Movies I watched and rated (German)by svipdag | created - 07 Jan 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
All German movies I watched since I started to rate them. 5 Stars: Brilliant 4 Stars: Recommended to watch 3 Stars: Good 2 Stars: Average 1 Star: Not recommended to watch 0 Stars: Horrible
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1. Ihr könnt euch niemals sicher sein (2008 TV Movie)
88 min | Drama
A teenager who announces an act of violence against his teacher and with whom violent videos are found is examined in the adolescent psychiatry for his danger.
Absolutely underrated movie with a message at least as important as "Die Welle". 5 Stars.
2. Two Merry Adventurers (1937)
Passed | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement ... See full summary »
Surprising turns and the two grestest German actors of this time - what more could one want? 5 Stars
3. Die Geschichte vom Brandner Kaspar (2008)
96 min | Comedy, Drama
70-year old Brandner Kaspar lives with his granddaughter Nannerl in the mountains at the Schliersee. As he is visited by the Death and wants to take him, Brandner Kaspar tricks him and gets another 20 years of life.
Original and worthy adaption of the iconic Bavarian stage play. 5 Stars.
4. The Wave (2008)
Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.
5. Afrika, mon amour (2007– )
270 min | Drama
This Out of Africa (1985) style three-part movie deals with a courageous woman, who moves to Africa to flee her past. Berlin, 1914: When Katharina von Strahlberg discovers that her husband ... See full summary »
German style monumental movie - without Hollywood pathos. 4 Stars
6. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Votes: 278,162 | Gross: $5.51M
Credible athmospheric picture, great acting performance of Bruno Ganz. 4 Stars.
7. Die Frau vom Checkpoint Charlie (2007 TV Movie)
180 min | Drama
Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine... See full summary »
Thrilling, but a bit to much cliché for the full rating. 4 Stars
8. Der letzte Zug (2006)
123 min | Drama, War
A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.
There are many holocaust movies, but I know only one about the horrible deportation trains. 4 Stars.
9. Speer und er (2005– )
270 min | Biography, Drama, War
A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing ... See full summary »
Mix between documentary and feature. 4 Stars.
10. Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie (2009– )
270 min | Biography, Drama
Its about the story of Alfred Krupp and his family, also the story of the Krupp company, which has been proeminent in German industry. The family company was a key supplier of weapons and material to the Nazi regime during WW II.
11. Vaya con Dios (2002)
106 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Three monks are making their way from Germany to a monastry in Italy, because they cannot afford the rent for their facility any longer.
Goddamn funny. 4 Stars
12. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama
A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.
Votes: 11,281 | Gross: $6.17M
A movie for demanding watchers. 4 Stars
13. Before the Fall (2004)
110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,226 | Gross: $0.14M
Relentless study about the intended brutalization of the youth in the Third Reich. 4 Stars
14. Kaddisch für einen Freund (2012)
94 min | Comedy, Drama
Rather undistinguished as a movie, but it serves the purpose to deliver the message. 3 Stars
15. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime
A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.
Votes: 31,993 | Gross: $0.48M
16. Sommergäste (1976)
115 min | Drama
A group of people from the wealthy middle class in endless quasi intellectual quarrels and discussions trying to find some meaning in their comfortable and indolent life. Adaptation of the play by Maxim Gorky.
Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell who is who if you don't know the stage play. 3 Stars
17. In July (2000)
99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love?
Refreshing comedy with a message. 3 Stars
18. Das Wunder von Bern (2003)
118 min | Drama, Sport
A young boy from a working class family in post-war Germany struggles with his estranged father returning from war captivity, while a friend of his plays for the German National Soccer Team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland.
Sporadically tedious, but all in all a good athmospheric picture. 3 Stars
19. Die Machtergreifung (2012 TV Movie)
90 min | History
Germany, 1932-1933: The rise of Adolf Hitler as a politician, which eventually led to his dictatorship and the Nazi-Regime.
More or less credible. 3 Stars
20. Dealer (1999)
74 min | Crime, Drama
Despite many attempts, Can is unable to devote himself to anything other than a career in crime, as a small-time dealer and errand-boy for drug boss Hakan. Hakan keeps his customers ... See full summary »
The cast acquits itself well, despite some holes in the story. 3 Stars
21. Jugend ohne Gott (1991 TV Movie)
107 min | Drama
A teacher at a German high-school in the nineteen thirties has issues with his students who seem to be getting less human and more convinced of Nazi ideals as time goes on.
Decent adaptation with some small holes. 3 Stars
22. Epsteins Nacht (2002)
82 min | Drama
Jochen Epstein wird aus dem Gefängnis entlassen, in dem er 15 Jahre wegen Mordes eingesessen hatte. Er ist entschlossen, aus Deutschland auszuwandern und die Vergangenheit für immer hinter ... See full summary »
Good start; a bit tiring after some time, though. 3 Stars
23. The Tin Drum (1979)
R | 142 min | Drama, War
In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
Funny, but not as good as the novel. 3 Stars
24. Nitschewo (2003)
86 min | Drama
Jim and Elise are bound to each other by an uncompromising love, excessive passion and romance, which they like to experience up to life-threatening situations. But when film director Frank... See full summary »
Touching, but predictable. 3 Stars
25. Crazy (2000)
97 min | Drama
Benjamin is a 16 year old, paralyzed on one side of his body, with lousy grades in math, who switches to a boarding school to reach grammar school. Acclimatization to the new environment is... See full summary »
A good choice if you want some rather trivial entertainment. 3 Stars
26. Der Hexer (1932)
88 min | Drama, Mystery
Not bad, but not a movie that stays in your mind. 3 Stars
27. Schtonk (1992)
115 min | Comedy
The slightly fictionalized story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries.
Some funny jokes, much emptyness. 2 Stars
28. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)
Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.
Better read or watch Brecht's original play. 2 Stars
29. Die Verhaftung des Johann Nepomuk Nestroy (2000 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
In the 19th century the Austrian playwright Johann Nepomuk Nestroy adapts British and French plays for the theatres of Wien. Using ambiguous allusions he makes a fool of the Austrian police... See full summary »
Good idea, bad cast. If you turn a movie about Nestroy, you should read up about him. 1 Star.
30. Krabat (2008)
120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
A boy learns the black arts from an evil sorcerer.
Has almost nothing to do with the novel. 1 Star.
31. Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame (1969)
100 min | Drama, Comedy
The pupil Rull rehearses the uprising at a grammar school in Bremen and tries to break through the authoritarian structures of his school. The result is a humorous protest movement that demands a democratic school form.
May contain one or two good scenes for those who didn't fall asleep after fifteen minutes. 0 Stars.