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    whose wheels are squeaking arsonist samael's Avatar
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    German Cinema

    Okay, I'm supposed to start an intensive course in German in September and seeing a movie with the actors speaking German half of the time last night got me even more super psyched. I love everything about this language and I want to hear more. So, to get myself acquainted a bit more, so I don't start the classes looking like a total idiot, I thought I might start scouring through German cinematography. Any good recommendations?

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    Lyrical acuity and mum-smarts menju56's Avatar
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    LOVE German cinema.

    Some faves:
    The Edukators
    Good Bye Lenin!
    The Lives of Others
    Das Experiment
    Run Lola Run
    Der Untergang
    Sophie Scholl
    Requiem
    Im Juli
    Vier Minuten

    I'd recommend them all

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    ^ That's a nice selection from Menju for mostly the contemporary.

    I'd suggest some works from acclaimed filmmakers (often known as the ones that shaped the New German Cinema):
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul - 1974, The Marriage of Maria Braun - 1979)
    Volker SchlŲndorff (The Tin Drum - 1979, Death of a Salesman - 1984)
    Wim Wenders (The State of Things - 1982, Wings of Desire - 1987)
    Werner Herzog (Signs of Life - 1968, Fitzcarraldo - 1982)

    If you want advices concerning German film directors from the silent era (F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang and Robert Wiene, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by menju56 View Post
    The Lives of Others
    Run Lola Run
    Sophie Scholl
    YES YES YES! These are some of my favorite films of all time.

    There's also a lot of German spoken (by German actors) in Inglourious Basterds, if you haven't seen that one yet.

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    ^^Very good selections from the posters above.

    My favourite from Werner Herzog is Aguirre: The Wrath of God.
    Also, Kebab Connection was really funny.
    The counterfeiter (Die Fšlscher).
    Michael Haneke's Funny Games (the original) and Das weisse Band.
    And one of my favourite directors, Fatih Akin, has made some beautiful films like Head On and Edge of Heaven.

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    ^ YES! Totally forgot The Edge of Heaven! Such a perfectly executed script! Fatih Akin is made of win
    I agree with your whole selection, Chalk!

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    Also,

    Nowhere in Africa
    Beyond Silence

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPea View Post
    There's also a lot of German spoken (by German actors) in Inglourious Basterds, if you haven't seen that one yet.
    I know, that was the movie I saw last night.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smegma View Post
    ^ That's a nice selection from Menju for mostly the contemporary.

    I'd suggest some works from acclaimed filmmakers (often known as the ones that shaped the New German Cinema):
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul - 1974, The Marriage of Maria Braun - 1979)
    Volker SchlŲndorff (The Tin Drum - 1979, Death of a Salesman - 1984)
    Wim Wenders (The State of Things - 1982, Wings of Desire - 1987)
    Werner Herzog (Signs of Life - 1968, Fitzcarraldo - 1982)

    If you want advices concerning German film directors from the silent era (F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang and Robert Wiene, let me know
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Smegma again.


    Wim Wenders is
    Great great director.

    And Fritz Lang Metropolis is an icon.
    I have it both on VHS and DVD.

    Is it right, butterfly, they like you better framed and dried?

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    Der Freie Wille(the Free Will). I spent the entire day trying to remember the title of this film, and just now I suddenly remembered what it's called. It's pretty heavy stuff, but very good.

    Bella Marta - I've heard good things about it, but haven't had the opportunity to watch it yet.

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    Great suggestions by everyone. Aguirre, The Tin Drum, and Der Untergang/Downfall are must-sees.

    RW Fassbinder is easily my favorite director. If you end up liking one or two of his films, you'll eventually want to see more. Smegma recommended his two most accessible films - Fear Eats the Soul and Maria Braun - but I think Veronika Voss and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant are also fairly accessible (and classic Fassbinder). If you want something a little crazier, you definitely need to see In a Year of 13 Moons.

    Fritz Lang's M is in the IMDB Top 250. Check that one out, too.

    Controversy aside, you may also want to check out Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will.

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    ^ Yeah, add to these Clarion Fox and His Friends, this is also accessible. I chose those two because they introduce well the realm of Fassbinder. And then if one likes them, there are a lot of Fassbinder gems waiting to be discovered.

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    Run Lola Run I will second, and actually if you like Tom Tykwer's style The Princess and the Warrior was pretty good. As was Heaven, though that was in Italian. Whatever, I love his work.

    I also second Goodbye, Lenin!

    Just consider this whole post a second. To be helpful, here's a whole article about recommended films for German learners by a teacher who uses Run Lola Run in the classroom.

    http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa011126a.htm

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    There's a movie coming out on DVD called "The White Ribbon" which is a German film, shot in black and white. I'm quite intregued by it... sounds interesting.

    Also, you could try listening to some German music... Rammstein is a favorite of mine and their music is so expressive that I often find myself understanding them without actually knowing what they're saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumptyDumpty View Post
    Rammstein is a favorite of mine and their music is so expressive that I often find myself understanding them without actually knowing what they're saying.
    I'll say! Pussy (NSFW) doesn't leave much to the imagination, does it?

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