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Films From West Germany

Within the framework of a social parable, the film attempts to show how easily the structure of a society works to prevent the under-privileged from recognising their true position. Dealing with the oppression of German peasantry in the 1820's, it demonstrates by implication how superstition and ... Read more
The film investigates the considerable scope offered by the use of magnetic tape in industry, education and entertainment. ... Read more
Volker Schlondörff has been at the head of German production since the mid-sixties when the revival in quality commenced. His earlier films like Young Torless, The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum, The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, Coup de Grace and Summer Lightning have all been ... Read more
Helke Sander takes her time between productions to pour as much personal philosophical reflection into her films as possible. Following The All-Round Reduced Personality and The Subjective Factor, her latest film tells of the friendships between two women who share a lover. ... The man involved ... Read more
This film attempts to reconcile the two contradictory elements combined in research: the emotion of the artist and the reason of the scientist. It analyses these motivating forces and relates how research has gradually gained impetus in the 20th century. ... Merit Award, West German Government. ... Read more
A film of gentle emotions and autumnal colours, set during the post World War II reconstruction of Poland. Two women, mother and daughter, leave from the east and arrive in the home town they have been severed from by the tides of war. Slowly, in an atmosphere of general disillusion, insecurity ... Read more
1982 inaugurated a series of events in Rome, organised by a group of die hard cinephiles who clubbed together in a co-operative called Mission Impossible. Their aim was to ask a variety of filmmakers to select extracts or films by directors they admired, or had learnt something from, and to talk ... Read more
In his requiem for a friend Hulverscheidt uses the image and sound material from a broadcast about the funeral ceremony for the ... newspaper magnate Springer, in the Berlin Memorial Church. This ... reworking of the material gives the hero s funeral an Ironic undertone. ... Read more
"The grammars of thought are changed by history, but the stories remain the same". The radical, prolific Nekes has subjected James Joyce's epoch-making novel to a similar creative transformation on film as Joyce's novel did to Homer's 'Odyssey':—with respect for the things which endure from ... Read more
Moving feet in a mirror-like space. This tape shows the desire of a heroine to get to the top. ... Read more
The sports reporter, Robert Krohn, meets by chance the ex-UFA star, Veronika Voss, still an attractive and extremely interesting woman. Fascinated by her personality and charm, he is determined to see her again. His investigations reveal that Veronika Voss is staying with a doctor. ... Dr Katz, a ... Read more
A lyrical clip based on a romantic poem by Novalis (1800) With music by Beethoven it brings us closer to the world of death. ... Read more
Images of couples dancing in the park. A voice speaks a tent by Novalis — an exhortation to love Romantic dance images mix with the macabre to motivate the contents of the Novalis message. ... Read more
Authors: Heide Breitcl, Eval Haminel Lollo Stankowski, a 39-year-old teacher and mother, works m an environmental group to fight against the destruction of the trees because of acid rain. ... Read more
Give ten minutes of your time to tar. From the Berlin Film School. ... Read more
The threadbare quality of the prominent people of our age and the way they are managed is exposed with a wealth of sarcasm in this zany spoof on the promotion racket. The formula for success is extravagant conduct plus publicity, and Kim, a bizarre American, is determined to be a success. But all ... Read more
The heroes of the film are angels, unemployed guardian angels who have been hanging around Berlin ever since the end of World War II, having lost most of the powers they once owned: to whisper advice into people's ears. Now they're mainly invisible observers. ... Two of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) ... Read more
In the seaside village of Isla Negra (Chile) lives an old and much respected Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. The villagers are poor people who live simply and ordinarily. Pablo is the only link with a world wider than the village and it is through him that we get to know of the shifts and ... Read more
“Maybe it is like a mirror. People hold it up to themselves and see reflected only what they are most offended by.” - filmmaker Dusan MakavejevWhat does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Dusan Makavejev's insanely brilliant comedy ... Read more
This faithful screen version of Robert Musil's well-known novel is a major work of the new German cinema. Set in a remote Austrian boarding school before the First World War. the story centres on one of the pupils. Törless—handsome, vain, detached. When he arrives at the school, he adopts an ... Read more
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