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"It is the function of television to impose silence upon the people''—Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder end their film with this short statement. ... Tell-A-Vision investigates the role of private cable TV in Italy since its introduction in 1976. What set out to give local groups the ... Read more
Timelapse cinematography in the fulldome medium offers a unique view on reality. It creates a detached perspective on our familiar world, but at the same time draws the viewer back into the image by the immersive power of the dome. tempus.ruhr is utilizing this concept to create an unusual ... Read more
"A delicate, delightful and thoroughly captivating road trip of reminiscences, Marion Hänsel's film … is a magnificently mature piece of work driven by thoughtful and engaging performances by Marilyne Canto and Olivier Gourmet." - Screen Daily ... Fifteen years after their divorce ... Read more
When a twenty-one year old factory worker &ndash: and reputed lady-killer &ndash: gambles with love, he is liable to lose his heart as well as learn about life. Set in post-war Berlin, Terminus Love is a charming story about Mecky, a young man who makes a bet with his friends that he can conquer ... Read more
Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is commonly claimed to be the first animated feature film. However, over a decade before, in 1926, Berlin-born avant gardist Lotte Reiniger designed the exquisite 'siIhouette film', The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Loosely based on 1001 Arabian Nights, the ... Read more
The Adventures of Prince Achmet has the distinction of being the first full length animated film ever made. After an initial failure to get a major release in Berlin, the film was shown in Paris and was received there and subsequently in other parts of the world with enthusiasm. ... Unlike Disney's ... Read more
Werner Holt has not had a real home since his parents were divorced. As a loyal member of the Hitler Youth he despises his father, who has fallen into disgrace with the authorities because of his humanist principles. Holt's ideal is Gilbert Wolzow, ruthless leader of the sixteen-year-olds. Their ... Read more
Wim Wenders' new film is a crime thriller, based on a novel 'Ripley's Game' by Patricia Highsmith, who wrote the book on which Strangers on a Train was based. Once again an innocent man is asked to kill someone he doesn't know. The man who is picked out to murder a stranger is Jonathan Zimmermann a ... Read more
A party in a bar. Woman meets man... and slaps him. But things take an unexpected turn and a world-wide chain reaction begins... ... Read more
In 1975 articles appeared in the American and German press about psychiatrists who disguised themselves as patients to enter mental institutions in California and Illinois, to uncover evidence that some committed schizophrenic patients were, in fact, sane and healthy, but medically mistreated by ... Read more
Erwin Keusch's comedy describes the troubles of a small baker in an age of ... automation and supermarket sales. A young man becomes an apprentice baker in a small town. After ten years, having passed all his tests and worked briefly in a large bread company, he returns to the town to help out his ... Read more
Fassbinder's films always force us ... to become aware of possibilitieswhich remain just out of reach of his characters. Whilst his vision is a bleak one, he never indulges in it for its own sake, and he is constantly able to stand back and observe his characters from a position of relative ... Read more
THE BLIND DIRECTOR is conceived partly as a meditation on the closing years of this century. Writes Kluge: "There are times in this century which have the tendency to devour what has gone before as well as what is to come ... In my film, all the stories deal with the present, which is about to ... Read more
Made in 1929, the first year of sound, The Blue Angel refused to follow the then popular technique of photographing theatre. Von Sternberg placed the emphasis on pictorial quality and concentrated on the potentialities of the camera and of natural sound, as did Rene Clair and Hitchcock at the same ... Read more
Young Walter Fendrich lives a middle-class life in a big city. The times of distress, when the possesion of a piece of bread was the measure of all things, belongs to the past. He has a steady job, a bank account, and is engaged to his boss's daughter. But Hedwig Mueller, a girl from hjs former ... Read more
In a small German town, during the last days of April 1945, a few schoolboys are still being drafted for war service. The end of the war is in sight and some people are attempting to avoid the senseless continuation of the fight, but the machine of war knows no reason. After one day's training the ... Read more
Uwe and Gustav are brothers who are both wrestling with a major mid-life crisis. Zen Buddhism is Gustav's answer to his situation, as he plans for a trip to a Japanese monastery. Uwe, meanwhile, lives for his work, but when his wife leaves him, a spur of the moment decision, he joins Gustav in ... Read more
When Max Skladanowsky's eldest daughter Lucie, confides that she misses her unde, a Juggler, when he is away touring, her father goes to work on a means by which she can always see lifelike, moving images of her favourite relative. A sweet childish request for the impossible (in the 1890s] became ... Read more
Georgian writer-director Otar Iossehani, long based in France, looks at the fast disappearing world of European aristocracy in this enchanting and elliptical comedy. ... Two elderly White Russian ladies are living in a chateau of more than decaying grandeur, full of memories and momentos. Vivacious ... Read more
A pathetic little man emerges from a Prussian gaol to be denied lodgings, work and, through lack of papers, a passport. Without personal documents, no work — without work, no documents. This frustrating pendulum causes his attempt to steal a passport, resulting in his return to gaol where ... Read more
A stellar Hollywood cast rise to the challenge of reconstructing one of La La Land's biggest 'true story' scandals. In 1924 producer Thomas Ince died aboard a luxury yacht owned by media mogul William Randolph Hearst - on whom Orson Welles based Citizen Kane. Aboard were starlet Marion Davies ... Read more
"The best description of freedom is the description of a prison cell. A film about political prisoners, about total isolation in prison, in solitary confinement; about the compulsion of a system which expresses itself in the repetition of the same images, the same gestures, the same sounds, the ... Read more
A scientific experiment started in the 1970s, The Centrifuge Brain Project involves amusement park rides built to enhance human brain capacity. ... D/P/S Till Nowak TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
The Children of Number 67 is a debut feature co-directed by Usch Barthelmess-Weller (born 1940) and Werner Meyer (born 1 948). ... The idea for the film came from a favorite children's book of one of the directors and is about kids growing up shortly before and during the period of National ... Read more
A dramatic fantasy, in colour, of a handsome young peasant who pledges his heart to an inimical wood demon in exchange for worldly prosperity. But without a heart, he loses the means of enjoying his good fortune and becomes cruel and sadistic and eventually a murderer. ... Two traditions are at ... Read more
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