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Based on the 1935 version, this is among the wittiest of Lotte Reiniger's silhouette films, with a lively and original music track. A little chimney sweep outwits a gang of rogues who have kidnapped a rich merchant's daughter and assists in her rescue. ... Read more
Georg, a self-assured man of 40, is shattered when his wife, Anna, leaves him. For so long he was the superior one until she, with the speechless and growing contempt of the weaker one, rebels for a moment from which there is no turning back. For him, who loves her with pride, her departure comes ... Read more
“I'm not interested in bad things happening to good people. I'm interested in good people doing bad things.” - Filmmaker Julia Loktev ... The breathtaking big-screen beauty of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains act as backdrop for this thought-provoking allegory about love, betrayal and the ... Read more
"When, on April 1 st, 1933,1 travelled for the last time on a sleeper to Paris, my sister and brother-in-law awaited me at the station. It was like an April-fool's joke. My brother-in-law said to me, 'You've really come here to take a vacation ...' And I said to him, 'Oh, Gene, this will be a long ... Read more
Katharina Blum is a divorcee, young, attractive and shy. At a party, she meets a young man and they go back to her apartment. In the morning, heavily armed police burst in, but the young man has already left. The police suspect he is a terrorist and they have been following him for some time ... Read more
Imaginatively conceived and elaborately executed, this documentary film demonstrates the many uses of the magnetic tape In recording, television, automation and a host of other situations. ... Read more
Reinhard Hauff s The Main Actor takes up the thread of his previous film which dealt with the miseries of farm life in Northern Germany In that film, Pauie Paulander, Hauff filmed the daily lives of a youth and his brutal step-father, and he cast in the leading roles a father and son who never ... Read more
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielrnan, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna Chantal Akerman's new film assumes the awesome task of laking the pulse of Western Europe while pursuing an ... Read more
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna continues her investigation of both narrative and avant-garde cinematic forms. ... Anna, a filmmaker, travels ... Read more
"Wim Wenders' new pic is almost a compendium of the director's lifetime themes and obsessions - American trash culture, a fascination with what's cool on the music scene and a story in which lost souls seek redemption." - David Stratton, Variety ... Special Agent Skinner (Mel Gibson) is called in ... Read more
This timely and fascinating account is the first Soviet film investigation of the mystery of the famous Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who was credited with saving the lives of an estimated 100,000 Hungarian jews during World War II. ... Director Alexander Rodnyansky, set out to expose in ... Read more
... ... Based on Ralf Koenig's cult comic books, The Most Desired Man quickly became Germany highest grossing film upon its release last year director Sonke Wortmann shattering the nation stereotype that a Getman comedy is a contradiction in terms. An impossibly convoluted love quadrangle revolving ... Read more
Macabre and absurd, The Musical Chairs unravels like a tale from the Brothers Grimm. Stranded in an undisclosed and desolate location, five children and a toxic clown engage in a truly unsettling game of musical chairs—the result of which provides a sparse and theatrical experience that ... Read more
A documentary film concerning the problem and care of eleven million refugees in West Germany from the Soviet Zone. ... Read more
Faith, conscience and evil lie at the very heart of Volker Schloendorff's masterly new film, [The Ninth Day]. Based on a true story, this measured and deeply compelling film explores one of the most morally bankrupt moments of modern history. Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is a young Catholic priest ... Read more
... ... The Party takes place over the course of a drunken evening in a yuppie couple's home. The film's alternate title. Nature Morte (still life) reveals a clue to the status of the cou­ple's relationship. Queenie and Burrsie have been living together for some time. They wake up in the ... Read more
Alexander Kluge is the leading polemicist of the German cinema and his searching examinations of modern German society which also seek to find new forms and methods of expression have placed his work at the forefront of the new German cinema, a loose movement which Kluge led off most strikingly in ... Read more
Heinze Giese, an ageing German industrialist, has recently been in a car accident in which his eldest son was killed. Because Giese crossed through a red light, he has lost his driving licence and is now a 'pedestrian'. ... The death of his son starts him thinking about his previous life and his ... Read more
This is the story of Hans, whose life was ruined by five women. ... His mother forces him to continue his high school education, forbidding him to learn an honest trade, which he always wanted. He joins the Foreign Legion, returns, becomes a policeman. His career in the force is ruined when a ... Read more
Visualising an essential aspect of film experience, the pleasures of secret observation, the film also provides a survey on the stylistic varieties of German bedroom interiors. ... Read more
... ... A low-key drama about a disturbed young man whose reality shifts between the present and the past — specifically the worlds of the great Russian writers Gogol and Dostoyevsky and the deserted streets of Berlin by night, the 'prisoner' of St Petersburg is jack (Noah Taylor) who arrives ... Read more
An animated film which uses electronic music to desribe how Short and Long stage a race. Award: "International Technical Prize", Moscow Festival. ... Read more
The Rats opens in the atmosphere of postwar Berlin. Figures emerge from their symbolic darkness to stand before us with an almost agonising actuality. Two world wars, the disintegrating effects of destruction, ruin and partition have brought a human rat to nest among the decaying ruins of the city ... Read more
A video documentation of a Japanese Butoh theatre ensemble from Kyoto. In 5 parts the Byakko-Sha (White Tiger) group display a powerful blend of explosive dynamism and magical tranquillity. ... Read more
Follow up to "The Waving Girl" and' The Return of the , ‘Waving Girl' ... This completed the famous (or infamous, depending upon your sense of humour) "trilogy of waving”. ... Read more
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