauer des Krieges wesentlich verlängerte.--Teil 2: Nürnberg, der Prozess, lässt das gesamte Personal der Nürnberger Kriegsverbrecher-Prozesse in einem spannungsvollen Nebeneinander aus authentischen Filmprotokollen und Nachinszenierungen auftreten.--Teil 3: Spandau, die Strafe, konzentriert sich auf Speers zwanzig Jahre im Spandauer Gefängnis. Includes an additional 90 min. documentary film entitled "Nachspiel: die Täuschung" that follows Speer's life after his imprisonment. Special features: Making of (89 min.) ; Interviews (28 min.) ; deleted scenes (32 min.) In German without English subtitles. 270 min. DVD 5555
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Spur der Steine (The Trace of Stones)(1966)
Directed by Frank Beyer. Cast: Manfred Krug, Krystyna Stypukowska, Jutta Hoffman, Eberhard Esche, Johannes Wieke, Walter Richter-Reinick, Hans-Peter Minetti, Walter Jupé, Ingeborg Schumacher, Gertrud Brendler, Helga Göring, Erich Mirek, Fred Ludwig, Helmut Schreiber, Erik Veldre, Karl Brenk, Hans-Peter Reinicke, Detlev Eisner. The Party's construction foreman, loved and supported by his workers, is king of the building site. When the new Party Secretary and a young female engineer arrive, the foreman changes his view of life. The hero's swaggering pose is reminiscent of Hollywood's Western heroes. After its release in 1966, this film was banned for 25 years by East Germany. Based on the novel of the same title by Erik Neutsch. 134 min. DVD X1861; vhs 999:2540
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Feinstein, Joshua. "A Dream Deferred?: Spur der Steine and the Aftermath of the Eleventh Plenum." In: The triumph of the ordinary : depictions of daily life in the East German cinema, 1949-1989 / Joshua Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 F37 2002)
Hake, Sabine. "Political Affects: Antifascism and the Second World War in Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

Das tapfere Schneiderlein (Brave Little Tailor) (1964)
Directed by Kurt Weiler. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A tailor inscribes on his belt his deed of killing seven with one blow, so the king engages him to drive off the kingdom's enemies. Based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 31 min. vhs 999:2619
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Der Teufel vom Mühlenberg (Devil from Mill Mountain) (1964)
Directed by Herbert Ballmann. Cast: Eva Kotthaus, Hans-Peter Minetti, Willy A. Kleinau, Werner Peters, Gerhard Frei, Heinz Kammer. During the Middle Ages, the greedy owner of a mill sets a forest mill on fire and steals the last ration of flour from the mill. From this time on, the farmers are forced to have their grain ground at his mill. Anne discovers the stolen sacks and so the miller abducts her, taking her to a castle where young miller Jorg is already captive. But the three good spirits of the forest rescue the pair, and aid them in rebuilding the forest mill. When the evil miller is left empty-handed and seeks revenge, the good spirits transform him into a stone statue. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 84 min. Video/C 7262
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Tischlein deck dich (Table, the Donkey and the Stick) (1970)
Directed by Werner Krauße. Three brothers acquire three marvelous items that bring them the good life, but they lose them to thieves. Based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 35 min. vhs 999:2618

...Und deine Liebe auch (--And your love too) (1962)
Directed by Frank Vogel. In Berlin of 1961 a love triangle develops as the Berlin Wall is being constructed. Eva, a young East German girl, must decide between two contrasting brothers-- Klaus, who believes in making quick cash as a taxi driver in West Berlin, or the quiet and shy electrician, Ulli, who stands firmly behind the socialist ideology of the GDR. On August 13, 1961, Ulli stands guard at the border between East and West and with gun in hand forbids his brother to cross into the West. When Klaus is later arrested for trying to flee, Eva makes her decision. 92 min. vhs 999:2767
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Toyland (Germany, 2007)
Directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank. Germany 1942: In order to protect her son, Marianne Meissner tries to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to "Toyland." One morning, Marianne finds that her son has disappeared, along with the neighbors. "Toyland" is a film about guilt, responsibility, and lies, big and small. 13 min. DVD X3880
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Unser Täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread) (1949)
Directed by Slatan Dudow. Karl Weber, a petty bourgeois cashier in Berlin, observes from a distance how his son Ernst participates in the building of a new socialist society after the Second World War. Karl does not understand Ernst's visions; instead, he confides in his other son Harry. However, Harry becomes involved in illicit business and Karl quickly realizes that it would be best to join his son Ernst in the 'people-oriented factory'. This film was recognized as a premiere film of its day under the rubric of "socialist realism." 99 min. vhs 999:2637
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Unterm Birnbaum (Under the Pear Tree) (1973)
Directed by Ralf Kirsten. Restaurant owner Hradschek is flat broke. As the debt collector announces himself, Hradschek and his wife come up with a plan. Although neighbors see the debt collector leave, his carriage is later found in the river with no sign of the man. Of course the couple is immediately suspected of murder and the helpful neighbors lead police to a pear tree where they observed Hradschek digging the night before. 86 min. vhs 999:2563
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Der Untertan (Kaiser's Lackey) (1951)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. A comic historical satire of biting sharpness about Diederich Hessling, a weakling of the lower middle class who rises in the world by obsequiously deferring to those above him and brutally tyrannizing those of lower station. Then one of his biggest dreams comes true when he is able to give the keynote address at the dedication of an Emperor's monument. Based on the novel by Heinrich Mann. 105 min. DVD X1851; vhs 999:2560
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Urwaldmärchen (Jungle Fairy Tale) (East Germany, 1977)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A timid young dragon makes friends with a peasant boy who asks the dragon to help him restore a bird to a princess. Together they fight the evil witch to rescue the princess' bird, and in the battle the young dragon gains confidence in himself. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 15 min. vhs 999:2621
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Vom faulen Töpfer und dem fleißigen Wäscher (Concerning the Lazy Potter and the Industrious Laundryman.) (East Germany, 1977)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A timid young dragon ma The lazy potter was very envious of the industrious laundryman so he sets out to ruin his reputation with the king by reporting that the laundryman is so clever he can make a grey elephant white. When the king makes his demand the laundryman turns the tables by demanding he be supplied with a pot large enough to hold an elephant. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 15 min. vhs 999:2621
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Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003.(MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Die Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities) (1974)
Director, Siegfried Kuhn. In this DEFA film version of Goethe's novel, Eduard and his wife Charlotte live in a somewhat rundown castle. Charlotte falls in love with her husband's friend, while Eduard passionately falls in love with young Ottilie whom his wife has invited to the castle. PAL format tape; in German without subtitles. 102 min. vhs 999:3571
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Wer reisst vor'm Teufelt denn gleich vor'm Teufel aus (Devil's three Golden Hairs) (1977)
Director, Egon Schlegel. Cast: Hans-Joachim Frank, Dieter Franke, Rolf Ludwig, Katrin Martin, Wolfgang Greese, Hannjo Hasse. The poor lad Jacob is dogged by misfortune and now even the king is out to get him. The king sends Jacob to the devil to get the latter's three golden hairs, hoping to get rid of Jacob. On his way Jacob promises the king's exploited subjects to ask the devil how they can escape their misery. Once he arrives in hell, he takes advantage of the she-devil's absence by disguising himself in her clothes. He then snatches the three golden hairs from the devil, finds out the solution for the farmers and returns home a hero. PAL format tape; in German without subtitles. 88 min. Video/C 7259

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Wie heiratet man einen König (Clever Peasant's Daughter; Peasant's Wise Daughter) (1977)
Director, Rainer Simon. Cast: Cox Habbema, Eberhard Esche, Sigurd Schulz, Hannes Fischer, Peter Dommisch, Jürgen Holtz, Alfredo Lugo. A farmer, discovering a golden casket without a lid on land he received from the King, takes the casket to the king who accuses him of having stolen the lid and has him locked up. The farmer's clever daughter can win his freedom however if she solves three riddles. Not only does she solve them but also wins the love of the young king. As queen, she insists on having a say in his kingly decisions thereby offending his vanity. He expels her, allowing her to take only what is dearest to her and so PAL format tape; in German without subtitles. 77 min. Video/C 7260
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Wozzeck (1947)
Directed by Georg C. Klaren. The tragedy of Franz Wozzeck, a common soldier, who endures the humiliations of his military superiors as he struggles to create a modest future with his beloved wife. When he discovers that a tenacious and seductive drum-major has stolen her away from him, Franz becomes a murderer. Based on the drama Woyzeck by Georg Buchner. In German, without subtitles. 94 min. vhs 999:2663
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Zar und Zimmermann (Tzar and Carpenter) (1956)
Directed by Hans Muller. Who is the real Tzar? Marie sees before her an impossible task. A play about Tzar Peter I of Russia and Peter the carpenter in the small Dutch town of Saardam. Director Hans Muller created an Old-Dutch Saardam with opulent coloration, outshining any opera production as far as true-to-life splendor is concerned. The plot unfolds against this lush, picturesque backdrop as a free adaptation of the original comic-opera by Albert Lortzing. 97 min. vhs 999:2564
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Das zweite Gleis (The Second Track) (East Germany, 1962)
Director, Joachim Kunert. Cast: Albert Hetterle, Annekathrin Bürger, Horst Jonischkan, Walter Richter-Reinick, Helga Göring, Erik S. Klein, Johanna Clas, Brigitte Lindenberg, Paul Berndt, Walter E. Fuss, Arno Wyzniewski. A train station inspector witnesses a robbery, and recognizes one of the thieves - but hides this fact from the authorities. Meanwhile, the thief sets his partner after the inspector's daughter, setting in motion an explosive unearthing of dark secrets. Special features: Short film: a portrait of cinematographer Rolf Sohre; essay "Breaking with conventions" by Ralf Schenk; newsreels about the film; photo gallery; biographies & filmographies. 80 min. DVD X2142
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Zwerg Nase (Dwarf Nose) (East Germany, 1985)
Director, Katja Georgi. An animated puppet film of a German fairy tale. After unwisely insulting a disagreeable old woman in the market, Jacob is persuaded to help carry her purchases home and unknowingly falls under a spell that lasts seven years and drastically changes his appearance. In German; PAL format. 38 min. vhs 999:2614
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Silent Films Produced in Germany

Abwege (The Devious Path) (1928)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Gustav Diessel, Brigitte Helm, Herta van Walther, Jack Trevor, Fritz Odemar, Nico Turoff, Ilse Bachmann. Neglected by her work-obsessed husband, Brigitte Helm falls in with a fast crowd of Berlin nightclub denizens which eventually leads to disastrous results. Silent with music and German intertitles. 97 min. vhs 999:3692
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Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (Adventures of Prince Achmed) (1927)
Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. DVD 5007; vhs 999:2110
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Bildhauer, Bettina. "Animation and the human between animal and cyborg : Jester Till, Beowulf, The adventures of Prince Ahmed." In: Filming the Middle Ages / Bettina Bildhauer. London : Reaktion Books, 2011 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 B55 2011)
Irwin, Robert. "A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies." Middle Eastern Literatures; Jul2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p223-233, 11pUC users only

Alles für Geld (Fortune's Fool) (1923)
Directed by Reinhold Schünzel. An industrialist becomes trapped by his own high standard of living. 107 min. vhs 999:341
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Anna Boleyn (1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Henny Porten, Emil Jannings, Paul Hartmann, Aud Egede Nissen, Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein. Tragic drama of the second wife of England's Henry VIII, made in Berlin by Lubitsch before he moved to Hollywood to make comedies. 118 min. DVD 8868
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Anders als die Anderen (Different From the Others) (1919)
Directed by Richard Oswald. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Karl Giese, Fritz Schulz, Reinhold Schunzel. Different from the others: A prosperous man encounters a sleazy blackmailer who discovers that he is gay. For its day, this film is an amazingly frank depiction of a homosexual relationship. Special features on DVD X756: Gesetze der Liebe: Schuldlos Geächtet! (40 min., 1927) ; Gefährliche Neigungen : Die Skandalgeschichte van "Anders als die Andern" (7 min., 2000).50 min. DVD X756; also DVD 3308; vhs 999:2252
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Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only
Steakley, James "Anders als die Andern" : ein Film und seine Geschichte Hamburg : Mannerschwarm Verlag, 2007. (MAIN: PN1997.A348 S74 2007)
Steakley, James. "Cinema and Censorship in the Weimar Republic: The Case of Anders als Die Andern." Film History, Vol. 11, No. 2, Emigre Filmmakers and Filmmaking?. (1999), pp. 181-203 UC users only
Tropiano, Stephen. "Different from the Other(s): German Youth and the Threat of Homosexual Seduction." In: Youth culture in global cinema / edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1995.9.Y6.Y68 2007)

Die Augen der Mumie Ma: Drama in 4 Akten (The Eyes of the Mummy) (Germany, 1918)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Max Laurence (Furst Hohenfels), Harry Liedtke (Albert Wendland, ein Maler), Emil Jannings (Radu, ein Araber), Pola Negri (Ma). Albert Wendland, a young painter studying in Egypt, vists the forbidden tomb of Queen Ma, where it is said that anyone who enters meets with disaster at the hands of the evil mummy. Instead, Wendland finds a beautiful woman, Mara, who is held prisoner by the evil Radu. He rescues her and takes her to his European home, where they are soon married, but the tragic curse of the mummy still hangs over her head. 88 min. DVD X3482; 999:3738
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Negra, Diane. "Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology." Camera Obscura 48 (Volume 16, Number 3), 2001 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and Problem of Typology" In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)

Die Austernprinzessin (The Oyster Princess) (1919)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Ossi Oswalda, Victor Janson. Harry Liedtke, Julius Falkenstein. In this silent comic film the headstrong daughter of a wealthy American "oyster king," seeks a Prussian aristocrat for a husband. The matchmaker recommends Prince Nucky, eligible but poor, who sends his equerry to look the prospective bride over. He is received as the prince himself and doesn't bother to correct the mistake until after the wedding festivities. 50 in. DVD 6815; vhs 999:2889
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Die Bergkatze (The Wildcat: A Grotesque in Four Acts) (1921)
Directed by Ernst Lubtisch. Cast: Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Paul Heidemann, Marga Kohler, Edith Meller. The commander of a remote fort (and his lovely daughter) eagerly awaits a new lieutenant. En route, he is captured by outlaws who roam the snow-covered mountains and the daughter of their leader quickly falls for the young officer, setting in motion an outrageous farce. 82 min. DVD 8869
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Negra, Diane. "Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology." Camera Obscura 48 (Volume 16, Number 3), 2001 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and Problem of Typology" In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großtadt (Berlin: Symphonie of a City) (1927)
Directed by Walter (Walther) Ruttmann. A cross section of life in Berlin from dawn to midnight on a late spring day. Uses montage, cutting, and editing to capture the pulse and tempo of this city. An early example of 'impressionistic' documentaries created in 1927. "With Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großtadt, Walther Ruttmann directed the landmark film of the 1920s symphonic cityscapes. [Special feature] Melodie der Welt is the first German sound feature. DVD X759: This 2-disc set presents both these classics in newly restored versions and adds all the surviving short films he directed between 1921 and 1931. Ruttmann's innovative experimentations in movement, color and sound confirm his status as a pioneer of modern media art. Notes from DVD X6467 edition: Walther Ruttmann is a pioneer of modern multimaedia art. This DVD combines for the first time all surviving works by Ruttmann from 1920-1931 in newly restored and reconstructed versions, often with original scores. His first short films are unique experiments with forms, colors, and rhythm, his innovative commercials connected abstract animation art with concrete messages. The symphonic documentary Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grosstadt is one of the most famous silent cassics, the travelogue Melodie der Welt became the first German sound feature film. With the radio play Weekend Ruttmann created the first "sound film without images" while his short In der Nacht transforms music to images and is a prototype of modern music videos. DVD X6467: Disc 1: Berlin - die Sinfonie der Gro^(7)stadt (si., 1927, 65 min.) -- Lichtspiel Opus 1 (1921) -- Opus 2 (1922) -- Opus 3 (1924) -- Opus 4 (1925) -- Der Sieger (1922) -- Das Wunder (1922) -- Das Wiedergefundene Paradies (1925) -- Der Aufstieg (1926) -- Spiel der Wellen (1926) -- Dort wo der Rhein / paintings and drawings by Walther Ruttmann 1911-1920 (1927). Disc 2: Melodie der Welt (sd., 1929, 49 min.) -- Weekend (1930, 12 min.) -- In der Nacht (1931) -- Radio feature Walther Ruttmann, der Visionär bewegter Rhythmen (1987, 86 min.) -- Unrestored version of Lichtspiel Opus 1 (1927) -- Different digital transfers of Dort wo der Rhein... (1927) -- Side-by-side comparison of the existing prints of Melodie der Welt (1929) -- Photos from the Congress of the Independent Film in La Sarraz / texts by and about Walther Ruttmann (1929). Special features: Disc 1. Lichtspeil Opus I-IV (1921-1925, 25 min.) -- Disc 2. Melodie der Welt (1929, 49 min.) ; Weekend (1930, 12 min.) ; In der Nacht (1931, 7 min.) ; Walther Ruttmann: der Visionär bewegter Rhythmen [radio feature] (1987, 86 min.) ; Lobby cards, drawings and paintings. DVD X6467 (Edition Filmmuseum) DVD 64; DVD X759; vhs 999:307, vhs 999:2581
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Der brennende Acker: das Drama eines Ehrgeizigen 6 Akte (The Burning Soil) (1922)
Directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. Cast: Eugen Klöpfer, Wladimir Gaidarow, Werner Krauss, Eduard von Winterstein, Stella Arbenina, Lya de Putti, Alfred Abel, Grete Diercks. An ambitious young man scorns his farming family background, becomes secretary to an aged Count and moves his affections from the Count's daughter to his young, second wife, when he realizes that the latter will inherit the greater fortune from land likely to be rich in oil. 100 min. DVD X4478; vhs 999:2991
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Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box) (1928)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact until she is finally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Adapted from the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Bueschse der Pandora" by Frank Wedekind. Special features: Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film; Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane; "Louise Brooks: looking for Lulu" (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; "Lulu in Berlin" (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabst the director's son; Stills gallery; Book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The girl in the black helmet," an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman. 110 min. DVD 6629; vhs 999:31
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The Role of Women in the Movies. Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

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City Girl (1930)
Directed by F. W. Murnau (made in US). Cast: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, Sid Torrence, Edith York. Lem goes to Chicago to sell the wheat his family has grown on their farm in Minnesota. There he meets the waitress Kate. They fall in love and get married before going back to the farm. Kate is accepted by Lem's mother and kid sister but is rejected by his father, who believes she married for the money. (And the fact that Lem didn't get a fair price for the wheat is her fault too). The reapers arrive and quickly they make things even more complicated by making their move on Kate. Lem misunderstands the situation and believes Kate is actually interested. In despair Kate leaves the farm and Lem goes looking for her [from Internet Movie Database]. 89 min. vhs 999:346
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Die elf teufel (1927)
Director, Zoltan Korda and Carl Boese. Cast: Eveline Holt, Lissi Arna, Gustav Fröhlich, Fritz Alberti. Two fictitious soccer teams are in competition. One represents the poor workers whose mascot is Linda, while the other rich club offers its members facilities far superior to the workers' team. Its mascot is a vampire and when the two teams finally take to the field the vampire tries to seduce the center forward for the rich man's club. Special feature: Der Länderkampf Deutschland-Italien im Duisburger Stadion (9 min, 1924). 98 min. DVD X757
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Faust (1926)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frieda Richard, Wilhelm Dieterle, Yvette Guilbert, Eric Barclay, Hanna Ralph, Werner Fuetterer. Dr. Faust sells his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for scientific knowledge and perfect happiness. Based on the play: Faust / by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Special DVD features (DVD X1623): Das Meisterstück : Faust (from the series Die Sprache der Schatten : Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau und seine filme / The language of shadows : F. W. Murnau and his films) (TVE ; Filmoteca Madrid ; 2007 ; 53 min.) ; set designs by Robert Herlth ; screen tests for Ernst Lubitsch's "Marguerite and Faust" ; photo gallery ; essay by film historian Jan Christopher Horak ; Notes on the Mont Alto Score [found on the audio setup menu]. 107 min. DVD X1623; albos DVD 740; vhs 999:283
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Die Finanzen des Großherzogshe (The Finances of the Grand Duke)(1924)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Harry Liedtke, Julius Falkenstein, Mady Christians, Max Schreck, Adolphe Engers. A 'benevolent dictator' must preserve the tiny nation of Abacco by fending off creditors, wooing a wealthy Russian princess, and evading a band of demonic conspirators. 78 min. DVD X1624
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Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon) (1929)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Klaus Pohl, Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Gustav von Wangenheim, Fritz Rasp. Science fiction describing journey by rocket ship to the moon. In many respects technically accurate. 146 min. DVD 3171
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Die Freudlose Gasse (Joyless Street) (1925)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Greta Garbo, Werner Krauss, Asta Nielson, Jaro Furth, Robert Garrison. A drama about the hunger and passion of the people living under the distorted conditions of inflation-ridden, post-war Vienna. DVD X2606 restoration by the Filmmuseum München under the directon of Jan-Christopher Horak. Based on the novel by Hugo Bettauer. 80 min. DVD X2606; DVD X30; vhs 999:318
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Friedrich Schiller: Eine Dichterjugend (1923)
Directed by Curt Goetz. Cast: Theodor Loos (Friedrich Schiller), Hermann Vallentin, Isabel Heermann, Max Patteg, Ilka Grüning. A silent film about the youth of the leading German 18th century dramatist, poet, and literary theorist Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805). In 1773 he had to leave home and spent miserable years under strict discipline at the military academy of The Duke Karl Eugen, which only strengthened his longing for freedom. His first play "The Robbers" (1781) spoke of the ideas of liberty and became a landmark in German theater. Following the conventions of the silent movie era, the positive was tinted.80 min. Includes two different improvised piano scores by Joachim Bärenz. Special features: Deleted and missing scenes from the original screenplay. 102 min. DVD X765
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Das fidele Gefängnis(1917)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Harry Liedtke, Kitty Dewall, Ossi Oswalda. A neglected wife disguises herself in order to lure her wastrel husband into a compromising position. 48 min. Included on DVD 1579
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Geheimnisse einer Seele (Secrets of a Soul) (1926)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Werner Krauss, Jack Trevor, Ruth Weyher, Pawel Pawlow. By deciphering dream symbols, an analyst is able to resolve his patient's unconscious conflicts, curing him. An early attempt to interpret psychoanalysis on film, using expressionistic techniques to depict symbols of dreams and the unconscious. Based on an actual case history, with two of Freud's collaborators, Hans Sachs and Karl Abraham, as advisors. 50 min. DVD 9342; vhs 999:351
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Genuine (The Tale of a Vampire) (1920)
Directed by Rober Wiene. Cast: Fern Andra, Albert Bennefeld, Lewis Brody, John Gottow, Ernst Gronau, Harald Paulsen. 43-minute condensation. DVD 1383; DVD 232; DVD 5; vhs 999:39
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Geschlecht in Fesseln: die Sexualnot der Gefangenen (Sex in Chains) (1928)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: William Dieterle, Gunnar Tolns, Mary Johnson, Paul Henckels, Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski, Hugo Werner-Kahle, Carl Goetz. When Sommer accidentally kills a nighclub patron harassing his wife Helene, he's sentenced to three years in prison. Denied the comforts promised in their marriage, the young newlyweds risk their future and find release where they can -- Sommer in the arms of a handsome fellow prisoner and Helene with the boss whose kindness becomes her only solace. 90 min. DVD 3309
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Ashkenazi, Ofer. "Prisoners' fantasies in Weimar film The longing for a rational and just legal system." Journal of European Studies; Sep2009, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p290-304, 15p UC users only
Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only

Golem (Der Golem, Wie Er in die Welt Kam) (1920)
Direction and scenario, Henrik Galeen and Paul Wegener. Set in medieval Prague, the rabbi gives life to the Golem who falls in love with the rabbi's daughter and brings fear to the emperor's court. He is destroyed by an innocent child. Based on the legend of the Golem, a popular figure in Jewish tradition. 94 min. DVD 232; VHS 999:141
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Gypsy Blood (Carmen) (1918)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Leopold von Ledebur, Grete Diercks, Max Kronert, Sophie Pagay, Magnus Stifter. A faithful adaptation of the novel "Carmen", where a good soldier gives up everything for a smuggler/cigarette girl who then goes off with someone else, initiating a series of events that ends in murder. Gypsy blood from the original French version of "Carmen", by Prosper Mérimée. 78 min. DVD X4388; vhs 999:291
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Negra, Diane. "Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology." Camera Obscura 48 (Volume 16, Number 3), 2001 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and Problem of Typology" In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)
Hamlet: ein rachedrama (1921)
Directed by Svend Gade. Cast: Asta Nielsen (Hamlet), Mathilde Brandt, Paul Conradi, Anton de Verdier, Lilly Jacobson. This Hamlet remains one of the least known partly because the title role is played by a woman and the plot also borrows from Danish legends and a German play. For reasons of state the heiress to the throne has been brought up as a boy, and she has conceived a hopeless passion for Horatio. Dying she gets the longed-for kiss from him, as his wandering hand encounters a breast. "Death reveals thy tragic secret!". 135 min. vhs 999:1970
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The Haunted Screen: German Film After World War One
Film critic Peter Buchka explores the German cinema of the 1920s through film clips from these mostly silent films with commentary grouped by film themes such as "Evil and how it entered the world; Dream figures from the real world; Toying with fate" and "Power leads to doom." Film excerpts from: Destiny (1921) -- The Golem: how he came into the world (1920) -- Castle Vogeloed (1921) --Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) -- Faust (1925/26) -- Metropolis (1926) -- Nosferatu: a symphony of horror (1922) -- Hands of Orlac (1924) -- Secrets of a soul (1926) -- Eyes of the Mummy Ma (1918) -- Dr. Mabuse, the gambler (1921/22) -- Madame Dubarry (1919) -- Danton (1921) -- A way to the night (1920) -- Variety (1925) -- Tartuffe (1925) -- Spies (1928) -- Last laugh (1924) -- Nibelungen (1922/24). 1998. 60 min. DVD X6006 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6904

Der heilige Berg (The Holy Mountain) (1926)
Directed by Arnold Fanck. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Louis Trenker, Ernst Petersen, Hannes Schneider, Friedrich Schneider, Frida Richard. Set against a backdrop of the German Alps, a love triangle develops as two men vie for the affection of a dancer. One of Fanck's legendary "mountain films." 105 min. DVD 1823; in German without subtitles: DVD 3861
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Majer-O'Sickey, Ingeborg. "Visualized space. The cult of the cold and the gendered body in mountain films." In: Spatial turns : space, place, and mobility in German literary and visual culture / edited by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT148.S717 S7 2010)
Prime, Rebecca. "A Strange and Foreign World: Documentary, Ethnography, and the Mountain Films of Arnold Fanck and Leni Riefenstahl." In: Folklore / cinema : popular film as vernacular culture / edited by Sharon R. Sherman and Mikel J. Koven. Logan : Utah State University Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1994 .F545 2007)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

Hintertreppe (Backstairs) (1921)
Directed by Leopold Jessner and Paul Leni. Cast: Henny Porten, Fritz Kortner, Wilhelm Dieterle. German expressionist film about a postman consumed with jealousy over a maid's love affair with another man. 30 min. DVD 1375; vhs 999:337
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Ich mochte kein Mann sein: A Comedy in Three Acts (I Don't Want to be a Man)(1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Ossi, a tomboy full of a fun-loving spirit, tired or being urged to behave like a "proper young lady," heads to a local men's store and has herself fitted for an evening suit. Soon she's out on the streets in top hat, white tie, and tails, her hair groomed like a boy's, she rides the street car, and goes to a ballroom where she's soon drinking champagne and smoking cigars, flirting with (and even kissing) her own guardian. 45 min. DVD 6815
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Das Indische Grabmal (The Indian Tomb) (1921)
Directed by Joe May, with scenario by Fritz Lang. Cast: Olaf Fonss, Mia May, Conrad Veidt, Erna Morena, Bernhard Goetzke, Lya de Putti, Paul Richter, Georg John. Part 1: The mission of the yogi; Part 2. The Tiger of Bengal. An Indian maharajah plots revenge against a British officer to whom he has lost his wife. Enraged, the maharaja plots to destroy the officer and imprison the Princess in a monumental tomb. 212 min. vhs 999:2920 (2 tapes; restored and remastered)
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Rogowski, Christian. "Movies, money, and mystique : Joe May's early Weimar blockbuster, The Indian tomb (1921)" In: Weimar cinema : an essential guide to classic films of the era / edited by Noah Isenberg. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G4 W357 2009)

Die Insel der Seligen (The Island of Bliss: A Motion Picture in Four Acts) (1913)
Directed by Max Reinhardt. Cast: Wilhelm Diegelmann, Willy Prager, Gertrud Hackelberg, Lore Wagner, Werner Lotz, Ernst Hoffmann, Friedrich Kuhne, Ernst Matray, Mary Dietrich. An assortment of humans (two fathers, two girls, two boys, two bachelors) on holiday by the sea make their way to an island inhabited by various gods and other mythical beings who interfere with the mortals' frolics. 50 min. Video/C 999:3699
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Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1919)
Directed by Rober Wiene. Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover. Genuine: Fern Andra. A somnambulist commits murders at a hypnotist's bidding in this German expressionist horror classic. Also featured on some versions is an excerpt of "Genuine", a 1920 release which reunited "Caligari's" creative team. 77 min. (restored version) on: DVD 1383; DVD 232; DVD 5
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König der Mittelstürmer (1924)
Directed by Fritz Freisler. Cast: Fritz Alberti, Paul Richter, Colette Brettel, Rudolf Lettinger, Carl Walther Meyer, Aude Egede Nissen. A company director's son is in love with the daughter of an American oil magnate. She fears that he is only after her money, so she buys his father's company in revenge. He in turn is obsessed with soccer, as he attempts to convince his father of the importance of the game. 95 min. DVD X757
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Die Kriemhilds Rache (Kriemhild's Revenge) (Die Niebelugen, Part 2) (1924)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Theodor Loos, Margareta Schoen. The second part of a two-part version of the Nibelungenlied. Kriemhild, wife of the slain Siegfried, seeks revenge for his death and marries Attila, King of the Huns, in order to further her purpose. 148 min. DVD 1546 (part 2); 90 min. vhs 999:1907
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Lederstrumpf, 1. Teil: Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook (The Deerslayer)(1920)
Directed by Arthur Wellin. Cast: Emil Mamelok, Herta Heden, Bela Lugosi, Gottfried Kraus, Edward Eyseneck, Margot Sokolowska, Heddy Sve. In this adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's story, filmed in the European countryside, Deerslayer and Chingachgook (Bela Lugosi) aid British settlers harassed by the French and Indians in early 18th-century New York. Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. 59 min. DVD X4484
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Der Letzte Mann (Last Laugh) (1924)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Georg John. Chronicles the fickle advantages of status as an aging hotel doorman is demoted to lavatory attendant and then becomes a millionaire. 74 min. DVD 730; VHS 999:153
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Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney (Love of Jeanne Ney) (1927)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Jeanne is the daughter of a French diplomat who is assassinated by Bolsheviks. She falls in love with a young communist, Andreas and has a brief interlude of happiness in Paris until her uncle is murdered and the crime pinned on Andreas. 108 min. DVD 731; VHS 999:286
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Bathrick, David. "Melodrama, History, and Dickens: The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)." In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 52-61. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.(Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990;Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

Mabuse der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler) (1922)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Lang's first film featuring the arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse is also an allegory about Weimar Germany. Mabuse maintains his wealth through counterfeiting, manipulating the stock exchange and his ability to bend weaker minds to his will. In Part 1, Der grosse Spieler (The great gambler), Mabuse builds his empire, and casually ruins Count Told while entrancing the thrill-seeking Countess. In Part 2, Inferno, Mabuse turns from criminal to villain, murdering the Count and kidnapping the Countess. Mabuse is finally captured in his own hideaway, consumed by madness.
DVD 6131; DVD 846 229 min.
VHS 999:1965 pt. 1-2: Part 1. 141 min., Part 2. 156 min.
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Madame DuBarry (aka Passion) (1919)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Emil Jannings. A young French milliner forsakes a life with a man who loves her to carry out a series of love affairs, and eventually becomes the mistress of King Louis XV. 73 min. DVD X4481
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Marc Silberman. "Revolution, power, and desire in Ernst Lubitsch's Madame Dubarry." In: Expressionist film--new perspectives Edited by Dietrich Scheunemann. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2003. Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered) (Main Stack PN1993.5.G3.E94 2003)
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology." Camera Obscura 48 (Volume 16, Number 3), 2001 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and Problem of Typology" In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)
Pratt, David B. "'O Lubitsch, Where Wert Thou?' Passion, the German Invasion & the Emergence of the Name 'Lubitsch'." Wide Angle-A Quarterly Journal of Film History Theory & Criticism. 13(1):34-70. 1991 Jan

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People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) (Germany, 1930)
Directed by Kurt (Curt) Siodmak, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer. Script, Billy Wilder. Cast Annie Schreyer, Brigitte Borchert, Christl Ehlers, Erwin Splettstosser, Wolfgang Von Waltershausen. An effervescent silent film about a handful of city dwellers enjoying a weekend outing that offers a rare glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin. A unique hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling, the film was both an experiment and a mainstream hit that would influence generations of film artists around the world. People On Sunday represents an astonishing confluence of talent, an early collaboration by a group of German filmmakers who would all go on to become major Hollywood players. Bonus features on DVD X5971: "Weekend am Wansee" documentary about the film (2000) ; "Ins Blaue hinein" documentary (1931, 36 min.) Special features on DVD 4176: Biographical information on directors and screenwriters and the 1951 short film "This year -- London" / directed by John Krish. 73 min. DVD X5971; DVD 4176; vhs 999:3694
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Koepnick, Lutz "The bearable lightness of being : People on Sunday (1930)." In: Weimar cinema : an essential guide to classic films of the era / edited by Noah Isenberg. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G4 W357 2009)
Löffler, Petra. "The ordinary life of ordinary people: Menschen am Sonntag." In: Edgar G. Ulmer : essays on the king of the B's / edited by Bernd Herzogenrath ; foreword by Arianné Ulmer Cipes. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.U46 E57 2009)

Metropolis (1926)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Screenplay, Thea von Harbou; Special effects, Eugen Schufftan; hotography, Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau . Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustave Frolhich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Heinrich Georg. The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors.
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DVD X4953 The Complete Metropolis Special features: original 1927 score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berlin conducted by Frank Strobel, and presented in 5.1 stereo surround ; "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film ; interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered ; 2010 re-release trailer. 2 videodiscs (148 min.)

DVD 1574 Restored authorized ed., digitally remastered by Kino. Restored under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz. Plus special features, 43 min. documentary, audio commentary. Special features: 43 min. documentary: The making of Metropolis by Enno Patalas; featurette of the digital restoration; photo galleries featuring production stills, missing scenes, architectural sketches, poster artwork ; cast and crew biographies; Audio commentary in English. 124 min.

vhs 999:512 (Kino - restored version) 90 min.

vhs 999:513 Reconstructed and adapted" videocassette release, re-edited with color and music by Giorgio Moroder. 107 min.

Metropolis: Study Edition (1926)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Screenplay, Thea von Harbou; Special effects, Eugen Schufftan; hotography, Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau . Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustave Frolhich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Heinrich Georg. The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors.

Restored under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation. Original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz. Piano duet adapted by Mark Pogolski and Aljoscha Zimmermann. A study edition of the motion picture, originally released in 1927, with additional information and archival materials. 244 min. PAL format. DVD X530

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Lang, Fritz. Metropolis; a film by Fritz Lang. London, Lorrimer Pub. [1973] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.M436 L3 1973)

Michael (1924)
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Writers, Thea v. Harbou, Carl Th. Dreyer. Cast: Walter Slezak (Michael), Benjamin Christensen, Nora Gregor. A great, aging artist succumbs to when the young model and pupil he adores leaves him for a woman. Although the story is discreetly played at a father/adopted son level on the surface, the homosexual subtext is quite clear in this early Dreyer film made in Germany. 92 min. DVD 3307; vhs 999:3466
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Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only

Der Müde Tod (Destiny) (1921)
Directed by Fritz Lang. In the 19th century a young woman tries to save her lover from the presence of Death, who shows to her three lives, in Arabia, Italy, and China. 78 min. DVD 524; VHS 999:193
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Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück (Mother Krausen's Journey into Happiness) (1929)
Director, Piel Jutzi. Mother Krause lives with her daughter Erna, her jobless son Paul, a tenant, his girlfriend and child in a dark hinter house building in Berlin, a hard and miserable existence. This socially conscious film was made before a huge economic crisis hit Germany, but even then, the number of jobless people was very high. 104 min. vhs 999:2964
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Nathan der Weise (1921)
Directed by Manfred Noa. Cast: Werner Krauss, Carl de Vogt, Fritz Greiner, Lia Eibenschütz.. Nathan the Wise tells the story of Jerusalem in 1192, during a truce that brought the bloody fighting of the Third Crusade to a temporary halt. Based on the play by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. 123 min. DVD X784

Nerven (Nerves)(1919)
Director, Robert Reinert. Cast: Eduard von Winterstein, Lya Borée, Erna Morena, Paul Bender, Lili Dominici, Rio Ellbon. In this drama filmmaker Robert Reinert tried to capture the nervous epidemic caused by war and misery which drives people mad. His 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 loses his mind in view of catastrophes and social disturbances. Teacher John is the hero of the masses. Marja turns into a radical revolutionary. Using different fragments the Munich Film Museum was able to reconstruct this forgotten German classic; a unique historical document and a precursor of the 1920s expressionist cinema. Special features: Bilder von der Volksbewegung in München (1919, 3 min.) ; München im Zeichen der Räterepublik (1919, 11 min.) 110 min. DVD X779
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Die Nibelungen (1924)
Director, Fritz Lang. Part 1. Siegfried (143 min.). Cast: Paul Richter, Margareta Schoen,Theodor Loos. In part one, Siegfried wins the hand of Kriemhilde by slaying the dragon and defeating Brunhilde. When Brunhilde learns that magic has been used to conquer her, she has Siegfried murdered. Part 2. Kriemhild's Rache (Kriemhild's revenge) (148 min.) Cast: Theodor Loos, Margareta Schoen. In part two, Kriemhilde seeks revenge for Siegfried's death and marries Attila, King of the Huns, in order to further her purpose. Based on the 12th century epic poem Die Nibelungenlied. Restored version. 291 min. DVD 1546
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Nosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (1922)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroeder. The first film adaptation of the story of the unmasking of the insatiable Transylvanian vampire, Count Dracula. The tale unfolds with an awesome eeriness unequalled in later versions. 72 min.
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DVD 9325 Kino restored version. Special features: Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score ; Documentary: The language of shadows : the early years and nosferatu ( 52 min.) ; Nosferatu : an historic film meets digital resoration (3 min.) ; Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murau: Journey into the night (1920), The haunted castle (1921), Phantom (1922), The finances of the Grand Duke (1924), The last laugh (1924), Tartuffe (1925), Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931)

DVD 1382 This Kino edition has been mastered from a color-tinted 35mm negative restored by the Cineteca del Comune di Bologne at the laboratories of L'Immagine Ritrovata."-- Container. Supplemental features: Lengthy excerpts from other films by F. W. Murnau: Journey into the night (1920), The haunted castle (1921), Phantom (1922), The last laugh (1924), Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931); two musical scores to choose from; photo gallery; scene comparison: novel, screenplay & film. 84 min.

DVD 232 (Masterworks of German Horror Cinema) Special features: Still photo galleries featuring original artwork, 12 page booklet containing artwork and extensive liner notes on all films. 64 min.

DVD 31 Blackhawk Films. Mastered from 35mm archive material, features exclusive audio essay and a collection of supplementary materials. 81 min.

vhs 999:2395 This newly restored Kino version...was mastered from a 35mm negative and includes recently discovered scenes and intertitles freshly translated from the original German prints. 84 min.

vhs 999:40 72 min.

Opium (1919)
Directed by Robert Reinert. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Eduard von Winterstein, Hanna Ralph. An early silent German film about a man's addictions to opium and sex which leads to tragic results. Veidt gives a remarkable portrayal in scenes that depicted debauches of sex and drugs, which caused a sensation when first exhibited in Berlin. 96 min. vhs 999:3524
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Opus 1 (1922)
Directed by Walter Ruttmann. An abstract experimental animation film, made in the minimal style which Ruttmann developed at the Bauhaus. A rare example of German avant-garde cinema. Video Disc 149; VHS 999:2581

Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) (1924)
Directed by Robert Wiene. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner, Carmen Cartellieri. A noted concert pianist's hands are severed in a train wreck. A surgeon grafts the hands of an executed strangler onto Orlac's wrists and he begins to believe he is possessed with the mind of the strangler. DVD special features : Scene comparison ; About the restoration ; Film notes by John T. Soister ; Gallery of images ; "Mad Love" trailer. 98 min. DVD 9343; vhs vhs 999:3706
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Othello (1922)
Directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki. Cast: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Lya De Putti, Ica von Lenkeffy. Directed by Russian expatriate Dimitri Buchowetzki this early version of William Shakespeare's Othello is a fine example of the artistic and technical virtuosity of the German silent cinema. Rather than a literal adaptation, the film is more of a dark psychological thriller in the German tradition. Cavernous chambers and stony battlements cast shadows of impending doom upon Othello and Desdemona as the Mephistophelian Iago dances about them, methodically destroying their happiness and steering them toward their bitter fate with impish delight. 80 min. DVD 747; Video/C 2521
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Phantom (1922)
Directed by F. W. Murnau. Cast: Alfred Abel, Frieda Richard, Lya de Putti. In this early silent German classic Alfred Abel plays Lorenz Lubota, a man obsessed with his own desires to achieve fame and wealth, who must confront the barriers of class keeping him from a woman with whom he has had a fateful encounter. Based on the novel of the same title by Gerhart Hauptmann. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1922. Special features : Invitation to Phantom, a documentary by UCLA film historian Janet Bergstrom ; The colors of Phantom, a Alfred Abel, Frieda Richard, Lya de Putti. 120 min. DVD 6442
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Der Polizeiwachmeister und die Brillantenelse (Asphalt) (1929)
Directed by Joe May. Cast: Albert Steinruck, Gustav Frohlich, Betty Amann, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Else Heller. In this early silent German film classic a young woman steals a precious stone from a jewelery shop and then tries to seduce the policeman who catches her. PAL format tape. Silent with German intertitles and musical soundtrack. 93 min. DVD 5964; vhs 999:3651
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Roberts, Ian. "Street life and the end of expressionism : Joe May's Asphalt." In: German expressionist cinema : the world of light and shadow / Ian Roberts. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 R56 2008)
Thomas, Gordon. "The Sweet Smell of Asphalt: Discovering Joe May's 1929 Masterwork." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 54, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2006

Die Puppe (The Doll)(1919)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Ossi Oswalda, Max Kronert, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson. A rich old man demands that his nephew, who is terrified of women, marry in order to inherit his money. The man tries to fool his uncle by marrying a life-sized mechanical doll, but when it is broken in an accident, a young girl substitutes herself. 64 min. DVD 8874
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Die Rache der Berge: Blinde Ehemänner (USA, 1921)
Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Cast: Sam De Grasse, Francilla Billington, Erich von Stroheim, T.H. Gibson Gowland, Fay Holderness. "Erich von Stroheim's directorial debut Blind Husbands is considered a masterpiece of American silent cinema. Set in the alpine scenery of South Tyrol it still baffles its audiences through its precise visual language and its moral ambiguity. This edition presents the film in its gorgeous tinted Austrian release version, Die Rache der Berge (Blinde Ehemänner) / The Revenge of the Mountains (Blind Husbands), featuring German language intertitles. This print of the film is the longest and oldest version available today. Extras include additional materials from the Austrian Film Museum's Stroheim collection as well as a ROM section with materials on Stroheim and the film." [Edition Filmmuseum] 60 min. DVD X783
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Sappho (Mad Love) (1921)
Directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki. Cast: Pola Negri, Johannes Riemann, Alfred Abel, Albert Steinrück. The engineer Georg de la Croix suffers a nervous breakdown due to the continuous unfaithfulness of his lover, Dame Sappho. Georg ends up in a lunatic asylum. His brother, Richard wants to avenge him but instead falls in love with the beautiful woman himself. 82 min. DVD X4388
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Negra, Diane. "Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology." Camera Obscura 48 (Volume 16, Number 3), 2001 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and Problem of Typology" In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)

Schatten: Eine nächtliche Halluzination (Warning Shadows) (1923)
Directed by Arthur Robison. Tells the story of a wife who falls in love with another man and tries to keep her husband from finding out. 60 min. DVD 5963; vhs 999:298
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Das Schiff der Verlorenen Menschen (Ship of Lost Men) (1929)
Director, Maurice Tourneur. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner, Vladimir Sokoloff, Robin Irvine, Gaston Modot. Marlene Dietrich stars as a daring adventuress whose plane crash lands in the Atlantic Ocean. She is rescued by a strange ship housing a crew of escaped criminals and other dangerous characters. When they succeed in killing the captain, Dietrich and three other men must fend off the vicious murderers until help arrives. 97 min. vhs 999:3198
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Schloß Vogeloed (Haunted Castle) (1921)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Arnold Korff, L. Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Hartmann, Paul Bildt. When the Count Oestsch steals his brother's sweetheart, a family row begins which has unnerving results. A gothic story of murder, innuendo, suspicion and hatred. Based on the novel Schloß Vogelod by Rudolf Stratz. Special DVD features: Excerpts of Rudolf Stratz's novel ; Set designs by Robert Herlth ; Image gallery . "The text of the intertitles was derived from extant "flash titles," supplemented with surviving scripts and a title list prepared by the production company Decla-Bioscop on March 13, 1921." - Opening titles. Reconstructed in 2002 from an original negative from the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin, and a nitrate print with Portuguese intertitles from the Fundacao Cinemateca Brasileira. 81 min. DVD X1625; vhs 999:340
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Siegfried (Die Niebelugen, Part I) (1924)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Paul Richter, Margareta Schoen, Theodor Loos. The first of a two-part version of the Nibelungenlied. Siegfried wins the hand of Kriemhilde by slaying the dragon and defeating Brunhilde. When Brunhilde learns that magic has been used to conquer her, she has Siegfried murdered. 143 min. DVD 1546 (part 1) ; 100 min. vhs 999:309; 96 min. DVD 1546
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Die Spinnen (Spiders) (1919; 1920)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Karl de Vogy, Ressel Orla, Georg John, Lil Dagover. An adventure story about an organized band of criminals who scheme to dominate the world. Crime is an end in itself for The Spiders syndicate headed by a respectable man, Dr. Telphas, but energized by a woman, the fantastically resourceful Lio Sha. Follow the syndicate as they chase from Peru to England, India and the Falkland Islands in a mad chase for jewels and dominance of the world. Originally planned as a serial, only the first two parts were completed. Originally produced as a silent film in Germany in 1919 - 1920. 137 min. DVD 265
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Fritz Lang bibliography

Spione (Spies) (1928)
Director, Fritz Lang. Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers. The first "modern" spy film. A power-hungry banker with many disguises marshals his forces to steal the secrets of an important treaty. 90 min. DVD 3172; DVD 662; VHS 999:339 (DVD also includes "M" and "Felix the Cat 'All Puzzled'")
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Die Straße (The Street: The Story of a Night in Paris) (1923)
Directed by Karl Grune. A middle-aged bourgeois, dissatisfied with his wife and the monotony of everyday existence, rebels one night. He is lured into a nightclub by a prostitute, who contrives to have him accused of murder. In the police station he tries to hang himself but the real murderer confesses. Based on a story by Carl Mayer. 87 min. vhs 999:301
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Der Student von Prag (The Student of Prague) (1913)
Directed by tellan Rye and Paul Wegener. Presents an old German legend about a poor student in Prague who falls in love with a wealthy countess. He sells his reflection to an agent of the devil in order to become rich, then buys it back at the expense of his life. With a theme reminiscent of the Faust legend, this is considered to be one of the first 'horror' films. Writer, Hanns Heinz Ewers, from his novel. 41 min. (DVD); 60 min. (videotape) DVD X3070; vhs 999:839
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Sumurun (One Arabian Night) (1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch. This blending of melodrama and comedy in the manner of an Arabian nights tale, tells the story of a rebellious harem member who rejects the sheikh and falls in love with a merchant. 85 min. DVD 8873; vhs 999:290
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Ernst Lubitsch bibliography
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology." Camera Obscura 48 (Volume 16, Number 3), 2001 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Immigrant stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and Problem of Typology" In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. A villager in love with a city woman tries to kill his wife but then repents only to love her more in the end. 97 min. DVD 2841; vhs 999:993
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Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
Directed by F.W. Murnau (with Robert Flaherty). A boy (Matahi) and a girl (Reri) are in love but she is chosen by a high priest to join the ranks of the sacred virgins, thereby becoming tabu to all men. The two escape by canoe to another island but the story ends tragically with the death of Matahi. Begun in collaboration with Robert Flaherty and shot on location in Tahiti, F.W. Murnau's last film is a visual paean to the beauty of a now-vanished way of life. 82 min. vhs 999:1243
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Jolly, Margaret. "White shadows in the darkness: representations of Polynesian women in early cinema." Pacific Studies Dec 1997 v20 i4 p125(23)
Ruby, Jay. "Tabu." (movie reviews) . American Anthropologist March 1994 v96 n1 p221(2)

Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (Diary of a Lost Girl) (1929)
Directed by G.W. Pabst, G.W. Thymiane Henning (Louise Brooks), an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world [Internet Movie Database] 99 min. DVD 1173
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Louise Brooks Society web site

Lulu in Berlin. Video/C 1849
The Role of Women in the Movies. Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

Schlupmann, Heide. "The Brothel as an Arcadian Space? Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)" In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 80-90. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.(Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990; Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

Tartuffe (1925)
Directed by F. W. Murnau. Cast: Emil Jannings, Lil Dagover, Werner Krauss, Rosa Valetti, Andre Mattoni. An early silent version of Moliere's play about a religious hypocrite who insinuates himself into a wealthy Parisian family. 63 min. DVD 2458
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Theodor Herzl, der Bannerträger des jüdischen Volkes (The Wandering Jew, or, The Life of Theodor Herzl) (Austria, 1921)
Directed by Otto Kreisler. Cast: Rudolph Schildkraut, Joseph Schildkraut, H. [i.e. Ernst] Bath, Josef Schreiter; Rudolf Dietz; Else Osterheim; Gita Lenart-Vago; Axel Plessen; Pippa Gettke. This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages, and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism. The film then follows Herzl's efforts to implement his ideas by converting European leaders and Jews to his cause. 59 min. DVD X1807
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Variety (Variete) (1925)
Directed by Ewald André Dupont. A drama, using flashback technique, which tells how a prisoner (Boss Huller) left his wife and child for a young dancer, returned to his life as a trapeze artist with the dancer as his partner, and ultimately killed her new lover, a third partner in the trapeze act. Based on the novel: The oath of Stephan Huller by Felix Hollaender. 75 min. DVD X5765; vhs 999:294
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Vom Reiche der sechs Punkte (1927)
Directed by Hugo Rütters. Cast: Lotte Kleinschmidt, Robert Wirtz, Hubert Horbach, Josef Petri. This silent docudrama premiered in Düren, Germany on December 13, 1927. The story deals with a steel engineer who looses his sight and has to accept making a living as a blind man. The film features unique documentary footage of life and work within institutions for the blind in Cologne, Neuwied and Düren. 95 min. DVD X768
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Das Wachsfigurenkabinet (Waxworks) (1924)
Directed by Paul Leni amd Leo Birinsky. A poet imagines scenarios in a wax museum fairground that involve Jack the Ripper, Ivan the Terrible, and Haroun al-Raschid. 61 min. DVD 1381; vhs 999:288
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Eisner, Lotte H. "'Decorative' Expressionism." In: The haunted screen : expressionism in the German cinema and the influence of Max Reinhardt / by Lotte H. Eisner ; [translated from the French by Roger Greaves]. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1973, c1969. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G3.E512 1973; Media Center PN1993.5.G3.E513 1969; Grad Svcs PN1993.5.G3.E513 1969)
Kasten, Jürgen. "Episodic Patchwork: The Bric-à-Brac Principle in Paul Leni's Waxworks" In: Expressionist film--new perspectives / edited by Dietrich Scheunemann. Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2003. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G3.E94 2003)

Die Weiß Hölle vom Piz Palü (Föhn) (White Hell of Pitz Palu) (1929)
Directed by Arnold Franck and G.W. Pabst. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Gustav Diessl, Ernst Petersen, B. Spring, Ernst Udet. A prime example of the German "mountain film" genre, notable for its impressive photography and uniquely Germanic combination of terror and idealism, about a man who sets out with two companions to conquer an Alpine peak that has already claimed his wife. A rescue attempt is begun on foot and by air when the climbers are trapped on the mountain by avalanches and a sudden storm. 93 min. DVD 4765; also vhs 999:2448
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Majer-O'Sickey, Ingeborg. "Visualized space. The cult of the cold and the gendered body in mountain films." In: Spatial turns : space, place, and mobility in German literary and visual culture / edited by Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT148.S717 S7 2010)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

What Do Those Old Films Mean, Part 6: Germany 1925-1932: Under Two Flags.
The social workers' movements, influenced by the achievements of the young Soviet cinema, created the German Workers' Film. This remarkable movement for a "populist" cinema had much in common with similar efforts in other fields but was ultimately replaced by more palatable and cheerful films. Contents: People on Sunday; The Outcasts; A Working Woman's Way Forward; Our Daily Bread; Mother Krausen's Journey to Happiness; Two Worlds; Bookkeeper Kremke; Kuhle Wampe; Berlin Alexanderplatz. Video/C 1406:6

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