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Torgo wrote: January 16th, 2022, 10:52 pm
St. Gloede wrote: January 16th, 2022, 8:54 pm 15. Das Millionenspiel / The Millions Game (1970, Tom Toelle)

What makes it even more impressive is that The Millions Game is a TVproduction in itself, first aired on TV, and beyond showing parts of the production side it would be like seeing the "real show". The dystopian mania is complete with bizarre sponsorship ads for all kinds of sex drugs, not to mention sharp knives, and repeated questions of morality, viewing habits and the conditions that could push someone into taking this kind of deal. The existentialism is ace, it is certainly before its time and it is, for all its comical diversions to audience members and stops for interviews, remarkably suspenseful and tense, without letting that undercut the satire, though asking the question: could this be the future and would you watch it. I can imagine the German viewers seeing this when it premiered and the types of reactions it might have had. Frankly, it has not lost its edge and coming from 30-50 years before Battle Royale, Hunger Games, Squid Game, etc. it deserves to be held in far greater esteem. 8/10.
:thumbsup: A great, peculiar oddity of German television history. Note that they had maybe Germany's most popular TV host of the time acting as the .. host indeed, and several other known reporter figures acting like it's a real thing or celebrities playing themselves.
If you'll support this title, it might finally find its way into the <400. :sweat:
Thanks for the excellent insight, Torgo, that may even push the film up to 8.5 for me and it will certainly be included in my next <400 ballot.
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I saw it many years ago on television and already thought it was a great hidden gem then, but it has remained so all these years
That said, I think German television has many more hidden gems to offer, production levels were always very high and there was a lot of room for experiment and for artistic visions

I am very curious about "Die letzten Tage von Gomorrha" (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1974) for instance, but there is not a good (color) copy of it to be found anywhere...
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beavis wrote: January 17th, 2022, 1:33 pm I saw it many years ago on television and already thought it was a great hidden gem then, but it has remained so all these years
That said, I think German television has many more hidden gems to offer, production levels were always very high and there was a lot of room for experiment and for artistic visions
Absolutely, and we can just use Fassbinder as a sample case, who outside of his two mini-series (one of which is considered to be one of the greatest works of cinema, the latter a recently re-discovered re-release hit with this forum) he made 14 TV movies, including World on a Wire (technically 2 part mini-series) which is considered one of his best and many other great works - all while in his prime.

I've actually seen 42 TV movies from West Germany, and 11 of them are in the great category. Volker Schlöndorff's Baal is a favourite, Haneke did excellent work with Fraulein and Variarion - even Ingmar Bergman peaked over to do one (From the Life of the Marionettes). The number of great/intruiging filmmakers who either got their start with TV productions, or more commonly, where given an additional life-.line/avenue of exposure through TV is very impressive. The number of Farocki project for TV is very impressive for instance, especially considered he was an open leftist in the Cold War.

Even in later years, Haneke made his The Castle adaptation in '97, which is just great, while Berlin School directors also got their start on TV.
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3. Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2016, Dominik Hartl, Austria): 4.8 - The title is self-explanatory ;)
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2. Schumacher (2021, Vanessa Nöcker, Michael Wech & Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, Germany): 6.5
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33. Three Good Friends (1930) - 7/10 (Germany)
34. Signs of Life (1968) - 7/10 (Germany)
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1. Alraune (Henrik Galeen, 1928) Germany
2. Invisible Sue (Markus Dietrich, 2018) Germany
3. Sukkubus - den Teufel im Leib (Georg Tressler, 1989) West Germany
4. Das indische Grabmal erster Teil - Die Sendung des Yoghi (Joe May, 1921) Germany
5. Das indische Grabmal zweiter Teil - Der Tiger von Eschnapur (Joe May, 1921) Germany
6. Malina (Werner Schroeter, 1991) Germany
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13. Bagdad Cafe (Germany, 1987)
One of those quirky comedies in which a random assortment of people in an isolated location slowly forms a community. This one edges effectively into surrealism, with saturated landscape shots and a song-and-dance climax that ignores plausibility. Incidentally, I drove past Bagdad, California, a few years ago. There's nothing there.

14. It Happened in Broad Daylight (Switzerland, 1958)
The first version of the Durrenmatt story, and the third I've seen. While this is better than the Feher version, I still prefer Sean Penn's rendition, which has Durrenmatt's preferred ending.
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50. Heinrich (1977, Sanders-Brahms) 4,5/10 Germany - 15 checks
51. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, 2015, Akiz) 6,5/10 Germany - 157 checks
GER: 47 / AUT: 3 / CH: 1 / LIE: 0
01. Sylvester (New Year's Eve, 1924, Pick) 5,5/10 Germany - 86 checks
02. Opfergang (The Great Sacrifice, 1944, Harlan) 6/10 Germany - 85 checks
03. Rocker (1972, Lemke) 7/10 Germany - 63 checks
04. Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread, 2005, Geyrhalter) 7,5/10 Austria - 284 checks
05. Königin von Niendorf (Queen of Niendorf, 2017, J. Thome) 6/10 Germany - 7 checks
06. Wunder der Schöpfung (Our Heavenly Bodies, 1925, Kornblum) 8/10 Germany - 61 checks
07. Endstation Liebe (Two Worlds, 1958, Tressler) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
08. The Trouble with Being Born (2020, Wollner) 7,5/10 Austria - 58 checks
09. Das doppelte Lottchen (Two Times Lotte, 1950, Báky) 6/10 Germany - 69 checks
10. Das Haus in der Karpfengasse (The House in Karp Lane, 1965, Hoffmann) 7/10 Germany - 6 checks
11. Tschetan, der Indianerjunge (Chetan, Indian Boy; 1972, Bohm) 6,5/10 Germany - 6 checks
12. Der Samurai (2014, Kleinert) 6,5/10 Germany - 170 checks
13. Weg ohne Umkehr (No Way Back, 1953, Vicas) 7/10 Germany - 12 checks
14. Aus einem deutschen Leben (Death Is My Trade, 1977, Kotulla) 6/10 Germany - 43 checks
15. Zwei verlorene Schafe (2016, Enders) 5/10 Germany - 1 check
16. Tätowierung (Tattoo, 1967, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 12 checks
17. Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002, Dresen) 6,5/10 Germany - 38 checks
18. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, 2021, Schrader) 7/10 Germany - 132 checks
19. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, 1981, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 10 checks
20. Die Fremde (When We Leave, 2010, Aladag) 5,5/10 Germany - 282 checks
21. Giraffe (2019, Hartmann) 5,5/10 Germany - 26 checks
22. Canaris (Deadly Decision, 1954, Weidenmann) 5/10 Germany - 26 checks
23. Der Fan (The Fan, 1982, Schmidt) 5/10 Germany - 140 checks
24. Yasemin (1988, Bohm) 7/10 Germany - 18 checks
25. Nachts auf den Straßen (The Mistress, 1952, Jugert) 4,5/10 Germany - 49 checks
26. Nekromantik (1987, Buttgereit) 3/10 Germany - 799 checks
27. Hochzeitsgäste (Wedding Guests, 1990, Glasow) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
28. Berliner Ballade (The Berliner, 1948, Stemmle) 6,5/10 Germany - 53 checks
29. Erste Liebe (First Love, 1970, Schell) 6/10 Switzerland - 47 checks
30. Servus Bayern (Bye-bye Bavaria!, 1977, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 2 checks
31. Schmutz (1987, Manker) 6/10 Austria - 29 checks
32. Kleine Haie (Acting It Out, 1992, Wortmann) 6/10 Germany - 38 checks
33. Morgen beginnt das Leben (Life Begins Tomorrow, 1933, Hochbaum) 6,5/10 Germany - 35 checks
34. Jede Menge Kohle (A Lot of Bills to Pay, 1981, Winkelmann) 7/10 Germany - 14 checks
35. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999, Thorwarth) 5/10 Germany - 208 checks
36. I Know the Way to the Hofbrauhaus (1991, Achternbusch) 4,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
37. Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin, 2012, Gerster) 7/10 Germany - 891 checks
38. Gundermann (2018, Dresen) 7/10 Germany - 60 checks
39. Hick's Last Stand (1990, Achternbusch) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
40. Zur Hölle mit den anderen (2018, Krohmer) 6/10 Germany - 3 checks
41. Der bewegte Mann (Maybe... Maybe Not, 1994, Wortmann) 4,5/10 Germany - 251 checks
42. Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker, 2004, Levy) 5/10 Germany - 132 checks
43. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (The Bread of Those Early Years, 1962, Vesely) 6/10 Germany - 37 checks
44. Rossini (1997, Dietl) 4/10 Germany - 77 checks
45. Zu weit weg (Too Far Away, 2019, Winkenstette) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
46. Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove, 2019, Akin) 6/10 Germany - 349 checks
47. Die Parallelstrasse (The Parallel Street, 1962, Khittl) 7/10 Germany - 125 checks
48. Hanne (2018, Graf) 6,5/10 Germany - 1st check
49. Systemsprenger (System Crasher, 2019, Fingscheidt) 6,5/10 Germany - 342 checks
50. Heinrich (1977, Sanders-Brahms) 4,5/10 Germany - 15 checks
51. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, 2015, Akiz) 6,5/10 Germany - 157 checks
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1. Hotel (2004) Austria
2. Angst (1983) Austria
3. Dog Days (2001) Austria
4. Der Samurai (2014) Germany
5. Sennentuntschi (2010) Switzerland
6. Sea of Shadows (2019) Austria
7. Seven Servants (1996) Germany REVISION
8. Die Puppe (1919) Germany REVISION
9. 99 Women (1969) Liechtenstein
10. The Stone Rider (1923) Germany
11. The Dark Valley (2014) Austria
12. Parallell Street (1962) Germany

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Often described as Kafkaesque, there is certainly some validity to this description with the vagueness of the task at hand and the strange bureaucratic red tape, including limits on how often they can move. The lush black and white photography, including several birds-eye shots, also feels Kafkaesque. Whereas Kafka focused on individuals consumed by the world around them, however, here we never get to know the men as individuals and their fears and worries.
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33. Barbe-Bleue/Blaubart (Bluebeard, Christian-Jaque, 1951) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany/Switzerland)
34. Karriere (Career, Heiner Carow, 1971) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
35. Kocicí princ/Der Katzenprinz (The Cat Prince, Ota Koval, 1979) 7/10 ((East) Germany)
36. Mahuliena zlatá panna/Der treue Johannes (Mahuliena, Golden Maiden, Miloslav Luther, 1987) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
37. Lady Macbeth von Mzensk (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Petr Weigl, 1992) 8.5/10 (Germany)
38. Materia Obscura (Jürgen Reble, 2009) 8.5/10 (Germany)

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1. Das Feuerzeug (The Tinder Box, Siegfried Hartmann, 1959) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
2. Schneewittchen (Snow White, Gottfried Kolditz, 1961) 7.5/10 ((East) Germany)
3. Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding-Hood, Götz Friedrich, 1962) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
4. Der kleine Prinz (The Little Prince, Konrad Wolf, 1966) 8.5/10 ((East) Germany)
5. Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns (Gritta of the Rats' Castle, Jürgen Brauer, 1985) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
6. Orfeo (Claude Goretta, 1985) 9.5/10 (Switzerland)
7. Si le soleil ne revenait pas (If the Sun Never Returns, Claude Goretta, 1987) 7.5/10 (Switzerland)
8. Hasenherz (Rabbit Heart, Gunter Friedrich, 1987) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
9. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, Achim Bornhak (AKIZ), 2015) 5.5/10 (Germany)
10. Das freiwillige Jahr (A Voluntary Year, Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler, 2019) 8/10 (Germany)
11. Männer sind zum Lieben da (The Girls from Atlantis, Eckhart Schmidt, 1970) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany)
12. Die glücklichen Minuten des Georg Hauser (Magic Glass, Mansur Madavi, 1974) 9/10 (Austria)
13. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, Herbert Achternbusch, 1981) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
14. Buster's Bedroom (Rebecca Horn, 1991) 7.5/10 (Germany)
15. Der olympische Sommer (The Olympic Summer, Gordian Maugg, 1993) 8.5/10 (Germany)
16. Prince Valiant (Anthony Hickox, 1997) 6.5/10 (Germany)
17. AUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things (Edgar Honetschläger, 2011) 7/10 (Austria)
18. Ulrike's Brain (Bruce La Bruce, 2017) 8/10 (Germany)
19. The Trouble with Being Born (Sandra Wollner, 2020) 7.5/10 (Austria/Germany)
20. Narziss und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund, Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2020) 7/10 (Austria/Germany)
21. Das Wirtshaus im Spessart (The Spessart Inn, Kurt Hoffmann, 1958) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
22. Das Spukschloß im Spessart (The Haunted Castle, Kurt Hoffmann, 1960) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
23. Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart (Glorious Times in the Spessart, Kurt Hoffmann, 1967) 7/10 ((West) Germany)
24. Adele Spitzeder (Peer Raben, 1972 ) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany)
25. Le troisième cri (The Third Cry, Igaal Niddam, 1974) 7.5/10 (Switzerland)
26. Otstupnik/Der Abtrünnige (The Apostate, Valeri Rubinchik, 1987) 9/10 ((West) Germany/Austria)
27. Sommer der Liebe (Summer of Love, Wenzel Storch, 1992) 7/10 (Germany)
28. AntiFaust (Georg Frizen, 1993) 8/10 (Germany)
29. Ludwig 1881 (Donatello Dubini & Fosco Dubini, 1993) 8/10 (Switzerland/Germany)
30. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, Maria Schrader, 2021) 7.5/10 (Germany)
31-32. Pièce touchée (Martin Arnold, 1989) 9.5/10 (RV) (16 min), Passage à l'acte (Martin Arnold, 1993) 9/10 (RV) (12 min), Remise (Martin Arnold, 1993) 6.5/10 (1 min), Jesus Walking on Screen (Martin Arnold, 1993) 7/10 (1 min), Don't - Der Österreichfilm (Martin Arnold, 1996) 8/10 (4 min), Untitled (Martin Arnold, 1997) 6/10 (1 min), Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (Martin Arnold, 1998) 10/10 (RV) (15 min), Sea Concrete Human (Michael Palm, 2001) 7/10 (29 min), VERTIGO RUSH (Johann Lurf, 2007) 8/10 (19 min), Burning Palace (Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring, 2009) 8/10 (32 min), EMBARGO (Johann Lurf, 2014) 8/10 (10 min), Train Again (Peter Tscherkassky, 2021) 8.5/10 (20 min) (Total: 160 min) (12xAustria)
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35. Staub (2007) - 5/10 (Germany)
36. Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave (1973) - 5/10 (Germany)
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2. Moses und Aron (Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, 1975) [Germany] 5+
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52. Le petit prince a dit (And the Little Prince Said, 1992, Pascal) 6/10 Switzerland - 31 checks
53. Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker, 1995, Karmakar) 6,5/10 Germany - 106 checks

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GER: 48 / AUT: 3 / CH: 2 / LIE: 0
01. Sylvester (New Year's Eve, 1924, Pick) 5,5/10 Germany - 86 checks
02. Opfergang (The Great Sacrifice, 1944, Harlan) 6/10 Germany - 85 checks
03. Rocker (1972, Lemke) 7/10 Germany - 63 checks
04. Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread, 2005, Geyrhalter) 7,5/10 Austria - 284 checks
05. Königin von Niendorf (Queen of Niendorf, 2017, J. Thome) 6/10 Germany - 7 checks
06. Wunder der Schöpfung (Our Heavenly Bodies, 1925, Kornblum) 8/10 Germany - 61 checks
07. Endstation Liebe (Two Worlds, 1958, Tressler) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
08. The Trouble with Being Born (2020, Wollner) 7,5/10 Austria - 58 checks
09. Das doppelte Lottchen (Two Times Lotte, 1950, Báky) 6/10 Germany - 69 checks
10. Das Haus in der Karpfengasse (The House in Karp Lane, 1965, Hoffmann) 7/10 Germany - 6 checks
11. Tschetan, der Indianerjunge (Chetan, Indian Boy; 1972, Bohm) 6,5/10 Germany - 6 checks
12. Der Samurai (2014, Kleinert) 6,5/10 Germany - 170 checks
13. Weg ohne Umkehr (No Way Back, 1953, Vicas) 7/10 Germany - 12 checks
14. Aus einem deutschen Leben (Death Is My Trade, 1977, Kotulla) 6/10 Germany - 43 checks
15. Zwei verlorene Schafe (2016, Enders) 5/10 Germany - 1 check
16. Tätowierung (Tattoo, 1967, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 12 checks
17. Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002, Dresen) 6,5/10 Germany - 38 checks
18. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, 2021, Schrader) 7/10 Germany - 132 checks
19. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, 1981, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 10 checks
20. Die Fremde (When We Leave, 2010, Aladag) 5,5/10 Germany - 282 checks
21. Giraffe (2019, Hartmann) 5,5/10 Germany - 26 checks
22. Canaris (Deadly Decision, 1954, Weidenmann) 5/10 Germany - 26 checks
23. Der Fan (The Fan, 1982, Schmidt) 5/10 Germany - 140 checks
24. Yasemin (1988, Bohm) 7/10 Germany - 18 checks
25. Nachts auf den Straßen (The Mistress, 1952, Jugert) 4,5/10 Germany - 49 checks
26. Nekromantik (1987, Buttgereit) 3/10 Germany - 799 checks
27. Hochzeitsgäste (Wedding Guests, 1990, Glasow) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
28. Berliner Ballade (The Berliner, 1948, Stemmle) 6,5/10 Germany - 53 checks
29. Erste Liebe (First Love, 1970, Schell) 6/10 Switzerland - 47 checks
30. Servus Bayern (Bye-bye Bavaria!, 1977, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 2 checks
31. Schmutz (1987, Manker) 6/10 Austria - 29 checks
32. Kleine Haie (Acting It Out, 1992, Wortmann) 6/10 Germany - 38 checks
33. Morgen beginnt das Leben (Life Begins Tomorrow, 1933, Hochbaum) 6,5/10 Germany - 35 checks
34. Jede Menge Kohle (A Lot of Bills to Pay, 1981, Winkelmann) 7/10 Germany - 14 checks
35. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999, Thorwarth) 5/10 Germany - 208 checks
36. I Know the Way to the Hofbrauhaus (1991, Achternbusch) 4,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
37. Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin, 2012, Gerster) 7/10 Germany - 891 checks
38. Gundermann (2018, Dresen) 7/10 Germany - 60 checks
39. Hick's Last Stand (1990, Achternbusch) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
40. Zur Hölle mit den anderen (2018, Krohmer) 6/10 Germany - 3 checks
41. Der bewegte Mann (Maybe... Maybe Not, 1994, Wortmann) 4,5/10 Germany - 251 checks
42. Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker, 2004, Levy) 5/10 Germany - 132 checks
43. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (The Bread of Those Early Years, 1962, Vesely) 6/10 Germany - 37 checks
44. Rossini (1997, Dietl) 4/10 Germany - 77 checks
45. Zu weit weg (Too Far Away, 2019, Winkenstette) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
46. Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove, 2019, Akin) 6/10 Germany - 349 checks
47. Die Parallelstrasse (The Parallel Street, 1962, Khittl) 7/10 Germany - 125 checks
48. Hanne (2018, Graf) 6,5/10 Germany - 1st check
49. Systemsprenger (System Crasher, 2019, Fingscheidt) 6,5/10 Germany - 342 checks
50. Heinrich (1977, Sanders-Brahms) 4,5/10 Germany - 15 checks
51. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, 2015, Akiz) 6,5/10 Germany - 157 checks
52. Le petit prince a dit (And the Little Prince Said, 1992, Pascal) 6/10 Switzerland - 31 checks
53. Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker, 1995, Karmakar) 6,5/10 Germany - 106 checks
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5 - Arms and the Man/Helden (1958) - 7/10 - (West Germany) - During the brief war between Serbia and Bulgaria in the 19th Century, a Bulgarian patrol charges a Serbian cannon which should result in their death. However, the cannon has the wrong ammunition and doesn't fire which causes the crew to flee. The captain in charge of the cannon ends up in the bedroom of a young Bulgarian woman who happens to be the fiancee of the man in charge of the patrol. This romantic comedy is kind of silly, but I thought it was fun.

6 - The Pedestrian (1973) - 6.5/10 - (West Germany) - A German industrialist is haunted by the massacre of a Greek village by his unit during WWII. A newspaper is researching this massacre and is about to make it public. This film deals somewhat with Germany's post-war guilt, but the film itself meanders about and could be a whole lot better.

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1 - Journey of Hope (1990) - 8/10 - (Switzerland)
2 - The Captain from Kopenick (1956) - 7.5/10 - (West Germany)
3 - '38 - Vienna Before the Fall (1986) - 6/10 - (Austria)
4 - L'Invitation (1973) - 7/10 - (Switzerland)
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beavis wrote: January 15th, 2022, 12:50 pm 1. Das Mädchen vom Moorhof (1935) 6.5 Germany
2. Mirage de la vie (1983) 6.0 Switzerland
3. Metamorphosen (2013) 7.5 Germany
4. Blutsauger (2021) 7.5 Germany
5. Orphea (2020) 6.5 Germany
6. Alles ist gut (2018) 7.5 Germany
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8. Die Suffragette (1913) 6.0 Germany
9. Die glücklichen Minuten des Georg Hauser (1974) 8.0 Austria
10. L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) 7.0 Switzerland
11. Opium (1919) 7.0 Germany
12. Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe (1920) 7.0 Germany
13. Sumurun (1920) 6.5 Germany
14. Die Insel der Seligen (1913) 5.0 Germany
15. Das fidele Gefängnis (1917) 7.0 Germany
16. Der gelbe Schein (1918) 6.5 Germany
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17. Absolute Giganten (1999) 7.5 German
This is a fun movie and I can see why it would have become a cult movie for a generation that was young at the time it was released. It is about three friends having a big night out. That night is filled with some fun encounters and mishaps, some music and dancing and a random girl that is there for no other reason than look cool for a bit. Most of the scenes are shot and posed to look cool to be honest, which is were the cult appeal comes from, but it also makes the film a bit superficial for those who are not feeling it. One for the boys I'd say.

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18. Der Tunnel (1915) 7.0 German
Exciting piece of scifi! That is, for the first stretch and the final 10 minutes of action. In between that comes a slow moving protracted stretch of socio-realistic drama. An interesting angle in itself, but not in the way it is told here. And visually it was only just enough to captivate an audience at that time I guess,

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19. Carmen (1918) 7.5 German
Watched the restauration of the original German release which shows off Negri and Lubitsch on the top of their powers in the 1910's. The story has been done many times, and it remains a good time in the cinema. A rarity to see feature from this period without duller moments. The scene depicted is one of divination by pouring lead... I had never seen something like that before!
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37. Der Todesking (1990) - 8/10 (Germany)
38. Benny's Video (1992) - 8/10 (Austria)
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54. Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1971, Wolf) 6,5/10 Germany - 20 checks
55. Lina Braake (1975, Sinkel) 6,5/10 Germany - 13 checks

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01. Sylvester (New Year's Eve, 1924, Pick) 5,5/10 Germany - 86 checks
02. Opfergang (The Great Sacrifice, 1944, Harlan) 6/10 Germany - 85 checks
03. Rocker (1972, Lemke) 7/10 Germany - 63 checks
04. Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread, 2005, Geyrhalter) 7,5/10 Austria - 284 checks
05. Königin von Niendorf (Queen of Niendorf, 2017, J. Thome) 6/10 Germany - 7 checks
06. Wunder der Schöpfung (Our Heavenly Bodies, 1925, Kornblum) 8/10 Germany - 61 checks
07. Endstation Liebe (Two Worlds, 1958, Tressler) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
08. The Trouble with Being Born (2020, Wollner) 7,5/10 Austria - 58 checks
09. Das doppelte Lottchen (Two Times Lotte, 1950, Báky) 6/10 Germany - 69 checks
10. Das Haus in der Karpfengasse (The House in Karp Lane, 1965, Hoffmann) 7/10 Germany - 6 checks
11. Tschetan, der Indianerjunge (Chetan, Indian Boy; 1972, Bohm) 6,5/10 Germany - 6 checks
12. Der Samurai (2014, Kleinert) 6,5/10 Germany - 170 checks
13. Weg ohne Umkehr (No Way Back, 1953, Vicas) 7/10 Germany - 12 checks
14. Aus einem deutschen Leben (Death Is My Trade, 1977, Kotulla) 6/10 Germany - 43 checks
15. Zwei verlorene Schafe (2016, Enders) 5/10 Germany - 1 check
16. Tätowierung (Tattoo, 1967, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 12 checks
17. Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002, Dresen) 6,5/10 Germany - 38 checks
18. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, 2021, Schrader) 7/10 Germany - 132 checks
19. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, 1981, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 10 checks
20. Die Fremde (When We Leave, 2010, Aladag) 5,5/10 Germany - 282 checks
21. Giraffe (2019, Hartmann) 5,5/10 Germany - 26 checks
22. Canaris (Deadly Decision, 1954, Weidenmann) 5/10 Germany - 26 checks
23. Der Fan (The Fan, 1982, Schmidt) 5/10 Germany - 140 checks
24. Yasemin (1988, Bohm) 7/10 Germany - 18 checks
25. Nachts auf den Straßen (The Mistress, 1952, Jugert) 4,5/10 Germany - 49 checks
26. Nekromantik (1987, Buttgereit) 3/10 Germany - 799 checks
27. Hochzeitsgäste (Wedding Guests, 1990, Glasow) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
28. Berliner Ballade (The Berliner, 1948, Stemmle) 6,5/10 Germany - 53 checks
29. Erste Liebe (First Love, 1970, Schell) 6/10 Switzerland - 47 checks
30. Servus Bayern (Bye-bye Bavaria!, 1977, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 2 checks
31. Schmutz (1987, Manker) 6/10 Austria - 29 checks
32. Kleine Haie (Acting It Out, 1992, Wortmann) 6/10 Germany - 38 checks
33. Morgen beginnt das Leben (Life Begins Tomorrow, 1933, Hochbaum) 6,5/10 Germany - 35 checks
34. Jede Menge Kohle (A Lot of Bills to Pay, 1981, Winkelmann) 7/10 Germany - 14 checks
35. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999, Thorwarth) 5/10 Germany - 208 checks
36. I Know the Way to the Hofbrauhaus (1991, Achternbusch) 4,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
37. Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin, 2012, Gerster) 7/10 Germany - 891 checks
38. Gundermann (2018, Dresen) 7/10 Germany - 60 checks
39. Hick's Last Stand (1990, Achternbusch) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
40. Zur Hölle mit den anderen (2018, Krohmer) 6/10 Germany - 3 checks
41. Der bewegte Mann (Maybe... Maybe Not, 1994, Wortmann) 4,5/10 Germany - 251 checks
42. Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker, 2004, Levy) 5/10 Germany - 132 checks
43. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (The Bread of Those Early Years, 1962, Vesely) 6/10 Germany - 37 checks
44. Rossini (1997, Dietl) 4/10 Germany - 77 checks
45. Zu weit weg (Too Far Away, 2019, Winkenstette) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
46. Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove, 2019, Akin) 6/10 Germany - 349 checks
47. Die Parallelstrasse (The Parallel Street, 1962, Khittl) 7/10 Germany - 125 checks
48. Hanne (2018, Graf) 6,5/10 Germany - 1st check
49. Systemsprenger (System Crasher, 2019, Fingscheidt) 6,5/10 Germany - 342 checks
50. Heinrich (1977, Sanders-Brahms) 4,5/10 Germany - 15 checks
51. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, 2015, Akiz) 6,5/10 Germany - 157 checks
52. Le petit prince a dit (And the Little Prince Said, 1992, Pascal) 6/10 Switzerland - 31 checks
53. Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker, 1995, Karmakar) 6,5/10 Germany - 106 checks
54. Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1971, Wolf) 6,5/10 Germany - 20 checks
55. Lina Braake (1975, Sinkel) 6,5/10 Germany - 13 checks
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7 - The Counterfeiters (2007) - 8/10 - (Austria) - A Jewish counterfeiter is captured by the Nazis in 1939 and sent to a concentration camp. Five years later, he is brought in to help with an operation where the Nazis are using prisoners to try and counterfeit the British pound and the U.S. dollar. They are treated better than normal prisoners as an incentive to get the job done. I wasn't really aware of this particular Nazi operation and found the film to be pretty interesting and well done.

8 - Schtonk! (1992) - 7/10 - (Germany) - This satire features a forger who specializes in Nazi memorabilia, including portraits supposedly painted by Hitler, and a shady journalist. The forger creates a diary supposedly written by Hitler and the journalist buys it and many others produced by the forger. These diaries create a sensation when published by a magazine. What is even crazier than the film is that this is based on a true story. I think the film loses steam in the second half, though the forger and his 'wives' are still amusing.


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1 - Journey of Hope (1990) - 8/10 - (Switzerland)
2 - The Captain from Kopenick (1956) - 7.5/10 - (West Germany)
3 - '38 - Vienna Before the Fall (1986) - 6/10 - (Austria)
4 - L'Invitation (1973) - 7/10 - (Switzerland)
5 - Arms and the Man/Helden (1958) - 7/10 - (West Germany)
6 - The Pedestrian (1973) - 6.5/10 - (West Germany)
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8. Meyer aus Berlin/Meyer from Berlin (1919) * 58 min. (Germany)
Ernst Lubitsch is star as well as director in a comedy in which a bourgeois husband feigns illness to get away to the Alps in hopes of romantic adventure. Very amusing.
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1. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam/The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920) 85 min. (Germany)
2. Alice in den Städten/Alice in the Cities (1974) 112 min. (West Germany)
3. Falsche Bewegung/Wrong Move (1975) * 103 min. (West Germany)
4. Der siebente Kontinent/The Seventh Continent (1989) * 108 min. (Austria)
5. Das Zaubermännchen/Rumpelstiltskin (1960) * 70 min. (East Germany)
6. Freak Orlando (1981) * 127 min. (West Germany)
7. Schneewittchen/Snow White (1961) * 60 min. (East Germany)
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39. Les petites fugues (1979) - 4/10 (Switzerland)
40. The Divided Heaven (1964) - 7/10 (Germany)
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9. Mädchen in Uniform (1931) * 88 min. (Germany)
Well known as a lesbian drama from the last days of the Weimar Republic, the sexual aspect of the story is relatively mild (Manuela isn't necessarily more in love with as Fraulein von Bernburg than the many other girls who have a crush on the teacher, her family situation just makes her more desperate), but the criticism of regimentation and abuse in Prussian schools (and implicitly of German society as a whole - the parents who send the girls to the school cannot be ignorant of what they are subjected to) is pointed and the primary focus. Very well directed, acted and filmed.
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1. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam/The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920) 85 min. (Germany)
2. Alice in den Städten/Alice in the Cities (1974) 112 min. (West Germany)
3. Falsche Bewegung/Wrong Move (1975) * 103 min. (West Germany)
4. Der siebente Kontinent/The Seventh Continent (1989) * 108 min. (Austria)
5. Das Zaubermännchen/Rumpelstiltskin (1960) * 70 min. (East Germany)
6. Freak Orlando (1981) * 127 min. (West Germany)
7. Schneewittchen/Snow White (1961) * 60 min. (East Germany)
8. Meyer aus Berlin/Meyer from Berlin (1919) * 58 min. (Germany)
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3. Ticket of No Return / Bildnis einer Trinkerin (Ulrike Ottinger, 1979) [Germany] 7-
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56. Leise flehen meine Lieder (Lover Divine, 1933, Forst) 6,5/10 Austria - 40 checks
57. Trotta (1971, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 7 checks

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01. Sylvester (New Year's Eve, 1924, Pick) 5,5/10 Germany - 86 checks
02. Opfergang (The Great Sacrifice, 1944, Harlan) 6/10 Germany - 85 checks
03. Rocker (1972, Lemke) 7/10 Germany - 63 checks
04. Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread, 2005, Geyrhalter) 7,5/10 Austria - 284 checks
05. Königin von Niendorf (Queen of Niendorf, 2017, J. Thome) 6/10 Germany - 7 checks
06. Wunder der Schöpfung (Our Heavenly Bodies, 1925, Kornblum) 8/10 Germany - 61 checks
07. Endstation Liebe (Two Worlds, 1958, Tressler) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
08. The Trouble with Being Born (2020, Wollner) 7,5/10 Austria - 58 checks
09. Das doppelte Lottchen (Two Times Lotte, 1950, Báky) 6/10 Germany - 69 checks
10. Das Haus in der Karpfengasse (The House in Karp Lane, 1965, Hoffmann) 7/10 Germany - 6 checks
11. Tschetan, der Indianerjunge (Chetan, Indian Boy; 1972, Bohm) 6,5/10 Germany - 6 checks
12. Der Samurai (2014, Kleinert) 6,5/10 Germany - 170 checks
13. Weg ohne Umkehr (No Way Back, 1953, Vicas) 7/10 Germany - 12 checks
14. Aus einem deutschen Leben (Death Is My Trade, 1977, Kotulla) 6/10 Germany - 43 checks
15. Zwei verlorene Schafe (2016, Enders) 5/10 Germany - 1 check
16. Tätowierung (Tattoo, 1967, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 12 checks
17. Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002, Dresen) 6,5/10 Germany - 38 checks
18. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, 2021, Schrader) 7/10 Germany - 132 checks
19. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, 1981, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 10 checks
20. Die Fremde (When We Leave, 2010, Aladag) 5,5/10 Germany - 282 checks
21. Giraffe (2019, Hartmann) 5,5/10 Germany - 26 checks
22. Canaris (Deadly Decision, 1954, Weidenmann) 5/10 Germany - 26 checks
23. Der Fan (The Fan, 1982, Schmidt) 5/10 Germany - 140 checks
24. Yasemin (1988, Bohm) 7/10 Germany - 18 checks
25. Nachts auf den Straßen (The Mistress, 1952, Jugert) 4,5/10 Germany - 49 checks
26. Nekromantik (1987, Buttgereit) 3/10 Germany - 799 checks
27. Hochzeitsgäste (Wedding Guests, 1990, Glasow) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
28. Berliner Ballade (The Berliner, 1948, Stemmle) 6,5/10 Germany - 53 checks
29. Erste Liebe (First Love, 1970, Schell) 6/10 Switzerland - 47 checks
30. Servus Bayern (Bye-bye Bavaria!, 1977, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 2 checks
31. Schmutz (1987, Manker) 6/10 Austria - 29 checks
32. Kleine Haie (Acting It Out, 1992, Wortmann) 6/10 Germany - 38 checks
33. Morgen beginnt das Leben (Life Begins Tomorrow, 1933, Hochbaum) 6,5/10 Germany - 35 checks
34. Jede Menge Kohle (A Lot of Bills to Pay, 1981, Winkelmann) 7/10 Germany - 14 checks
35. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999, Thorwarth) 5/10 Germany - 208 checks
36. I Know the Way to the Hofbrauhaus (1991, Achternbusch) 4,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
37. Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin, 2012, Gerster) 7/10 Germany - 891 checks
38. Gundermann (2018, Dresen) 7/10 Germany - 60 checks
39. Hick's Last Stand (1990, Achternbusch) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
40. Zur Hölle mit den anderen (2018, Krohmer) 6/10 Germany - 3 checks
41. Der bewegte Mann (Maybe... Maybe Not, 1994, Wortmann) 4,5/10 Germany - 251 checks
42. Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker, 2004, Levy) 5/10 Germany - 132 checks
43. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (The Bread of Those Early Years, 1962, Vesely) 6/10 Germany - 37 checks
44. Rossini (1997, Dietl) 4/10 Germany - 77 checks
45. Zu weit weg (Too Far Away, 2019, Winkenstette) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
46. Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove, 2019, Akin) 6/10 Germany - 349 checks
47. Die Parallelstrasse (The Parallel Street, 1962, Khittl) 7/10 Germany - 125 checks
48. Hanne (2018, Graf) 6,5/10 Germany - 1st check
49. Systemsprenger (System Crasher, 2019, Fingscheidt) 6,5/10 Germany - 342 checks
50. Heinrich (1977, Sanders-Brahms) 4,5/10 Germany - 15 checks
51. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, 2015, Akiz) 6,5/10 Germany - 157 checks
52. Le petit prince a dit (And the Little Prince Said, 1992, Pascal) 6/10 Switzerland - 31 checks
53. Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker, 1995, Karmakar) 6,5/10 Germany - 106 checks
54. Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1971, Wolf) 6,5/10 Germany - 20 checks
55. Lina Braake (1975, Sinkel) 6,5/10 Germany - 13 checks
56. Leise flehen meine Lieder (Lover Divine, 1933, Forst) 6,5/10 Austria - 40 checks
57. Trotta (1971, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 7 checks
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9. Der siebente Kontinent - The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke, 1989) 6/10 ... Austria ... unfortunately, the first Haneke film I've seen that didn't do much for me
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41. Solo Sunny (1980) - 4/10 (Germany)
42. The Laughing Man (1966) - 6/10 (Germany)
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10. Der Himmel über Berlin - Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987) 10/10 ... West Germany
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15. The Lost One (Germany, 1951)
Peter Lorre returned to Germany to shoot this movie in 1950, 17 years after he fled the Nazi regime and 19 years after M, which featured his breakout role. M is a movie that expresses a deep disgust with its own society, and The Lost One is much the same. Lorre, for the only time in his career, serves as writer and director in addition to lead actor, and there's something about his efforts that feel like a taunt, a rejoinder to Germany that its sins haven't been swept away. It's no accident that the opening shot here features a big pile of horseshit. Lorre plays a doctor in a postwar DP camp. During flashback scenes, we learn that he was a biological researcher during the war who became involved in a minor espionage plot and then slipped unnervingly into murder. Like so many other criminals of Nazi Germany, he finds it remarkably easy to escape justice and fashion a comfortable postwar existence. There's a lot to like here, not least some excellent camerawork and lighting, plus Lorre's typically excellent heavy-lidded performance. But the narrative spins languidly out of control, and I felt rather lost by the end.
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7. Der Hund von Baskerville (1929) (Germany) 6/10
A german adaptation of the classic novel. I haven't read the book but from what I've read it is a faithful adaptation, which I can believe since there are scenes I don't remember seeing in other films.

8. Wer war Edgar Allan? (1984) (Austria) 7/10
Another made-for-TV by Haneke, this time focusing on a sick art-student who meets a mysterious man in Venice.

9. Das Goldene Tor (1992) (Germany) 6/10
An experimental short features. Fun for a while, but it felt a bit too long, even at only 55 minutes.

10. Der geteilte Himmel (1964) (Germany) 7/10
Just like Pabst, Konrad Wolf is a director I should explore more. This film has creative shots, and adresses life in East Germany for the youth and its lack of opportunities for some.

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1. Die Rebellion (1993) (Austria) 6/10
2. Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (1973) (Germany) 6/10
3. Geschichte der Nacht (1979) (Switzerland) 4/10
4. Der Geiger von Florenz (1926) (Germany) 6/10
5. Die Stadt ohne Juden (1924) (Austria) 5/10
6. Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney (1927) (Germany) 7/10
7. Der Hund von Baskerville (1929) (Germany) 6/10
8. Wer war Edgar Allan? (1984) (Austria) 7/10
9. Das Goldene Tor (1992) (Germany) 6/10
10. Der geteilte Himmel (1964) (Germany) 7/10
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43. In Comparison (2009) - 3/10 (Austria)
44. Yella (2007) - 6/10 (Germany)
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11. Sterne - Stars (Konrad Wolf, 1959) 7/10 ... East Germany
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9 - Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) - 8/10 - (Germany) - Sophie Scholl was arrested in February 1943 along with her brother Hans for distributing leaflets calling for an end to the war. They were part of a non-violent group called The White Rose. Trial and sentencing were carried out with great speed. Julia Jentsch did a very nice job as Sophie and the movie kept my interest throughout.

10 - Toni Erdmann (2016) - 7/10 - (Germany) - A father who likes to play (dumb) pranks visits his daughter in Bucharest just before her birthday. She is an executive at a consulting company and her whole life seems to revolve around her job. It makes for a pretty awkward visit much of the time. I did like the movie, but it is slow and meandering and much of the humor wasn't really all that funny.

11 - Dangerous Moves (1984) - 7.5/10 - (Switzerland) - A Soviet World Chess Champion takes on his former student who has since defected to the West. There is political intrigue and plenty of tension during this Cold War confrontation. I thought it was pretty good.

12 - Angry Harvest (1985) - 7/10 - (West Germany) - A Jewish family is able to jump off of a train in Silesia that is taking them to a concentration camp. They get separated in the woods and the wife is found by a somewhat wealthy farmer who hides her in his cellar and tries to get her to love him.



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1 - Journey of Hope (1990) - 8/10 - (Switzerland)
2 - The Captain from Kopenick (1956) - 7.5/10 - (West Germany)
3 - '38 - Vienna Before the Fall (1986) - 6/10 - (Austria)
4 - L'Invitation (1973) - 7/10 - (Switzerland)
5 - Arms and the Man/Helden (1958) - 7/10 - (West Germany)
6 - The Pedestrian (1973) - 6.5/10 - (West Germany)
7 - The Counterfeiters (2007) - 8/10 - (Austria)
8 - Schtonk! (1992) - 7/10 - (Germany)
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45. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) - 7/10 (Austria)
46. Baal (1970) - 5/10 (Germany)
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39. Hoffmanns Erzählungen (The Tales of Hoffmann, Max Neufeld, 1923) 7.5/10 (Austria)
40. St. Pauli zwischen Nacht und Morgen/Plaisir pervers (St. Pauli Between Night and Morning, José Bénazéraf, 1967) 9/10 ((West) Germany)
41. Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag (Pilate and Others, Andrzej Wajda, 1972) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
42. Felidae (Michael Schaack, 1994) 7.5/10 (Germany)
43. Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa (A Spectre Is Haunting Europe, Julian Radlmaier, 2013) 7/10 (Germany)
44. Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen (A Proletarian Winter's Tale, Julian Radlmaier, 2014) 8/10 (Germany)

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1. Das Feuerzeug (The Tinder Box, Siegfried Hartmann, 1959) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
2. Schneewittchen (Snow White, Gottfried Kolditz, 1961) 7.5/10 ((East) Germany)
3. Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding-Hood, Götz Friedrich, 1962) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
4. Der kleine Prinz (The Little Prince, Konrad Wolf, 1966) 8.5/10 ((East) Germany)
5. Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns (Gritta of the Rats' Castle, Jürgen Brauer, 1985) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
6. Orfeo (Claude Goretta, 1985) 9.5/10 (Switzerland)
7. Si le soleil ne revenait pas (If the Sun Never Returns, Claude Goretta, 1987) 7.5/10 (Switzerland)
8. Hasenherz (Rabbit Heart, Gunter Friedrich, 1987) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
9. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, Achim Bornhak (AKIZ), 2015) 5.5/10 (Germany)
10. Das freiwillige Jahr (A Voluntary Year, Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler, 2019) 8/10 (Germany)
11. Männer sind zum Lieben da (The Girls from Atlantis, Eckhart Schmidt, 1970) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany)
12. Die glücklichen Minuten des Georg Hauser (Magic Glass, Mansur Madavi, 1974) 9/10 (Austria)
13. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, Herbert Achternbusch, 1981) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
14. Buster's Bedroom (Rebecca Horn, 1991) 7.5/10 (Germany)
15. Der olympische Sommer (The Olympic Summer, Gordian Maugg, 1993) 8.5/10 (Germany)
16. Prince Valiant (Anthony Hickox, 1997) 6.5/10 (Germany)
17. AUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things (Edgar Honetschläger, 2011) 7/10 (Austria)
18. Ulrike's Brain (Bruce La Bruce, 2017) 8/10 (Germany)
19. The Trouble with Being Born (Sandra Wollner, 2020) 7.5/10 (Austria/Germany)
20. Narziss und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund, Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2020) 7/10 (Austria/Germany)
21. Das Wirtshaus im Spessart (The Spessart Inn, Kurt Hoffmann, 1958) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
22. Das Spukschloß im Spessart (The Haunted Castle, Kurt Hoffmann, 1960) 8.5/10 ((West) Germany)
23. Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart (Glorious Times in the Spessart, Kurt Hoffmann, 1967) 7/10 ((West) Germany)
24. Adele Spitzeder (Peer Raben, 1972 ) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany)
25. Le troisième cri (The Third Cry, Igaal Niddam, 1974) 7.5/10 (Switzerland)
26. Otstupnik/Der Abtrünnige (The Apostate, Valeri Rubinchik, 1987) 9/10 ((West) Germany/Austria)
27. Sommer der Liebe (Summer of Love, Wenzel Storch, 1992) 7/10 (Germany)
28. AntiFaust (Georg Frizen, 1993) 8/10 (Germany)
29. Ludwig 1881 (Donatello Dubini & Fosco Dubini, 1993) 8/10 (Switzerland/Germany)
30. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, Maria Schrader, 2021) 7.5/10 (Germany)
31-32. Pièce touchée (Martin Arnold, 1989) 9.5/10 (RV) (16 min), Passage à l'acte (Martin Arnold, 1993) 9/10 (RV) (12 min), Remise (Martin Arnold, 1993) 6.5/10 (1 min), Jesus Walking on Screen (Martin Arnold, 1993) 7/10 (1 min), Don't - Der Österreichfilm (Martin Arnold, 1996) 8/10 (4 min), Untitled (Martin Arnold, 1997) 6/10 (1 min), Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (Martin Arnold, 1998) 10/10 (RV) (15 min), Sea Concrete Human (Michael Palm, 2001) 7/10 (29 min), VERTIGO RUSH (Johann Lurf, 2007) 8/10 (19 min), Burning Palace (Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring, 2009) 8/10 (32 min), EMBARGO (Johann Lurf, 2014) 8/10 (10 min), Train Again (Peter Tscherkassky, 2021) 8.5/10 (20 min) (Total: 160 min) (12xAustria)
33. Barbe-Bleue/Blaubart (Bluebeard, Christian-Jaque, 1951) 7.5/10 ((West) Germany/Switzerland)
34. Karriere (Career, Heiner Carow, 1971) 8/10 ((East) Germany)
35. Kocicí princ/Der Katzenprinz (The Cat Prince, Ota Koval, 1979) 7/10 ((East) Germany)
36. Mahuliena zlatá panna/Der treue Johannes (Mahuliena, Golden Maiden, Miloslav Luther, 1987) 8/10 ((West) Germany)
37. Lady Macbeth von Mzensk (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Petr Weigl, 1992) 8.5/10 (Germany)
38. Materia Obscura (Jürgen Reble, 2009) 8.5/10 (Germany)
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I saw two more movies which qualify and each sucked more than the one before.

2. Dieses bescheuerte Herz (2017) (5,5/10) #Germany
3. Verrückt nach Fixi (2016) (3,5/10) #Germany
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1. Ich bin dein Mensch [I'm your man] (2021) (7,5/10, gave 8 on IMDb) #Germany
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58. Liebe Mutter, mir geht es gut (Dear Mother, I'm All Right, 1972, Ziewer) 4,5/10 Germany - 1st check
59. Der Neger Erwin (Erwin the Negro, 1981, Achternbusch) 5,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
60. Meine Schwester Maria (My Sister Maria, 2002, Schell) 6,5/10 Austria - 5 checks
61. John Rabe (2009, Gallenberger) 6/10 Germany - 267 checks
62. Atmen (Breathing, 2011, Markovics) 6,5/10 Austria - 203 checks

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01. Sylvester (New Year's Eve, 1924, Pick) 5,5/10 Germany - 86 checks
02. Opfergang (The Great Sacrifice, 1944, Harlan) 6/10 Germany - 85 checks
03. Rocker (1972, Lemke) 7/10 Germany - 63 checks
04. Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread, 2005, Geyrhalter) 7,5/10 Austria - 284 checks
05. Königin von Niendorf (Queen of Niendorf, 2017, J. Thome) 6/10 Germany - 7 checks
06. Wunder der Schöpfung (Our Heavenly Bodies, 1925, Kornblum) 8/10 Germany - 61 checks
07. Endstation Liebe (Two Worlds, 1958, Tressler) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
08. The Trouble with Being Born (2020, Wollner) 7,5/10 Austria - 58 checks
09. Das doppelte Lottchen (Two Times Lotte, 1950, Báky) 6/10 Germany - 69 checks
10. Das Haus in der Karpfengasse (The House in Karp Lane, 1965, Hoffmann) 7/10 Germany - 6 checks
11. Tschetan, der Indianerjunge (Chetan, Indian Boy; 1972, Bohm) 6,5/10 Germany - 6 checks
12. Der Samurai (2014, Kleinert) 6,5/10 Germany - 170 checks
13. Weg ohne Umkehr (No Way Back, 1953, Vicas) 7/10 Germany - 12 checks
14. Aus einem deutschen Leben (Death Is My Trade, 1977, Kotulla) 6/10 Germany - 43 checks
15. Zwei verlorene Schafe (2016, Enders) 5/10 Germany - 1 check
16. Tätowierung (Tattoo, 1967, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 12 checks
17. Halbe Treppe (Grill Point, 2002, Dresen) 6,5/10 Germany - 38 checks
18. Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man, 2021, Schrader) 7/10 Germany - 132 checks
19. Das letzte Loch (The Last Hole, 1981, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 10 checks
20. Die Fremde (When We Leave, 2010, Aladag) 5,5/10 Germany - 282 checks
21. Giraffe (2019, Hartmann) 5,5/10 Germany - 26 checks
22. Canaris (Deadly Decision, 1954, Weidenmann) 5/10 Germany - 26 checks
23. Der Fan (The Fan, 1982, Schmidt) 5/10 Germany - 140 checks
24. Yasemin (1988, Bohm) 7/10 Germany - 18 checks
25. Nachts auf den Straßen (The Mistress, 1952, Jugert) 4,5/10 Germany - 49 checks
26. Nekromantik (1987, Buttgereit) 3/10 Germany - 799 checks
27. Hochzeitsgäste (Wedding Guests, 1990, Glasow) 6/10 Germany - 2 checks
28. Berliner Ballade (The Berliner, 1948, Stemmle) 6,5/10 Germany - 53 checks
29. Erste Liebe (First Love, 1970, Schell) 6/10 Switzerland - 47 checks
30. Servus Bayern (Bye-bye Bavaria!, 1977, Achternbusch) 7/10 Germany - 2 checks
31. Schmutz (1987, Manker) 6/10 Austria - 29 checks
32. Kleine Haie (Acting It Out, 1992, Wortmann) 6/10 Germany - 38 checks
33. Morgen beginnt das Leben (Life Begins Tomorrow, 1933, Hochbaum) 6,5/10 Germany - 35 checks
34. Jede Menge Kohle (A Lot of Bills to Pay, 1981, Winkelmann) 7/10 Germany - 14 checks
35. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999, Thorwarth) 5/10 Germany - 208 checks
36. I Know the Way to the Hofbrauhaus (1991, Achternbusch) 4,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
37. Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin, 2012, Gerster) 7/10 Germany - 891 checks
38. Gundermann (2018, Dresen) 7/10 Germany - 60 checks
39. Hick's Last Stand (1990, Achternbusch) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
40. Zur Hölle mit den anderen (2018, Krohmer) 6/10 Germany - 3 checks
41. Der bewegte Mann (Maybe... Maybe Not, 1994, Wortmann) 4,5/10 Germany - 251 checks
42. Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker, 2004, Levy) 5/10 Germany - 132 checks
43. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (The Bread of Those Early Years, 1962, Vesely) 6/10 Germany - 37 checks
44. Rossini (1997, Dietl) 4/10 Germany - 77 checks
45. Zu weit weg (Too Far Away, 2019, Winkenstette) 5/10 Germany - 2 checks
46. Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove, 2019, Akin) 6/10 Germany - 349 checks
47. Die Parallelstrasse (The Parallel Street, 1962, Khittl) 7/10 Germany - 125 checks
48. Hanne (2018, Graf) 6,5/10 Germany - 1st check
49. Systemsprenger (System Crasher, 2019, Fingscheidt) 6,5/10 Germany - 342 checks
50. Heinrich (1977, Sanders-Brahms) 4,5/10 Germany - 15 checks
51. Der Nachtmahr (The Nightmare, 2015, Akiz) 6,5/10 Germany - 157 checks
52. Le petit prince a dit (And the Little Prince Said, 1992, Pascal) 6/10 Switzerland - 31 checks
53. Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker, 1995, Karmakar) 6,5/10 Germany - 106 checks
54. Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1971, Wolf) 6,5/10 Germany - 20 checks
55. Lina Braake (1975, Sinkel) 6,5/10 Germany - 13 checks
56. Leise flehen meine Lieder (Lover Divine, 1933, Forst) 6,5/10 Austria - 40 checks
57. Trotta (1971, Schaaf) 6,5/10 Germany - 7 checks
58. Liebe Mutter, mir geht es gut (Dear Mother, I'm All Right, 1972, Ziewer) 4,5/10 Germany - 1st check
59. Der Neger Erwin (Erwin the Negro, 1981, Achternbusch) 5,5/10 Germany - 2 checks
60. Meine Schwester Maria (My Sister Maria, 2002, Schell) 6,5/10 Austria - 5 checks
61. John Rabe (2009, Gallenberger) 6/10 Germany - 267 checks
62. Atmen (Breathing, 2011, Markovics) 6,5/10 Austria - 203 checks
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1. Visages d'enfants (1925) - 8/10 Switzerland

2. The Trouble with Being Born (2020) - 8/10 Austria
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beavis wrote: January 19th, 2022, 3:56 pm 1. Das Mädchen vom Moorhof (1935) 6.5 Germany
2. Mirage de la vie (1983) 6.0 Switzerland
3. Metamorphosen (2013) 7.5 Germany
4. Blutsauger (2021) 7.5 Germany
5. Orphea (2020) 6.5 Germany
6. Alles ist gut (2018) 7.5 Germany
7. shorts (80 min)
8. Die Suffragette (1913) 6.0 Germany
9. Die glücklichen Minuten des Georg Hauser (1974) 8.0 Austria
10. L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) 7.0 Switzerland
11. Opium (1919) 7.0 Germany
12. Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe (1920) 7.0 Germany
13. Sumurun (1920) 6.5 Germany
14. Die Insel der Seligen (1913) 5.0 Germany
15. Das fidele Gefängnis (1917) 7.0 Germany
16. Der gelbe Schein (1918) 6.5 Germany
17. Absolute Giganten (1999) 7.5 Germany
18. Der Tunnel (1915) 7.0 Germany
19. Carmen (1918) 7.5 Germany
--. Lass den Sommer nie wieder kommen (2017) 7.5 (not going to count this one, too Georgian, but it is a German financed production)

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20. Ein wenig sterben (1981) 8.0 Austria
My second Madavi film and again his strong vision of cinematography and direction is clear. I like the melancholic tone of this one a lot. The headstrong protagonist had a kind of aimless anger to him that I couldn't totally go along with, which make me like this one a little bit less overall, but it is still very good.

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21. Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney (1927) 8.0 Germany
This one pulls out everything, a very dynamic camera, avant-garde editting, humor, action, impressive exterior sequences, noirish expressionism... top notch filmmaking of the period. The story runs out of steam a bit towards the end I thought (some slower scenes and too many convoluted coincidenses to wrap it up) or maybe it is that it boils down to "just" being a romantic crime movie, but I still like this one a lot.
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47. Horrors of Spider Island (1960) - 3/10 (Germany)
48. Gods of the Plague (1970) - 6/10 (Germany)
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21. Das schreckliche Mädchen / The Nasty Girl (1990, Michael Verhoeven) - Germany

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Who would dare tear up old wounds? Who would dare to ask questions? Who could ever want to look beyond the facade of niceties hiding complicity? That sort of person must certainly be a special kind of nasty. Why would someone actively try to split society apart, go against the community, accuse respectable people? It is genuinely a disgrace, is it not? Such people are not fit for civil society. In fact, they may not be fit to live.

There are just a few small hints about where we might be going when the film first starts rolling. Microphone in hand, a bubbly and enthusiastic woman addresses us directly, with no sign of darkness or despair, though the overt cheeriness may raise some alarm bells. She is happy to tell us about her life, and charges into a humorous tale about her upbringing - a life where everything is just correct. She always adapts to what others expect of her - and narrates her story with great passion. We quickly see repression and more importantly suppression, and innocent naivete, but when our eager to impress girl takes on a story of her town during Nazi Germany - aiming to write about how her town stood up to the nazis things starts to get a little weird.

First people start to get a little weird and abrasive. They enquire what she is after. They give her soundbites. The documents she is after are always out on loan, or just missing entirely. The appearance of friendliness quickly changes as people start to get frantic, and a near-kafkaesque struggle of utter lunacy ensues.

Investigating the culpability of the average German the actions of Nazi Germany, and their passive or even active participation in the holocaust, is not necessarily something new, but what The Nasty Girl does is not so much look at the past, but look at the present (or at least up to 1990, 45 years after the end of WW2). It explores a Germany filled with towns with dirty secrets swept under the rug. 

"There was only ever one true nazi here, the mayor, and he was executed", says a proud citizen, and the greatness and slyness of "The Nasty Girl" is that she, at that point believe it. But then, she is not "The Nasty Girl" yet. She is a star pupil, award-winning essayist, and the charming young girl everyone loves. In these early scenes, there is an almost remarkable darkly humorous undertone, showing the girl's eagerness to please and, while clever, simply regurgitate what she is told. This sugar-coated satirical world will however start to get darker as she starts to poke in places she does not belong. 

But never mind that - our lead is happy to bounce into the screen as her adult self - always with her microphone and quick comical references - even in the darkest moments. This is not a film that seeks to wallow in misery, but rather dazzle you with uneasy thoughts, while never letting you forget you are watching a film. The visuals play along and hardly care for authenticity or realism. Several of the characters will be stopped by the camera and voice their opinions, and there is always something to be read between the lines. Keeping the poisonously light fanfare almost to the very end, The Nasty Girl makes deep cuts as, is certifiably unsettling and yet, at the same time, is something of a delight. An odd combination indeed, but a balance it manages to walk to near-perfection.

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And here comes the next favourite! Glad I finally got this write-up done and it gave me the opportunity to cover an earlier Farocki and do a blurb on this great and severely underrated filmmaker as well.

*Both are from Germany

2 Great Films from Harun Farocki (including 1 new favourite)

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Exciting to see two films from very different parts of Harun Farocki's career and both revealed a new side of him that I had not previously seen. Having progressed through Farocki's best-known work I have experienced him as a video artist and as an essayist, most frequently repurposing footage to create new narratives that undercut our perceptions of reality or in his possibly most known work, reconstruct a narrative of a revolution from news reportages and surveillance cameras. In some works he adds narration, in others, he leaves us with the imagery. I have also seen him as a stylist, which comes the closest to the work in his 1970 feature debut, but this is a different being entirely. The biggest surprise was seeing him as a fly on the wall documentary filmmaker in his 46-minute The Re-Education that ended up on my favourite list, and which I really hope I can convince more people to see - through both deserve that honour. 

Anyhow, let me dive more into the two films themselves:


22. Eine Sache, die sich versteht (15x) / Something Self Explanatory (15x) (1971, Hartmut Bitomsky & Harun Farocki)

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My immediate thoughts after seeing Something Self Explanatory (15x) was "I can't believe Farocki ever did anything like this" and "I need to seek out the works of Hartmut Bitomsky" - but let's just dive into the theatricality and craziness first - as this is essentially over the top and utterly insane political theater. The degree of fake sets and even insane stunts are amazing. At one point they literally have a car flipping around on the road, and this, of all things, in a grainy low-budget essay-comedy-satire attempting to teach people about Marxist/Socialist theory (having read a decent bit of political and economic theory some of this feels closer to Proudhon than Marx).

We are presented with 15 segments, each of them is narrative in one way or another, from botched robberies to two workers just destroying the products of the other without understanding the work that went into them. As a piece of educational material, I'm not quite sure it succeeds. It often gives answers, but it does not back the answers to their questions up - which could be because they view them as, well, "self-explanatory", perhaps because they don't want to get bogged down or perhaps they had not thought further themselves - but the segments - they just come to life. It does offer intellectual content, but it is the packaging that is truly impressive, as this film is simply an absolute riot - with all-out comedic sketches that work on their own. Obviously, some are more basic, but others are so full of life - and they truly as a whole - not to mention they actually have meat on the bone. An absolutely delightful re-discovery. 8/10.


23. Die Umschulung / The Re-Education (1994, Harun Farocki)

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"Sales come naturally to West Germans. They sell everything, it is part of their culture", says a frustrated salesman from former East Germany. He is not the only one struggling. Looking at the crowd of dispassionate and possibly even bothered faces crammed into this corporate retreat, it is not even clear if they want to get better or learn the tricks of the trade - but that is why they are here. East Germany is no more, and its citizens must learn how to function in a new economic system. They must learn how to smile and nod, how to bend the truth in their favour and how to please and/or deceive the customer.

Complete with cheesy performances and jokes from the coaches, attempting to engage and inspire, Harun Farocki takes on the role of Allan King or Frederick Wiseman - a fly on the wall - casually observing how the people are to observe, learn and mimic corporate behaviour and language. This is honestly intriguing enough in itself, as there is a degree of vulnerability and honesty within the pretence that captures something very human - but what grabbed me and made it an instant favourite is the way Farocki grabs it and purposefully frames it through the lense of re-education - capturing a unique moment in time when one way of life ended.

The Re-Education may, despite being a 46-minute made for TV documentary be one of the most important documents from recent history, capturing just how ill at ease East Germans are with the ways of what western society has normalised. It shows how, when they did not have the same pressure to sell they would be more honest, but also less courteous - and it shows the massive culture clash. It also does something more. Through showing the exercises, where people take on the roles of salesmen, we can see it on their bodies, hear it in their voices, the fakeness of it all. They are truly resetting everything they know and recalibrating how they act with the world. Their way of life has ended.

Amazingly, Farocki even manages to capture their lunch conversations diving into these very issues, where you see their angst, surrender or in some cases a willingness to persist in their ways - though as some point out - it would mean ruin. There is a gaudy, uneasy feeling looming throughout as the works many faces flow over you - and this is in large part due to the title alone. This lense, or even commentary on what is occurring make what we see all the more powerful - and makes something as mundane as a corporate seminar with workshop get epic and existential dimensions. A stunning work that needs to be discovered and seen.

9/10

Note: Farocki made a very similar film named "Indoctrination" 7 years earlier, focusing, seemingly, on the same seminar, but then with West Germans. I will definitely seek it out as well, and I can imagine the two making a wonderful double bill of a joint 92 minutes.
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