Films in German
Note on the organization:
English title (German title). Director. Original Year of Release.
Description of film from Polk Catalog.
Location. Media format. Call Number.
All titles are linked to the catalog page for each item.
1. Accident (Polizeibericht Überfall). Ernö Metzner. 1928.
This is the story of a victim of street robbery and his subsequent nightmares. Note: This film is on one VHS tape with Regen.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R43 1900
2. The Adventures of Werner Holt (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt). Joachim Kunert. 1964.
Two best friends are forced to leave school and join the army for Hitler, and find themselves on opposite sides when one becomes an outstanding soldier and the other wonders why he is fighting a senseless war.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A31147 2009
3. Aimée & Jaguar (Aimée & Jaguar). Max Fäberböck. 1999.
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.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A366 2001
4. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes). Werner Herzog. 1972.
A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Pizarro, go up the Amazon in search of gold. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (the self-styled "Wrath of God") is consumed by visions of conquering all of South America and leads a revolt, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A364 2000
5. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1974.
Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski meets Arab worker Ali in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love--to their own surprise, and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. An emotional power that reflects the ethnic tensions within German society.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A3715 2003
6. The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex). Uli Edel. 2008
Germany 1967: murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism, and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still-fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation, led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Gudrun Ensslin, are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism. The man who understands them is also their hunter, the head of the German police force, Horst Herold.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B12 2010
7. Berlin Alexanderplatz (Berlin Alexanderplatz). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1980.
Story of Franz Biberkof, a former transportation worker. When we first see Franz, he has just been released from prison where he has served four years for an irrational act of violence. He returns to his Berlin neighborhood resolved to go straight but forces in his environment, the influences of his cronies, the grinding poverty, the decay of society overwhelm him and he begins his duel with fate. Based on Alfred Doblin's novel, set in pre-Nazi Berlin. Eight part film.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B399 2006
8. Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (Im toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin). André Heller & Othmar Schmiderer. 2002.
The astonishing true story of Hitler's private secretary coming to terms with working for unspeakable evil after remaining silent for nearly 60 years. Traudl Junge was Adolf Hitler's secretary from 1942 until the end of the war. He dictated his last will and testament to her. She refused to speak publicly about her memories, keeping silent about her life, her trials and tribulations, until now, the end of her life.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: D811.5 .I6 2003
9. The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel). Josef von Sternberg. 1930.
A middle-aged schoolmaster becomes infatuated with and marries a singer from a sleazy cafe. When she leaves him for another man he returns to his school as a broken old man.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B5483 2001
10. Das Boot (Das Boot). Wolfgang Petersen. 1981.
Follows the daring patrol of the U-96, one of the famed German U-boats known as the "gray wolves." The crew is graphically portrayed in a life-and-death struggle, challenging the British Navy at every turn.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B6 2003
11. The BRD Trilogy the Supplements. 2003.
This supplemental material to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s trio of films—The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, and Lola (collectively referred to as The BRD Trilogy)—includes an overview of Fassbinder’s film career and the longest interview with Fassbinder ever recorded.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1998.3.F37 B7 2003
12. Colonel Redl (Oberst Redl). István Szabó. 1984.
In the early part of the 20th Century, Alfred Redl ruthlessly rises from his peasant background to become a high-ranking member of the Imperial Austrian military. But when Redl is sent to spy on the Russian Empire, his espionage is compromised by his secret double life as a homosexual. As the world perches on the brink of was, Redl finds himself trapped in a web of deception where honor, grandeur and greed can only be betrayed by one final shocking act of fate.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C618 2001
13. The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher). Stefan Ruzowitzky. 2007.
Germany, 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a life of cards, booze, and women. Suddenly his luck runs dry when he is arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. He is immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp. There, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's opponents. But, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop the operation. Now faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions are ultimately the right ones.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C668 2008
14. Divided Heaven (Der geteilte Himmel). Konrad Wolf. 1964.
A young couple in East Germany find their relationship strained by political upheaval. Set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall's construction, tells the story of Rita Seidel, a woman in her late twenties, and her search for love and understanding in the German Democratic Republic. Based on the novel by Christa Wolf.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D538 2009
15. Downfall (Der Untergang). Oliver Hirschbiegel. 2004.
Takes you into Hitler's bunker, in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors. Based on the book Inside Hitler's Bunker by Joachim Fest and Until the Final Hour by Traudl Junge and Melissa Müller.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D7419 2005
16. The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind Vorbei). Hans Weingartner. 2004.
Three radical activists like to make their point by breaking into the homes of the wealthy, rearranging their belongings and leaving cryptic messages. After one such break-in goes wrong, they decide to kidnap a wealthy businessman.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .E1996 2005
17. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle). Wener Herzog. 1974.
Based on a real historical event, this is the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who appeared in a small German town in 1820 after having lived in total isolation from humans since birth. He is taught to speak, read, and write by townspeople, but is then mysteriously murdered.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .E55 2001
18. Enlightenment Guarantee (Erleuchtung garantiert). Dorris Dörrie. 2002.
Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese Zen monastery. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both really have to leave their ordinary lives behind and are on a voyage to themselves.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .E795 2001
19.The Eternal Jew (Der ewige Jude). Fritz Hippler. 1940.
A harsh propaganda film commissioned by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, it uses footage from Nazi-created ghettos in occupied Poland to show Jews as nothing more than vermin. Infamous juxtaposition of Jews and rats provide strong imagery.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: DS146.G4 E94 1988
20. Europa, Europa (Hitlerjunge Salomon). Agnieszka Holland. 1990.
The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years and through 3 countries.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .E893 1992
21. The Experiment (Das Experiment). Oliver Hirschbiegel. 2001.
A fictionalized interpretation 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 film draws strongly from a novelization that was loosely based the Stanford experiment and which featured a generally invented version. The time frame of the original experiment was two weeks, however the experiment was terminated after six days and accounts indicate there was no actual violence. In the filmed version an assortment of ever-spiraling abuse and retaliation culminates in a prisoner rebellion that unleashes even more violent and inhuman urges as personal and professional control alike is lost or abandoned.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .E925 2003
22. Fitzcarraldo (Fitzcarraldo). Werner Herzog. 1982.
Story of a man obsessed with the ambition to make his fortune and build his own personal opera house in the jungle.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .F55
23. Fox & His Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1975.
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.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .F688 2002
24. Funny Games (Funny Games). Michael Haneke. 1997.
Michael Haneke's controversial thriller watches an affluent couple, their child and dog as they arrive at their lakeside vacation home. Settling into their holiday routine, the family is visited by a pair of clean-cut young men in tennis whites and gloves, who inexplicably turn ruthless and brutal, forcing the family into playing their 'funny games.'
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .F848 1998
25. Germany, Pale Mother (Deutschland, bleiche Mutter). Helma Sanders-Brahms. 1980.
Set during World War II ... follows newlywed Lene, whose young husband, a soldier, is sent to the front lines. Lene discovers that she is pregnant and is forced to take her child on a journey across the war-ravaged countryside ... Lene ... is by turns brave and foolhardy, resourceful and resilient, facing a bleak future with fierce determination.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .G441 2008
26. Good bye Lenin! (Good bye Lenin!). Wolfgang Becker. 2003.
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.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .G6212 2004
27. Go for Zucker (Alles auf Zucker!). Dani Levy. 2004.
Pool shark and hustler Jaeckie Zucker is up to his ears in debt. In a stroke of luck, his mother dies and leaves an inheritance. Before he can cash in, his mother has requested the difficult task of reconciling with his estranged Orthodox brother Samuel.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .G563 2006
28. The Great King (Der Grosse König). Veit Harlan. 1942.
The Third Reich's propaganda tribute to the Prussian hero Frederick II portrays his struggle for victory during the Seven Years War. Considered by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, to be of paramount ideological significance.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .G76 1985
29. La Habanera (La Habanera). Douglas Sirk. 1937.
Working at Germany's famed UFA Studios under the very noses of the Nazi authorities that would later force him into Hollywood exile and eminence, Sirk transformed a glossy musical vehicle for UFA’s “new Garbo” into a dark and intimate anti-colonial melodrama. Desperate to escape the "cold Swedish minds" of her homeland, beautiful Astree falls under the enchanting spell of the Caribbean love serenade La habanera and into the arms of Puerto Rican land baron Don Pedro de Avila. But ten years later, when Astree's old flame arrives in Puerto Rico, all is far from heavenly.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .H2 2004
30. The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists). Joseph Vilsmaier. 1997.
Based on a true story, The Harmonists portrays the rise and fall of a successful vocal group in Germany that was disbanded in 1934 as part of the mounting persecution of Jews. The Comedian Harmonists did comic and romantic songs in intricate harmony, and were extremely popular, but as the Nazis became more powerful, the group were forbidden to sing songs by Jewish composers--and finally, because three of their members were Jewish, they were banned from performing in public.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .H357 2002
31. Head-on (Gegen die Wand). Fatih Akın. 2004.
A melodrama of a Turkish man and woman living in Germany, torn between two cultures, tradition and modernity, survival and death.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .H3795 2005
32. In a Year of 13 Moons (In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1978.
Erwin Weishaupt gets a sex change operation to please the boyfriend who no longer loves him. Now, as Elvira, he/she resents the change.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .I49 1995
33. The Inheritors (Herzklopfen). Walter Bannert. 1984.
Exposes the terrifying resurgence of neo-fascist groups who are preying on today's youth. A boy who is experiencing trouble at home and school joins a Neo-Nazi youth group and is drawn into the activities of the group.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .I52 1985
34. In July (Im Juli). Fatih Akin. 2000
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.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .I491237 2004
35. Jew Suess (Jud Süß). Veit Harlan. 1940.
Caution: This film is harsh Nazi propaganda commissioned by Joseph Goebbels. It displays Jews as awful subhuman creatures and should be viewed with an objective mind for its historical value as insight into Hitler’s regime and the atrocities committed.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: D810.P7 G34 2008
36. Kaspar Hauser (Kaspar Hauser Verbrechen am Seelenleben eines Menschen). Peter Sehr. 1993.
The bizarre story of an elaborate plot to control the lineage of the throne of the Duchy of Baden. The scheming countess Hochberg conspires to kidnap the rightful heir, Kaspar Hauser, and replace him with a changeling.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .K38 2007
37. Kolberg (Kolberg). Veit Harlan. 1945.
Re-creates the true story of a Prussian town’s rebellion against Napoleon’s army of the occupation. Laced with National Socialist ideology, the film is a mirror of Nazi Germany’s own war for survival during the final years of World War II. In its characterizations of Kolberg’s besieged citizenry, the epic allegorically reflects the spirit of fanatical resolve to fight on that Nazi propaganda was attempting to instill in the German populace. One of the Third Reich’s most ambitious spectaculars, three years in the making.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .K64 1985
38. The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann). Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. 1924.
A pompous, aging doorman, rejected by family and friends when he is fired from his job, experiences a sudden change in fortune.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .L377 1993
39. The Legend of Paul and Paula (Die Legende von Paul und Paula). Heiner Carow. 1973.
Two neighbors--Paula, a single woman with two children, and Paul, a conservative bureaucrat stuck in a loveless marriage--begin to fall in love. The free-spirited Paula tries to liberate Paul from his complacent life, but it's not until tragedy and heartaches beset them both that he begins to fully appreciate her love. But is it too late?
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L43 1999
40. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen). Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. 2006.
A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people - or at least to this one particular person.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L569 2007
41. Lola (Lola). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1981.
When an upright new commissioner arrives in a small town, Lola, a cabaret singer and prostitute, sets out to seduce him in order to gain power over him for her boyfriend and a respectable marriage for herself. Part three of the BRD Trilogy.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L5775 2003
42. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, or: How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead (Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann).Volker Schlöndorff & Margarethe von Trotta. 1975.
Katharina Blum is a young handsome German maid. She meets Ludwig, and they fall in love at once. They spend the night together. In the morning, the police bursts in her flat, looking for Ludwig : he is a terrorist. But he was no longer here. Katharina is arrested, humiliated, suspected to be a terrorist herself, dragged in the mud by the newspapers... A plea for democracy and individual rights. Description from IMDB.4
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .L595 1983
43. A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland). Andrzej Wajda. 1983.
The story of a tragic love affair between a German shopkeeper's wife and a Polish prisoner of war, set in a small German village during World War II.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .L65 1985
44. Ludwig II (Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs). Helmut Käutner. 1955.
Portrays the tragic life of Bavaria's King Ludwig II, from his ascension to the throne to his early death in 1886.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .L8 1980
45. M (M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder). Fritz Lang. 1931.
Dramatic search for a child murderer examines police methods and the character of the murder as well. A number of unsolved murders so disrupts a city that organized crime joins the search for the killer.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M12 1986
46. The March to the Führer (Der Marsch zum Führer). 1940.
Documentary showing a group of Hitler Youth marching through Germany to see their Führer at the Nürnberg Party Congress.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: DD253.5 .M35
47. Marianne & Julianne (Die bleierne Zeit). Margarethe von Trotta. 1981.
Based on a true story, this film relates the emotional and psychological relationship between two sisters. Parallels the personal history of the Ensslin sisters: Gudrun (Marianne in the film) was imprisoned as a terrorist in the Stammheim prison, where she died, supposedly a suicide, in the fall of 1977 ; Christiane (Julianne in the film) worked for some time as an editor of a women's magazine, "Emma", and was determined to prove that her sister did not kill herself.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M34 1994
48. Marlene (Marlene Dietrich - Porträt eines Mythos). Maximilian Schell. 1984.
Using hours of audio-only taped interviews, learn about this normally reclusive star, from her childhood to her marriage, collaborators, life, death, and the Holocaust.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN2658.D5 M37 2009
49. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1979.
Allegorical story of post-war Germany revolves around a young woman as she strives for material wealth while ignoring human values. Part one of the BRD Trilogy.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M343 2003
50. Mostly Martha (Bella Martha). Sandra Nettelbeck. 2001.
Martha is the chef who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from meeting new people. When her sister suddenly dies, Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece, completely changing both lives. Martha gets unexpected help from Mario, Martha's hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina's spirits afloat. Just as Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, Lina's erratic father shows up demanding that she go back to Italy with him.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M6983 2003
51. My Führer (Mein Führer). Dani Levy. 2007.
December 1944: Berlin lies in ruins and the war is as good as lost. Goebbels is convinced all the country needs is a re-energizing speech from the Führer. Adolf, however, is only a shadow of his former self; demoralized and depressed, he hides in his office. The only man who can help is Germany's finest acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum -a Jew.
Home use only.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M89622 2010
52. Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen). Frank Beyer. 1963.
The first German film devoted to life and death in a concentration camp tells the story of organized resistance by political prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp. When one of the prisoners smuggles a child into a camp, the men are faced with the question of how many lives may be endangered in order to save the life of the child. Based on a true story.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .N34 1998
53. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors (Nosferatu – Eine Symphonie des Grauens). Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. 1922.
A silent film wherein the sinister Count Orlok wreaks havoc as he arrives at his new residence in Wisburg, leaving corpses in his wake.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .N675 2007
54. Our Hitler: A Film from Germany (Hitler – ein Film aus Deutschland). Hans Jürgen Syberberg. 1977.
In a series of 22 tableaux set on a soundstage, Syberberg makes use of puppets, props, a Wagnerian soundtrack, and rear-screen projection to evoke Nazi Germany, the origins of the Third Reich, and the aftermath that followed. Two discs.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .H569 2007
55. Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora). Georg Wilhelm Pabst. 1929.
Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact. Two part film.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P29 2006
56. People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag). Robert Siodmak. 1930.
A silent film that follows five city dwellers as they enjoy a weekend outing in Weimer-era Berlin.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P446 2011
57. The Personal and Private Film Collection of Eva Braun. Eva Braun. 1984.
Eva Braun’s home movies, showing unusual and seldom seen scenes of Hitler and the Nazis. Two VHS tapes.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: DD247.H5 P34
58. The Promise (Das Versprechen). Margarethe von Trotta. 1995.
The story of two lovers trapped on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall after one successfully escapes to the West.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .P765 1995
59. Rain (Regen). Joris Ivens. 1929.
Regen is a study of rain in Amsterdam. Note: This film is on one VHS with the film Accident.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .R43 1900
60. Rotation (Rotation). Wolfgang Staudte. 1949.
A German family becomes divided over supporting the Nazis. It's father against son as one betrays the other during the war and after. Bonus features include biographies, filmographies, newsreels, photo gallery, and more.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R686 2005
61. The Rothschilds' Shares in Waterloo (Die Rothschilds Aktion auf Waterloo). Erich Waschneck. 1940.
A subtle propaganda film from Nazi Germany, wherein a Jewish banking family makes a fortune from the Napoleonic wars, exploiting and swindling the British.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .R68 1985
62. Run Lola Run (Lola rennt). Tom Tykwer. 1998.
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.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R836 1999
63. Salome (Salome). Jochen Ulrich. 2008.
Opera in 1 act based on a play by Oscar Wilde. Sung in German with Spanish subtitles.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: M1500.S916 S3 2000
64. Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage). Marc Rothemund. 2005.
The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine, Sophie Scholl, the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. The last six days of Sophie Scholl's life is dramatized, from arrest to interrogation, trial, and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .S635 2005
65. Sugarbaby (Zuckerbaby). Percy Adlon. 1985.
Portrays a big woman, Marianne, who works in a Munich mortuary. She falls in love with the subway conductor and devotes all her time and energy trying to seduce him.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .S792 1985
66. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Das testament des Dr. Mabuse). Fritz Lang. 1933.
Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document's nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it's up to Berlin's star detective, Inspector Lohmann, to connect the most fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T399 2004
67. That was the GDR (Das war die DDR). Gitta Nickel et al. 1993.
This documentary on the history of East Germany is told from the point of view of its people, using authentic historical footage and documents. It covers cultural, economic, and political developments from the founding of the GDR in 1949 to German unification on October 3, 1990.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: DD282 .T4613 2007
68. The Threepenny Opera (Die 3-Groschen-Oper). Georg Wilhelm Pabst. 1931.
Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With a palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema. Based on the play The Threepenny opera by Bertolt Brecht, which was based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T49373 2007
69. The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel). Volker Schlöndorff. 1979.
Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T52 2004
70. Trace of Stones (Spur der Steine). Frank Beyer. 1966.
Foreman Balla is the head of a large construction site, and his co-workers stick close to him. But when a new Party Secretary is sent in to bring the site under control, along with a beautiful young engineer named Kati, a love triangle ensues.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 T6589 2007
71. Tristan and Isolde (Tristan und Isolde). James Levine. 2004.
A video recording of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde as performed by the Metropolitan Opera (The Met). Robert Dean Smith makes his Met debut as Tristan, opposite Deborah Voigt as Isolde.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: M1500.W34 T75 2004
72. Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens). Leni Riefenstahl. 1935.
Riefenstahl's propaganda documentary of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, with the focus of Germany’s greatness through Hitler and the Nazis. Being propaganda, it takes a very strong pro-Hitler stance, as well as glorifying his national socialism and the extreme right fascist ideology as a whole.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: DD253.28 1934 .T7 1996
73. The Tunnel (Der Tunnel). Roland Suso Richter. 2001.
Tells the incredible true story of a massive underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin. Anti-communist East German swimming champion Harry Melchior narrowly escapes the Communist regime just after the Berlin Wall is completed, and is determined to rescue his beloved sister, whom he was forced to leave behind.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T8 2005
74. Uncle Krüger (Ohm Krüger). Hans Steinhoff. 1941.
German anti-British propaganda film involving the Boer War and with Emil Jannings in the lead role.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .O45 1985
75. Vampyr (Vampyr – Der Traum des Allan Grey). Carl Theodor Dreyer. 1932.
A young traveler finds a remote castle, and starts seeing mysterious things, only to find that his own nightmares are coming true. Based on the story 'Carmilla' from In a Glass Darkly by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Three part film.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V32 2008
A second copy of this film is available under the following call number: PN1997 .V32 1998
76. Veronika Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss). Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1982.
A journalist in the 1950s becomes involved in the life of a faded German film star under the influence of a doctor who supplies her with narcotics. Part two of the BRD Trilogy.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V37 2003
77. Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (Vision: aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen). Margarethe von Trotta. 2009.
The story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the first women to preach and interpret Biblical scripture.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V64 2010
78. The Wannsee Conference (Die Wannseekonferenz). Heinz Schirk. 1984.
Recreates the conference at Wannsee in Berlin January 2, 1942, attended by Nazi leaders to determine the “Final solution to the Jewish Problem”.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W34 1991
79. The Wave (Die Welle). Dennis Gansel. 2008.
A high school teacher's unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W366 2009
80. The White Ribbon (Das Weiße Band). Michael Haneke. 2009.
In a north German village prior to the outbreak of World War I, strange events, accidents, and deaths are occurring. The village people are beside themselves with worry and can't figure out what to do. After the school teacher starts to unravel the mystery, he discovers that the children of the town may be guilty of the crimes and have formed a secret society that the local pastor's daughter appears to be the leader of.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W48357 2010
81. The White Rose (Die weiße Rose). Michael Verhoeven. 1982.
Based on a true story, this suspenseful film tells of a secret society, The White Rose, composed of German university students and their professor, which conspired against the Nazis in Munich in 1942.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: DD256.3 .W48
82. Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin). Wim Wenders. 1987.
A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W55 2009
83. A Woman in Berlin (Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin). Max Färberböck. 2008.
Women become the victims of the Red Army invasion in Berlin in 1945. One of them, Anonyma, an educated woman, decides to look for an officer who can protect her. A complex symbiotic relationship develops between her and Russian officer Andrej that will force them to remain enemies until the bitter end.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W61 2009
84. Wozzeck (Wozzeck). Peter Mussbach. 2003.
Video recording of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, originally composed between 1914 to 1922, with its first performance in 1925. The opera is based on Woyzeck, an incomplete drama by Georg Büchner (who died before completing his work).
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: M1500.B49 W69 2003
85. Young Törless (Der junge Törless). Volker Schlöndorff. 1966.
Young Törless is to go to boarding school. His experiences there, the merciless torments of the pupils among themselves and the unsatisfactory answers of his teachers make it clear to Törless that good and bad cannot be differentiated in life. The boy leaves the boarding school at his own request after a short while. The incipient social and personal deformation in Musil's novel is skillfully implemented by Schlöndorff in close correspondence with the text but also in a more distant manner.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .Y78 2005
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