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German Challenge (Official, September 2018)

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German Challenge (Official, September 2018)

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Post by klaus78 » August 30th, 2018, 8:07 pm

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Goal:

Watch as many German films as possible! (including Austria and German-language Switzerland)


Rules:

- Rewatches are allowed
- A feature film (40 minutes or longer) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies

Challenge runs from September 1st, 2018 to September 30th, 2018


Official iCM Lists:

The 100 Most Significant German Films
Lola Award - Best Film
UNESCO - 259-273 are German; 32-53 are Austrian; 699-713 are Swiss (not all of the Swiss films are German-language)

Other Lists:

iCM Forum's Favourite German Films

German:
NDR's Top 100 German Films
German submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Austrian:
CFB's Top 20 Austrian Films
New Austrian Film
Austrian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Swiss (not all films are German-language):
The 100 best Swiss Films
Swiss submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film


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1. 72allinncallme - 67
2. psychotronicbeatnik - 50
3. rnilsson19 - 45
3. RogerTheMovieManiac88 - 45
5. klaus78 - 38
6. sol - 28
6. Mate_cosido - 28
8. jdidaco - 27
9. jeroeno - 21
10. OldAle1 - 20
11. peeptoad - 14
12. 3eyes - 11
13. allisoncm - 9
14. maxwelldeux - 8
15. tommy_leazaq - 7
16. nimimerkillinen - 6
17. Knaldskalle - 5
17. ororama - 5
17. hurluberlu - 5
17. Fergenaprido - 5
17. sebby - 5
22. frbrown - 4
23. vortexsurfer - 3
23. weirdboy - 3
25. zzzorf - 2
25. Hippiemans - 2
25. flavo5000 - 2
25. blocho - 2
25. cinephage - 2
25. morrison-dylan-fan - 2
31. VincentPrice - 1
31. lynchs - 1
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#2

Post by weirdboy » August 30th, 2018, 8:25 pm

I had saved up a bunch of German films from the 500 < 400 list to watch for this challenge, but instead I ended up watching them all in August.
So, I'll participate but probably not watch as many as I had originally intended.

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#3

Post by albajos » August 30th, 2018, 8:36 pm

Maybe, I'll watch Nibelungen, maybe not. It's been in the stack for 15 years now.

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#4

Post by 72allinncallme » August 30th, 2018, 8:45 pm

In, thank you for hosting klaus78.

I’m going to focus on the Lola Award list.


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#6

Post by frbrown » August 30th, 2018, 11:29 pm

klaus78 wrote:
August 30th, 2018, 8:07 pm

Watch as many films in German as possible!
Do silent films count? If they do, I'm in.

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Post by 3eyes » August 31st, 2018, 12:28 am

In.
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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#8

Post by Lakigigar » August 31st, 2018, 12:51 am

Probably going to watch a few but not that many.

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Post by Knaldskalle » August 31st, 2018, 4:49 am

I'm in. I'm hosting the silent challenge, so that will be my primary focus this month, but I'll try to see if I can't get around to finding some German Expressionism (or maybe some early Neue Sachlichkeit). I'm really close to getting silver on the Significant German Films list, so I might aim for that. 2 checks to go, should be doable.
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Post by maxwelldeux » August 31st, 2018, 5:50 am

frbrown wrote:
August 30th, 2018, 11:29 pm
klaus78 wrote:
August 30th, 2018, 8:07 pm

Watch as many films in German as possible!
Do silent films count? If they do, I'm in.
Oh good question! I didn't even think about that...

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Post by klaus78 » August 31st, 2018, 6:05 am

frbrown wrote:
August 30th, 2018, 11:29 pm
klaus78 wrote:
August 30th, 2018, 8:07 pm

Watch as many films in German as possible!
Do silent films count? If they do, I'm in.
Yes, they do. I'll rephrase that.
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Post by rnilsson19 » August 31st, 2018, 10:53 am

I'm in.

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Post by VincentPrice » August 31st, 2018, 2:02 pm

In, will probably reup FilmStruck for this and the Silent Film challenge.

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Post by sol » September 1st, 2018, 3:52 am

It starts! And with a very worthwhile first time viewing at that.

1. Secrets of a Soul (1926)

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Werner Krauss (not pictured above) is solid in the lead role here and with dropped knives that seem to glow and the subtlest of pauses when Krauss eyes a letter opener, the film is very well directed. Its best asset though are the surreal dream sequences, which include bell towers growing out of the ground, bells with female faces, point-of-view shots as Krauss floats in the air and antagonists in bubbles. On the minus side, the film feels a bit like an advertisement for psychoanalysis as Krauss recovers with incredible ease after a single session with a therapist, but I'd still recommend this.
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Post by maxwelldeux » September 1st, 2018, 4:07 am

sol wrote:
September 1st, 2018, 3:52 am
It starts!
Damn future dwellers... I'm still finishing my August watches. :P

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Post by vortexsurfer » September 1st, 2018, 10:00 am

In.

1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) - 8/10 rewatch

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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2018, 1:35 pm

In.

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Post by klaus78 » September 1st, 2018, 6:20 pm

1. Der Student von Prag (1913) 7/10
2. Madame DuBarry (1919) 7/10
a. Mysterien eines Frisiersalons (1923) 6/10

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Post by albajos » September 1st, 2018, 9:26 pm

What should we do with multilingual movies?

They should speak German in at least half?

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Post by klaus78 » September 1st, 2018, 10:31 pm

As a rule of thumb, yes.
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Post by 72allinncallme » September 1st, 2018, 11:35 pm

1. Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
2. Das Kaninchen bin ich (1965)
3. Paradies: Hoffnung (2013)
4. Katzelmacher (1969)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » September 2nd, 2018, 12:22 am

1.Meyer From Berlin (1919 / Ernst Lubitsch) FTV 6+/10

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1.Meyer From Berlin (1919 / Ernst Lubitsch) FTV 6+/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 2nd, 2018, 5:35 am

1. Madame Dubarry (1919)
2. Er is wieder da / Look Who's Back (2015) 9/10 (l)

Holy shit I was not expecting this to be this good... Hitler wakes up in Berlin in 2014 with no memory since 1945, and people mistake him for a method-acting comedian. He ends up gaining some national exposure and adapting his message to modern times. It has a lot of genuinely funny moments and references to German and film history, and is a brilliant satire on the politics of immigration and the use of media manipulation. I think my favorite gag was the White television host who, while putting on black-face makeup, asked if having "Hitler" as a guest might be crossing a line. And here's the poster compared to The Great Dictator's poster:

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Post by 3eyes » September 2nd, 2018, 11:39 am

1. Meyer aus Berlin (Ger 1919) - Triple
You know what? After last month's marathon I don't think I'm gonna work at this challenge very hard, or go out of my way to watch doubles & triples just because.
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Post by rnilsson19 » September 2nd, 2018, 12:19 pm

1. Sylvester (Lupu Pick, 1924)

I think I just witnessed the birth of techno.

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Post by weirdboy » September 2nd, 2018, 4:59 pm

1. Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain from Köpenick) - 1956 - Helmut Käutner 7/10
2. Chinesisches Roulette (Chinese Roulette - 1976) - Rainer Werner Fassbinder 7/10

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Post by Knaldskalle » September 2nd, 2018, 6:03 pm

1. Das Fidele Gefangnis (aka. The Merry Jail)(Lubitsch, 1917). Hey, prison is fun! Especially if you can get someone else to do your time for you! Fun fluff. It's nice to know that Lubitsch managed to add a little more substance to his movies later on.
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Post by Knaldskalle » September 2nd, 2018, 6:58 pm

2. Meyer Aus Berlin (aka. Meyer from Berlin)(Lubitsch, 1919). I'm sure this was racy in 1919, but 100 years later it's a harmless comedy with a somewhat abrupt ending.

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1. Das Fidele Gefangnis (aka. The Merry Jail)(Lubitsch, 1917)
2. Meyer Aus Berlin (aka. Meyer from Berlin)(Lubitsch, 1919)
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Post by 72allinncallme » September 2nd, 2018, 9:13 pm

5. Der Knochenmann (2009)
6. Der bewegte Mann (1994)
7. Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.) (1966)
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1. Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
2. Das Kaninchen bin ich (1965)
3. Paradies: Hoffnung (2013)
4. Katzelmacher (1969)
5. Der Knochenmann (2009)
6. Der bewegte Mann (1994)
7. Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.) (1966)

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Post by klaus78 » September 3rd, 2018, 2:34 am

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1. Der Student von Prag (1913) 7/10
2. Madame DuBarry (1919) 7/10
a. Mysterien eines Frisiersalons (1923) 6/10
3. Die Straße (1923) 6/10
4. Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (1924) 6/10
5. Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück (1929) 8/10

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Post by zzzorf » September 3rd, 2018, 10:44 am

Thus my adventure into German movies for the month has begun.

1. 14 and Under (1973) - 8/10

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Post by sol » September 3rd, 2018, 12:35 pm

Germany Year ZeroShow
1. Secrets of a Soul (1926)

2. Body in the Web (1960)

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The pacing never feels right here and there is always limited tension in the air with the protagonists stopping to party at multiple points even as their friends disappear and wind up dead. The plot has interesting elements though as the group's manager turns into a spider and becomes the literal predator that he is earlier metaphorically shown as, choosing girls based entirely on looks (not talent) and moving his legs in spider-like fashion to signal his approval. The giant spiders are appropriately freaky too with large round eyes and the titular web-bound corpse is pretty eerie.
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Post by rnilsson19 » September 3rd, 2018, 12:53 pm

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1. Sylvester (Lupu Pick, 1924)
2. Der Kongreß tanzt (Erik Charell, 1931)
3. Kameradschaft (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1931)
4. Razzia in St. Pauli (Werner Hochbaum, 1932) - Light favourite.
5. Liebelei (Max Ophüls, 1933)

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Post by sol » September 3rd, 2018, 2:58 pm

Germany Year ZeroShow
1. Secrets of a Soul (1926)
2. Body in the Web (1960)

3. The Last Laugh (1924)

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This is a visual treat as per Murnau norm with mobile, spinning camerawork, an amazing shot in which the protagonist imagines a building collapsing upon him and well distributed long distance and close-ups. The film is also curiously shot without a single title card except at the end, and with Emil Jannings is very good form, the film still impressively conveys much of his mixed emotions. As per Ménilmontant though, the lack of title cards lead to some gaps. The film is also beset by a strange tacked-on ending that justifies the title but which didn't wash with me.
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Post by frbrown » September 3rd, 2018, 5:53 pm

1. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929)

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 3rd, 2018, 6:24 pm

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1. Madame Dubarry (1919)
2. Er is wieder da / Look Who's Back (2015)
3. Kings of Kallstadt (2014)

Documentary about the small town of Kallstadt, Germany, where Trump's grandfather was born, as well as Heinz (of ketchup fame). Includes interviews with living relatives of each, some town history, as well as travels to the US to cover a German parade and interview people in the US. Interviews include with Trump and family (pre-campaign) where they talk about their family history.

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Post by 72allinncallme » September 3rd, 2018, 6:55 pm

8. Vincent will Meer (2010)
9. Erste Liebe (1970)
10. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
A German walks into a bar and asks for a martini.Show
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1. Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
2. Das Kaninchen bin ich (1965)
3. Paradies: Hoffnung (2013)
4. Katzelmacher (1969)
5. Der Knochenmann (2009)
6. Der bewegte Mann (1994)
7. Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.) (1966)
8. Vincent will Meer (2010)
9. Erste Liebe (1970)
10. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

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Post by rnilsson19 » September 3rd, 2018, 10:06 pm

SpoilerShow
1. Sylvester (Lupu Pick, 1924)
2. Der Kongreß tanzt (Erik Charell, 1931)
3. Kameradschaft (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1931)
4. Razzia in St. Pauli (Werner Hochbaum, 1932) - Light favourite.
5. Liebelei (Max Ophüls, 1933)

6. Wir machen Musik (Helmut Käutner, 1942) - Favourited.
7. Behindert (Stephen Dwoskin, 1974) - (l)

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Post by peeptoad » September 3rd, 2018, 10:49 pm

1. Rabbit ala Berlin (2009) 8

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Post by jdidaco » September 4th, 2018, 4:20 am

Thanks for hosting, klaus78.

1. Lady Hamilton (Richard Oswald, 1921) 7/10
2. Gefahren der Brautzeit (Dangers of the Engagement, Fred Sauer, 1930) 7.5/10
3. Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (The Captain from Köpenick, Richard Oswald, 1931) 9/10
4. Film ohne Titel (Film Without Title, Rudolf Jugert, 1948) 9/10
5. Monpti (Love from Paris, Helmut Käutner, 1957) 9.5/10
6. Das Glas Wasser (A Glass of Water, Helmut Käutner, 1960) 10/10

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