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Films From West Germany

In this subtle visual history, the Jewish cemetery at Weissensee (now in East Berlin) and its evocative gravestones become an archeological window into a Berlin that no longer exists On the soundtrack is the authentic testimony of ex-Berliners who recall the cemetery and the world represented there. Read more
A young painter sees a beautiful woman on the underground. Back in his studio he projects his fantasies and fears and finally gets completely confused. ... Read more
An obstinate, serious and bespectacled child realises the dream of all schoolchildren and rebels against the uselessness of school and teachers. The teacher loses face before the parents who are, in the end, happy with their son's victory. ... The French title literally means "to hold one's own" ... Read more
A reactionary sauna boss whose boyfriend studies theology and sings in Bach choirs, a therapist who teaches death meditation and gymnastics to AIDS patients, a female reporter who dresses up as a male and snoops around the gay scene in search of a story, a woman professor (Dr Blood) who catches the ... Read more
Three episodes about the joy of movement. ... Read more
A subjective impression of the vigorous growth and tremendous potentialities of a Brazil, rich in tradition but looking to the future; a film that does not attempt to give a reasoned, historical or geographical account, but reproduces the visual and emotional impact on a sensitive mind. ... After a ... Read more
The film illustrates the development of modern painting, using the most important artists from Klee to Pollock. ... Read more
The situation of sculpture in the middle of our century as shown by the works of the most famous international artists. ... Read more
The whole world is just cars, cars, cars. ... Read more
Story of a lonely vampire living in Berlin and his search for mortality. One day his White Angel of Hope will come and they will live happily ever after. ... Read more
Five figures move upon a floating platform trying to maintain their balance. This breathtaking short won this year's Academy Award for Best Animation.- (TB) ... Read more
This documentary was shot in the spring of 1984, on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. Herzog does the voice-over himself. The film is set in a village on the north-east Atlantic coast which Herzog says he reached by travelling with an underground army while they carried out raids into ... Read more
A report on the outstanding Ballet of the Chilean National Theatre at rehearsals and at a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". ... Read more
A film combining disparate art forms (including the art of film itself) to paint a psychological portrait of the Berlin Wall's effect on the Germany psyche. ... Read more
A survey of modern theatres in Western Germany. ... Read more
In Blind Spot, a woman historian ... fascinated by the diary kept by the ... nineteenth-century utopian socialist ... feminist, Flora Tristan, during the last ... few months of her life, refuses the ... traditional way of ‘looking' at history ... and gets caught up in a complex multi- ... layered ... Read more
Pixillated film from the point of view of a fighter pilot flying toward its target...a peasant woman digging potatoes. ... Read more
An essay on the official architecture of the National Socialist State with its stark style reflecting the inhumanity of the party's philosophy. The past is emphasized by ghostly snatches of the voices that once roared affirmation of power and victory. ... Read more
In the beginning, he referred to her only as "Madame". Then, for the first time and for all time, he called her "my dear Celeste". The words "my dear Celeste, today I have written — The End", are among the most important words heard in this enduring drama of silence. ... Celeste Albaret, upon ... Read more
A surprise for Straub/Huillet devotees. Whilst maintaining their concern with a formal approach to the medium. complemented with the minimalist beauty that often results from such a discipline, their latest film is surprisingly straightforward in its delivery. ... An adaptation of Kafka's AMERICA ... Read more
The existential dilemma of Kafka's Amerika re-imagined as an insight into class struggle. ... The dark and poetic visions of Czech writer and unlikely national hero Franz Kafka have often lent themselves to screen adaptations, but filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's take on Amerika ... Read more
A journey into the occult world of the 16th century via the computerised editing and synthesizer technologies of the 1980s. ... Read more
A sealed American military train leaves Berlin nightly for West Germany with every passenger accounted for, thus is not subjected to Russian inspection en route. On this particular night the routine is broken; while the train is held up by a signal, unknown to the Americans an East German refugee ... Read more
This is the latest film from Iranian director Sohrab Shahid Saless, who is now based in Berlin. The protagonist of this film is supposedly the boy from Coming of Age (seen in last year's Festival), many years later. ... Diary of a Lover studies the isolation of an individual within society, a man ... Read more
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