A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »
Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII.
Inspector Maigret is traveling to the French countryside to visit his friend, the duchess of Saint-Fiacre. She has received a letter recently stating that she will die soon. A few days ... See full summary »
For some time now, women coming home at night have been savagely murdered by a mysterious serial killer. Inspector Lagrume thinks he has found the culprit in the person of Barberot, a local... See full summary »
The Italian mountaineer Carel wants to be the first man to stand on the top of the Matterhorn. Since the climb is very difficult, he agrees to try it together with the British mountaineer ... See full summary »
(1960) Karin Dor, Joachim Fuchsberger, Elizabeth Flickenschildt. A creepy German-made Wallace thriller about the ghost of a hanged man who returns to fulfill his promise. All of his accusers must die! 16mm.
Life in an elegant Parisian brothel in the early twentieth century. The madam essentially owns the women: their expenses exceed earnings, they are in debt. They face problems of pregnancy, ... See full summary »
Amazingly enough, Stahlnetz, the German version of Dragnet was actually better than the original. It has to be said though that both shows do not have much more in common with each other than the catchy theme tune. Stahlnetz is set in a different city each episode and has different investigating officers (although often played by the same actors which is somewhat confusing) and it focuses on the day-to-day routine of police work. The cases are rarely spectacular and neither are the police officers, although Heinz Engelmann is great as the tough old cop and Helmut Lange gives a delightful version of a gentleman detective in Strandkorb 421. The first couple of episodes are nowadays fairly tedious to watch as the are documentary in character and don't make much use of the possibilities of film. That however changes and it's interesting to see how the characters and story lines improves and that the director Juergen Roland also finds his own language. Although even the later episodes don't embellish the facts of police work through "psychological" insight or over constructed plots, the way Roland tells it makes it highly addictive watching. He also experiments with points of view, narrative etc. Roland and Menge (actually also well known as a satirist) can't resist poking fun at the typical German "Beamte". Although each episode is part of a 22 parts series each film has its own "language", tone and feel. All in all the variety is amazing. But it's also interesting to see what's not there: there are some references to Germany's not so distant past at the time and some of it is really done in a clever way but never about the personal past of the investigating coppers. The acting is sometimes really superb and it is amazing to see that a lot of big post war German stars were actually in it. The interesting thing for me is that neither Roland nor Menge ever managed to re-produce the quality of Stahlnetz in any other project.
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