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The following video titles are in
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They are all VHS in the U.S. system only.
Das Boot/The Boat DB 543
1982, German language with English subtitles, 110 min. - The gripping tale of a German U-boat as it prowls the North Atlantic. Starring Wolfgang Peterson. This is the full screen version.
Das Boot BB 22213
1982, ca 210 min., Directors Cut - Digitally remastered, 60 minutes of extra footage! You know the story, the film has been on the market for years. Now see the Directors Cut, with new footage and additional interviews. Six Academy Award nominations. The most expensive, most successful motion picture in the history of German cinema, this gripping tale follows the daring patrol of U-96, one of the famed German U-boats know as the "gray wolves." Prowling the North Atlantic, they challenged the British Navy at every turn. The crew aboard the U-96 is graphically portrayed in a desperate life-and-death struggle, coping with endless hours of claustrophobic boredom at sea, which quickly gives way to terror when confronting the enemy. Relentlessly under attack, the U-96 is forced to unheard of depths, the creaking hull threatening to collapse and crush the panicked sailors. The Boat delivers an amazingly accurate account of Germany's elite U-boat crewmen, as it deliberately hammers away at the tragic waste of war. Please note: This version is in letterbox format! (Black bar on top and bottom of screen). German language with English subtitles.
David KV 101
1979, color, 106 min. - David is a German-Jewish teenager who is caught up in the Nazi regime's persecution, eventually losing his home and family. He survives, a victim and witness in this brutal but poetic drama filmed in Germany. Directed by Peter Lilienthal. With Mario Fischel, Walter Taub, and Irene Vrkijan.
Danton FA 212
1921, b&w, ca. 60 main. - With Emil Jannings. Directed by D. Buchowetski.
Dragon Chow NYV 56090
Drachenfutter, 1987, 75 min., b&w - Dragon Chow tells the story of Asian political refugees living in the edge of deportation in the land of economic miracles. West Germany. Together they attempt to storm the citadel of Western capitalism by opening a restaurant of their own.
Deadly Game AH 3
1985, 90 min. - A lonely, luxurious lodge in the mountains becomes the focus point of emotions and aggressions when people from different walks of life and social levels, connected by former and present loves, meet unexpectedly. Soon, hunting of bears and deer changes into a more deadly game, into the one variation left: manhunt. Mel Ferrer and Helmut Berger, a tour de force of hidden violence, a most exciting psycho-thriller.
Der Arzt von Stalingrad BB 930
1958, b/w, ca. 102 min. - During the terrible postwar years in a Russian prison camp a doctor tries to help his fellow prisoners under the most primitive circumstances. An all-star cast including O. E. Hasse, Eva Bartok, Vera Tschechova. Highly acclaimed movie!!
Der Hauptmann von Koepenick (The Captain from Koepenick)
1957 - howlingly funny! Irresistible Masterpiece of Fun!
Der Sprinter AH 2
1983, Drama, 90 min. - Wieland is gay. His parents are not. Wieland wishes to become normal-like his parents. He decides to take up a sport (his father was a district Rounders champion). Wieland becomes a sprinter. His trainer demands, "No cigarettes, no alcohol, no women." No problem for Wieland...right..." Wieland gets to know a shot-putter. The shot-putter's name is Brigitte. Now the fun begins. Starring Christoph Boll, Wieland Samolak, Nicole Schurmann.
Der Todesspringer - The Jumper
1985, 90 min., Color - German NEW-WAVE movie is a collection of stories of a group of comical and tragic characters, including the Bad Actor, The Logical Person, Brainwashing, A Son of Rich Parents, etc. They all seem to lose the ground under their feet in the struggle of life without a direction. An unusual and disquieting film directed by Benno Trachtmann.
The Devil's General
1954, suspense thriller, b/w, ca. 92 min. - A terrific suspense thriller loosely based on the life of Ernst Udet, the second highest scoring German ace (62 kills) to survive the First World War. Udet was awarded the Pour le Merite, the coveted "Blue Max" and was made Inspector-General of the Luftwaffe under Hermannn Goering. Starring Curt Juergens, Marianne Koch and Bum Krueger.
(Also available to rent in English language. Order # WW 920)
Die Ehe der Maria Braun RC
1978, 102 min. - The most celebrated film of Fassbinder's incredibly prolific career, and probably of the entire new German cinema. Here his favorite actress, Hanna Schygulla, stars as a post WW II survivalist who uses equal doses of seduction and self-preservation to keep afloat in the troubles, cut-throat society of a Germany rebuilding its ravaged countryside and spirit. This deeply moving film is a successful mix of soap opera, sexual politics, offbeat comedy and epic romance. Schygulla's shattering performance as Maria Braun established her as one of Europe's finest actresses. German language with English subtitles. Rated R
The Dybbuk IH 181
Poland 1939, 108 min., b&w - (English title cards) The original Yiddish-Polish film based on Sholom Anski's classic play about possession and exorcism. An extremely rare film!
Ecstasy SU 222
1934, b&w, ca. 88 min. - A bold and romantic film about a girl married to an older man who feels within him the awakening passions of youth. Hedy Lamarr, in her notorious nude scene, plays the confused maiden in this uncut version of the European classics. German language with English subtitles.
**No Longer Available**
Effi Briest NY 22992
135 min., b&w - Effi Briest is a radiant beauty, a vivacious blend of naiveté and intelligence, candidness and willful self-interest. At a young age she is married to a much older Prussian diplomat and carried away to a remote Baltic port. There she drifts into a brief passionless affair with a local womanizer. The full effects are felt only years later, in a chilling manifestation of the Prussian legal code. Fassbinder's faithful, penetrating adaptation of Germany's most famous 19th-century novel make this his most classical and elegant film. Starring Hanna Schygulla, Ulli Lommel. German language with English subtitles.
Europa, Europa ORN 5064
1991, German and Russian with English subtitles, 115 min., color - Starring Marco Hofschneider. Directed by Agnieszaka Holland. The true story of Solomon Perel, a very courageous German-Jewish teenager who survived World War II by concealing his true identity and living a Nazi for seven harrowing years. German language with English subtitles.
Every Man For Himself and God Against All (Same
as 'The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser') VC 3035
1975 - In 1828, Kaspar Hauser, a young man who had been isolated from the world in a dark cellar since birth, mysteriously appears, abandoned, in the main square of a German town. His story is the focus of this powerful, intensely provocative film by German director Werner Herzog. Covered with sores and petrified by his new surroundings, Kaspar ("Bruno S.") is found clutching only a prayer book in one hand and a scribbled not in the other - a note that serves to obscure his appearance rather than explain it. The townspeople decide to take in Kaspar, who cannot speak or write and who can barely eat properly, and educate him in the ways of civilization. But it is an education that Kaspar resists, challenging the rules and conventions that would stifle his innocent perception of life. This is a fascinating film that will haunt the memory. Starring Bruno S., Walter Ladegast, Brigitte Mira. Direction and screenplay by Werner Herzog. German language with English subtitles.
Even Dwarfs Started Small AB
B/W, 96 min. Not Rated 1969, German with English subtitles - Written and directed by Werner Herzog. Featuring a cast composed entirely of little people, this film is a brutal, uncompromising allegory about the consequences of imprisonment and rebellion. The inmates have taken over an institution in a bleak and savage world in which everyone is a dwarf. 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. In this land of reversed proportions, these revolutionary outcasts not only destroy the symbols of civilization- cars, typewriters and dinner plates-but trees, flowers and animals as well.
Far Away, So Close (A Wim Wender Film) FA 63
1994, German language with yellow English subtitles, b/w, ca. 146 min., PG-13 - When an angel dares to cross the line, he stumbles into the harsh reality of post cold war Berlin and finds himself engaged in deadly combat to protect the mortals he loves. The gravity-defying imagery of director Wim Wenders gives wings to his daring film of suspense and intrigue. Otto Sander and Nastasja Kinski lead an all-star ensemble cast that includes Horst Buchholz and Willem Dafoe with cameo appearances by Peter Falk and Mikkhail Gorbachov. Hit-packed soundtrack features the music of U2 and Lou Reed. Winner 1993 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Take flight for a spiritual film odyssey impossible to forget.
**No Longer Available**
FeuertaufeIH 508 SUB
Ca. 1940, German language with English subtitles, b&w, ca. 90 min. - The legend of the Luftwaffe begins in Poland, the first victim of Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Combat cameramen filmed the aerial campaign, showing preparations for flight, massive air strikes, and the appalling devastation wreaked upon Polish towns and armies. Highlighted by a lengthy, riveting sequence depicting the siege of Warsaw, Feuertaufe inspired Germany with pride and confidence and foreign viewers with dread. Norbert Schultze's original score lyrically enhances this propaganda masterpiece.
Fitzcarraldo WA 24003
1982, 150 min. - Dir. Werner Herzog. Deep in the Amazon, a man obsessed with smoldering ambition, struggles to make his fortune. His method lies in reaching an inaccessible forest of fourteen million rubber tieres. His madness burns in his goal: to build his own personal opera house in the jungle. For almost five years, Herzog labored to ring his epic to the screen. On location in Peru and Brazil, he faced delay, illness, accident, political unrest, even the defection of stars originally cast in "Fitzcarraldo" after shooting had commenced. Against all odds, Herzog succeeded. Star Klaus Kinski orders a 320-ton steamship to be hauled uphill by hundreds of Indian workers. Inch by inch, the ship makes its bizarre portage to the river tributary which will carry Fizcarraldo to his goal. In cool irony, the strains of grand opera float out over a jungle oblivious to the meaning of man and his works. Starring Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale. An outstanding movie! Rated PG. German language with English subtitles.
Forget Mozart WBF 8029
1986, 93 min. - Directed of Salvo Luther and starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Catarina Raacke. An intelligent, beautifully crafted biography of Mozart structured like a classic detective thriller. Vienna, December 5th, 1791. Friends and associates of Mozart are gathered at his deathbed. Officially, they are in mourning, but the small room is filled with mistrust, fear and suspicion. The Chief of the Secret Police is present and Mozart's short life is unrolled in a dramatic hearing - his musical genius, his obstinate love of freedom, his boundless lust of life, and his extreme passions. But Mozart is not only portrayed as a genius, but as a man with ordinary fears, strengths and weaknesses. His life is a hectic one. He is obsessed by the conviction that he does not have much time to live. German language with English subtitles.
Fox and His Friends NY 19589
1975, 123 min. - Starring and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A lower class carnival entertainer professionally known as "Fox, the Talking Head" (played by Fassbinder himself) strikes it rich, after a life of hard knocks, by winning the lottery. His new-found wealth attracts an elegant, bourgeois lover, who proceeds to vamp Fox as thoroughly and unthinkingly as Theda Bara. This ill-fated romance between the capitalist and the "lottery queen" makes for one of Fassbinder's most skillfully wrought films. German language with English subtitles.
Flaming Ears FA 936
1991, Austria, Unrated, ca. 84 min. - A pop sci-fi lesbian fantasy feature set in the year 2700 in the fictitious burnt out city of Asche. It follows the tangled lives of three women: Spy, comic book artist, Volley, a performance artist and sexed-up pyromaniac, and Nun, an amoral alien with a predilection for reptiles. It's a story of love and revenge, and an anti-romantic plea for love in its many forms. It's also a story laced with sex, violence and a pulsating soundtrack, a "cyberdyke" movie, stimulating both the body and the brain. German language with English subtitles.
Friedemann Bach DT 330
1941, b&w, ca. 100 min. - With Gustaf Gruendgens. Directed by Traugott Mueller. This war-time, escapist feature is the rather bizarre story of the eldest son of J. S. Bach, Friedemann. He is a gifted musician, but feels so confined by his autocratic family that he ends up wasting his talent. His life ends tragically, in debauchery and penury. German language with English subtitles.
3 Groschen Oper (The Three Penny Opera)
1931, 114 min., b&w - Directed by G. W. Pabst. Adapted from the play by Bertold Brecht with Lotte Lenya and Rudolph Forster. A "Beggar's Opera" set in 19th Century London underworld populated by pimps, whores, and thieves. German language with English subtitles.
Dubbed in English Order # FA 661
Germany in Autumn (Deutschland im Herbst)
124 min. - 5 German directors including Werner Fassbinder present a segment of their work. An outcry against hysteria, hypocrisy, and inhumanity. Throughout the decade, the Red Army Fraction - an outgrowth of the notorious Baader-Meinhof Group - had waged a campaign of terror against those in power, and the government's escalating efforts to root out the terrorists had resulted in a virtual state of siege by the Autumn of 1977. Here is an immediate, impassioned response to the events of that Autumn: the RAF kidnapping and murder of industrialist Hans-Martin Schleyer and the subsequent, highly suspicious deaths of three imprisoned Baader-Meinhof terrorists. German language with English subtitles. Starring Volker Schoendorff, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupe, u.v.a.
Germany, Pale Mother
1979, German with English subtitles, ca. 123 min. - Eva mattes, the star of the films of Fassbinder and Herzog, delivers the performance of a lifetime in this key work of the New German Cinema. A powerful love story set during and after the Nazi era, 'Germany, Pale Mother' is also an extraordinary dialogue with the German past. Sanders-Brahms explores the private lives of a young bride and her Nazi soldier husband, and her parents, by-standers who tolerated Hitler. The film is also a moving portrait of a remarkably strong woman. Lena (Eva Mattes) is raped by the American conquerors, accused of infidelity by her husband, yet remains defiant, with her daughter at her side. German language with English subtitles.
*No longer available
Germany, Year Zero BA 3005
1974, 78 min., b&w - Roberto Rossellini drama about an ex-member of the Hitler youth movement confronting the horrors of postwar Germany. The rare German language version. German language with English subtitles.
The Goalies Anxiety at the Penalty Kick(Wim Wender Film)
1971, 101 min. - Directed by Wim Wenders. This disturbing film is based on the acclaimed European novelist Peter Jandke's story about Josef Bloch, a distraught soccer player who strangles a movie cashier. He then passively waits, reading newspaper accounts of the police dragnet that is slowly closing in on him. German language with English subtitles.
Other Wim Wender films:
The Goalies Anxiety PA 664
The State of Things PA 662
The Scarlet Letter PA 665
Wrong Move PA 669
Alice in the City PA 663
Kings of the Road PA 671
Goetz von Berlichingen (Iron Hand)
Adventure, 100 min. - A rollicking medieval drama about one of Germany's most famous historical figures with famous castles, memorable battles, romance, intrigue and betrayal. An adventure film for the whole family! German language with English subtitles.
Gods of the Plague FF 2441
1969, 92 min., b&w - Fassbinder's third feature about the sullen, aimless Munich youth. A flashy nightclub singer (Hanna Schygulla) is seduced by a beefy cop and sells out her former petty crook boyfriend. German language with English subtitles.
Goodbye Lenin! FA 4640 DVD
color, ca. 121 min., German Language, English Subtitles. Hysterically Historical. Winner of six prestigious European Film Awards. Including Best Picture and 2004 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this coming-of-age adventure blends the fall of Communism with the salient emotions of a family's love. In 1989, Christiane Kerner has lost her husband and is completely devoted to the Socialist East German state. A heart attack leaves her in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex hatches a plan to keep her in the dark. Its easy all he has to do is turn back the hands of time. DVD features: Director's Commentary, Cast Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Visual Effects Featurette, "Mini-Making Of" Featurette and Uncut "Aktuelle Kamera" Broadcasts.
Der Graf von Luxemburg VLM 13 DVD
|color - Von den Seefestspiele Moerbisch. Operette in 3 Akten von A. M.
Willner und Robert Bodanzky. Musik von Franz Lehar. Mit Michael Suttner,
Gese Hoppe, Harald Serafin, Marika Lichter und Marko Kathol
German Language - optional subtitles:English,French Italian and Spanish
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