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Catchwords and foreign words form the titles for short episodes in which the hackneyed words take on a malicious, sometimes macabre meaning. ... Read more
This film deals with the most disastrous environmental problem ever caused by man - the destruction of the tropical rain forest. Queimada transposes this topic in an abstract and symbolic way. There are two levels of action, a luxuriously equipped office room, which symbolises the systematic ... Read more
Question Seven was financed by the Lutheran Film Associates and produced by Lothar Wolff, of Louis de Rochemont Associates, who was chief editor of The March of Time series and producer of Martin Luther. Wolff describes his film as "the story of those in any age who suffer for their faith under the ... Read more
Russia shortly after the October Revolution: Lenin has just announced "the new economic phase". A partial reversion to capitalist economic methods is permitted. The love story of Wassilissa and Vladimir is set in these times. They have known each other since pre-revolutionary days, but they have ... Read more
REUNION could be seen by many as a ... familiar subject, but it contains new ... insights into the genesis of a tragedy for ... Germany and the world. ... Harold Pinter has fashioned an intelligent ... and well-constructed screenplay based on Fred Uhlman's autobiographical novel. The core of the ... Read more
This film derives its individual character from the subjection of an everyday theme—the port—to a strict formal discipline, namely rhythm, understood in the sense of a threefold superimposition of movement, colour and sound on one another. ... Read more
A boy has a motorcycle and a girlfriend. After a dream one night. the boy calls his girlfriend and tells her about the origin of the motorcycle. The cycle is a gift from a friend, who wants to emigrate to a desert, because he thinks himself an incarnation of the Nazi Propaganda Minister Ribbentrop ... Read more
Existing images from news broadcasts and commercials revolve across the screen at high speed. The barking dog and whining accordion add to the suggestion of the threat. ... Read more
Directed and co-written (along with leading players Franke and Levy) by Helmut (not the actor) Berger, this fast, funny, furiously paced romantic thriller has been favourably compared to Beineix's Diva, but trading that film's slick Parisian sheen for a more naturalistic Berlin grittiness. What's ... Read more
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A fascinating, wordless study of life among the ancient ten-story buildings of a city in Saudi Arabia. ... Prix de Qualité, Frankfurt; Prize, Bergamo Festival; Silver Prize, Cracow Festival. ... Read more
After working as an actress and script-writer, Margarethe von Trotta has now directed two features. The first The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is currently in distribution in Australia and her second film is Sisters or the Balance of Happiness. ... Sisters, like Christa Klages, is a story ... Read more
Contrary to the impression the title may inspire, this German film is concerned with industrial relations. Directed by Christian Ziewer and Klaus Wiese, it deals with the conflicts, ambivalent needs and contradictory viewpoints which characterize the social situation and influence the lives of ... Read more
The relationship between Anna and Robert, and Vietnam. Love and war are two points in a system of coordinates. Vietnam is seemingly very distant. Through pictures and their work, Anna and Robert let the war once again draw near: Vietnam in Berlin. ... In their relationship and in their work, they ... Read more
An impressionistic study of the changing appearance of our world, caused through speed. Simultaneously, the film is an avowal of the right of man to freedom of movement. ... Grand Prix, Lisbon Festival; German Film Prize. ... Read more
The trial of the Baader-Meinhof gang, the most notorious terrorist gang in Europe in the early 1970s, took place at the Stuttgart-Stammheim prison between 1975 and 1977 On trial were Andreas Baader. Ulrike Meinhof. jan-Carl Raspe and Gudrun Ensslin. A fifth member of the group, Holger Meins died at ... Read more
"Germans have many problems. One of them is that they don't like German films and my film is considered German", writes Icelandic director Margret Run. ... Hermann has a problem, he is extremely shy and has an Oedipus complex. He punishes himself for sinful thoughts by inflicting himself with ... Read more
A room. And the story of a man and his child. The child is autistic - and that means that time stands still. It also means isolation. An isolation which overcomes the man just as he is trying to get closer to the boy. Attempts to get closer: what does the boy have that he loves? He only has the ... Read more
Two German boys and their mother are on summer holiday in Sweden and an older girl who is a family friend comes to stay. She seems suddenly all grown up, but although the younger brother is happy to be treated like a kid, his older brother, a budding photographer, feels some strange new emotions ... Read more
This film follows Dusan Makavejev's origina! and successful comedy, WR: Mysteries of the Organism. He has since been prevented from making further films in Yugoslavia, and Sweef Movie is his first picture made in the West, a French-Canadian production. ... The richest man in the world is looking ... Read more
THE BLIND DIRECTOR is conceived partly as a meditation on the closing years of this century. Writes Kluge: "There are times in this century which have the tendency to devour what has gone before as well as what is to come ... In my film, all the stories deal with the present, which is about to ... Read more
Young Walter Fendrich lives a middle-class life in a big city. The times of distress, when the possesion of a piece of bread was the measure of all things, belongs to the past. He has a steady job, a bank account, and is engaged to his boss's daughter. But Hedwig Mueller, a girl from hjs former ... Read more
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