German DVDs
  • Abschied aus buckow [videorecording] = The Farewell
    DVD 6079 In addition to his prodigious output as a playwright, poet and theatrical producer, Bertolt Brecht maintained no fewer than three mistresses at any one time throughtout his adult life. Takes place in a single day, toward the end of his life, in the late summer of 1956, as Brecht prepares to leave his lakeside home and return to Berlin for the fall theater season. Surrounded by the women who form his extended family, he is the center of a quiet storm.
  • Abschied von gestern [videorecording] : Anita G. = Yesterday girl
    DVD 8064 A young German girl passes through the Berlin Wall to look for a better life in West Germany. Unfortunately her dreams elude her because she can't let go of the past. Includes two short films and a news clip from the Venice Film Festival in 1966.
  • Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes [videorecording] = Aguirre Wrath of God
    DVD 3264 A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Pizarro, go up the Amazon in search of gold. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (the self-styled "Wrath of God") is consumed by visions of conquering all of South America and leads a revolt, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip.
  • Aimee & Jaguar
    DVD 135 It is the Battle of Berlin, during World War 2, two women find each other. One is single, Aimée, 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 Aimée, nothing but trouble becomes the result.
  • Alles auf Zucker [videorecording] = Go for Zucker
    DVD 888 (2004, 91 min) Pool shark and hustler Jaeckie Zucker is up to his ears in debt. In a stroke of luck, his mother dies and leaves an inheritance. Before he can cash in, his mother has requested the difficult task of reconciling with his estranged Orthodox brother Samuel.
  • Am Ende kommen Touristen
    DVD 765 CORE (2007, 82 min) Sven, a young German electing to do civilian work for his national service, is sent to Oswiecim (Auschwitz). In the course of interacting with the local townspeople and caring for an Auschwitz survivor, Krzemiânski, who works at the camp, Sven feels the push and pull of conflicting sensations, learns compassion for Krzemiânski, and comes to a troubling, challenging realization about his own role in preserving the memory of this place.
  • Amerikanische Freund [videorecording] = American Friend
    DVD 3053 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 he is offered money to assassinate a Mafia figure in Paris.
  • Angst essen Seele auf [videorecording] = Ali, fear eats the soul
    DVD 550 Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski meets Arab worker Ali in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love--to their own surprise, and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. Once everyone calms down a bit, Emmi and Ali become unsure about their relationship. Director Fassbinder uses the emotional power of the melodrama to reflect the ethnic tensions within German society.
  • Antares [videorecording]
    DVD 6202 "Antares skillfully interweaves the stories of three couples at crossroads over three momentous days."
  • Auf der Anderen Seite [videorecording] = The edge of heaven
    DVD 5840 Six characters are drawn together by circumstances - an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women falling in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together.
  • BRD trilogy [videorecording] : Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, Lola
    DVD 1367 In 1978 Rainer Werner Fassbinder embarked upon a project to trace the history of postwar Germany in a series of films told through the eyes of 3 remarkable women. The 3 films would garner him the international acclaim for which he had always yearned and place his name foremost in the canon of New German Cinema.
  • Baader Meinhof complex
    DVD 2768 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.
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz
    DVD 4542 After spending four years in prison for killing his girlfriend, lumbering man-child Franz Biberkopf is finally released back into society. He wants to stay honest now he has left jail, but it is tough in the Alexanderplatz section of Berlin. After failing to succeed in several 'regular' jobs, he falls in with some old cohorts and an on-again, off-again association with thugs. Post-war society is crumbling, and it appears that nothing will bring it back. Originally made for television, Berlin Alexanderplatz is a prototype for the modern long-form drama, grandfather to Tony and the Sopranos.
  • Berlin is in Germany
    DVD 695 (2001, 91 min) Imprisoned during the East German regime in Brandenburg, Martin Schulz, a former East German citizen, attempts to adjust to life in unified Berlin. He meets old friends and his wife who now lives with his son, whom he has never met, and another man.
  • Berlin--Ecke Schönhauser [videorecording] = Berlin--Schönhauser corner
    DVD 4852 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. She, in turn, spends time with the clique whenever her mother is occupied 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.
  • Bertolt Brecht [videorecording]
    DVD 573 The German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer who developed the drama as a social and ideological forum is the subject of this program, in which those who knew him discuss his life and many works. Excerpts from plays such as Mother Courage and her children, The life of Galileo, The good woman of Setzuan, and Antigone highlight the development of Brecht's austere form of irregular verse. A later work, A little Orgnum for the theater, is the embodiment of Brecht's idea of true Marxist drama. It also showcases his theory of Epic Theater, which encourages spectators to view performances as scientific analyses of human behavior, rather than illusions of reality.
  • Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant [videorecording] = Bitter tears of Petra von Kant
    DVD 3070 Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer who carries on a melodrama of erotic attractions with two other women in her claustrophobic apartment.
  • Blue angel = Blaue Engel
    DVD 5153 A middle-aged schoolmaster becomes infatuated with and marries a singer from a sleazy cafe. When she leaves him for another man he returns to his school as a broken old man.
  • Bolwieser [videorecording] = The stationmaster’s wife
    DVD 3073 The stationmaster Bolwieser is sexually obsessed with his beautiful wife. Soon bored with her husband she engages in adulterous affairs, causing him to become sullen and depressed leading to disasterous consequences.
  • Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [videorecording]
    DVD 296 A man named Francis relates a story about his best friend Alan and his fiancě Jane. Alan takes him to a fair where they meet Dr. Caligari, who exhibits a somnambulist, Cesare, that can predict the future. When Alan asks how long he has to live, Cesare says he has until dawn. The prophecy comes to pass, as Alan is murdered, and Cesare is a prime suspect. Cesare creeps into Jane's bedroom and abducts her, running from the townspeople and finally dying of exhaustion. Meanwhile, the police discover a dummy in Cesare's cabinet, while Caligari flees. Francis tracks Caligari to a mental asylum. He is the director! Or is he?
  • Chambre 666 [videorecording]
    DVD 3055 Wenders asks a number of film directors from around the world to, in a room alone with camera and sound recorder, answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?"
  • Chinese roulette [videorecording] = Chinesisches Roulette
    DVD 3072 A businessman, his wife and their lovers are forced by the couple's paraplegic daughter to participate in a rigorous game of truth-telling which leads to violence.
  • Cobra Verde
    DVD 4768 A 19th-century Brazilian rancher, born Francisco Manoel da Silva, turns to banditry after being driven from his land by drought and famine. As Cobra Verde, he is a solitary, vengeful figure, roaming the dusty backlands, shooting, drinking and womanizing. Hired as an overseer by a decadent sugar planter, he runs into trouble when his employer's three daughters wind up pregnant. The local bigwigs ship da Silva off to Africa to administer the faltering slave trade, assuming he will not come back alive. He arrives to find the slavers' garrison deserted, and the King, apparently, gone mad. Cobra Verde however, is a special kind of diplomat, and before long he is training an army of amazons to launch a rebellion against the King.
  • Das Boot [videorecording] : the director’s cut
    DVD 2824 Follows the daring patrol of the U-96, one of the famed German U-boats known as the "gray wolves." The crew is graphically portrayed in a life-and-death struggle, challenging the British Navy at every turn.
  • Das Boot ist voll
    DVD 6264 A group of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany are taken in by a Swiss innkeeper who is forced to make a difficult decision.
  • Das Schreckliche Mädchen = Nasty Girl
    DVD 7063 Sonja undertakes a school project for an essay writing contest on the subject of her town's history during the Third Reich. She begins to search for facts, but those people who have personal experience of that time are unwilling to provide her with information.
  • Das wunder von Bern [videorecording] = The miracle of Bern
    DVD 817 (2003, 114 min.) Summer, 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 with his mother, sister and brother in a West-German mining town. The boy has long found a surrogate father in the local football 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, football is pointless, and so is the World Cup that's about to be held in Bern, Switzerland. Matthias, however, longs to be there with his idol, who's been chosen to play on the German team. Through his passion for the game and his fighting spirit, Matthias rekindles a love of life in his dad's heart. And so, as the final match of the World Cup begins, a little miracle of love and generosity leaps across borders to help another miracle occur - the victory of Helmut Rahn and the German team, the miracle of Bern.
  • Death in Venice [videorecording]
    VHS 1084 Filmed in Venice, this drama centers around a world-famous composer and conductor who, on a solitary rest holiday spies an innocent young boy and becomes obsessed over him. This secret passion carries him to his doom.
  • Denk bloss nicht, ich heule [videorecording] = Just don’t think I’ll cry
    withdrawn? VHS 6750 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 around, 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.
  • Der Schuh des Manitu
    DVD 6497 CORE "Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to finance his tribe's new saloon. Unfortunately Santa Maria, who sold the saloon, betrays Abahachi, takes the money and leaves. Soon, the Shoshones are on the warpath to get their money back, and Abahachi is forced to organize it quickly. Luckily, he, his twin brother Winnetouch, beautiful dancer Uschi and the Greek Dimitri each own a quarter of a treasure map that leads them to 'the shoe of Manitu'. There, Santa Maria already awaits them to take their new treasure away as well. But he did not think about the determination of Abahachi's team"--Summary written by Julian Reischl.
  • Deutschland 09
    DVD 6503 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.
  • Die Blechtrommel [videorecording]
    DVD 5391 Bennett plays a child who decides to stop growing when he is three years old as a protest against the absurdities of the world around him.
  • Die Blindgèanger [Bildtontrèager]
    DVD 766 CORE (2007, ca. 87. Min.) Marie and Inga are close friends living in a boarding school and share a love for music. Marie meets a young immigrant from Kazakhstan and hides him from the police. To help him financially she forms a musical band of clowns to play in the steets.
  • Die Büchse der Pandora = Pandora's Box
    DVD 7710 The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
  • Die Morder sind unter uns [videorecording] = Murderers are among us
    DVD 3742 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. Together, this broken man gathers new strength and courage.
  • Die Nibelungen [videorecording]
    DVD 6069 (This includes Siegfried and Kriemhild’s Revenge.) 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. In part two, Kriemhilde seeks revenge for Siegfried’s death and marries Attila, king of the Huns, in order to further her purpose.
  • Die bleierne Zeit [videorecording] = Marianne and Julianne
    VHS 6742 The focus of this moving film is the relationship, emotional and psychological, between two sisters and it is based on a true story. 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) 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) 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.
  • Die weisse rose [videorecording] = The white rose
    VHS 380 The story of a secret society of students and their professor who printed and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets to urge German citizens to sabotage the war efforts. Withdrawn?
  • Divided heaven [videorecording] = Geteilte Himmel
    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.
  • Downfall
    DVD 5910 Takes you into Hitler's bunker, in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Gertraud (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 Fèuhrer and his closest advisors.
  • Dresden
    DVD 6423 A German hospital nurse finds an injured English pilot hiding in the cellar, and helps him, thinking he is a German deserter. When she finds out who he is, will she have the heart to turn him in? Or will her feelings overcome border lines and sides?
  • Dritte generation [videorecording] = The third generation
    DVD 3868 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.
  • Effi Briest [videorecording]
    DVD 3701 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.
  • Eine Berliner Romanze [videorecording]
    DVD 8054 A love story about 17 year-old Uschi, and 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.
  • Europa Europa [videorecording]
    DVD 2805 The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years. "Europa Europa" tells the story of Solomon Perel, a Jewish boy who attempts to survive World War II by posing as a Aryan German. Perel joins the German Army and is eventually accepted into the Hitler Youth. At the end of World War II, he is reunited with his family.
  • Ewige Jude [videorecording] = Eternal Jew
    DVD 5293 An anti-Semitic propaganda film.
  • Eye of the III Reich [videorecording] : Walter Frentz
    DVD 6552 Profiles Walter Frentz, personal photographer to Adolph Hitler and therefore documentarist of the Nazi inner circle. Reveals the man who was largely responsible for the world's cinematic record of Hitler, and in the process sheds new light on the workings of the Nazi propaganda machine. Includes interviews with Frentz and Leni Riefenstahl, the director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia.
  • Fallen [videorecording] = Falling
    DVD 6054 Five independent women, all former classmates, are reunited for the funeral of a beloved teacher. Nina is drifting through existence with neither a job, nor a father for her unborn child. Shy, ethereal Brigitte has followed the group's idol into education and activism. Alex is a buttoned-down career woman struggling to balance personal needs with professional goals. Cool, calm actress Carmen uses her art to avoid genuine intimacy, while loose cannon Nicole desperately seeks to be closer with her estranged young daughter Daphne. The reunion transforms the five women into an unforgetable journey.
  • Falsche Bewegung [videorecording] = Wrong move
    DVD 3052 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.
  • Farbe deiner Socken [videorecording] : ein jahr mit Pipilotti Rist = The color of your socks : a year with Pipilotti Rist
    DVD 8194 (Swiss German, German or English dialogue with optional English or French subtitles.) Follows the Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist as she prepares for a major show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since winning the Duemila Prize at the Biennale di Venezia in 1997, Rist has established herself as a major presence in video art. For the first time, she lets a documentary filmmaker into her world, providing insight into her creative process, the development of projects and the collaboration with her team.
  • Faust [videorecording]
    DVD 5984 Dr. Faust sells his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for scientific knowledge and perfect happiness.
  • Faustrecht der Freiheit [videorecording] = Fox and his friends
    DVD 679 Fassbinder directs and stars as Franz "Fox" Biberkopf, a working-class guy, at loose ends when his lover is arrested and the police shutter their carnival booth. In need of cash for his weekly lottery purchase, Fox lets himself be picked up by an elegant older man named Max. At Max's, he meets two younger gay men who have expensive tastes and images to uphold. The next day, Fox wins 500,000 marks in the lottery, and Max's friends suddenly become Fox's friends, especially Eugen, the heir to a bookbinding firm that's short of cash. Eugen's polish beguiles Fox, and the fleecing begins.
  • Fitzcarraldo
    DVD 7239 Story of a man obsessed with a dream to build his own personal opera house in a remote Peruvian town.
  • Fälscher = Counterfeiters
    DVD 5059 Germany 1936.Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a life of cards, booze, and women. Suddenly his luck runs dry when he is arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. He is immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp. There, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's opponents. But, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop the operation. Now faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions are ultimately the right ones
  • Gebrüder Skladanowsky [videorecording] = Trick of Light
    DVD 3058 Film recreates the exploits of the Brothers Skladanowsky, three fairground showmen/inventors who created their own movie camera 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.
  • Germany awake!
    DVD6263, 2006, 86 min. A documentary on World War II German motion pictures and their use as propaganda tools. Includes clips from more than 20 films made between 1933 and 1945, including Jud Süss and the Rothschilds.
  • Golem [videorecording] : how he came into the world
    DVD 3059 Story is 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.
  • Good bye Lenin! [videorecording]
    DVD 1494 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.
  • Gunter Wallraff Undercover
    DVD 4595 Author and journalist Günter Wallraff travels undercover throughout Germany disguised as a black man while a hidden camera records his interactions with Germans in everyday situations. Günter Wallraf. Drehbuch und Regie, Paginos Pagonakis, "Wo Arbeit weh tut" in zusammen mit Georg Lolos ; Kamera, Dirk Echterling, Jürgen Bauer, Patrick Waldmann, Andreas Schneegans, Michael Diste, Christian Eichenauer ; Producer, Frank Terjung.
  • Harmonists [videorecording]
    DVD 4222 Based on a true story, The Harmonists portrays the rise and fall of a successful vocal group in Germany that was disbanded in 1934 as part of the mounting persecution of Jews. The Comedian Harmonists did comic and romantic songs in intricate harmony, and were extremely popular, but as the Nazis became more powerful, the group were forbidden to sing songs by Jewish composers--and finally, because three of their members were Jewish, they were banned from performing in public.
  • Himmel über Berlin [videorecording] = Wings of desire
    DVD 406 Based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke.This Wim Wenders film centers around the story of two angels wandering post-war Berlin. Invisible to humans, they nevertheless give their help and comfort to all the lonely and depressed souls they meet. Finally, after many centuries, one of the angels becomes unhappy with his immortal state and wishes to become human in order to experience the joys of everyday life. He meets a circus acrobat and finds in her the fufillment of all his mortal desires. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining.
  • How to live in the German Federal Republic
    DVD 6877 Using short scenes from various instructional and training classes, learn how the country of West Germany taught their countrymen how to survive and thrive, through training and preparation.
  • Händler der vier Jahreszeiten [videorecording] = The merchant of four seasons
    DVD 668 Hans, a fruit peddler and a born loser, watches his unexceptional life disintegrate. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off, however, the more he becomes a credit to his family, the more seduced, rejected and depressed he becomes. One sociable day, while toasting his friends and family, he decides to drink himself to death.
  • In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden [videorecording] = In a year with thirteen moons
    DVD 533 When the object of his affection off-handly sommented, 'too bad you're not a girl' Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone amid the maze of streets of Franfurt, Elvira revisits the people and places of his past.
  • Internet Archive: German Cinema from Lutz Mommartz
    Downloadable films in German
  • Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle [videorecording] = The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser : ein Film
    DVD 6136 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.
  • Jenseits der Stille [videorecording] = Beyond silence
    DVD 5434 Since the earliest days in her childhood, Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute, and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice versa when her parents want to communicate with other people. Getting older and more mature, she becomes interested in music and starts to play the clarinet very successfully. Since her parents are deaf, they cannot share Lara's musical career. The day comes when Lara has to decide between her parents and her own ambitions.
  • Jud Süss
    DVD 6677 This notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama is based on the Nazi version of the novel of the same title by Lion Feuchtwanger, which is based on the real historical character of Josef Süss Oppenheimer who was a Jewish tax advisor to Karl Alexander during the early 1700's and was publicly executed in Stuttgart for manipulation of state funds.
  • Kameradschaft [videorecording]
    VHS 1132 German miners cross the border to come to the assistance of French miners trapped by an explosion. Based on an actual incident.
  • Kebab Connection
    DVD 2589 (2005, 96 min) A young Turkish hip-hopper dreams of making the first German kung-fu film, and he hones his craft by making an extremely successful commercial for his uncle's kebab stand. When his second commercial is a flop, his German girfriend tells him she is pregnant, and his parents kick him out of the house, he gives in to the temptations of the rival Greek restaurant owner across the street and agrees to make a commercial for his uncle's worst enemy. Based loosely on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
  • Klimt
    DVD 4615 (98 min.) Summary: A look at the life of Gustav Klimt, whose paintings, like his life, were full of intensity, passion, and controversy.
  • Kurz in Berlin
    DVD 6499 Eight award-winning Berlin short films. "Interfilm Berlin is the organizer of the annual International Short Film Festival Berlin and a short film distribution enterprise. "Berlin in Brief" is the fourth interfilm shorts DVD, following the three thematic "Shorts Attack" programs."--Booklet, p.4.
  • Leben der Anderen [videorecording] = Lives of others
    DVD 3964 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.
  • Letze Mann [videorecording] = the last laugh
    DVD 340 The bleak fable of an aging hotel doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of his duties and uniform which had, for years, has been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Humiliated, he considers suicide. Then, by a strange twist of fate, he becomes a millionaire. More than the plight of a single doorman, the film becomes a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class.This silent film is told entirely by camera, without title cards.
  • Lola rennt [videorecording] = Run Lola run
    DVD 1267 (1999, 81 min)Set against the gritty urban scenescape of Berlin and a pounding techno soundtrack, Run Lola run is a frenetic, inventive existential thriller that explores the life-altering impact of seemingly inconsequential actions. Beautiful, hip, young and poor Lola has but 20 minutes to locate a missing bag containing 100,000 Deutsche marks or come up with the money some other way--if she can't, gangsters are going to kill her boyfriend. A pulse-raising race against time, the film employs a startling array of innovative techniques to present three separate scenarios, all departing from a single split-second decision Lola makes.
  • M [videorecording]
    DVD 1678 A psychopathic murderer of young girls terrorizes a German city causing public hysteria and intense police investigations, which in turn disrupts organized crime. The contrasting worlds of the police and the underworld are juxtaposed as they both resolve to hunt, capture, and try the murderer.
  • Macht der Bilder [videorecording] = Wonderful horrible life of Leni Riefenstahl
    DVD 4033 Interviews with Leni Riefenstahl, now in her nineties, flash- backs and modern film sequences tell the story of the most famous woman film director of all time. Known for her films made during the Third Reich, Riefenstahl's story is a controversial one. Best known for her film Triumph of the will, the film made of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress, it proved to be her undoing.
  • Mephisto
    DVD 8903 (Originally produced as a motion picture in 1981 in Hungary, 144 min.) An actor of the Art Theatre Company of Hamburg, who subordinates everything to his success, befriends a principal figure in the Nazi power machinery and is drawn into a poisonous circle of evil from which he can no longer escape.
  • Merry Christmas
    DVD 869 CORE (2006,111 min.) Weihnachten 1914, an der Westfront in Nordfrankreich: Französische, britische und deutsche Truppen hoffen nach monatelanger Kriegsführung auf ein Ende des Tötens. Schliesslich verständigen sich die einfachen Soldaten auf beiden Seiten der Schützengräben auf einen inoffiziellen Waffenstillstand am Weihnachtsabend. Die Verbrüderung mit dem Feind alarmiert schliesslich die Heeresleitungen.
  • Metropolis [videorecording]
    DVD 257 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.
  • Mutter Küsters fahrt zum Himmel [videorecording] = Mother Küsters goes to heaven
    DVD 3866 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.
  • Männer-- [videorecording] = Men
    VHS 3223 An unfaithful husband is shattered to discover his wife has a lover of her own, and, carrying his jealousy to lunatic extremes, he takes a leave from his job, goes undercover, and moves into his wife's lover's house.
  • Niklashausen journey [videorecording] = Die Niklashauser Fahrt
    DVD 3867 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.
  • Nirgendwo in Afrika [videorecording] = Nowhere in Africa
    DVD 819 Critically acclaimed, this is the award winning true tale of a Jewish lawyer and his family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. As the war rages on the other side of the world, his relationships with his wife and daughter become increasingly complicated as they struggle between resisting and embracing their new life while reaching out to one another.
  • Nobody's perfect (DVD)
    DVD 7595 Niko von Glasow looks for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the disastrous side-effects of Thalidomide, and who are prepared to pose nude for a book of photos--to allow those who regularly throw furtive glances at Thalidomiders and other physically disabled people, to take a good, long look. In the process, Niko discovers many fascinating characters who work in such diverse areas as politics, the media, sport, astrophysics and acting; extraordinary people who have learned to live with their disability to an impressive level of "normality".
  • Nosferatu [videorecording] : a symphony of horror
    DVD 2649 Rather than depict Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok is a nightmarish, spidery creature with a bulbous head and taloned claws. This is perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism.
  • Nosferatu, the vampyre
    DVD 6510  Remake of F.W. Murnau's legendary 1922 horror classic Nosferatu.
  • Olympia
    DVD 5422 The first of two films made to record the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Although controversial for its ties to, and representation of National Socialism, it is considered by many to be a brilliant and ground-breaking sports documentary.
  • Pasqualino Settebellezze [videorecording]
    DVD 630 The story of a small-time crook and lady-killer who lives in Naples with his mother and seven, shoots his sister's pimp to save the family honor. He is caught, tried, sent to an insane asylum, volunteers for the Italian army during World War II and ends up in a Nazi concentration camp.
  • Pioneers in Ingolstadt [videorecording]
    DVD 3075 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, acts of brutality and sexual escapades with the local women. Alma and her friend Berta welcome the excitement that the new arrivals bring to their lives, but while Alma picks up passing soldiers, Berta searches for true love.
  • Red cartoons
    DVD 6285 Collection of animated short films produced in East Germany between 1974 and 1990.
  • Rosenstrasse
    DVD 887 (2003, 136 min) After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
  • Rote Baron = The Red Baron
    *As of 11/9/2010, there is no known dvd version in German language with English subtitles. Checked Amazon UK and DE. We will continue to check for new releases/versions* Europe, 1916: Baron Manfred von Richthofen is a crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces, a legend in his own time, a hero at home, and a man both feared and respected by the enemy. Von Richthofen and his fellow officers see their duels in the sky as tactical, almost sportsmanlike, challenges. But, when he falls in love with Kate, she opens his eyes to the fact that there is more to war than dogfights and he becomes aware of his role in the propaganda machine and senseless war.
  • Scharlachrote Buchstabe [videorecording] = the scarlet letter
    DVD 3050 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.
  • Schloss [videorecording] = The castle
    DVD 6055 A land surveyor identified simply as K is summoned to a remote mountain village by the local government, known as (and housed in) 'the castle.' Unable to convince underlings of the legitimacy of his position, he tries to take his case to castle officials. But the more K struggles to gain entrance, the more obstructive the village's provincial bureacracy becomes.
  • Second track [videorecording] = Das zweite Gleis
    DVD 8065 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.
  • Solino
    DVD 268 CORE (2003, 120 min) In the nineteen sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area of Germany and establishes the first pizza restaurant in town. Their business is successful and both sons are now accustomed to living in Germany. 20 years later the brothers fall in love with the same woman; they quarrel, and Gigi returns to Solino with his mother. A decade later the brothers meet again and re-examine their lives.
  • Spur der Steine [videorecording] = The trace of stones
    *No holdings available -- please contact Research Help desk.* 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, the film was banned for 25 years by East Germany.
  • Stroszek [videorecording]
    DVD 680 After being released from prison - again - Berlin street musician Bruno Stroszek finds himself lost in a world where he simply doesn't belong. So, along with his prostitute girlfriend and an eccentric neighbor, Stroszek moves to America where, he's told, everyone is rich. It doesn't take long, however, after moving into a mobile home and taking a job as a mechanic, for Stroszek to relize that the streets of Railroad Flats, Wisconsin aren't paved with gold, and he begins to find out what happens when the American Dream becomes a nightmare.
  • Student of Prague [videorecording]
    DVD 3497 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.
  • Taking sides [videorecording] : der Fall Furtwängler
    DVD 6089 After Hitler took over power in 1933, many Jewish artists were forced to leave Germany. Wilhelm Furtwängler chose to stay. Though never a member of the party, he was a recipient of honors associated with party membership. However, the conductor often used his position and contacts to save hundreds of Jewish musicians from concentration camps. When U.S. Major Steve Arnold is tasked with the pre-trial investigations, his aim is to prove that the conductor's genius contributed to the Nazi propaganda, while Furtwängler insisted he stayed to bring comfort to the German people with his music.
  • Testament des Dr. Mabuse [videorecording] = Testament of Dr. Mabuse
    DVD 1528 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 most fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other.
  • Traumschiff Surprise.
    DVD 6500 CORE Hundreds of years after humans have settled on Mars, Regulator Rogul and Lord Jens Maul lead a force of Martians to Earth in order to conquer the planet. Queen Metaphor looks to the gay heroes aboard the spaceship Surprise (Captain Kork, Mr. Spuck, and first engineer Schrotty) for help.
  • Triumph des Willens [videorecroding] = Triumph of the will
    DVD 151 This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the "most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced". Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer.
  • Tubabs in Africa
    DVD 8727 An anthropology professor and group of students from St. Mary's College of Maryland spend a summer in The Gambia, West Africa, where they study language and culture in the capital, travel up country to small villages, and work on research projects.
  • Tunnel
    DVD 6599 Tells the incredible true story of a massive underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin. Anti-communist East German swimming champion Harry Melchior narrowly escapes the Communist regime just after the Berlin Wall is completed, and is determined to rescue his beloved sister, whom he was forced to leave behind.
  • Vampyr
    DVD 5286 Summary:A young traveler finds a remote castle, and starts seeing mysterious things, only to find that his own nightmares are coming true.
  • Vision
    DVD 5261 The story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the first women to preach and interpret Biblical scripture.
  • Wald vor lauter Bäumen [videorecording] = Forest for the trees
    DVD 6008 "Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. Desperate to fulfil her hopes, Melanie intends to do everything the right way. Politely she introduces herself to her neighbours with homemade schnapps. At her first day of school she gives a very ambitious speech for her colleagues. She wants to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but it is not easy to start a new life, as Melanie copes with loneliness, established teachers and ninth grade students"--Film Movement website.
  • War die DDR
    DVD 6449 The history of East Germany is told from the point of view of its people, using authentic historical footage and documents. It covers cultural, economic, and political developments from the founding of the GDR in 1949 to German unification on October 3, 1990.
  • Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte [videorecording] = Beware of a holy whore
    DVD 3226 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.
  • Was tun, wenn's brennt? [videorecording] = What to do in case of fire?
    DVD 5617 When a twenty-year-old bomb explodes in an abandoned mansion in modern-day Berlin, the evidence points to a notorious late 1980's anarchist group. As the police start looking for them, the six former rebels reunite for the first time in 12 years to come up with a plan to protect themselves. But sparks fly when the group must reconcile their youthful ideals with their new lives and pick up the pieces of the relationships they left behind.
  • Waxworks [videorecording]
    DVD 3704 A poet imagines scenarios in a wax museum fairground that involve Jack the Ripper, Ivan the Terrible, and Haroun al-Raschid.
  • Woman in Berlin [videorecording] = Eine Frau in Berlin
    DVD 6605 Women become the victims of the Red Army invasion in Berlin in 1945. One of them, Anonyma, an educated woman, decides to look for an officer who can protect her. A complex symbiotic relationship develops between her and Russian officer Andrej that will force them to remain enemies until the bitter end.
  • Woyzeck
    DVD 4417 Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors and his unfaithful wife, Marie, Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and his fragile sanity. In the film's shattering climax, he is finally driven over the brink into madness and murder.
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