films from Germany on war (or anything else come to think)

#1
Am doing a German night-school class and need some viewing to boost the language study ...

any titles I can look out for? Preferably on war but broadly speaking. Just got Goodbye Lenin from the college Library on DVD - that looks good.

Anyone else got any faves/recs?

TA
GR
 

sgtpepperband

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#5
A few great German films I have seen:

"The Nasty Girl" ("Das Schreckliche Mädchen"),
...Sonya is a German high school student who decides to write an essay about her town's history during the Third Reich and its resistance to it. To her dismay, and more so the town's, she uncovers instead definite collaboration during the period. As she digs deeper, she must struggle against the town's vocal and violent opposition to her search for the truth.
Watched it when it was released (1990) and I can still recall the impression it made on me, about how people will try anything to cover up their shameful past.

"The Lives of Others" ("Das Leben der Anderen"),
...Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's movie debut focuses on the horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in the former East Germany. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state, although they secretly don't always think loyal to the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more...
Another historical piece, but from more recent times; even more controversial as it investigates the atmosphere of paranoia orchestrated by the East German Secret Police in the '70s/'80s, and the power and influence they had on their own population.

"Run Lola Run" ("Lola rennt"),
...Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manny. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manny. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
One of my favourite films of all time. One of the most original and unique plots ever, this film covers many genres and emotions. Thoroughly recommended. The first two films mentioned above are heavy on dialogue, however this film is more visually stimulating. Either way, I have watched all three films several times, despite having no understanding of the language.
 
#7
Re: films from Germany on war (or anything else come to thin

Quite a recent film- Downfall. Its a very good film which tells the story of the last few days of Hitlers life in his bunker. I found it very interesting.

S.
 
#8
Re: films from Germany on war (or anything else come to thin

I saw Tin Drum/Die Blechtrommel (1979) a while ago. It's a bit "off the wall" (ie weird) but thought provoking.

IMDB Link

It's about a boy growing up before World War 2 who decides he doesn't want to be an adult any more as a protest at the world around him.

I have a few other German language DVDs, but they're probably not the "family viewing" kind. :jerk:
 
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AfterSSE said:
golden_rivet said:
AfterSSE said:
What's the age group....if adult then this one may give you some German perspectives...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074695/
LOL - you asking how old I am mate????????? :rendeer:
Lol...sorry, I took your post to read as you were giving the class not attending...did I insult? or other? :hockey:

coo no one even notices/recognises when I'm being a bit flirtatious any more :(
 
#12
Re: films from Germany on war (or anything else come to thin

golden_rivet said:
AfterSSE said:
golden_rivet said:
AfterSSE said:
What's the age group....if adult then this one may give you some German perspectives...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074695/
LOL - you asking how old I am mate????????? :rendeer:
Lol...sorry, I took your post to read as you were giving the class not attending...did I insult? or other? :hockey:

coo no one even notices/recognises when I'm being a bit flirtatious any more :(
^_^; Damned if I do, and damned if I don't....ahhh typical eh!
 

Seadog

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#13
Re: films from Germany on war (or anything else come to thin

Des Teufels General (1950s cult German langauage film with Curt Jurgens. You should get a copy in the world cinema sections of Virgin or HMV). Still available sausage side.

Das Boot (the director's cut)

Lola rennt (wheeled out by the Goethe Institute as a teaching aid.)

Downfall (he dies in the end.)

The German bits of A Bridge Too Far and The Longest Day.

I've noticed that English subtitles are not always exact. I suppose for lip synch purposes and to leave out the rude bits, artistic licence is applied.
 
#16
Der Wixxer und Neues Vom Wixxer

Based loosely on Edgar Wallace (I think!?)

Set in London, Inspector Long and Chief Inspector Even Longer must track down ,,Der Wixxer!"

Ich habe dieses film sehr gut gefindet, aber denke ich das ich nicht genug Deutsch wissen!

Run Lola Run is on Film4 on Friday I think, not sure if its in German though!

Failing that and if you are looking for some light, and dare I say it, German Comedy, try getting some Bullyparade videos from ProSieben's website.
 
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Re: films from Germany on war (or anything else come to thin

Saw this on Sky a couple of weeks back (I think it was BBC3?):

Gegen die Wand

Actually in both Turkish and German (with English sub-titles of course!) and not really about war as such, but a more modern one about a middle-aged Turk and a young, slutty German-Turk entering into a marriage of convienience; and the film is really an interesting dramatisation of their strange relationship and what it develops into.

I found it especially intriguging to learn about the political divide in Germany between Turks and Germans. Its strange but I've always percieved modern Germany to be full of Germans, rather than Frankfurt behaving as a twin of Bradford.
 

Seadog

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Failing that and if you are looking for some light, and dare I say it, German Comedy,
Funniest Health and Safety video I've ever seen was a German production (in German) about operating fork lift trucks. Comic horror and Wayne's World type screaming. It'll be googlable (is that a word? Norman!).
 
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