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Films From Germany

Based on Eugene Ionesco's play, this is an animated film waning that by conforming to patterns and living en masse, people will become rhinoceroses. ... Read more
Uli Schüppel was still a student at the Berlin Film Academy (DFFB) when he conceived this project - the documentation of a US tour by internationally recognised Australian cult figure, Nick Cave and his band of underground legends, The Bad Seeds. Schüppel's plan was to record the routines behind ... Read more
The real-life tale of a man driven to extremes in pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline high. ... Based on real events and adapted from Martin Prinz's novel, this film tells the story of a man committed to twin pleasures - bank robbery and physical exercise. ... Driven by the need for a high, for ... Read more
Annelie und Andrew Thorndike, directors of the notable compilation films, The German Story and Operation Teutonic Sword, have now produced, after more than four years of research, The Russian Miracle. The first part of the film utilising old films — some completely unknown, others rescued ... Read more
Under the most inhospitable of conditions in one of the most remote regions in the world, director Ulrike Koch has documented the journey and rituals of a nomadic Tibetan community. The fact that she has devised a film of sublime beauty and epic proportions while enduring such adversity is ... Read more
The Earth Mother sends her son in search of his father The quest m the form of post-modern dream sequences takes the son through many adventures and places. He witnesses his own conception in a bizarre sequence involving artificial insemination. This is an intriguing film of ideas and computer ... Read more
Karl often leaves his sisters and steals away to lay traps for birds. One day a wild boar pushes him into a pit but he is rescued by the aid of a clever rook. ... Read more
Seven men and one woman, from eight different countries, set out in 1970 for the first trip through space aboard the space ship "Kosmokrator I". Their destination is Venus. Here they find all the signs of an advanced technical civilisation but no appearance of life. Their exploration of the planet ... Read more
Biologically, man will still be programmed as a hunter and food collector, when there will be nothing to hunt and collect. Evolution is too slow to cope with the rapid changes in our environment, and the countdown of man's survival has already begun. ... Yet. there may be a chance to influence the ... Read more
"... did you forget my song?" The Singer ... Read more
... ... On November 1, 1895, Max and Emil Sklad­anowsky presented their new invention, the projection of a programme of 'living images'. The performers in this programme were artistes appearing at the Wintergarten variety theatre: the acts of dancers, jugglers, gymnasts and wrestlers captured ... Read more
An abstract art film showing large scale mobile sculp­tures, moving to the beat of jazz, and photographed against ihe background of clouds and Cologne's industrial skyline. The sculptures are by Harry Kramer, a German artist who lives in Paris. ... Read more
One of a series produced by a specialized film unit concentrating on wildlife studies. Re-edited by the Educational Foundation for Visual Aids for use in British schools. ... Read more
"Portugal, in February 1981." A Young German film director, Fritz, and his team from Hollywood are working on a science fiction film, a remake of Allan Dwan's' 'The Most Dangerous Man". ... For a set, they use a hotel that has been seriously damaged by a gale, and they themselves live in the intact ... Read more
A puppet film. Three children make a snowman whose nose is stolen during the night but the children discover the thieves. ... Read more
Within the framework of a rehearsal of the Brahms piano concerto in D minor, with Julius Katchen and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, unfolds the life of Brahms and the history of this concerto. ... Diploma of Mert, Edinburgh Festival. ... Read more
Produced as part of the Bosnian War Protest Film Project, this striking short is based on a true refugee story. The film carries a universal message and, although about the war in Bosnia, it speaks across cultures posing the age-old moral paradox of whether it is permissable to take one person's ... Read more
Austria has had a low profile on the world festival scene for some time. The Stubborn Mule comes as a surprise for it truly captures and reflects that term applied to Nazism by Hannah Arendt about the banality of evil. The very banality of it makes it horrible. ... Karl Bockerer is a butcher in ... Read more
Within the framework of a social parable, the film attempts to show how easily the structure of a society works to prevent the under-privileged from recognising their true position. Dealing with the oppression of German peasantry in the 1820's, it demonstrates by implication how superstition and ... Read more
Portrait of the artist Nicole Guiraud. By means of objects and installations she tries to establish a kind of visual or sculptured diary of her memories: her childhood, the sea, the city of Alger, the war in Algeria, the assassination, the expulsion, the exile and the return. ... Read more
The film investigates the considerable scope offered by the use of magnetic tape in industry, education and entertainment. ... Read more
Volker Schlondörff has been at the head of German production since the mid-sixties when the revival in quality commenced. His earlier films like Young Torless, The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum, The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, Coup de Grace and Summer Lightning have all been ... Read more
When Victoria Chaplin, daughter of Charles, rummaged through her father's effects she stumbled across a pile of new film rolls. Revealed here for the first time, the find is Sydney Chaplin's colour documentation of his brother's 1940 masterpiece, The Great Dictator. For Charles, his satire on ... Read more
Helke Sander takes her time between productions to pour as much personal philosophical reflection into her films as possible. Following The All-Round Reduced Personality and The Subjective Factor, her latest film tells of the friendships between two women who share a lover. ... The man involved ... Read more
"A terrifically engaging portrait of an elephantine cross cultural endeavour, veteran music-documentary specialist Allan Miller's The Turandot Project trains a wry yet respectful eye on the production of Puccini's opera that travelled from Florence to Beijing's Forbidden City—ruffling ... Read more
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