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Films From West Germany

Waves and rocks rocks and waxes. ... Read more
The latest film from the great maverick of Greek cinema is both an affirmation of his tremendous talent and a marked development in his career. Still passionately concerned with the socio-political history of his native country, his style still wedded to measured and complex long takes, his ... Read more
An illustration of the life and work of the artist. The important stages and experiences in her life are reproduced in short scenes, and her work has been split up into theme complexes. The timelessness and humanity in her art receives first consideration. ... Read more
In August 1976, Werner Herzog travelled with his film team to the French island Guadeloupe, where volcano La Soufriere was about to explode with the power of six atomic bombs... ... Read more
Abstract forms dancing in space. ... Read more
Le Dauphin is about an imaginary journey, reflecting the yearning of the vision towards the 'object' and the picture'. Vision itself is marked with cliches during the search for the original and an understanding of the reign of nature. ... Read more
This short film develops a personal response to the deconstruction of the Berlin wall. Employing television newsreel imagery and stylized dramatic sequences, a kind of mirror image of the wall's demise is reflected through the filmmaker's poetic voiceover and artistic vision. - (JH) ... Read more
Lote Montes was the last film directed by Max Ophuls befors his death in 1957; the film as Ophuls originally made it was very different from the abridged English language version shown here. To make the film, a special Franco-German-Swiss company was formed, and in its total cost it was rumoured to ... Read more
Ludwig is an outsider. He lives in a little village and works in the quarry. He has fallen in love with the sole beauty of the village. His boredom is interrupted by an incident which ends in violence. ... Award, International Bureau of Short Filmmakers, Tours Festival. ... Read more
"Today 35,000 Jews live in the German Bundes-republik. They live amongst us and with us. But there is still no unbiased human and civic relationship towards each other. One has not yet found the right way after twenty years of Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. This documentary film tries to show ... Read more
... ... Bertolt Brecht arrived in Los Angeles on 21 July, 1941, with his wife, 16-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. The little-known story of his brief time in exile in the USA is documented in this insightful and unglamourised account. ... ... ... Quickly slipping into the circle of exiled ... Read more
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A scratch film which foregrounds the superficial self-importance of male authority figures. As the anonymous Negative Man indulges in the endless sermon, he undergoes a series of mutations directly scratched by the filmmaker onto the film emulsion, thus giving the man at least on-the-surface ... Read more
Neon City contains five episodes, each made by a young director, taking as its topic an aspect of life in the city of Munich. Inevitably, in enterprises like this, the various episodes have marked differences in quality and impact. But the best episodes, probably those by Gisela Weilemann and ... Read more
Set on the remote east coast of New Zealand, this visually stunning film charts 36 hours in the life of a group of Maori shearers. They are seasonal workers whose average quota is 300 sheep per worker. They are "on the run". This community is also the meeting place of two worlds: that of the Maori ... Read more
"Romantic wishes are so gigantic that they are unable to express themselves, they are mute. The film encircles them through the staging of pantomimed sketches, in fragmented compositions made up of music, sounds and scraps of inner voices. ... A film on love and hatred. Hope in happiness that ... Read more
This is the first feature film from Karin Thome, who has directed several controversial television documentaries in West Germany. The title übernacht introduces a series of sexual encounters cast in the frame of 'Once upon a Night'. ... The promiscuous protagonist, Laura, played by Karin Thome ... Read more
Altorjay emerged from Germany's "underground" to make this political sci-fi of life in East Berlin under authoritarian rule The events of the film take place in an Orwellian "Nerve Clinic", with fantasy escapes to a tropical paradise, plus an occasional song from pop star Heck. ... Read more
A visually dynamic experimental film produced frame by frame and consisting of lour parts Action shots penguins moons and figures march, jump and dance in time to the rhythmic pulsing of the music. ... Read more
A portrait of the oil industry presented with bravura, using exciting compositions, striking camera move­ments and angles. The visuals are splendidly matched with the musical score. ... Gold Award, Chicago Festival; Diploma of Merit, Edinburgh Festival; Certificate of Merit, Cork Festival ... Read more
Poto And Cabengo deals with American small town six-year-old twins Gracie and Ginny Kennedy who confounded language experts by developing a private idioglottic language, or 'twin speech'. ... It is a multi-layered film whose investigation of documentary forms makes for a distant and refined ... Read more
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