German Cinema: Articles


'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy

The Doll with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig. Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring “the German Mary Pickford” has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi […]


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'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy



'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]


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'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy



'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, […]


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'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal



Luise Rainer Dead: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Was 104

Luise Rainer: MGM star in the mid-'30s. Luise Rainer dead at 104: MGM actress was first two-time and first consecutive Oscar winner in acting categories, and oldest surviving winner The first two-time and first consecutive Academy Award winner in the acting categories, and, at age 104, the oldest surviving Oscar […]


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Luise Rainer Dead: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Was 104



'The Love of Jeanne Ney': G.W. Pabst Classic

Uno Henning, Edith Jehanne, The Love of Jeanne Ney G.W. Pabst's Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney / The Love of Jeanne Ney is a real mystery. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word. The entire film is a puzzle. The opening title card introduces the story: […]


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'The Love of Jeanne Ney': G.W. Pabst Classic



'Sophie Scholl: The Final Days' Review: Superb Julia Jentsch as Nazi Fighter

Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Directed with clenched fists by Berlin Film Festival winner Marc Rothemund, who seems to have been at least partly inspired by Robert Bresson's minimalist The Trial of Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is an intense, unsentimental, impeccably produced […]


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'Sophie Scholl: The Final Days' Review: Superb Julia Jentsch as Nazi Fighter



Zarah Leander 'La Habanera': Nazi Era Greta Garbo-Marlene Dietrich Combo

Zarah Leander La Habanera First, I have to state that I watched Douglas Sirk's La Habanera, not knowing what to expect. All I knew was the brief synopsis on the DVD box. I also knew that Sirk was a director of such lush 1950s Technicolor soapers as Magnificent Obsession, All […]


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Zarah Leander 'La Habanera': Nazi Era Greta Garbo-Marlene Dietrich Combo



'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City,' North Korean Concentration Camps

The Los Angeles Filmforum will be hosting the Munich Film Museum's Stefan Droessler on Friday March 12, 8:00 pm at the The Echo Park Film Center. As per the Filmforum press release, the Museum “has an ongoing program of restoration of film works and issuing exemplary DVD editions through the […]


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'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City,' North Korean Concentration Camps



Marion Davies & Ronald Colman + Fritz Lang 'Metropolis' Screening

The four-film series "Sound and Silents” – part of the wider “Birds Eye View Film Festival” celebrating women filmmakers – to be held at London's bfi Southbank and the Barbican from March 6-10. The four screening silent films are: King Vidor's The Patsy (1928), starring Marion Davies; Sidney Franklin's Her […]


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Marion Davies & Ronald Colman + Fritz Lang 'Metropolis' Screening



'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror

'The Phantom of the Opera' with Lon Chaney: Halloween Special. Lon Chaney 'The Phantom of the Opera' Halloween screening The 1925 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in the title role, will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 25, '09, at 2:30 p.m. at the San Gabriel […]


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'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror



German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Ulrich Tukur in John Rabe. Inspired by real-life events, the World War II drama John Rabe won the 2009 German Film Academy's Lola for best film. Directed by Florian Gallenberger, John Rabe tells the story of a German businessman (best actor winner Ulrich Tukur) credited with saving more than 200,000 […]


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German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards



Michelle Pfeiffer 'Cheri' in Berlin + French & German Film Critics Choices

Derek Elley reviews Stephen Frears' Chéri in Variety: “Like a passable bottle of champagne, Cheri fizzes and slides down quite easily but lacks real body and doesn't really hit the spot. Driven along by Alexandre Desplat's busy score, scrumptious duds by Consolata Boyle, pastel-tinged widescreen lensing by Darius Khondji and, […]


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Michelle Pfeiffer 'Cheri' in Berlin + French & German Film Critics Choices



Award Winners: Incest & Greed + German Terrorism in the '70s

Among the top winners at Sundance 2009 were Grand Jury and Audience: U.S. Dramatic winner Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire (as opposed to the upcoming sci-fi thriller Push, starring Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans). Directed by Lee Daniels and adapted by Damien Pearl, Push follows an overweight, pregnant […]


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Award Winners: Incest & Greed + German Terrorism in the '70s



German Film Series: American Cinematheque

The Goethe-Institut's film series “German Currents: Bavaria,” which kicks off on Wednesday, September 24, at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is described as “an exploration of new German Cinema with a focus on films and filmmakers from Bavaria and its vibrant capital Munich, one of the most […]


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German Film Series: American Cinematheque



'Woyzeck': Werner Herzog 'Lesser' Effort Superior to 'Hollywood Masterpieces'

Woyzeck with Klaus Kinski. Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski collaborated on five features: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987). In all five films Kinski played the titular character – a multinational group consisting of the following backgrounds: Spanish, […]


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'Woyzeck': Werner Herzog 'Lesser' Effort Superior to 'Hollywood Masterpieces'



'Little Dieter Needs to Fly': Werner Herzog

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) Dir. / Scr.: Werner Herzog. Cast: Dieter Dengler     Little Dieter Needs to Fly is another in the remarkable body of Werner Herzog's film work, one that is without peer. Having recently rewatched it on DVD, nearly a decade after its initial US […]


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'Little Dieter Needs to Fly': Werner Herzog



German Academy Awards - Lola 2006-2007

57th German Film Academy Awards - Lola 2006-2007 The 57th German Film Academy's Lola Award nominees were announced on March 16, 2007. The 57th German Film Academy's Lola Award winners were announced at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin on May 4, 2007. † Qualifying films were released in Germany […]


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German Academy Awards - Lola 2006-2007



German Film Critics Select Possessed Actress + Surprising Art Directors Guild Award Nominations

Sandra Hüller in Requiem (top); Ulrich Mühe in The Lives of Others (bottom) Surprisingly, the Association of German Film Critics did not pick Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's internationally acclaimed Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others as the best German film of 2006. Instead, their choice was Hans-Christian […]


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German Film Critics Select Possessed Actress + Surprising Art Directors Guild Award Nominations



German Academy Awards: Stasi Spy Drama Tops

German Film Academy's 2006 Lola Award Winners: Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others, a quite timely political drama about a government eavesdropping on its citizens, won seven Lola Awards at a ceremony held yesterday at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin. Besides the Golden Award for Best […]


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German Academy Awards: Stasi Spy Drama Tops



British Academy: Corruption & Racism + Doomed Gay Love & Jane Austen Top Nominations

The Constant Gardener with Ralph Fiennes. All but ignored in the U.S. this awards season, two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (as Best Supporting Actor for Schindler's List, 1993; as Best Actor for The English Patient, 1996) is a Best Actor contender for the British Academy Awards for his performance as a Kenya-based […]


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British Academy: Corruption & Racism + Doomed Gay Love & Jane Austen Top Nominations



Falcon Lair: Rudolph Valentino House for Sale

Future Falcon Lair owner Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in 'Beyond the Rocks.' TheStreet.com reports that Rudolph Valentino's mansion, Falcon Lair, located in the hills above Benedict Canyon overlooking Beverly Hills, is up for sale – for those who can shell out US$7.95 million. Valentino, the star of The Four […]


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Falcon Lair: Rudolph Valentino House for Sale



'Downfall' Movie: Bruno Ganz Hitler Is Controversial Box-Office Hit in Unlikely Place

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in controversial box office hit. 'Downfall' movie a box office hit in an unlikely part of the world: Germany No less than 480,000 filmgoers all over Germany lined up to get tickets for the €13.5 million (US$16.5 million) domestic hit-in-the-making Downfall / Der […]


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'Downfall' Movie: Bruno Ganz Hitler Is Controversial Box-Office Hit in Unlikely Place



Bruno Ganz Hitler in 'Downfall': Should Real-Life Monster Be Portrayed as Movie Monster?

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in 'Downfall': Humanizing Der Führer? Bruno Ganz Hitler movie: 'Downfall' humanizes Der Führer? Adolf Hitler, one of history's most hated monsters, has undergone a humanizing makeover in the German film Downfall / Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des 3. Reiches, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel […]


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Bruno Ganz Hitler in 'Downfall': Should Real-Life Monster Be Portrayed as Movie Monster?