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Post by sol » August 24th, 2020, 9:25 am

cinephage wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 8:56 am
04. Westfront 1918, by G.W. Pabst (1930) 8/10
I'm not going to update the leaderboard for a few minutes, so you have a little bit of time if you want add country of production. ;) Otherwise, I'll keep you on 3 points until you get around to updating your post.
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Post by cinephage » August 24th, 2020, 9:36 am

sol wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 9:25 am
cinephage wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 8:56 am
04. Westfront 1918, by G.W. Pabst (1930) 8/10
I'm not going to update the leaderboard for a few minutes, so you have a little bit of time if you want add country of production. ;) Otherwise, I'll keep you on 3 points until you get around to updating your post.
Sorry about that, I just added the country of production.

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Post by sol » August 24th, 2020, 9:39 am

Leaderboard and pie chart updated; Germany continuing to increase its dominance.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » August 24th, 2020, 11:02 am

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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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
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Post by sol » August 24th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 11:02 am
3. Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant [The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder): 5.8
I won't be editing the leaderboard for another 20-22 hours, so you have some time to correct this. :) You don't want to be the first person with a point in the undeclared column! :o
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Post by sol » August 24th, 2020, 12:59 pm

Germany: 31 / Switzerland: 4 / 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

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While I found it hard to feel for Kinski's wacky vision, there much to like in the absurdity of his massive ship sailing through the jungle blaring opera music from a gramophone. The locations are great too, though I thought it was unclear why the locals help out for free (do they just love his music?). Either way, this is a nifty look at a people and their land being exploited by those who care more about personal visions than preserving nature.
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Post by ororama » August 24th, 2020, 1:01 pm

10. Die innere Sicherheit/ The State I Am In (2000) * 106 min. Germany

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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

*First time viewing

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » August 24th, 2020, 1:51 pm

sol wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 11:02 am
3. Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant [The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder): 5.8
I won't be editing the leaderboard for another 20-22 hours, so you have some time to correct this. :) You don't want to be the first person with a point in the undeclared column! :o
Corrected it

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Post by peeptoad » August 24th, 2020, 9:32 pm

13. Neun Leben hat die Katze (Germany,1968) The Cat Has Nine Lives 5
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1. Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (Germany, 1973) Tenderness of the Wolves 7
2. Das Gold der Liebe (Germany, 1983) The Gold of Love 8
3. Sukkubus - den Teufel im Leib (Germany, 1989) 7
4. Chimères (Switzerland, 2013) 4
5. Kiez (Germany,1983) 5
6. Der Fan (Germany, 1982) 10*
7. Das Beil von Wandsbek (Germany, 1951) The Axe of Wandsbek 8+
8. Eugénie (Liechtenstein,1973) 6
9. Ekstase (Czechoslovakia/Austria,1933) Ecstasy 8
10. Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (Germany,1975) The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum 7+
11. Despair (Germany,1978) 7
12. Der Fluch der grünen Augen (Germany,1964) Cave of the Living Dead aka Night of the Vampires 5


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Post by AB537 » August 25th, 2020, 3:09 am

8-21. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980, Germany) 7/10 ... Flashes of brilliance but, like the book, got way too bogged down in a mostly dense and not that interesting plot, despite an intriguing beginning and relatively strong ending

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Post by frbrown » August 25th, 2020, 3:13 am

1. Wild and Willing (1972, West Germany)

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Post by jdidaco » August 25th, 2020, 7:17 am

(Screenshots from 'Mama, ich lebe' & 'Egon Schiele - Exzesse'),

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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)

(This screenshot of Jane Birkin (never more ravishing) amidst Klimt's paraphernalia (just before she becomes the muse and lover of Schiele) is one of the most beautiful things ever printed on celluloid, ever!))

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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)

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Post by cinephage » August 25th, 2020, 9:18 am

05. Die Parallelstrasse, by Ferdinand Khittl (1962) 4/10 - Germany
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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

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Post by sol » August 25th, 2020, 9:38 am

Leaderboard and Pie Chart updated, with Germany just pushing higher and higher with its slice of the pie. Kind of interesting how this is the opposite of the Iberian Challenge in which everybody suddenly started watching Portuguese films towards the end in an attempt to reverse the trend.

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Post by ororama » August 25th, 2020, 11:43 am

11. Gespenster/ Ghosts (2005) * 84 min. Germany

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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

*First time viewing

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Post by sol » August 25th, 2020, 12:12 pm

Germany: 32 / Switzerland: 4 / 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

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Led by a compelling Stella Kunkat, this is very engaging at first with some great moments as Kunkat makes certain breakthroughs herself communicating with the jungle children (that her linguist father cannot make), and there is lots to like in the very real bond she establishes with one boy. Clocking in at over two hours though, the whole things become a bit repetitive by the halfway mark and the initially enchanting aura of the jungle soon evaporates.
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Post by sol » August 25th, 2020, 2:25 pm

Germany: 33 / Switzerland: 4 / 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

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This film deliciously had me on edge over just how the mentally unbalanced teen protagonist was going to react in every scene. A rape that she witnesses is especially well edited with choice close-ups and cutaways really getting to the heart of her mixed emotions. The ending is pretty dynamite too. Certain sections move slower than others, but Isabelle Mejias is perfectly cast in the lead role. The scenes without her are dull but they are few.
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Post by flavo5000 » August 25th, 2020, 2:52 pm

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27. Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man a.k.a. Advertising Rules (Germany, 2001)

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28. Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (West Germany, 1970)
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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)

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Post by blueboybob » August 25th, 2020, 3:02 pm

83. Schoolgirls Growing Up (1972) [West Germany]
84. Bibi (1974) [Switzerland]

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Post by Samar » August 25th, 2020, 8:57 pm

Hey there, I haven't been able to join earlier this month but I do really admire German films I couldn't pass! I'll be adding more while I watch in the upcoming days :p

1.Aguirre, or the Wrath of God
2.Berlin, Symphony of a Great City
3.Pandora’s box

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Post by sol » August 26th, 2020, 9:16 am

Pie chart and leaderboard updated.

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Post by sol » August 26th, 2020, 9:19 am

Samar wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Hey there, I haven't been able to join earlier this month but I do really admire German films I couldn't pass! I'll be adding more while I watch in the upcoming days :p

1.Aguirre, or the Wrath of God
2.Berlin, Symphony of a Great City
3.Pandora’s box
At this stage, I have included your first three viewings, but next time can you please include the country and year of release for every title?

e.g.

1. Despair (1978) Germany
2. Steppenwolf (1974) Switzerland

Many thanks! :) Please also make sure that you list new films seen in a new post. B)
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Post by Obgeoff » August 26th, 2020, 9:23 am

4. The Dreamed Path (2016, Schanelec) 7 [Germany]
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Post by sol » August 26th, 2020, 11:22 am

Germany: 33 / Switzerland: 4 / 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

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The acting is pretty decent and there is some true zaniness in the mix here (playing the piano outdoors in the nude and inside hands-free), however, the story feels insubstantial and drawn out even at less than ninety minutes. The protagonist's stance that he does not want to take his childhood friend's virginity, less he disappoint her and consequently make her frigid for life (!) never once rings true, and her failed attempts to seduce him are lame.
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Post by Samar » August 26th, 2020, 11:14 pm

sol wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 9:19 am
Samar wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Hey there, I haven't been able to join earlier this month but I do really admire German films I couldn't pass! I'll be adding more while I watch in the upcoming days :p

1.Aguirre, or the Wrath of God
2.Berlin, Symphony of a Great City
3.Pandora’s box
At this stage, I have included your first three viewings, but next time can you please include the country and year of release for every title?

e.g.

1. Despair (1978) Germany
2. Steppenwolf (1974) Switzerland

Many thanks! :) Please also make sure that you list new films seen in a new post. B)
Hey sol, oh forgive me for this honest slip :p
I'll make sure to add the year and submit entries in a new post :whistling: thanks!

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Post by ororama » August 27th, 2020, 11:52 am

12. Yella (2007) * 85 min. Germany

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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
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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. Gespenster/ Ghosts (2005) * 84 min.  Germany

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Post by AB537 » August 28th, 2020, 2:51 am

22. Dark season 2 (Netflix, 2019, Germany) 9/10 ... another excellent season of a very intriguing show
23. Jakob der Lügner - Jacob the Liar (Frank Beyer, 1975, East Germany) 6.5/10

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Post by allisoncm » August 28th, 2020, 4:37 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

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Post by sol » August 28th, 2020, 9:29 am

Leaderboard and pie chart updated... with Germany's rise continuing further and further.

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Post by sol » August 28th, 2020, 12:49 pm

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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

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Jesús Franco's take on the iconic serial killer, his Jack the Ripper has little to do with the actual murders, but it is a fascinating if flawed watch. The whole thing is very lurid with a lot of graphic, sometimes sexualised violence, including a sliced-off breast and close-ups of severed body parts during a dismemberment. The film loses some oomph though by revealing the Ripper's identity early on and never giving us a protagonist to care about/like.
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Post by St. Gloede » August 28th, 2020, 6:12 pm

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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
This month is suddenly going so fast ...

Been trying to do writeups for the remaining, but took a looong time.

Anyhow:

33. Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben / Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? (1959, Frank Wibar) 6/10 (Germany)
I was expecting it to be bleaker and hit harder, but still a good film looking at the fully expected doom.


34. Ansichten eines Clowns / The Clown (1976, Vojtech Jasný) 6/10 (Germany)
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Vojtech Jasný is one of the great Czechoslovakian New Wave directors, and more so than many of his counterparts he did far more traditionally beautiful films - by which I mean visually evocative and with a degree of minimalist restrainst, as opposed to the hectic madhat reinvention of the wheel from Chytilová, Jakubisko, etc. Just see All My Countrymen or Touha (granted, When the Cat Comes / The Cassandra Cat does play into the more general playfulness of the movement).

After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the subsequent implosion of Czech cinema he found a new home in Germany, and I think someone already saw Kulturer this month - a complete disappointed with little to offer - though made for TV so the poor quality can in some way be excused. The Clown is a major step up, but it is still missing the magic of his earlier work. The romance playing out between our lead (Helmut Griem) and Hanna Schygulla just feels flat, empty and emotionless - and I love Hanna Schygulla. The clown acts come off as sad, which is intended, but they are not striking in any way - it is really only towards the end that we can see shades of the Jasný that was - and with the face paint from the cover and complete melancholy it really is a wonderful final 10-15 minutes - I just wish what came before matched it.


35. Wundkanal (1984, Thomas Harlan) 5/10 (Germany)
This film is of incredible historical interest as the son of Veit Harlan casts a real Nazi in a film about a kidnapped Nazi, but the experment, despite some good atmosphere and chilling seens, end up feeling confused. Kramer shot a documentary about the same event (Our Nazi), and I am more interested in seeing how it turned out.

36. Wozzeck (1947, Georg C. Klaren) 8/10 (Germany)
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I just finished Wozzeck, the first adaptation of Woyzeck, and it really represents what is so interesting and special about German cinema just after WW2. It has a visual atmosphere reminiscent of the silent era, where you can, through the cinematography, feel the descent into madness, and experience the increasingly (well, honestly, consistently) unsettling world of our protagonist.

The only thing contemporary film I can think of comparing it to is really Hangover Square, but only to the extent that the visuals are a gateway to the madness of our protagonist - the expression here goes in a very different direction, i.e. where Hangover Square bring noir aesthetics to 19th century England, Wozzech takes us into a horror landscape of far more stripped back dimensions. In some ways Wozzeck could genuinely feel like an atmospheric arthouse film from the 80s or 90s - the kind of stripped back nightmarish expression toying with bleak existentialism just wasn't a staple of 40s cinema.

We are introduced to Wozzeck as he is shaving his superior officer. We can see him drifting off, the knife somewhat out of place, his reaction to the officer's words, the knife straightening, slowly gliding in a straighter and straighter position, playing with the skin, ready to slice his throat at any given moment. This scene sends chills down your spine - and sets the mood for the entire film.

The only downside here is the exposition, i.e. the real opening, showing Wozzeck's body in a science lad, and a battle of ideas between the dr. who is happy to be able to cut up his new body, and charging an offense against this view of disposable humanity, leading into a charge of freeing the people of oppression - and the premise that Wozzeck was pushed to commit the acts he did by the society he lived in. This is too blunt, too clear and forcefully obvious in steering our mind and connecting it to the issue of class. Luckily this framing plays a minimal role in the film itself, which is simply gorgeous.


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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)

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Two Hearts in Waltz Time is an early sound-musical, which is somewhat cute, but can barely stand o its own legs. By 1932 the quality jump is incredible and we are presented with a breezy, and risque way that teases around moral conventions just like Lubitsch. Highly enjoyable and pleasant. I was then "shocked" by seeing essentially the exact same atmosphere and carefreeness rebuilt the year after WW2. Obviously set in the past, and in great colours, This one is even more crazy and fun, as a snubbed friend, who happens to be a theater director plays a major trick on his closest friends and the lie gets more and more extreme.


40. Razzia in St. Pauli (1933, Werner Hochbaum) 7/10 (Germany)
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This must be one of the most visually stunning films of the 1930s, incuding the lucid editing, building a great atmosphere. It is too bad the plot is really struggling - or more specifically the execution of a lot of the story. Impressive that what is clearly such a low budget film managed, struggling with sound as late as 33, still managed to build such a great atmosphere and experience.


41. Lagado (1977, Werner Nekas) 5.5/10 (Germany)
An interesting concept of building a new language, but consistent chanting and talking gibberish - with some German inbetween - does not lead to a great experience. Luckily there is still a lot of nice visual play from Nekas, making it a decent experience overall.


42. Der Mann, der den Mord beging (1931, Curtis Bernhardt) 5/10 (Germany)
An early talkie, struggling with the fact that it is an early talkie, but elevated by Conrad Veidt in the lead.


43. Der Choral von Leuthen / The Anthem of Leuthen (1933, Carl Froelich) 5/10 (Germany)
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Interesting that something this bland got banned by the allies after WW2. This is a cold and dead, but well made, nationalist piece about the prussian national icon Frederick the Great and the joys/greatness of war for the sake of war. Interesting in that the Austrian enemy is just shown as normal people, though that makes sense with the hope of a greater Germany I suppose, but it really just brings it home that it is a war of nothing of value to anyone not brainwashed. Interestingly, allproduced before Hitler came to power, but of course matching the Nazi ideology.


44. Prater (2007, Ulrikke Ottinger) 7/10 (Germany)
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I absolutely loved the way Ottinger shot the park and built atmosphere and mood, but the more convential documentary filmmaking was not up to the standard of the greatness of her style.

45. Sex-Business - Made in Pasing (1969, Hans-Jurgen Syderberg) 7.5-8/10 (Germany)
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This is such a rough cut, and would not have been great in itself, but the way it gets close to Germany's soft-porn pioneers, especially all the glimpses he clearly does not want Syderberg to catch, makes it extremely interesting.

46. Scarabea (1969, Hans-Jurgen Syderberg) 6/10 (Germany)
An interesting concept of a man being able to win any land he circle, and the pivotal question of what is enough, but while there are cool enough ideas at play to make it enjoyable, you can feel how inexperienced Syderberg still is.


47. Von heute auf morgen / From Today Until Tomorrow (1997, Straub & Huillet) 5/10 (Germany)
Strong B/W visuals, some great staging, but this is just not something I could enjoy.


48. Menschen in Gottes Hand (1948, Rolf Meyer) 7/10
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Another really strong humanist drama of the post-WW2 era, showing much greater respect for the "other woman" and the shifting morality of the time, despite still needing to swallow the general morals of the time.


49. Mein Stern / Be My Star (2001, Valeska Grisebach) 8/10 (Germany)
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It is incredibly to think this was Valeska Grisebach's graduation film, and it is only the short runtime, barely over the hour, that gives it away. This is a womderful, stripped down observational look at "young love". The movement feels logical and clear, despite stripping away all conventional plotting, and instead seeing strongly emotional/effective scenes of bonding, discomfort, awkwardness, intimacy, etc. Grisebach is undoubdtedly the strong Berlin School director, as demonstrated again with her recent Western, and it is a shame she has not made more films.

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Post by sol » August 29th, 2020, 1:21 am

St. Gloede wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 6:12 pm
This month is suddenly going so fast ...

Been trying to do writeups for the remaining, but took a looong time.
It's okay, Gloede. None of those will actually count towards your score since you have forgotten to include country of production. :D Let me know when you edit/update the list, but at this stage you are still only on 32 points. :unsure:
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Post by flavo5000 » August 29th, 2020, 2:46 am

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29. Der Joker (West Germany, 1987)

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30. Iron Sky (Germany, 2012)[b/]

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31. Das Frauenhaus a.k.a. Blue Rita (Switzerland, 1977)

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32. Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (Germany, 1931)

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33. Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer a.k.a. The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Germany, 2015)

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34. Im Schloß der blutigen Begierde a.k.a. Castle of Bloody Lust (West Germany, 1968)

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35. German Angst (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)

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 29th, 2020, 3:00 am

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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)

A fine enough Lola award winner, this was about a young man finally getting the kick in the ass to do something with his life. I related to it in some respects, and there were some nice humor elements to it, but fell just a tad flat for me. 6/10

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Post by St. Gloede » August 29th, 2020, 8:58 am

sol wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 1:21 am
St. Gloede wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 6:12 pm
This month is suddenly going so fast ...

Been trying to do writeups for the remaining, but took a looong time.
It's okay, Gloede. None of those will actually count towards your score since you have forgotten to include country of production. :D Let me know when you edit/update the list, but at this stage you are still only on 32 points. :unsure:
Was hoping for comments on some of the films :( Oh well, added Germany to all for your pie-chart. ;)

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Post by sol » August 29th, 2020, 10:53 am

St. Gloede wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 8:58 am
Was hoping for comments on some of the films :( Oh well, added Germany to all for your pie-chart. ;)
I would comment... but I haven't seen any. :unsure:

OP updated now by the way. New pie chart too with Germany continuing to dominate further and further:

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Post by frbrown » August 29th, 2020, 3:54 pm

2. Drei Schwedinnen in Oberbayern (1977, West Germany)

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1. Wild and Willing (1972, West Germany)
2. Drei Schwedinnen in Oberbayern (1977, West Germany)

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Post by ororama » August 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm

13. Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle/ The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) 110 min. West Germany
14. Nicht ohne Risiko/ Nothing Ventured (2004) * 52 min. Germany

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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. Gespenster/ Ghosts (2005) * 84 min.  Germany
12. Yella (2007) * 85 min. Germany

*First time viewing

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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

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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)
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This was my first ever comedy, and talkie from May, after having seen Asphalt, Homecoming and the original India duology. I have to say it was absolutely delightful, and interesting to see what a big deal May was in 1931, or at least how big a deal he presented himself to be, plastering his name everywhere. It immediately sets its mood in a leaving, but childish bar/nightclub, and as so often in these films we follow an elegable bachelor from a rich family - here proposing to the bartender just to annoy his family for not making him general manager - but suddenly it gets serious. It is filled with hijinks, and as customer, musical numbers and free play with morality - even more so than the Bolvary films I wrote about previously (but I won't go into spoilers). Let's just say it is charming, risque, entertaining as hell and a lot of fun - family quabbles, a mandatory crazy uncle and further roadblocks included.

*Note, the love interest and her father are Hungarian, and even have a few minor scenes in Hungarian. Not something you'd be likely to see a couple of years later.

51. Der Strass / Rhinestones (1991, Andreas Höntsch) 9/10 (Germany) (l) (l) (l)
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Der Strass is a sensory experience bringing us into the heart of a decaying East Germany, with swift contextual editing, and overt surrealistic touches as it counts down to a new era. Historically this is almost an unparalleled document as the film is made exactly as East Germany is insinerated, and becomes, in itself, a near-perfect representation of past, present and future. This is really an unprecedented opportunity, where the world changes with the film itself, adding even more power to what would already have been an explosive film.

We follow Georg, a man just turning 30, and who's birth (most likely) is depicted along with rapid intercutting of the creation of East Germany, parades, red flags and rock music. The atmosphere is pitch perfect as it plays with different quality stock and brings us into a semi-dodgy birthday party - and the introduction of a party official - who we later realize is his boss - giving him a miniature carousel, most likely a music box, of exotic worlds and a white horse on top. It seems as out of place, but still fitting as it sounds.

The party dies out, and our protagonist wanders the city alone, as the state of his life becomes more and more clear. He sees a white horse, he sees a woman, he sees gunfire, and soon he is in the entrance of a private exotic dance show. Entralled by the dancer, he sets out to find her at all cost, and be with her. Using his cover as a photographer, he gets closer, while explaining it to his colleagues as a reportage of the superiority of East German gender roles - in a firey speech that does not end up as well as he'd hoped. Allthoughout, the editing, and situation, both of his toxic mental state and his relationships to the people around him is intercut with his surroundings, Marxist portraits/statues and lavish extravaganza of exotic and sexual dreams and reality.

Der Strass also takes a page out of Bunuel's playbook, casting our female lead with two different actresses, cementing the gap between illusion/fantasy and reality - and crassly so - especially as we see Georg become more obsessed, and the delusions only grow - including extreme power fantasies - almost always undercut completely.

What is further interesting is the amount of interpretations we can bring into the film, and there are so many ways we can view Georg, and "Miss Albena". At first I thought he was representing the generation, then East Germany, then East German Socialism/the system itself, trying to impose itself on the world around it. There are extremely obvious allegories throughout, such as a mother leaving (West Germany) and, as the film nears its end, promises of new life, i.e. reunification - but it can be seen and understood in so many different ways - and I absolutely love that the film opened up so many paths of seeing it and experiencing it.

Undoubtedly one of the very best films I have seen all year.


52. Die Entlassung / Bismarck's Dismissal / The Discharge (1942, Wolfgang Liebeneiner) 5/10 (Germany)
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An interesting piece of multi-layered nazi propaganda, that seeks to elevate Bismarck as a precurser of Nazi politics in the face of the existential threat of vile Social Democracy. Leading the charge is Emil Jannings himself, in the The trick here is to not villify the Kaiser, while still showing him as young, gullible and at the end in the hands of seedy, self-serving people leading the country to ruin. What is further "impressive" is the drive for historical accuracy, and using Bismarck's real speeches, etc. and, additionally, wishing to show the people who supported the Social Democrats as misguided (there is a scene with a patriotic Social Democrat who supports it because he and his wife works multiple jobs and can barely afford to live). In the midst of WW2 this is thus a staunch reminder of their "heroic warrior leader", and a way to view their history as a unifying path towards Nazism.

*This serves as a sequel to Bismarck, also directed by Liebeneiner, but with a different cast.

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