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John M. Kelly Library

Movies: German Cinema


Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes = Aguirre, The Wrath of God

PN1997 .A34 2000 DVD
94 minutes; released 1972.
A ruthless Spanish conquistador searches for gold in post-Inca Peru.
Starring Klaus Kinski. Directed by Werner Herzog.
In English or German.

Aimée & Jaguar

DD857 .W87 F572 2001
125 minutes; released 1998.
Two women--one Jewish and the other German--begin a torrid love affair in World War II Germany.
In German with optional English subtitles.

All Quiet on the Western Front

PN1995.9 .W3A45 1999 DVD
130 minutes; released 1930.
A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war. Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque.
Directed by Lewis Milestone.

Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen = Even Dwarfs Started Small

PN1997 .A89 2004 DVD
96 minutes; released 1970.
An asylum is taken over by its dwarf inmates.
Directed by Werner Herzog.

Der amerikanischer Freund = The American Friend

PN1997 .A474 2002 DVD
125 minutes; released 1977.
A Hamburg picture framer who suffers from leukemia is offered money to assassinate a Mafia figure in Paris. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith.
Starring Dennis Hopper.
Directed by Wim Wenders.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Angst essen Seele auf = Ali, Fear Eats the Soul

PN1997 .A4747 2003 DVD
93 minutes; released 1974.
A middle-aged German woman falls in love with a young Arab.
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
In German with optional English subtitles.

The Baader Meinhof Complex

HX279 .A7722 2010 DVD
149 minutes; released 2008.
Bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations--all these were committed by the Red Army Faction, a German terrorist group in the late 1960s and 1970s. In this story of the group, children of the Nazi generation grow up fighting a violent war against what they see as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment. In German with optional English subtitles. Directed by Uli Edel.

Bella Martha = Mostly Martha

PN1997.2 .B455 2007 DVD
106 minutes; released 2002.
The head chef at a busy restaurant, Martha's solitary ways are complicated when her eight-year-old niece moves in and the restaurant hires a charming Italian chef.
In German with English subtitles.

Berlin Alexanderplatz

PT2607 .O35 B422 2007 DVD
940 minutes; released 1980.
This epic work by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder tells the story of an ex-con's attempt to lead an honest life in the Weimar-era Germany. Based on the novel by Alfred Doblin.

Berlin, Die Sinfonie der Großstadt = Berlin, Symphony of a Great City

PN1997 .B378 1999 DVD
62 minutes; released 1927.
Beginning with a train entering Berlin at 5 in the morning, this film focuses on one day's bustle in 1920s Berlin from dawn till dusk.
Directed by Walter Ruttmann.

Beyond the Clouds = Al di là della nuvole

PN1997 .A42 2000 DVD
109 minutes; released 1995.
Four stories of love and illusion are told from the perspective of a wandering film director.
Starring John Malkovich, Irne Jacob and Sophie Marceau.
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders.
In Italian or French with optional English subtitles.

Der Blaue Engel = The Blue Angel

PN1997 .B67 2001 DVD
2 discs, 106 and 94 minutes; released 1930.
A middle-aged professor is degraded by his obsession with a tawdry caf entertainer. Based on the novel by Heinrich Mann.
Starring Marlene Dietrich. Directed by Joseph von Sternberg.
Disc 1 in the original German with English subtitles; disc 2 in the original English.

Die Blechtrommel = The Tin Drum

PT2613 .R33 B452 2004 DVD
142 minutes; released 1979.
On the eve of World War II, a boy decides on his 3rd birthday to remain a child to protest against an increasingly violent government and its increasingly passive population. Based on the novel by Günter Grass.
Directed by Volker Schlndorff.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace

BX4827 .B57 B664 2000z DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
This film dramatizes the last years of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran minister who spoke out against Hitler, participated in the German resistance, and paid for his convictions when the Nazis hanged him in 1945.
Starring Ulrich Tukur and R.H. Thomson.
Directed by Eric Till.
In English, Spanish, Portuguese and German with optional English subtitles.
See also the documentaries: Hanged on a Twisted Cross and Bonhoeffer.

Cloud 9

PN1997.2 .C5683 2010 DVD
98 minutes; released 2008.
A 67-year-old married woman rediscovers her passion and her sexuality when she unexpectedly falls in love with a 76-year-old man.
Directed by Andreas Dresen.
In German with English subtitles.

Deutschland im Jahre Null = Germany Year Zero

PN1997 .G476 2002 DVD
71 minutes; released 1948.
Set in the years following World War II, Germany Year Zero depicts the devastation of postwar Berlin through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy as he tries to help his family survive.
Directed by Roberto Rossellini.
In Italian with English subtitles.

The Devil and Daniel Webster

PS3503 .E532D42 2003 DVD
106 minutes; released 1941.
Having promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for good fortune, Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain.
Directed by William Dieterle.
In English.

The Docks of New York

PN1997 .A1 S846 2010 v.3 DVD
75 minutes; released 1928.
A ship's stoker finds a necklace next to a dead body in an alley and soon gets mixed up in the murder, as well as a mystery involving a European royal family. He also becomes the real killer's target.
Directed by Josef von Sternberg.
Silent with English intertitles and musical accompaniment.

Downfall

Downfall

DD247 .H5 U4822 2005 DVD
155 minutes; released 2004
This Oscar-nominated feature plunges the viewer into the claustrophobic world of Hitler's bunker during his final days in power.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Die 3 groschenoper = The 3 Penny Opera

PT2603 .R397 D72 2007 DVD
110 minutes; released 1931.
Set on the fringes of Victorian London, this film tells the story of Macheath, an amoral underworld figure who attempts to woo a girl whose father in turn wants to see him hanged. Based on the classic Brecht-Weill musical drama, and presented in both its German and French versions with optional English subtitles.
Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.

Die Ehe der Maria Braun = The Marriage of Maria Braun

PN1995.9 .F67 E4 2002 VHS
120 minutes; released 1978.
Attempting to rebuild her life in post-WWII Germany, a young woman finds herself immersed in capitalism.
Starring Hanna Schygulla and Klaus Lwitsch.
Written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
In German with English subtitles.

Erleuchtung garantiert = Enlightenment Guaranteed

PN1997 .E555 2000z DVD
105 minutes; released 2000.
Two brothers going through mid-life crises decide to visit a Zen monastery in Japan.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Das Experiment = The Experiment

PT2667 .I5617 E9622 2003 DVD
119 minutes; released 1999.
A dramatization of the controversial 1971 "Stanford Prison Experiment" which tested the psychological effects of prison life. Twelve men volunteered as prisoners, eight as guards. The laws by which the outside world are governed soon give way to a twisted morality based on fear and dominance; after six days, the two-week experiment is aborted.
In German with English subtitles.

Die Fälscher = The Counterfeiters

D743.23 .F35 2008 DVD
99 minutes; released 2006.
When a notoriously successful counterfeiter is arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp, he is offered the chance to save his life, in exchange for counterfeiting bank notes to fund the Nazi war effort. Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky.
In German and French with English subtitles.

Der Fangschuss = Coup de Grace

PQ2649 .O8 C62 2003 DVD
98 minutes; released 1976.
Set in Latvia in 1919 at the end of the Russian civil war, a Prussian soldier rejects the advances of an aristocratic woman. Based on the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar.
Directed by Volker Schlndorff.
In French and German with optional English subtitles.

The Farewell

PT2603 .R397 Z52 2005 DVD
91 minutes; released 2000.
This film is a character study of German playwright Bertolt Brecht. Taking place during a single day in the late summer of 1956, The Farewell follows Brecht as he prepares to return to Berlin for the fall theatre season while maintaining relationships with three mistresses.
Directed by Jan Schutte.
In German with English subtitles.

Faust: eine deutsche Volkssage

PT2026 .F22 2001 DVD
116 minutes; released 1926.
God and Satan, hedging bets on the human soul to resolve a cosmic dispute, agree to let Satan tempt an alchemist called Faust to sell his soul. This silent film comes with a music soundtrack and English intertitles. Based on the play by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Directed by F.W. Murnau.

Faust

PT2026 .F223 1999 DVD
97 minutes; released 1994.
An everyman lured off the streets of Prague finds himself becoming Faust, making a deal with Satan, and entering a world of mind-boggling magic. In Czech and Latin with English subtitles. Based on the plays by Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang Goethe, and the novel by Christian Dietrich Grabbe. Directed by Jan Svankmajer.

Fitzcarraldo

PN1997 .F578 1999 DVD
157 minutes; released 1981.
Werner Herzog's award-winning film about a man's dream to bring the opera to the jungles of Peru.
In German and English with English subtitles.

Die Geschichte vom winenden Kamel = The Story of the Weeping Camel

PN1997.2 .G473 2005 DVD
87 minutes; released 2003.
A nomadic family living in the Gobi Desert assists in the birth of its camel herd. When a white calf is rejected by its mother after a difficult birth, two boys must travel to a distant village to retrieve a musician with magical skills.
In Mongolian with optional French, Spanish, or English subtitles.

Grizzly Man

QL737 .C27 G75 2005 DVD
104 minutes; released 2005.
Using interviews and archival footage, this film explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers.
Directed by Werner Herzog.
In English with optional Spanish subtitles.

The Handmaid's Tale

PS8501 .T8 H36 2001 DVD
109 minutes; released 1990.
A woman fights against the tyranny of a totalitarian regime. In English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway. Directed by Volker Schlndorff.

Head-on = Gegen die Wand

PN1997.2 .G44 2005 DVD
118 minutes; released 2004.
A Turkish-German man and a younger woman, both suicidal, meet at a hospital and agree to marry to help her escape her parents' house. Then they fall in love. In German/Turkish with English subtitles. Directed by Fatih Akin.

Heimat: Eine deutsche Chronik = Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany

PN1993.5 .G3 R4948 2005 DVD
925 minutes; mini-series released 1984.
This 11-part saga tells the story of the village of Schabbach, Germany, from 1919 to 1982. It follows ordinary people as they cope with World War I, economic hardship, Nazism, and the postwar era. In German with English subtitles. Directed by Edgar Reitz.

Zweite Heimat: Die Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen = Leaving Home: Chronicle of a Generation in 13 Films

PN1993.5 .G3 R49482 2006 DVD
1580 minutes; mini-series released 1992.
In this chronicle of 1960s Germany, which won the Venice International Film Festival Fipresci Prize in 1992, a young classical musician moves to Munich to find a new life and a new home.
Starring Henry Arnold.
Directed by Edgar Reitz and Robert Busch.
In German with English subtitles.

Heimat 3: Chronik einer Zeitenwende

PN1993.5 .G3 R49483 2007 DVD
680 minutes; mini-series released 2004.
The final installment in Edgar Reitz's Heimat triology covers the years 1989-2000. Hermann and Clarissa meet again on the eve of the fall of the Berlin wall and return to Schabbach.
In German with English subtitles.

Herz aus Glas = Heart of Glass

PT2661 .C5 S822 2004 DVD
94 minutes; released 1976.
The residents of a Bavarian town turn to superstition and murder when they lose the formula for making a unique Ruby Glass.
Directed by Werner Herzog.

Der Himmel über Berlin = Wings of Desire

PN1997 .H49613 2009 DVD
128 minutes; released 1987.
A guardian angel falls in love with a trapeze artist and decides to leave the heavens for the mortal world.
Directed by Wim Wenders.
In English and German with English subtitles.

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle = The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

PN1997 .E5 2001 DVD
109 minutes; released 1974.
Based on a real event, this film tells the story of a young man who, after being isolated from humans since birth, is educated by townspeople, and then is mysteriously murdered. Winner of the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
Directed by Werner Herzog.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Der Junge Törless = Young Torless

PT2625 .U8 V452 2005 DVD
87 minutes; released 1966.
Distraught by the torture of a fellow classmate, a boy at a military boarding school at the turn of the 20th century must decide whether to speak out against the crime. In German with English subtitles. Based on the novel by Robert Musil. Directed by Volker Schlndorff.

Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari = The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

PN1997 .K33 1997 DVD
77 minutes; released 1920.
A sleepwalker commits murders at a hypnotist's bidding. This German expressionist horror classic is a silent film with musical accompaniment and English intertitles.
Starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt and Friedrich Feher.
Directed by Robert Wiene.

Das Leben der Anderen = The Lives of Others

PN1997.2 .L434 2007 DVD
138 minutes; released 2006.
An ambitious member of the State Secret Police is given orders to bug a couple's apartment in 1980s East Germany. But through his eavesdropping he develops a sense of closeness and obligation to them. Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In German with English subtitles.

The Last Laugh = Der Letzte Mann

PN1997 .L376 2001 DVD
91 minutes; released 1924.
The story of a hotel doorman who is demoted to washroom attendant because of his age. Humiliated, he considers suicide but then, by a strange twist of fate, he becomes a millionaire. This silent film is told entirely by camera, without title cards.

Life of Emile Zola

PQ2528 .L544 2005 DVD
116 minutes; released 1937.
Based on the book by Matthew Josephson, this film explores the career of Zola, who championed the cause of France's oppressed and waged a vigorous campaign to free the wrongly convicted Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
Starring Paul Muni.
Directed by William Dieterle.
In English.

Lisbon Story

PN1997 .L57366 2007 DVD
104 minutes; released 1994.
A German filmmaker summons his sound recorder friend to join him in Lisbon for shooting. But when the friend arrives, his friend has disappeared.
Directed by Wim Wenders.
In German, Portugese, and English, with some English subtitles.

Lola Rennt = Run Lola Run

PN1997 .L646 1999 DVD
81 minutes; released 1998.
Lola must save her boyfriend from his debt to a mobster boss.
Starring Franka Potente.
Directed by Tom Tykwer.
In German or English with optional subtitles in English or French.

M

PN1997 .M1 1998 DVD
110 minutes; released 1931.
A serial child killer is hunted by the police and brought to trial.
Directed by Fritz Lang.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Metropolis

PN1997 .M436 2002 DVD
124 minutes; released 1927.
An early silent film about a futuristic city where the workers live in the dark underground and the rich enjoy splendour. Based on the novel by Thea von Harbou.
Directed by Fritz Lang.

Die Mörder sind unter uns = The Murderers Are Among Us

PT2639 .T24 M87 1999 DVD
81 minutes; released 1946.
Haunted by their war experiences, a concentration camp survivor and a former officer and surgeon in the German army try to move forward with their lives.
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte.
In German with English subtitles.

Der neunte Tag = The Ninth Day

D805.5 .D33 N48 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 2004.
A priest is released from a concentration camp on condition that he cooperates with Nazi propaganda.
Starring Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate and Bibiana Beglau.
Directed by Volker Schlndorff.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Die Nibelungen = The Nibelungen Saga

PT1580 .L32 2002 DVD
291-minute 2-disc set; released 1924.
This classic of German silent film tells a Scandinavian legend of love, valour and revenge. To win the hand of Kriemhild, Siegfried must win a bride for her brother, King Gunther. But the noble qualities of the first film (Siegfried) become liabilities in the second (Kriemhild's Revenge), as the blood oaths and vows of loyalty bring about the slaughter of entire armies.
Directed by Fritz Lang.

Nosferatu

Nosferatu

PR6037 .T617 D722 2000 DVD
81 minutes; released 1922.
The first film version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Count Orlock leaves his castle in the Carpathian mountains and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats.
Directed by F.W. Murnau.

Prisoner of Paradise

PN1998.3 .G477 P7 2005 DVD
100 minutes; released 2002.
Narrated by Ian Holm, this documentary tells the true story of Kurt Gerron, a well-known German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in 1920s and '30s Berlin who was captured by the Nazis, sent to a concentration camp, and ordered to write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film.
Directed by Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender.

Sein letzter Befehl = The Last Command

PN1997 .A1 S846 2010 v.2 DVD
8 minutes; released 1928.
An aristocrat Czarist former general, exiled to the U.S. by the Russian revolution, ends up re-creating the revolution that destroyed him when he gets a job in Hollywood.
Starring Emil Jannings.
Directed by Josef von Sternberg.
Silent with English intertitles and musical accompaniment.

Der Stand der Dinge

PN1997 .S7295 2005 DVD
117 minutes; released 1982.
A film crew in Portugal runs out of film while making a version of Roger Corman's The Day the World Ended. When the producer suddenly vanishes, the director travels to Los Angeles to find him and finally finish the film. What he uncovers is unsettling.
Directed by Wim Wenders.
In German with optional dubbed English soundtrack along with German subtitles.
Non-North American (Region 2) DVD. May not work in your DVD player.

Stroszek

PN1997 .S783 2004 DVD
107 minutes; released 1976.
A German street musician seeks his fortune in America accompanied by his prostitute girlfriend and an eccentric neighbour.
Directed by Werner Herzog.

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse = The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

PT2619 .A38 D732 2004 DVD
121 minutes; released 1933.
Clues in a mysterious case eventually lead a Berlin police inspector to a patient at a mental hospital. Based on the novel by Norbert Jacques.
Directed by Fritz Lang.
In German or French with optional English subtitles.

Triumph des Willens = Triumph of the Will

DD253.28 1934 .T7 2001 DVD
120 minutes; released 1935.
Commissioned by Adolf Hitler, this film records the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg. Gatherings, marches, parades, and speeches by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess are included as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer.
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Underworld

PN1997 .A1 S846 2010 v.1 DVD
81 minutes; released 1927.
In this classic film from the American gangster genre, a generous love-struck mob boss gets in trouble with a rival gang as well as the police.
Directed by Josef von Sternberg.
Silent with English intertitles and musical accompaniment.

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum = The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

PT2603 .O394 V42 2003 DVD
109 minutes; released 1975.
An apolitical young woman is harshly interrogated by the police and besmirched by a tabloid reporter after spending the night with a wanted terrorist. Based on the novel by Heinrich Bll.
Directed by Volker Schlndorff and Margarethe von Trotta.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Versteckt = Caché

PN1997.2 .C334 2006 DVD
118 minutes; released 2005.
A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. The resulting stress and fear lead to conflict, obsession, and deceit--and bring up bad memories.
Starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil.
Directed by Michael Haneke.

Das weisse Band = The White Ribbon

PN1997.2 .W42 DVD
144 minutes; released 2009.
On the eve of World War I, strange accidents in a small Protestant village in northern Germany involve the children and teenagers of the village choir.
In German with English subtitles.