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German/Austrian/Swiss Challenge - Official; August 2020

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Post by sol » August 30th, 2020, 4:16 am

Germany: 35 / Switzerland: 5 / Austria: 1Show
1. The Blood Demon (1967) Germany
2. Mark of the Devil (1970) Germany
3. The White Spider (1963) Germany
4. The High Crusade (1994) Germany
5. Keep Your Right Up (1987) Switzerland
6. The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Germany
7. The Forger of London (1961) Germany
8. Mysteries of the Gods (1976) Germany
9. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978) Switzerland
10. In Search of Dracula (1975) Germany
11. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979) Germany
12. Summer with the Ghosts (2003) Austria
13. Necronomicon / Succubus (1968) Germany
14. Castle of the Creeping Flesh (1968) Germany
15. The Secret of the Red Orchid (1962) Germany
16. The Secret of the Black Widow (1963) Germany
17. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (1963) Germany
18. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974) Germany
19. The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962) Germany
20. First Spaceship on Venus (1960) Germany
21. The Vampire Happening (1971) Germany
22. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973) Germany
23. The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) Germany
24. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) Germany
25. A Little Night Music (1977) Germany
26. I Love You I Kill You (1971) Germany
27. Target for Killing (1966) Germany
28. Scream of Stone (1991) Germany
29. For Ever Mozart (1996) Switzerland
30. Boarding School (1978) Germany
31. Count Dracula (1970) Germany
32. Stewardessen (1971) Switzerland
33. Salmonberries (1991) Germany
34. Die Straße (1923) Germany
35. Rising High (2020) Germany
36. Fitzcarraldo (1982) Germany
37. Jungle Child (2011) Germany
38. Julie Darling (1983) Germany
39. Julia (1974) Germany
40. Jack the Ripper (1976) Switzerland

41. The Legend of Paul & Paula (1973) Germany

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An unexpectedly offbeat movie from Communist East Germany. The film has some truly surreal moments, especially as the pair make love and seduce one another with live music bands appearing and disappearing in their bedroom, photographs morphing and nautical images seeping in at the height of their passions. The path that the film takes post-tragedy is a bit weird and uncomfortable to watch though as it becomes more an obsessed stalker tale.
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Post by sol » August 30th, 2020, 9:34 am

Germany: 36 / Switzerland: 5 / Austria: 1Show
1. The Blood Demon (1967) Germany
2. Mark of the Devil (1970) Germany
3. The White Spider (1963) Germany
4. The High Crusade (1994) Germany
5. Keep Your Right Up (1987) Switzerland
6. The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Germany
7. The Forger of London (1961) Germany
8. Mysteries of the Gods (1976) Germany
9. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978) Switzerland
10. In Search of Dracula (1975) Germany
11. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979) Germany
12. Summer with the Ghosts (2003) Austria
13. Necronomicon / Succubus (1968) Germany
14. Castle of the Creeping Flesh (1968) Germany
15. The Secret of the Red Orchid (1962) Germany
16. The Secret of the Black Widow (1963) Germany
17. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (1963) Germany
18. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974) Germany
19. The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962) Germany
20. First Spaceship on Venus (1960) Germany
21. The Vampire Happening (1971) Germany
22. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973) Germany
23. The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) Germany
24. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) Germany
25. A Little Night Music (1977) Germany
26. I Love You I Kill You (1971) Germany
27. Target for Killing (1966) Germany
28. Scream of Stone (1991) Germany
29. For Ever Mozart (1996) Switzerland
30. Boarding School (1978) Germany
31. Count Dracula (1970) Germany
32. Stewardessen (1971) Switzerland
33. Salmonberries (1991) Germany
34. Die Straße (1923) Germany
35. Rising High (2020) Germany
36. Fitzcarraldo (1982) Germany
37. Jungle Child (2011) Germany
38. Julie Darling (1983) Germany
39. Julia (1974) Germany
40. Jack the Ripper (1976) Switzerland
41. The Legend of Paul & Paula (1973) Germany

42. Albino / Night of the Askari (1976) Germany

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Sometimes known as Night of the Askari and Whispering Death, this is not the horror film one might expect from those titles and Christopher Lee's casting. The title character is a witch doctor, but the film focuses mostly on his revolutionary actions, including murder. The movie tries to offer some commentary on colonialism, how they profess to be "here to preserve order in this country" - but the film works better in revenge/exploitation mode.
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#243

Post by sol » August 30th, 2020, 11:51 am

Pie Chart and Leaderboard updated. You guys are running out of time if you want to try to push Germany above 90%. :P

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Post by blueboybob » August 30th, 2020, 5:15 pm

85. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) [Austria]
86. Benny's Video (1992) [Austria]
87. La Paloma (1974) [Switzerland]
88. The Surveyors (1972) [Switzerland]
89. Charles, Dead or Alive (1969) [Switzerland]

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Post by Mario Gaborović » August 30th, 2020, 6:24 pm

16. Kraftwerk: Antenna (1975) + Kraftwerk: Radioactivity (1975) + Kraftwerk: Showroom Dummies (1977) + Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express (1977) + Kraftwerk: Neon Lights (1978) + Kraftwerk: The Robots (Original Version) (1978) + Kraftwerk: Pocket Calculator (1981) + Kraftwerk: Tour de France (Color Version) (1983) + Kraftwerk: Tour de France (B&W Version) (1984) + Kraftwerk: Musique Non-Stop (1986) + Kraftwerk: The Telephone Call (1987) + Kraftwerk: Radioactivity (Remix Version) (1991) + Kraftwerk: The Robots (Remix Version) (1991) + Kraftwerk: Expo 2000 (2000) + Kraftwerk: Expo 2000 (Orbital Remix) (2000) + Kraftwerk: Aerodynamik (2003) + Kraftwerk: The Robots (2013 Version) - Germany
17. Die Blechtrommel (1979) - Germany
18. Ich seh Ich seh (2014) - Austria
19. Ma vie de Courgette (2016) - Switzerland

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01. Heinrich Kieber - Datendieb (2010) - Liechtenstein
02. Les cauchemars naissent la nuit (1972) - Liechtenstein
03. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920) - Germany
04. Herz aus Glas (1976) - Germany
05. Fata Morgana (1971) - Germany
06. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (1972) - Germany
07. Der amerikanische Soldat (1970) - Germany
08. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979) - Germany
09. Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) - Germany
10. Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (2005) - Germany
11. Götter der Pest (1970) - Germany
12. Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979) - Germany
13. Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker (1938) - Germany
14. Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit (1938) - Germany
15. Madame DuBarry (1919) - Germany

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Post by AB537 » August 31st, 2020, 1:54 am

24-25. Welt am Draht (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973, Germany) 8/10 ... 2 episodes. This is the best work I've seen from Fassbinder so far.
26. Im Lauf der Zeit - Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders, 1976, Germany) 7.5/10

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Post by blocho » August 31st, 2020, 3:53 am

Sol, does this qualify for the challenge: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/7500-2019/

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Post by jdidaco » August 31st, 2020, 5:11 am

(Screenshots from 'Wie ein Vogel auf dem Draht' & 'Happy End'),

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43. Die fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika (The Flying Doctors of East Africa, Werner Herzog, 1970) 7/10 ((West) Germany)
44. Love and Music (Hans Jürgen Pohland & George Sluizer, 1971) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
45. Wie ein Vogel auf dem Draht (Like a Bird on a Wire, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
46. Georginas Gründe/Les raisons de Georgina (Georgina's Reasons, Volker Schlöndorff, 1975) 10/10 ((West) Germany)
47. Ein Weimarfilm (A Weimar Film, Jürgen Böttcher, 1977) 8.5/10 ((East) Germany)
48. No Man's Land (Alain Tanner, 1985) 8/10 (Switzerland/(West) Germany)
49. Jerichow (Christian Petzold, 2008) 7/10 (Germany)
50. Happy End (Michael Haneke, 2017) 7.5/10 (Austria/Germany)

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That's it for me! Thank you again for hosting, sol!

!seen 50

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1. T-Wo-Men (Werner Nekes, 1972) 10/10 ((West) Germany)
2. Tod und Teufel/Death and Devil (Stephen Dwoskin, 1974) 9/10 ((West) Germany)
3. Der Gehülfe (The Assistant, Thomas Koerfer, 1976) 9/10 (Switzerland)
4. Der junge Freud (Young Dr. Freud, Axel Corti, 1976) 9/10 (Austria/(West) Germany)
5. Bierkampf (Beer Chase, Herbert Achternbusch, 1977) 9/10 ((West) Germany)
6. Sieben Sommersprossen (Seven Freckles, Herrmann Zschoche, 1978) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
7. Grauzone (Zones, Fredi M. Murer, 1979) 9/10 (Switzerland/(West) Germany)
8. Loos Ornamental (Heinz Emigholz, 2008) 8/10 (Austria)
9. San Domingo (Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1970) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
10. Die Niklashauser Fart (The Niklashausen Journey, Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Michael Fengler, 1970) 9.5/10 ((West) Germany)
11. Fremde Stadt (Strange City, Rudolf Thome, 1972) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
12. Ich schaff's einfach nimmer (‎I Just Can't Go On, John Cook, 1973) 8/10 (Austria)
13. Steppenwolf (Fred Haines, 1974) 6.5/10 (Switzerland)
14. Ikarus (Icarus, Heiner Carow, 1975) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
15. Arena besetzt (Arena Squatted, Ruth Beckermann & Josef Aichholzer & Franz Grafl, 1977) 8/10 (Austria)
16. Die teuflischen Schwestern (Sexy Sisters, Jesús Franco, 1977) 6/10 (Switzerland)
17. Die letzten Jahre der Kindheit (The Last Years of Childhood, Norbert Kückelmann, 1979) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
18. Britain's Glory (Klaus Wyborny, 2016) 9.5/10 (Germany)
19. O Happy Day (Seventeen and Anxious, Zbynek Brynych, 1970) 7/10 ((West) Germany)
20. Inferno (Stanislav Barabas, 1973) 9/10 ((West) Germany/Austria)
21. Der Kulterer (Vojtech Jasný, 1974) 8.5/10 (Austria/(West) Germany)
22. Strasek, der Vampir (Strasek, the Vampyre, Theodor Boder, 1983) 7.5/10 (Switzerland)
23. James ou pas (James or Not, Michel Soutter, 1970) 8/10 (Switzerland)
24. Behinderte Zukunft (Handicapped Future, Werner Herzog, 1971) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany)
25. Casanova & Co. (Franz Antel, 1977) 5/10 (Austria)
26. John Heartfield, Fotomonteur (John Heartfield, Photomontagist, Helmut Herbst, 1977) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
27. Das Ende des Regenbogens (The End of the Rainbow, Uwe Frießner, 1979) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
28. Die Erben (The Inheritors, Walter Bannert, 1983) 7.5/10 (Austria)
29. Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (A Trick of the Light, Wim Wenders, 1995) 7.5/10 (Germany)
30. Un autre homme (Another Man, Lionel Baier, 2008) 8/10 (Switzerland)
31. Die Bettwurst (The Bed Sausage, Rosa von Praunheim, 1971) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
32. Sylvie (Klaus Lemke, 1973) 7/10 ((West) Germany)
33. In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod (In Danger and Deep Distress, the Middleway Spells Certain Death, Alexander Kluge & Edgar Reitz, 1974) 9/10 ((West) Germany)
34. Beethoven - Tage aus einem Leben (Beethoven - Days in a Life, Horst Seemann, 1976) 7.5/10 ((East) Germany)
35. Langsamer Sommer (Slow Summer, John Cook & Michael Pilz, 1976) 8/10 (Austria)
36. Kick That Habit (Peter Liechti, 1989) 8.5/10 (Switzerland)
37. Wozzeck (Joachim Hess, 1972) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
38. Der Barbier von Sevilla (The Barber of Seville, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle & Ernst Wild, 1973) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
39. Nordsee ist Mordsee (North Sea Is Dead Sea, Hark Bohm, 1976) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
40. Mama, ich lebe (Mama, I'm Alive, Konrad Wolf, 1977) 9/10 ((East) Germany)
41. Egon Schiele - Exzesse (Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment, Herbert Vesely, 1980) 7/10 (Austria/((West) Germany)
42. E nachtlang Füürland (Land of Fire All Night Long, Clemens Klopfenstein & Remo Legnazzi, 1981) 8/10 (Switzerland)

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Post by sol » August 31st, 2020, 9:29 am

blocho wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 3:53 am
Sol, does this qualify for the challenge: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/7500-2019/
Shot entirely at a German film studio and nominated for a Best Picture prize at a film dedicated to Austrian cinema, so sure.

As to whether it should count towards Germany or Austria's points total - I'll leave that up to you. tehe
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Post by Obgeoff » August 31st, 2020, 9:32 am

5. Superegos (2014, Heisenberg) 6 [Germany]
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Post by cinephage » August 31st, 2020, 10:29 am

06. Das Wachsfigurenkabinett, by Paul Leni (1924) 7/10 - Germany

Quite an expressionist film, but it's not as horrific as I felt it would be... This is very different from Curtiz's Wax Museum film...
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01. Viktor und Viktoria, by Reinhold Schünzel (1933) 7,5/10 - Germany
02. Unter den Brucken, by Helmut Käutner (1946) 7/10 - Germany
03. Es geschah am hellichten Tag, by Ladislao Vajda (1958) 9/10 - Switzerland
04. Westfront 1918, by G.W. Pabst (1930) 8/10 - Germany
05. Die Parallelstrasse, by Ferdinand Khittl (1962) 4/10 - Germany

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Post by sol » August 31st, 2020, 1:04 pm

Germany: 36 / Switzerland: 5 / Austria: 2Show
1. The Blood Demon (1967) Germany
2. Mark of the Devil (1970) Germany
3. The White Spider (1963) Germany
4. The High Crusade (1994) Germany
5. Keep Your Right Up (1987) Switzerland
6. The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Germany
7. The Forger of London (1961) Germany
8. Mysteries of the Gods (1976) Germany
9. Women in Cellblock 9 (1978) Switzerland
10. In Search of Dracula (1975) Germany
11. Dracula Blows His Cool (1979) Germany
12. Summer with the Ghosts (2003) Austria
13. Necronomicon / Succubus (1968) Germany
14. Castle of the Creeping Flesh (1968) Germany
15. The Secret of the Red Orchid (1962) Germany
16. The Secret of the Black Widow (1963) Germany
17. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (1963) Germany
18. Magdalena Possessed By The Devil (1974) Germany
19. The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962) Germany
20. First Spaceship on Venus (1960) Germany
21. The Vampire Happening (1971) Germany
22. Mark of the Devil Part II (1973) Germany
23. The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) Germany
24. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) Germany
25. A Little Night Music (1977) Germany
26. I Love You I Kill You (1971) Germany
27. Target for Killing (1966) Germany
28. Scream of Stone (1991) Germany
29. For Ever Mozart (1996) Switzerland
30. Boarding School (1978) Germany
31. Count Dracula (1970) Germany
32. Stewardessen (1971) Switzerland
33. Salmonberries (1991) Germany
34. Die Straße (1923) Germany
35. Rising High (2020) Germany
36. Fitzcarraldo (1982) Germany
37. Jungle Child (2011) Germany
38. Julie Darling (1983) Germany
39. Julia (1974) Germany
40. Jack the Ripper (1976) Switzerland
41. The Legend of Paul & Paula (1973) Germany
42. Albino / Night of the Askari (1976) Germany

43. Michael (2011) Austria

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A film about an insurance worker and the child who he keeps locked in his basement. The pair share a curious, near symbiotic relationship, with the boy seemingly accepting of the situation and happy to go on outings with his captor without trying to flee. While all this begs for more detail, and the many unanswered questions are frustrating, the restraint in presenting so little is admirable with the power of suggestion conveying almost everything.

:sweat: If not a joyous film, I am certainly happy that I managed to end off this challenge on a positive note. Very good film.

Will update the leaderboard and pie chart soon.

I probably won't present an update tomorrow. As indicated in the OP, final results will be presented at around 2:30pm GMT on September 2nd - that's just over 49 hours from. DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE.
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Post by sol » August 31st, 2020, 1:07 pm

Second last pie chart - and the first time in OVER TWO WEEKS that Germany has gone backwards on percentage of the pie.

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Post by flavo5000 » August 31st, 2020, 1:13 pm

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36. Decoder (West Germany, 1984)

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37. Der Bunker (Germany, 2015)
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1. Furcht (Germany, 1917)
2. The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein (Germany, 2015)
3. Sennentuntschi (Switzerland, 2010)
4. Vem var Dracula? a.k.a. In Search of Dracula (West Germany, 1975)
5. Hintertreppe (Germany, 1921)
6. Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (West Germany, 1981)
7. The Burning Moon (Germany, 1992)
8. Mädchen im Nachtverkehr a.k.a. Girls in the Night Traffic (Switzerland, 1976)
9. Masks (Germany, 2011)
10. Alice in den Städten a.k.a. Alice in the Cities (West Germany, 1974)
11. Hell a.k.a. Apocalypse (Germany/Switzerland, 2011)
12. Hagazussa (Austria/Germany, 2017)
13. Interferenz (Germany, 2014)
14. Beton (Germany/Austria, 2011)
15. Carcinoma (Germany, 2014)
16. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (West Germany, 1976)
17. Die Erben a.k.a. The Inheritors (Austria, 1983)
18. Die Farbe a.k.a. The Color Out of Space (Germany, 2010)
19. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
20. Bunker of the Dead (2015)
21-25. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag a.k.a. Eight Hours Don't Make A Day (West Germany, 1972)
26. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland a.k.a. Hitler: A Film From Germany (West Germany, 1977)
27. Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man a.k.a. Advertising Rules (Germany, 2001)
28. Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (West Germany, 1970)
29. Der Joker (West Germany, 1987)
30. Iron Sky (Germany, 2012)
31. Das Frauenhaus a.k.a. Blue Rita (Switzerland, 1977)
32. Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (Germany, 1931)
33. Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer a.k.a. The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Germany, 2015)
34. Im Schloß der blutigen Begierde a.k.a. Castle of Bloody Lust (West Germany, 1968)
35. German Angst (Germany, 2015)
36. Decoder (West Germany, 1984)
37. Der Bunker (Germany, 2015)

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Post by St. Gloede » August 31st, 2020, 4:27 pm

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Klaus Lemke

1. 48 Stunden bis Acapulco / 48 Hours to Acapulco (1967, Klaus Lemke) (Germany) 4/10
2. Sylvie(1973, Klaus Lemke) (Germany) 5/10
3. Amore (1978, Klaus Lemke) (Germany) 6.5/10

Wim Wenders
4. Summer in the City (1971, Wim Wenders) (Germany) 5/10
5. Der scharlachrote Buchstabe /  The Scarlet Letter (1973, Wim Wenders) (Germany) 5/10
6. In weiter Ferne, so nah! / Faraway, So Close! (1993, Wim Wenders) (Germany) 8/10

Helmut Käutner
7. Auf Wiedersehn, Franziska! (1941) (Germany) 5.5/10
8. Der Apfel ist ab /  The Original Sin / The Apple Fell (1948) (Germany) 8/10
9. Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955) (Germany) 6/10
10. Schwarzer Kies / Black Gravel (1961) (Germany) 6/10

Margarethe von Trotta
11. Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages / The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978, Margarethe von Trotta) (Germany) 6.5/10
12. Heller Wahn / Sheer Madness (1983, Margarethe von Trotta) (Germany) 7/10
13. Hannah Arendt (2012, Margarethe von Trotta) (Germany) 8/10

Rudolf Jugert
14. Film ohne Titel / Film Without a Name (1948, Rudolf Jugert) (Germany) 8.5-9/10  (l)  (l)
15. Nachts auf den Straßen / The Mistress (1953, Rudolf Jugert) (Germany) 7/10
16. Der Satan lockt mit Liebe / Satan Tempts with Love (1960, Rudolf Jugert) (Germany) 6/10

G. W. Pabst
17. Komödianten / The Comedians (1941, G. W. Pabst) (Germany) 5.5/10
18. Paracelsus (1943, G. W. Pabst) (Germany) 5/10
19. Das Bekenntnis der Ina Kahr / Afraid to Love (1953, G. W. Pabst) (Germany) 5/10

Volker Schlöndorff
20. Der Kandidat (1980, Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlöndorff, Alexander von Eschwege) (Germany) 6/10
21. Mord und Totschlag / Degree of Murder (1967, Volker Schlöndorff) (Germany) 6/10
22. Der neunte Tag / The Ninth Day (2004, Volker Schlöndorff) (Germany) 8/10
23. Die Stille nach dem Schuß / Legend of Rita (2000, Volker Schlöndorff) (Germany) 8.5/10
24. Der Unhold / The Ogre (1996, Volker Schlöndorff) (Germany) 8/10

Other:
25. Wien, du Stadt der Lieder / Vienna, City of Song (1930, Richard Oswald) (Germany) 7/10
26. Der geheime Kurier / The Secret Courier (1928, Gennaro Righelli) (Germany) 5/10
27. Ich liebe dich, ich töte dich / I Love You, I Kill You (1971, Uwe Brandner) (Germany)  5/10
28. Europa und der zweite Apfel (1988, Hans Neuenfels) (Germany) 7/10
29. Kirmes / The Fair (1960, Wolfgang Staudte) (Germany) 7/10
30. Die Patriotin / The Patriotic Woman (1979, Alexander Kluge) (Germany)6/10
31. Die letzten Jahre der Kindheit / The Last Years of Childhood (1979, Norbert Kückelmann) (Germany) 7/10
32. Die Allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit - Redupers / The All-Around Reduced Personality: Outtakes (1978, Helke Sander) (Germany) 6/10
33. Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben / Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? (1959, Frank Wibar) 6/10 (Germany)
34. Ansichten eines Clowns / The Clown (1976, Vojtech Jasný) 6/10 (Germany)
35. Wundkanal (1984, Thomas Harlan) 5/10 (Germany)
36. Wozzeck (1947, Georg C. Klaren) 8/10 (Germany)

Geza von Bolvary:
37. Zwei Herzen im Dreiviertel-Takt / Two Hearts in Waltz Time (1930) 5/10 (Germany)
38. Ein Lied, ein Kuß, ein Mädel / A Song, a Kiss, a Girl (1932) 7/10 (Germany)
39. Die Fledermaus / The Bat (1946) 7/10 (Germany)

Other:
40. Razzia in St. Pauli (1933, Werner Hochbaum) 7/10 (Germany)
41. Lagado (1977, Werner Nekas) 5.5/10 (Germany)
42. Der Mann, der den Mord beging (1931, Curtis Bernhardt) 5/10 (Germany)
43. Der Choral von Leuthen / The Anthem of Leuthen (1933, Carl Froelich) 5/10 (Germany)
44. Prater (2007, Ulrikke Ottinger) 7/10 (Germany)
45. Sex-Business - Made in Pasing (1969, Hans-Jurgen Syderberg) 7.5-8/10 (Germany)
46. Scarabea (1969, Hans-Jurgen Syderberg) 6/10 (Germany)
47. Von heute auf morgen / From Today Until Tomorrow (1997, Straub & Huillet) 5/10 (Germany)
48. Menschen in Gottes Hand (1948, Rolf Meyer) 7/10 (Germany)
49. Mein Stern / Be My Star (2001, Valeska Grisebach) 8/10 (Germany)
50. Ihre Majestät die Liebe / Her Majesty Love (1931, Joe May) 8/10 (Germany)
51. Der Strass / Rhinestones (1991, Andreas Höntsch) 9/10 (Germany)  (l)  (l)  (l)
52. Die Entlassung / Bismarck's Dismissal / The Discharge (1942, Wolfgang Liebeneiner) 5/10 (Germany)

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53. Karbid und Sauerampfer / Carbide and Sorrel (1963) (German)
54. Nackt unter Wölfen / Naked Among Wolves (1963) (German)
55. Fünf Patronenhülsen / Five Cartridges (1960) (German)
And so it ends on a bit of a whimper.

56. Der kleine Prinz (1966, Konrad Wolf) 5.5/10 (Germany)
57. Die Mauer / The Wall (1991, Jürgen Böttcher)
58. Das Mädchen Rosemarie (1958, Rolf Thiele) 6/10 (Germany)

I had varying degrees of hope for each of the 3 films above. Wolf has been somewhat hit and miss for me, but he has created some great films. His adaptation of The Little Prince is honestly quite comparable to so many of the others, including Zebriunas' from the very same year (almost wonder if the productions were linked). There are many visually nifty ideas, and the set design is intruiging, but it feels like it is not living up to its potential, and once the "animals" were introduced it was going downhill. I wonder if there will eber be a great version of this.

Die Mauer was a film I would hoping would strike me as much as Der Strass, and seeing Böttcher's narrative feature recently, I had a lot of hope. This is an interesting historical document of the wall coming down, with some great scenes, and moments of contemplation, but contemplation is almost all it is, i.e. shots of the Berlin wall, people looking at the wall, its remnants, etc. The times it ventures into interviews or shots of interviews (with the exception of a few comical/earnest observations) they make the project seem a little slight.

Das Mädchen Rosemarie is possibly counted as a great German classic because of its daring nature, at a stretch societal critique, and most likely for looking sexy (and having a pretty great ending), but the film often feels empty and directionless, and our lead just doesn't have the charisma to truly carry it to greatness. Portions feel just plain cheap, and while sharing many of the same flaws I think Thiele's Moral 63 came off much better, likely because it was taking itself less seriously.

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11. Bye Bye Germany / Es war einmal in Deutschland... (Sam Garbarski, 2017) [Germany] 6+
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Post by blocho » August 31st, 2020, 8:56 pm

5. 7500 (2019) Austria
A solid hijacking/single-location thriller.

6. Germany Year Zero (1948) West Germany
Another neorealist effort from Rossellini, which was probably fated to draw unfavorable comparisons to Rome, Open City. Germany Year Zero isn't as good, certainly. The story feels a bit abbreviated, for example. But there are many excellent performances and great scenes.

7. Hunting Scenes from Bavaria (1969) West Germany
A gay man and a prostitute receive the brunt of small-village scorn in Bavaria in this movie. Everyone in this movie is deeply shitty, and they all treat each other in deeply shitty ways. In other words, if this isn't the worst village in Germany, then there is something deeply wrong with Germany. And perhaps that's the point -- this movie falls squarely in a long tradition of filmmakers who critique the worst aspects of their own society (see Lang's M for perhaps the most illustrious example of this style). The result, though, is thoroughly unappetizing: 90 minutes of nasty petulance. Does it feel real, though? In some ways, no. It's hard to imagine an entire village without a single redeeming character. On the other hand, the village society reminded me a lot of the ninth graders I used to teach. Their society, too, was based mostly on being as mean to each other as possible.

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Post by blueboybob » August 31st, 2020, 11:26 pm

90. Der Prozeß (1948) [Austria]
91. '38 (1986) [Austria]
92. Weiße Haut und schwarze Schenkel (1976) [Switzerland]
93. Weininger's Last Night (1990) [Austria]
94. The Quality of Mercy (1994) [Austria]

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1. Eolomea (Hermann Zschoche, 1972) EAST GERMANY
2. Im Staub der Sterne / In the Dust of the Stars (Gottfried Kolditz, 1976) EAST GERMANY
3. Operation Ganymed (Rainer Erler, 1977) WEST GERMANY
4. Traumstadt / Dream City (Johannes Schaaf, 1973) WEST GERMANY
5. Das Millionenspiel / The Millions Game (Tom Toelle, 1970) WEST GERMANY
6. Apachen (Gottfried Kolditz, 1973) EAST GERMANY/Romania/Soviet Union

Wim Wenders, music- and film-crazed poet of existential wanderings

7. Summer in the City (1971) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY
8. Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter / The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY
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9. Die scharlachrote Buchstabe / The Scarlet Letter (1973) WEST GERMANY/Spain

Apparently a somewhat unorthodox and loose adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's mid-19th-century novel, which I've never read; in fact I think this is the first adaptation I've seen of it as well - dunno how I managed to do an English major in college, and actually like a lot of Hawthorne's short stories and films made from them, and yet be so ignorant of his most famous work. Anyway, while the setting and timeframe - Puritan New England ca 1645 - are the same, and the basic background - adultress Hester Prynne (Senta Berger, in the first performance I believe I've seen that isn't mostly decorative) is forced to wear the scarlet letter as a sign of her "crime" and because she won't reveal the male party, while scraping a living for herself and her daughter Pearl (Yella Rottländer, who is excellent), until a figure from her past returns and upsets the whole town - is also straight from the book, the development of the action goes on somewhat different lines with a different resolution. This isn't that well-regarded apparently, and the director wasn't that happy with it, but I think time has been fairly kind to it; even if the films seems a bit short and edited a little oddly, and there are other things that don't work perfectly (very strange Jürgen Knieper music for example which sounds more like instrumental soft-rock than anything else and really clashes with the dark scenario at times), there's excellent location work on the rocky Spanish coast, luminous color cinematography that certainly helps prove that Robby Müller wasn't just a b/w artist, and most of the performances, particularly Berger, Rottländer and Hans Christian Blech as the town's new doctor - and link to Hester's past. Not one of the director's best but not something to dismiss out of hand either.

10. Alice in die Städten / Alice in the Cities (1974) (re-watch?) WEST GERMANY

Had little memory of this, except possibly bits of the very beginning, and a single shot of Rudiger Vogler standing against a VW in the second half. So maybe I never saw it, and instead indeed saw Summer in the City, and have mixed them up in my head for years? Dunno. In any case, in memory this was lesser Wenders, and at the time I saw it - if I did - back in the late 80s, I don't think it had quite the reputation of his next film, at least I don't remember such. Well you can't trust memory. As it turns out this is about as great as a "road movie" can be, and it's one of the best films about an adult-child relationship - albeit an unusual, temporary one, forced by circumstance - that I can remember. Philip Winter (Vogler) is a writer in the USA, exploring the East Coast for a German news magazine, who unfortunately has been unable to make himself write and has instead just taken hundreds of polaroids. Confronted with his failure to deliver an article, he's more or less fired by his New York editor and decides to return to Munich, but not before he makes travelling companions of young mother Lisa (Lisa Kreuzer) and her daughter Alice (Yella Rottländer). Unfortunately Kreuzer ditches them, apparently to hook up with a recent ex-boyfriend again, and Philip is - or feels like he is - forced into taking care of Alice, who is around nine, quite precocious but not necessarily all that emotionally mature, and prone to occasional devious acts to get Philip to do what she wants (stop for food and drink when she wants him to, go far out of his way more than once claiming she knows where she's going when it's fairly clear she doesn't, etc). So after landing in Amsterdam, they begin a several day journey through much of West Germany in search of her grandmother - whose full name and hometown she doesn't know - while Philip not only gets more exasperated with the girl and his situation in helping her, but also in the direction his own life is going in, and why he wants to writer, what he wants to write, and perhaps (never stated explicitly but fairly obvious I think) why he went to America to pen a travelogue. This is just beautifully done from start to finish, and Robby Müller's images I don't think ever meshed so perfectly with Wenders' storytelling. There's a moment where a fresh polaroid dissolves into Alice's face, and there's the long ending shot with an unanswered question that are among the most striking images I've seen lately - and that I think will stay with me for a long time. Just great performances from the two leads, and it's obvious why Vogler became the director's stand-in for several films, and the music - by Can - is memorable, haunting, and minimal.

(I skipped Falsche Bewegung/ Wrong Move because I re-watched that just a couple of years ago)

11. Im Lauf der Zeit / Kings of the Road (1975) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY

This I remembered much better - at least the tone, the ambiance, certainly little scenes - the opening, which sort of lays out the whole "end of cinema, end of a way of life, end of the road" theme quite deliberately, the car crashing into the water, the male nudity (might have been the first I saw in a mainstream film), a few other moments. I suppose it's a summation of the director's themes and strategies up to this point - a fascination with dying small towns and the people who live in them, and an ode to older cinematic forms and the revival houses which would soon (good bit of prophecy here) give way to video. This was the favorite Wenders film of the guy who introduced me to him - probably still is - but I liked his Berlin angelic fantasy more when I saw it, at probably about the same time, and still do. It's not that there's anything I dislike about it in particular, it's just that I suppose the rambling nature of the thing doesn't quite feel as compelling after 3 hours. But the way in which our protaganists (Rüdiger Vogler and Hanns Zischler) meet, become friends, fight occasionally, and ultimately part is as eloquently and sensibly told as the relationship in the previous film, and there's a feeling in this and many of Wenders' films of both a sadness and resignation at the changing and vanishing world - and a sort of subtle determination not to allow it to change us, and right now that's really appealing. Probably overall the funniest of Wenders' 70s films, though there's a scene at about the halfway point when our protagonists meet a sad and angry fellow in a field of grain elevators that shows a darker and more tragic side than we see in most of the other films too.

12. Der amerikanische Freund / The American Friend (1977) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY

Another film also seen once probably 30 years or so ago. As much as I liked all the previous films, it's nice to have a change in cast - here we meet Dennis Hopper as an American art "dealer" of a sort, in West Germany to sell the newest painting of Derwatt (Nic Ray), a supposedly dead artist (yes - this happens right away, no real spoiler) who ends up in a complex little plot with Bruno Ganz, a picture framer living in Hamburg with his wife (Lisa Kreuzer, who in case you haven't guessed by now if you're reading my comments was married to Wenders for a while) who may or may not be dying of a rare blood disease. From there we find a gangster (Gérard Blain) who somehow knows of Ganz' health concerns, and offers him a chance to help out his family by dealing with some unwanted associates - Ganz may also have been a hitman in former times. There are a lot of little mysteries going on here, many of which don't get solved, and while the film does convey a certain noirish unease at times, it's never much of a thriller - this just isn't Wenders' forte - and ends up mostly about the relationship of Ganz and Hopper, which is a bit cryptic at times but ultimately what really succeeds in the film. Hopper is "Tom Ripley" and this is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game; no idea how faithful it is. Yet another really terrific DP job by Müller (color this time) and another rather unusual Knieper score, and a fun little bit part by another great gritty old-time American director, Sam Fuller, who has one of the better death scenes, falling down a long flight of stairs after being shot, that I've seen.

13. Chambre 666 / Room 666 (1982) France/ WEST GERMANY

45 minute essay film done at Cannes for TV, in which Wenders interviews 15 directors about the state of cinema and it's relationship to TV and emerging video technologies. Godard is mostly pessimistic and lamenting - including lamenting that his chair isn't positioned properly to watch the tennis match on TV; Spielberg mostly talks about the costs of big-budget Hollywood; Antionioni is the most perceptive about the oncoming video/computer revolution; Werner Herzog first has to take off his shoes and be comfortable. This is more enjoyable as a time capsule, and in particular to watch dead or obscure directors (i.e. Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina) than anything else - apart from Antonioni I don't know that anybody has anything really brilliant to say, and of course almost 40 years on nobody was entirely right about the future.

14. Der Himmmel über Berlin / Wings of Desire (1988) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY/France

Probably 6th or 7th viewing; I think this might be my most-viewed film that's (primarily) not in English; Take Care of My Cat and Stalker are probably the only competitors. I saw it 3 or 4 times in the cinema, though not all "first-run" - I don't think it played that long initially in Chicago, but it was brought back a few times for double features at the Music Box theater while that place of wonder was still a revival house. I have a distinct memory of seeing it doubled up with Days of Heaven - now that was something. I didn't think this was quite a "masterpiece" when I first saw it, though I did like it a lot; it probably wasn't until years later and my first viewing on video actually that it put me completely under it's spell, and now watching it on BD on a bigger screen than I had a decade ago I'm just as enthralled by the images and the poetry, though I do still find a few small annoyances - that last bit of dialogue from Solveig Dommartin still strikes me as a bit pretentious and unnecessary - we already understand the relationship between the film's angels and it's sad humans well enough, and we've already achieved a poetic understanding of a still partly-ruined, halved city, wars, and how a mordant angel (Bruno Ganz in his best role) can still find joy and optimism when contemplating the everyday life of a man. His statement "I want to know!" as he is separated from a former angel (Peter Falk as himself) just hits me in a special place.

This has something of the feel of the earlier films for sure, and some of the director's collaborators - Ganz and composer Jürgen Knieper in particular - are back, but it's also certainly different in a way, more constrained in setting but more open and wide-ranging in it's vision, and Henri Alekan's extraordinary images in both b/w and color (the early shots at the circus looking so much like late 50s Technicolor that they make me cry), and the ruminations over the ruined parts of the city and the angels among them seem to come from more literary than musical or filmic antecedents, at least to my way of feeling them. Like the road movies that came before it, this has an eye for small human details, architecture, and the rhythm of the world, though it takes place all in just one city - a road movie without a road as it were, and still the director's best film and one I'm sure I'll keep returning to, especially when the world is getting me down.

15. In weiter Ferne, so nah! / Faraway, So Close! (1993) GERMANY

I never saw this when it came out because I wasn't a fan of the previous Bis ans Ende der Welt, and I heard from more than one person who also was disappointed in that film that this one was even worse. And it probably only played for a week, and I'm sure I had plenty of other films to see at the time. In any case, I've avoided it all these years, until now and, not surprisingly, it's not nearly as bad as I expected or feared. It certainly seems unnecessary in many respects but at the same time Wenders has said that he wanted to do the sequel to show a re-united Berlin, so it's an understandable effort, and for the first half or more, it's pretty damn good. Now that Damiel (Bruno Ganz) has been on Earth among the mortals for some years, his friend Cassiel (Otto Sander) is feeling.. perhaps not lonely, but a little more involved in these lives, and when a fatal mishap is about to occur, he makes a split-second decision that costs him his wings and armor, but brings him down to Damiel's world. This does show a somewhat changed Berlin, perhaps a more lively and diverse city, with even more languages spoken (Damiel and his family for some reason speak mostly Italian now, despite Ganz being German and Dommartin being French - I think some kind of statement is being made here, just not sure what), more Americans around, and more memories of the Nazi past coming up. This is much more plot-heavy and has a bigger and more celebrity-intense cast, with a returning Peter Falk joined by Nastassja Kinski (as an angel, what else?), Willem Dafoe (as...maybe an angel? or something more sinister?), Horst Buchholz, Rüdiger Vogler (playing another man named Winter), Lou Reed and, most strangely, Mikhail Gorbachev in a one-scene bit as himself. At first the poetic conceit of the first film seems to blend well into a plot more concerned with the troubles and dark pasts of it's human characters than the previous film, but somewhere after the halfway point this becomes more or less a crime-adventure film and while it never bored me, it just seems to lose it's way. Still worth seeing for the performances, especially Sander and Ganz, but on one viewing at any rate it just doesn't measure up. Good thing Wenders' films have mostly improved, maybe I'll get more out of this in another decade.

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1. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979, Germany)
2. Chariots of the Gods (1970, Germany)
3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Germany)
4. Despair (1978, Germany)
5. A Coffee in Berlin (2012, Germany)
This doesn't count for anything, but I also watched this:

Sodoma (1970, 16m)

Not notable enough for me to remember. That's it for me. Thanks for hosting, sol! :cheers:

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Post by allisoncm » September 1st, 2020, 7:01 am

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1. Ich liebe dich, ich töte dich / I Love You, I Kill You (1971, West Germany) 4.5/10 - Vogel list
2. Nachts auf den Straßen/The Mistress (1952, West Germany) 6.5/10 - LOLA Award list
3. Giraffe (2019, Germany) 3.5/10 blind watch on MUBI
4. Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt (1971, West Germany) 6/10
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5. Das Vorspiel/The Audition (2019, Germany) 9/10
6. 3 Tage in Quiberon/3 Days in Quiberon (2018, Germany) 9/10 LOLA
7. Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach (1971, West Germany) 5/10
8. Moses und Aron (1975, West Germany) 5/10

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Post by Mario Gaborović » September 1st, 2020, 9:18 am

20. Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam (1957) - Germany

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01. Heinrich Kieber - Datendieb (2010) - Liechtenstein
02. Les cauchemars naissent la nuit (1972) - Liechtenstein
03. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920) - Germany
04. Herz aus Glas (1976) - Germany
05. Fata Morgana (1971) - Germany
06. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (1972) - Germany
07. Der amerikanische Soldat (1970) - Germany
08. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979) - Germany
09. Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) - Germany
10. Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (2005) - Germany
11. Götter der Pest (1970) - Germany
12. Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979) - Germany
13. Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker (1938) - Germany
14. Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit (1938) - Germany
15. Madame DuBarry (1919) - Germany
16. Kraftwerk: Antenna (1975) + Kraftwerk: Radioactivity (1975) + Kraftwerk: Showroom Dummies (1977) + Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express (1977) + Kraftwerk: Neon Lights (1978) + Kraftwerk: The Robots (Original Version) (1978) + Kraftwerk: Pocket Calculator (1981) + Kraftwerk: Tour de France (Color Version) (1983) + Kraftwerk: Tour de France (B&W Version) (1984) + Kraftwerk: Musique Non-Stop (1986) + Kraftwerk: The Telephone Call (1987) + Kraftwerk: Radioactivity (Remix Version) (1991) + Kraftwerk: The Robots (Remix Version) (1991) + Kraftwerk: Expo 2000 (2000) + Kraftwerk: Expo 2000 (Orbital Remix) (2000) + Kraftwerk: Aerodynamik (2003) + Kraftwerk: The Robots (2013 Version) - Germany
17. Die Blechtrommel (1979) - Germany
18. Ich seh Ich seh (2014) - Austria
19. Ma vie de Courgette (2016) - Switzerland

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Post by ororama » September 1st, 2020, 12:02 pm

15. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976) * 46 min.
16. Pioniere in Ingolstadt/ Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971) * 87 min.

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1. Land des Schweigens und der DunkelheitLand of Silence and Darkness (1971) * 85 min.   West Germany
2. Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner / The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) * 46 min. West
Germany
3. Katzelmacher (1969) 89 min. West Germany
4. Der Wald vor lauter BäumenThe Forest for the Trees (2003) 80 min.  Germany
5. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen AchmedThe Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) 65 min. Germany
6. Götter der PestGods of the Plague (1970) 91 min.  West Germany
7. Aguirre, der Zorn GottesAguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) 94 min. West Germany
8. Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer SchickseThe Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (2018) * 94 min. Switzerland
9. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok / Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970) * 88 min. West Germany
10. Die innere SicherheitThe State I Am In (2000) * 106 min.  Germany
11. GespensterGhosts (2005) * 84 min.  Germany
12. Yella (2007) * 85 min. Germany
13. Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alleThe Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) 110 min. West Germany
14. Nicht ohne RisikoNothing Ventured (2004) * 52 min. Germany

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Post by sol » September 1st, 2020, 12:18 pm

ororama wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 12:02 pm
15. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976) * 46 min.
16. Pioniere in Ingolstadt/ Pioneers in Ingolstadt (1971) * 87 min.
I won't be releasing the final results until around 26 hours from now, so you have a little over one day if you want to edit your viewings and fix them up (with country of production) in order that they can count towards your score.
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Post by peeptoad » September 1st, 2020, 12:50 pm

sol wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 12:18 pm
I won't be releasing the final results until around 26 hours from now...
Thanks for hosting, sol!

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38. Blutiger Freitag a.k.a. Bloody Friday (West Germany, 1972)

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1. Furcht (Germany, 1917)
2. The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein (Germany, 2015)
3. Sennentuntschi (Switzerland, 2010)
4. Vem var Dracula? a.k.a. In Search of Dracula (West Germany, 1975)
5. Hintertreppe (Germany, 1921)
6. Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (West Germany, 1981)
7. The Burning Moon (Germany, 1992)
8. Mädchen im Nachtverkehr a.k.a. Girls in the Night Traffic (Switzerland, 1976)
9. Masks (Germany, 2011)
10. Alice in den Städten a.k.a. Alice in the Cities (West Germany, 1974)
11. Hell a.k.a. Apocalypse (Germany/Switzerland, 2011)
12. Hagazussa (Austria/Germany, 2017)
13. Interferenz (Germany, 2014)
14. Beton (Germany/Austria, 2011)
15. Carcinoma (Germany, 2014)
16. How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (West Germany, 1976)
17. Die Erben a.k.a. The Inheritors (Austria, 1983)
18. Die Farbe a.k.a. The Color Out of Space (Germany, 2010)
19. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
20. Bunker of the Dead (2015)
21-25. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag a.k.a. Eight Hours Don't Make A Day (West Germany, 1972)
26. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland a.k.a. Hitler: A Film From Germany (West Germany, 1977)
27. Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man a.k.a. Advertising Rules (Germany, 2001)
28. Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (West Germany, 1970)
29. Der Joker (West Germany, 1987)
30. Iron Sky (Germany, 2012)
31. Das Frauenhaus a.k.a. Blue Rita (Switzerland, 1977)
32. Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (Germany, 1931)
33. Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer a.k.a. The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Germany, 2015)
34. Im Schloß der blutigen Begierde a.k.a. Castle of Bloody Lust (West Germany, 1968)
35. German Angst (Germany, 2015)
36. Decoder (West Germany, 1984)
37. Der Bunker (Germany, 2015)
38. Blutiger Freitag a.k.a. Bloody Friday (West Germany, 1972)

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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2020, 2:17 pm

bier, schnitzel, musik, kinoShow

1. Eolomea (Hermann Zschoche, 1972) EAST GERMANY
2. Im Staub der Sterne / In the Dust of the Stars (Gottfried Kolditz, 1976) EAST GERMANY
3. Operation Ganymed (Rainer Erler, 1977) WEST GERMANY
4. Traumstadt / Dream City (Johannes Schaaf, 1973) WEST GERMANY
5. Das Millionenspiel / The Millions Game (Tom Toelle, 1970) WEST GERMANY
6. Apachen (Gottfried Kolditz, 1973) EAST GERMANY/Romania/Soviet Union

Wim Wenders, music- and film-crazed poet of existential wanderings

7. Summer in the City (1971) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY
8. Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter / The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY

Wim Wenders continued

9. Die scharlachrote Buchstabe / The Scarlet Letter (1973) WEST GERMANY/Spain
10. Alice in die Städten / Alice in the Cities (1974) (re-watch?) WEST GERMANY
11. Im Lauf der Zeit / Kings of the Road (1975) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY
12. Der amerikanische Freund / The American Friend (1977) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY
13. Chambre 666 / Room 666 (1982) France/ WEST GERMANY
14. Der Himmmel über Berlin / Wings of Desire (1988) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY/France
15. In weiter Ferne, so nah! / Faraway, So Close! (1993) GERMANY
16. Tatort: Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (Samuel Fuller, 1972) (re-watch) WEST GERMANY

There's a making-of documentary on the Olive BD of this feature-length film taken from the West German "Tatort" TV series which I gather was something like an anthology; I suspect the doc will shed some interesting light on this, and I also wouldn't be surprised if it's better than the film. This was dim in my memory - I think I had seen the shorter 102-minute cut back in the 90s at some point, probably at Facets in Chicago - and it wasn't one of Fuller's better films as I recalled - nor does it really improve on the re-watch, this time of the 2-hour-plus director's cut. The beginning and ending are pretty cool, but overall this attempt at a gritty noir story about an international ring of extortionists that mostly prey on big-time politicians falls flat, or at least not lumpy enough to be interesting. Poor sound recording and various actors struggling to one extent or another with their English (star Glenn Corbett is American so no problem there) is one small problem; a larger one is that it's just too repetitive, with several scenes of Corbett (an American agent working undercover to bust the ring and help a US Senator with dreams of the Presidency) and his femme fatale partner (?) Christa Lang (the director's second wife) taking very similar approaches in framing their "clients", in various scenic locales along the Rhein, mostly. There are some of the usual crazy Fuller elements, like the long opening sequence that leads into a kind of cool chase, and an ending that reflects the opening, but on the whole this isn't really successful and it may well have been better in the shorter version.

17. Wim Wenders shorts 12 + 25 + 21 + 13 = 71 minutes all from WEST GERMANY

a) Same Player Shoots Again (1968)
b) Silver City Revisited (1969)
c) Alabama: 2000 Light Years From Home (1969)
d) 3 amerikanische LP's (1969)

The first two of these are included on the "Road Movies" box set from Criterion but alas are the two least-interesting, both formalist studies that bear little relation to the director's later work and just aren't that interesting on their own. Same Player is just the same short shot of a man in what appears to be an army coat stumbling along a street, repeated with different color filters. Silver City is slightly more interesting because it's different shots - 10 to be precises - of various scenes in Munich along with some static shots of paintings, each about 2 1/2 minutes long. There's occasional music, but not enough as the visuals just aren't that interesting and don't add up to much.

Alabama, which can easily be found unsubbed online (it only has a couple of VERY brief bits of dialogue) actually feels like a "Wenders film", with his obsessions with rock and roll (Hendrix, Dylan and the Stones all heard for a song or two) and the road, and a bit of very minimal crime-story plot. A man apparently has to go do some dirty work, fails, and comes back to the place where his friends sit around and smoke and listen to music to find them dead. Most of it is shots of city streets and rural roads; it's nicely done and if it doesn't do much on it's own it's an interesting prologue to the later feature work.

As is 3 amerikanische LP's, which has Wenders and frequent collaborator Peter Handke discussing Van Morrison's Astral Weeks , Creedence Clearwater Revival's Green River and Harvey Mandel's Cristo Redentor - all new albums at the time, and their relationship with American landscapes, and German landscapes as the visuals give us the latter. There's also a shot of a fourth LP, Quicksilver Messenger Service's Happy Trails at the beginning, so maybe it would have had a different title if they'd discussed that as well. There's a fair bit of dialogue here and I didn't get it all - may watch it a couple more times - but it's mostly the music and images that matter, and this comes closest of these shorts to what the director's early feature work is about. It's also amusing to me that he puts an album from the Northern Irish Van Morrison in this group, though to be fair the album was recorded in New York; still it makes for an interesting thought - what does "American" mean to a non-American, in this case when thinking about a song or album?

My guess is that these third and fourth shorts aren't widely available because of the music rights, which is too bad. A whole disc of all of Wenders' shorts with commentary would be a cool thing to have.

That's it for me sol, thanks for hosting. Hoped to see a lot more this month, but it was not to be.
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Post by sol » September 1st, 2020, 2:35 pm

Thanks for all the thanks, guys. This challenge has actually been fairly breezy to host with most participants reading the rules and remembering to include 'country of production' and with very few participants posting questionable/ineligible titles. :)

Results will be posted in around 24 hours from now - at which point it will have been September everywhere in the world for more than a whole day.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 7:04 pm

4.-8. Acht Stunden sind kein Tag [Eight Hours Don't Make a Day] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West-Germany: 9.0
9.. Fontane - Effi Briest (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West-Germany: 4.2
10. Faustrecht der Freiheit [Fox and His Friends] (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West-Germany: 6.8

Fassbinder in the 70sShow
1. Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte [Beware of a Holy Whore] (1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West-Germany: 6.2
2. Händler der vier Jahreszeiten [The Merchant of Four Seasons] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West-Germany: 7.2
3. Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant [The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West-Germany:: 5.8

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » September 2nd, 2020, 5:38 am

Hi Sol! I hope you are keeping well.

I had been meaning to sit this one out but one that appears to be eligible did in fact come my way in August.

1. Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (1970, Massimo Dallamano) 6.5 or 7/10 / UK | Italy | West Germany | Liechtenstein

I've been enjoying your contributions to the podcast series. Looking forward to the one on film addiction. Unfortunately, not something that ever threatened to be a problem for me last month. Very sparse in terms of viewings my end!

:cheers:
That's all, folks!

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Post by sol » September 2nd, 2020, 9:29 am

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
September 2nd, 2020, 5:38 am
I've been enjoying your contributions to the podcast series.
Oh, thanks - that's nice to know. I haven't received much feedback on the podcast from users (other than those contributing) so it's good to know that some forum members are listening.

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To everyone else:

FINAL RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN AROUND 5 HOURS

Please don't miss the deadline to add any other viewings that you saw last month.

You also only have 5 hours left to add in any missing Countries of Production.
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Post by sol » September 2nd, 2020, 2:20 pm

:banana: F I N A L X R E S U L T S ! :banana:

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OP is now updated with full results. Here were our top 10 participants in August:

Participants
RankParticipant CountSaw 'Despair'? Germany Austria Switz. Leicht. Undeclared
1 blueboybob 89 - 67 5 17 - -
2 St. Gloede 52 - 52 - - - -
3 jdidaco 50 - 30 10 10 - -
4 sol 43 - 36 2 5 - -
5 flavo5000 38 - 34 2 2 - -
6 AB537 26 - 25 1 - - -
7 Mario Gaborović 20 - 16 1 1 2 -
8 OldAle1 17 - 17 - - - -
9 ororama 14 - 13 - 1 - 2
10 peeptoad 13 :worship: 10 1 1 1 -


And this ended up being our final pie chart:

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Which made me wonder:

What if this had been a Germany Only Challenge? If that was the case our top 5 would look like this:

GERMANY ONLY
RankParticipant CountSaw 'Despair'? Germany Austria Switz. Leicht. Undeclared
1 blueboybob 89 - 67 5 17 - -
2 St. Gloede 52 - 52 - - - -
3 sol 43 - 36 2 5 - -
4 flavo5000 38 - 34 2 2 - -
5 jdidaco 50 - 30 10 10 - -


And what if this had been an Austria Only Challenge? If that was the case our top 5 would look like this:

AUSTRIA ONLY
RankParticipant CountSaw 'Despair'? Germany Austria Switz. Leicht. Undeclared
1 jdidaco 50 - 30 10 10 - -
2 blueboybob 89 - 67 5 17 - -
3 sol 43 - 36 2 5 - -
3 flavo5000 38 - 34 2 2 - -
5 AB537 26 - 25 1 - - -
5 Mario Gaborović 20 - 16 1 1 2 -
5 peeptoad 13 :worship: 10 1 1 1 -
5 hurluberlu 10 - 9 1 - - -


And what if this had been a Switzerland Only Challenge? If that was the case our top 5 would look like this:

NEUTRAL ONLY
RankParticipant CountSaw 'Despair'? Germany Austria Switz. Leicht. Undeclared
1 blueboybob 89 - 67 5 17 - -
2 jdidaco 50 - 30 10 10 - -
3 sol 43 - 36 2 5 - -
4 flavo5000 38 - 34 2 2 - -
5 Mario Gaborović 20 - 16 1 1 2 -
5 ororama 14 - 13 - 1 - 2
5 peeptoad 13 :worship: 10 1 1 1 -
5 cinephage 6 - 5 - 1 - -
5 blocho 4 :worship: 3 - 1 - -


Or Liechtenstein Only Challenge? If that was the case our top 5, er 2, would look like this:

LIECHTENSTEIN ONLY
RankParticipant CountSaw 'Despair'? Germany Austria Switz. Leicht. Undeclared
1 Mario Gaborović 20 - 16 1 1 2 -
2 peeptoad 13 :worship: 10 1 1 1 -


And now, without further ado:

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AWARDS TIME!
(maximum one award per participant)

Top of the Lot Award - proudly presented to blueboybob for scoring the most points in the challenge

The Even Stevens Award - proudly presented to jdidaco for watching exactly 10 films from both Switzerland and Austria

The Vaduz Mountains Award - proudly presented to Mario Gaborović for watching the most films from Liechtenstein

The Swiss Neutrality Award - proudly presented to sol for watching the most Swiss films outside of jdidaco and blueboybob

The Carriage to Vienna Award - proudly presented to flavo5000 for watching the most Austrian films outside of jdidaco, blueboybob and sol

The Bonus Award - proudly presented to peeptoad as the only person to complete both bonus challenges (she was also the first to watch Despair)

The Enjoy Your Despair Award - proudly presented to maxwelldeux for enjoying Despair the most out of three folks who saw it this month

The Dare to Despair Award - proudly presented to blocho for daring to check Despair out even if he mostly felt... despair... afterwards ;)

The Austri-Switzer-WHO? Award - proudly presented to St. Gloede for watching the most films without a single Austrian or Swiss movie

The SERIES-ous About Miniseries Awards - proudly presented to AB537 for getting half his points purely through miniseries watches

The "Ich bin Writer" Award - proudly presented to OldAle1, only rivaling Gloede for the lengthiest reviews this month

The Forget-Me-Not Award - proudly presented to ororama in order that all top 10 participants walk away with an award :D

:run:

Thanks for playing everyone. :poshclap:

See you on the September Challenge threads.

Oh, and I will see you also on the "Setting Up the 2021 Schedule" threads (to be released on September 5).
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Post by peeptoad » September 2nd, 2020, 4:00 pm

sol wrote:
September 2nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
The Enjoy Your Despair Award
:D

Congrats, blueboybob!
And thanks again, sol, for all your efforts keeping tabs and disseminating awards.

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Post by blocho » September 2nd, 2020, 4:51 pm

Hey Sol -- I think you're missing my last update from the final results.

Thanks for the award, though.

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Post by sol » September 2nd, 2020, 11:19 pm

blocho wrote:
September 2nd, 2020, 4:51 pm
Hey Sol -- I think you're missing my last update from the final results.

Thanks for the award, though.
Seems I missed a few posts somehow. :shrug: I've updated the OP; no spare time to update the awards/results post above though.
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Post by St. Gloede » September 3rd, 2020, 10:44 am

Thank you so much for hosting, Sol! You did an amazing job. I love the charts, and while I'm not sure how I feel about contributing to Germany dominating the German speaking world, it did help me cross 500 German films seen, which is pretty neat.

My current stats:

Overall: 526

10’s: 14
20’s: 134
30’s: 60
40’s: 37
50’s: 33
60’s: 46
70’s: 101
80’s: 44
90’s: 23
00’s: 20
10's: 14

*Love that the 10s are tied :D

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