The other side of german cinema - some "lost" masterpieces

by The_Coma-Man | created - 14 May 2011 | updated - 14 May 2011 | Public

Germany is often derided (especially by its own inhabitants) for its lackluster cinematic efforts. While maybe true in regard of the "blockbusters" of the recent future, germany has an amazing past when it comes to great, weird, surreal and unique films. This list collects some films I have seen, some I've yet to see but heard great things about and some classics to re-visit.

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1. The Parallel Street (1962)

86 min | Drama

7.2
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Feature-documentary "pointing up a thousand facets of this world and probing to determine what may lie beneath the surface".

Director: Ferdinand Khittl | Stars: Friedrich Joloff, Ernst Marbeck, Wilfried Schröpfer, Herbert Tiede

Votes: 117

2. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (1962)

84 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Herbert Vesely | Stars: Christian Doermer, Karen Blanguernon, Vera Tschechowa, Eike Siegel

Votes: 63

3. The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)

103 min | Drama

6.8
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"Neues Kino movie" about life in the circus dome narrated in Brechtian spirit; deceptively illusionist grip is broken violently by aloofness and sweeping subjective tracking shots.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Hannelore Hoger, Sigi Graue, Alfred Edel, Bernd Höltz

Votes: 286

4. Deadlock (1970)

85 min | Thriller, Western

6.8
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In a deserted mining town at the end of nowhere three desperate men fight over a suitcase full of cash.

Director: Roland Klick | Stars: Mario Adorf, Marquard Bohm, Anthony Dawson, Mascha Rabben

Votes: 573

5. Das Millionenspiel (1970 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Toelle | Stars: Jörg Pleva, Suzanne Roquette, Dieter Thomas Heck, Theo Fink

Votes: 916

6. Rote Sonne (1970)

89 min | Crime

6.2
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Thomas hitchhikes from Hamburg to Munich where he meets his ex-girlfriend, Peggy. As Thomas doesn't have a bed for the night Peggy takes him home, not knowing that she and her four room mates have all made a strange pact.

Director: Rudolf Thome | Stars: Uschi Obermaier, Marquard Bohm, Sylvia Kekulé, Gaby Go

Votes: 405

7. Engel, die ihre Flügel verbrennen (1970)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Munich at night: Robert Susmeit, a 16-year-old teenager who is jealously obsessed with his mother Hilde, traces her and her latest lover at a mundane apartment building where he kills the ... See full summary »

Director: Zbynek Brynych | Stars: Susanne Uhlen, Jan Koester, Ellen Umlauf, Harald Baerow

Votes: 50

8. Jonathan (1970)

110 min | Horror, Drama

6.2
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In a apocalyptic 19th century landscape where wealthy vampires have taken over the world, a group of humans prepare an uprising, and select an adventurous young man to track down the leader of the undead and destroy him.

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer | Stars: Jürgen Jung, Hans-Dieter Jendreyko, Paul Albert Krumm, Hertha von Walther

Votes: 157

9. Die Weibchen (1970)

90 min | Drama

5.8
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Outrageous sleaze joins an exclusive health clinic only to discover it's run by feminist cannibals.

Director: Zbynek Brynych | Stars: Uschi Glas, Irina Demick, Françoise Fabian, George Ardisson

Votes: 131

10. Der Tod der Maria Malibran (1972)

104 min | Musical, Drama, Comedy

6.6
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This is about the life and myths about famous opera singer Maria Malibran (1808-1836). She died on the stage.

Director: Werner Schroeter | Stars: Magdalena Montezuma, Christine Kaufmann, Candy Darling, Manuela Riva

Votes: 239

11. Dream City (1973)

R | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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A married couple of artists move to a utopian town known for its absolute freedom, but behind the surface perversion and violence are spreading.

Director: Johannes Schaaf | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Rosemarie Fendel, Olimpia, Eva Maria Meineke

Votes: 117

12. Welt am Draht (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 4,104

13. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 14,579

14. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 3,249

15. Die gläserne Zelle (1978)

93 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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A man is wrongfully imprisoned for five years. Once out, he hears about his wife's supposed adventures outside of their marriage and becomes increasingly jealous.

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer | Stars: Brigitte Fossey, Helmut Griem, Dieter Laser, Walter Kohut

Votes: 126

16. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

7.7
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Elisabeth Trissenaar

Votes: 2,868

17. Die linkshändige Frau (1978)

119 min | Drama

6.7
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After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues.

Director: Peter Handke | Stars: Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Bernhard Minetti, Bernhard Wicki

Votes: 159

18. Bildnis einer Trinkerin (1979)

108 min | Drama

6.6
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A woman given to us as a "trinkerin" is having a special tour in Berlin, she bought herself a single way ticket, and start drinking everywhere she can....

Director: Ulrike Ottinger | Stars: Tabea Blumenschein, Lutze, Magdalena Montezuma, Orpha Termin

Votes: 140

19. The Third Generation (1979)

111 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Hanna Schygulla, Volker Spengler, Margit Carstensen

Votes: 1,568

20. Céleste (1980)

107 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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In 1914, with men gone to war, Marcel Proust hired Céleste Albaret as his attendant. More than eight years later, she was at his side when he died. During this entire time, she only entered... See full summary »

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Eva Mattes, Jürgen Arndt, Norbert Wartha, Wolf Euba

Votes: 133

21. Ediths Tagebuch (1983)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.0
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When Edith Howland's husband abandons her for a younger woman, leaving her with their alcoholic son and his senile uncle, she begins recording details of an imaginary, much more successful ... See full summary »

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer | Stars: Angela Winkler, Vadim Glowna, Leopold von Verschuer, Hans Madin

Votes: 54

22. A Man Like Eva (1984)

92 min | Biography, Drama

6.1
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A bearded director named EVA, a fictive Rainer Werner Fassbinder, lives in a large house with his cast and crew as he films Dumas' Lady of the Camellias. His accountant informs him he has ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Gabrea | Stars: Eva Mattes, Lisa Kreuzer, Werner Stocker, Charles Regnier

Votes: 87

23. Tausend Augen (1984)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

5.2
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Set in Hamburg in winter. Gabriele dreams of sunny Australia and her lover who sends her taped messages. Gabriele lives with her parents and is studying marine biology, but at night works ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christoph Blumenberg | Stars: Barbara Rudnik, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Karin Baal, Peter Kraus

Votes: 63

24. Tarot (1986)

120 min

6.7
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A film director, his fiancée, a scriptwriter and a student interact and discuss their emotions, at length.

Director: Rudolf Thome | Stars: Vera Tschechowa, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Katharina Böhm

Votes: 30

25. Stammheim - Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht (1986)

107 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Stammheim Prison in Stuttgart, West Germany, as the five defendants--Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin, Jan-Carl Raspe, and Holger Meins--are brought before the judge and ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhard Hauff | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Hans Kremer, Therese Affolter, Ulrich Pleitgen

Votes: 376

26. The Nasty Girl (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.4
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When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner, Elisabeth Bertram

Votes: 2,158 | Gross: $2.28M

27. Unter der Milchstraße (1995)

84 min

6.3
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A young German moving to the city to start studying experiences a troublesome arrival: Within a few minutes he falls in love, learns that the girl has a boyfriend already, and discovers ... See full summary »

Director: Matthias X. Oberg | Stars: Fabian Busch, Sophie Rois, Christiane Paul, Antonio Paradiso

Votes: 47

28. Der Felsen (2002)

122 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Katrin and Jürgen spend their holidays in Corsica. Katrin is in her mid-thirties, working as a tracer at Jürgen's company who suddenly remembers he's married -- but not with Kathrin. So ... See full summary »

Director: Dominik Graf | Stars: Karoline Eichhorn, Antonio Wannek, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Ralph Herforth

Votes: 313

29. Stratosphere Girl (2004)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Enter a dark, dangerous world where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. Angela is 18, a stunning Dutch blonde, a comic illustrator, and bored with life. Eager for adventure, ... See full summary »

Director: Matthias X. Oberg | Stars: Chloé Winkel, Jon Yang, Rebecca Palmer, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 1,258

30. Baal (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

5.9
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Baal, a young artist who is regarded by society as a genius, does not want to be monopolized by the culture and business.

Director: Uwe Janson | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Pasquale Aleardi, Sheri Hagen, Bernhard Piesk

Votes: 131