The other side of german cinema - some "lost" masterpiecesby 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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3. The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)
103 min | Drama
"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.
5. Das Millionenspiel (1970 TV Movie)
96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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 »
6. Rote Sonne (1970)
89 min | Crime
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.
7. Engel, die ihre Flügel verbrennen (1970)
93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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 »
8. Jonathan (1970)
110 min | Horror, Drama
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.
11. Dream City (1973)
R | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A married couple of artists move to a utopian town known for its absolute freedom, but behind the surface perversion and violence are spreading.
12. Welt am Draht (1973– )
Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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 »
13. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
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.
14. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama
A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.
15. Die gläserne Zelle (1978)
93 min | Crime, Drama
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.
16. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama
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 »
17. Die linkshändige Frau (1978)
119 min | Drama
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.
18. Bildnis einer Trinkerin (1979)
108 min | Drama
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....
19. The Third Generation (1979)
111 min | Comedy, Crime
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 »
20. Céleste (1980)
107 min | Biography, Drama
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 »
21. Ediths Tagebuch (1983)
R | 102 min | Drama
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 »
22. A Man Like Eva (1984)
92 min | Biography, Drama
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 »
23. Tausend Augen (1984)
92 min | Drama, Thriller
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 »
107 min | Crime, Drama
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 »
27. Unter der Milchstraße (1995)
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 »
28. Der Felsen (2002)
122 min | Drama, Thriller
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 »
29. Stratosphere Girl (2004)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery
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 »