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Aimée & Jaguar

Directed by: Max Fäberböck.

Cast: Maria Schrader, Juliane Kèohler, Heike Makatsch, Johanna Wokalek, Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck, Inge Keller, Krya Mladek, Peter Weck.

It's the Battle of Berlin, during World War 2, two women find each other. One is single, Aimée, the other, Jaguar, is unhappily married with 4 children. In war torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish, it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. When Jaguar's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about the relationship of his wife to Aimée, nothing but trouble becomes the result. German dialogue, optional English subtitles. DVD, Dolby digital.

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The American friend

Directed by: Wim Wenders.

Cast: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gerard Blain.

Story about a Hamburg picture framer who is perfectly ordinary except that he is suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. His peace and sanity are upset when an insistent Frenchman offers him money to assassinate a Mafia figure in Paris. German with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Angst essen Seele auf / Fear eats the soul

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Cast: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

A Moroccan immigrant in Munich comes up against social and racial prejudice when he marries a sixty-year-old charwoman. German dialogue; English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull / The confessions of Felix Krull

Directed by: Kurt Hoffman.

Cast: Horst Bucholz, Lisa Pulver.

A charming but devious con-artist quickly rises in rank as a Parisian hotel employee. In German with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Die Brücke / The bridge

Directed by: Bernhard Wicki.

Cast: Fritz Wepper, Volker Bohnet, Michael Hinz, Volker Lechtenbrink, Cordula Tranton.

As World War II approaches its end, eight sixteen-year-old German schoolboys are drafted into the army to defend a bridge to their town. Betrayed and urged on by unenlightened leaders, they come to believe that this small and meaningless bridge is worth any risk to their lives. In German with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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Effi Briest

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenk, Ulli Lommel.

German language with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Europa, Europa a true story

Directed by: Agnieszka Holland.

Cast: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Hanns Zischler.

The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years and through 3 countries. In German and Russian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Das experiment / The experiment

Directed by: Preuss, Norbert.

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Maren Eggert, Christian Berkel, Justus von Dohnanyi, Oliver Stokowski.

A dramatization of an experiment by Stanford University in 1971 which asked for 24 male students to volunteer for a simulated prison experience as prisoners or guards to determine behavioral and psychological consequences. The original time frame was two weeks. The experiment was terminated after six days. German language, English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Falsche Bewegung / Wrong move

Directed by: Wim Wenders

Cast: Rèudiger Vogler, Hanna Schygulla, Nastassia Nakszynski, Hans-Christian Blech, Peter Kern, Ivan Desny.

A would-be writer drives across Germany in search of a first-hand experience. Along the way, he meets an ex-Nazi and his mute companion, a wandering poet and an actress who together challenge him to become a writer. German with English subtitles. VHS

 

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Faust eine deutsche Volkssage

Directed by: F.W. Murnau

Cast: Emil Jannings, Gèosta Ekman, Wilhelm Dieterle, Camilla Horn.

Classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil, based on Goethe's Faust and folk sagas. Silent film with credits and captions in German and English.
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Faustrecht der Freiheit / Fox and his friends

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel.

Fassbinder directs and stars as a gay lower-class carnival performer known as Fox the Talking Head, who strikes it rich by winning a lottery. Then he has an ill-fated romance with an elegant upperclass lover. German with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Fitzcarraldo

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Cast: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale.

Story of a man obsessed with the ambition to make his fortune and build his own personal opera house in the jungle. German dialogue, English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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Good bye Lenin!

Directed by: Wolfgang Becker

Cast: Daniel Brèuhl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas, Chulpan Khamatova, Alexander Beyer, Burghart Klaussner, Michael Gwisdek.

Alex's proud, socialist mother falls into a coma for eight months. When she wakes, her heart is weak, so Alex has to keep the secret that the Berlin Wall has fallen and capitalism has triumphed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam. In German with English subtitles. DVD format.

 

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Herz aus Glas / Heart of glass

Directed by: Werner Herzog.

Cast: Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Gèuttler, Clemens Scheitz.

Set in the pre-industrial past, the story tells of a German village that looses the secret of making its unique Ruby glass. The townspeople turn to madness, murder, and magic in a desperate effort to recover the pure ingredient they have lost. During the filming, Herzog hypnotized his actors in order to help convey the atmosphere of hallucination, prophecy and the visionary. In German with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Im Juli / In July

Directed by: Fatih Akin

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtuluðs, Idil èUner, Jochen Nickel, Branka Katic, Birol èUnel, Sandra Borgmann, Ernest Hausmann, Gâabor Salinger, Cem Akin, Fatih Akin.

Daniel, a young teacher, decides to spend his summer at home in Hamburg. At the local flea market, he meets Juli, who is immediately attracted to him, a fact to which Daniel seems oblivious. On the same day, Daniel meets Melek, a young Turkish girl, with whom he is immediately smitten. Ignoring his earlier plans, he sets out in pursuit of her across the Balkans. Along the way he picks up a hitchhiker, who just happens to be Juli. Primarily in German with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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In weiter Ferne, so nah! / Faraway, so close!

Directed by: Wim Wenders.

Cast: Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Horst Buchholz, Nastassja Kinski, Heinz Rèuhmann, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Rèudiger Vogler, Lou Reed, Willem Dafoe.

"When an angel dares to cross the line, he stumbles into the harsh reality of post-Cold War Berlin and find himself engaged in deadly combat to protect the mortals he loves"--Container. A sequel to "Wings of desire." In German and French with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
DVD.

 

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The joyless street

Directed by: G. W. Pabst.

Cast: Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen, Werner Krauss, Jaro Furth, Einak Hanson, Veleska Gert.

A drama about the hunger and passion of the people living under the distorted conditions of the inflation-ridden, postwar Vienna.

 

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Der Krieger und die Kaiserin / The princess and the warrior

Directed by: Tom Tykwer.

Cast: Franka Potente, Benno Fèurmann, Joachim Krâol, Lars Rudolph, Melchior Beslon, Ludger Pistor, Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill.

When shy, beautiful nurse Sissi is the victim of a horrible car accident, a handsome small-time criminal comes to the rescue and saves her life. Once she recovers, she sets out to find him and discovers that he is a violent man with a conflicted past and dangerous future. When they meet again during a deadly bank robbery, it becomes her turn to save his life. In German with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. DVD.

 

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Lola rennt / Run Lola run

Directed by: Tom Tykwer.

Cast: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri.

A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out: Lola has just received a frantic call from her boyfriend Manni, who's accidentally lost a small fortune he was to deliver to his mobster boss. If they cannot find a way to replace the money within twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences. In German with optional English soundtrack; optional subtitles in English or French. DVD.

 

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Männer / Men

Directed by: Doris Dörrie

Cast: Heiner Lauterbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ulrike Kriener.

An unfaithful husband is shattered to discover his wife has a lover of her own, and, carrying his jealousy to lunatic extremes, he takes a leave from his job, goes undercover, and moves into his wife's lover's house. In German with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Terror 2000

Directed by: Christoph Schlingensief

Cast: Gary Indiana, Udo Kier

A film which lampoons neo-Nazism and xenophobia in post cold-war Germany. VHS

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Cast: Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Diessl, Oscar Beregi, Vera Liessem, Camilla Spira

Director Lang uses the story of a madman, confined to an asylum, who masterminds a series of crimes, to expose the madness of Hitler. The film was banned in Germany the year of its release because of its attack on the fundamentals of the Nazi Party. German dialogue with English subtitles. VHS

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Triumph des Willens / Triumph of the will

Directed by: Leni Riefenstahl

Cast: Eduard V. Winterftein, Sabine Thalbach, Paul Esser

This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the "most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced". Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer. In German with English subtitles. DVD

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Der Untertan / The subject

Directed by: Wolfgang Staudte

Cast: Eduard V. Winterftein, Sabine Thalbach, Paul Esser

Satire which characterizes the type of subordinate who lets himself be used for military and totalitarian purposes. In German with English subtitles. VHS.

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Vampyr / Vampire

Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Cast: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz

A subtle, disturbing version of the vampire legend. A young man attempts to find and kill a vampire that has assumed the form of an old woman. In German with white English subtitles. DVD

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Warning shadows

Directed by: Authur Robison

Cast: Fritz Kortner, Ruth Weyher, Gustav von Wangenheim, Alexander Granach, Fritz Rasp, Ferdinand von Allen, Max Gutstorff.

Psychological study of a count who is insanely jealous of the attentions his wife pays to "the lover" and various other suitors. The situation comes to a head when a showman/mesmerist puts on a "shadow play" for them all, in which their emotion and passions are mirrored. Subtitles in German and English. VHS.

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Wings of desire

Directed by: Wim Wenders

Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommart, Otto Sander, Peter Falk

Romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal. Set in modern-day Berlin, the film is not only a love story, but also serves as a reminder of just how good it feels to live. English and German with yellow English subtitles. VHS format

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Winterschlńfer / Winter sleepers

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

Cast: Floriane Daniel, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Matthes, Marie-Lou Sellem

Rebecca, a young translator, lives with her boyfriend ski instructor Marco in a mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. RenÚ, local cinema projectionist, steals Marco's car and gets into a car crash with local farmer Theo, whose daughter is almost killed. RenÚ suffers amnesia as a result of a crash and starts a relationship with Laura. Meanwhile Marco is looking for the man who stole his car. The convoluted relationships between these characters is told-- RenÚ being the catalyst for it all. In German with optional English subtitles. DVD

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Woyzeck Werner Herzog

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Cast: Klaus Klinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichman, Willy Semmelrogge, Josef Bierbichler, Voler, Precht

Overworked to exhaustion by an officer, used for experiments by a sinister doctor, and scorned by the prostitute he lives with, Woyzeck becomes as lethal as the razor with which he carries out his chilling destiny. German with English subtitles. VHS

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