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 »
Gray-haired furniture retailer Paul Winkelmann still has his dinner cooked and his laundry done by his mother. He spends his evenings playing Scrabble with Mama's friends and discussing the... See full summary »
Vicco von Bülow
Vicco von Bülow,
The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the ... See full summary »
Marko is in his mid-thirties, has just published his first book, and has been living in Berlin since his university days - far enough away from his parents Gitte and Günter whose bourgeois ... See full summary »
The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982. Central person is Maria, who we see growing from a 17 year old ... See full summary »
A tragicomic movie which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin. Katrin, a jobless single mom, and Nike, a nurse, live in the same house and ... See full summary »
Wolf Children period drama is inspired by the true story of German troop orphaned children, who between 1946 and 1947 roamed the Soviets occupied areas of the former East Prussia, trying to... See full summary »
In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... 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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