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 […]


'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 […]


'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, […]


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 […]


'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: […]


'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 […]


Producer Bernd Eichinger Dies: 'Resident Evil' & 'Downfall'

Til Schweiger, Sima Bürgin, Der bewegte Mann / Maybe…Maybe Not Producer-director-screenwriter Bernd Eichinger died of a heart attack yesterday while having dinner with family and friends at his home in Los Angeles. Eichinger was 61. According to The Hollywood Reporter, rumors had floated around that Eichinger was in poor health […]


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 […]


German Film Awards: Michael Haneke Nazis-in-the-Making Drama Tops Nominations

The White Ribbon. The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke's depiction of rural Germany on the eve of World War I – and how the cute (if dangerous) little children of that era grew into the Nazis and their followers of the 1930s and 1940s – received 13 nominations for the Lolas, […]


'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 […]


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

Buster Keaton, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge: Kansas Silent Film Festival Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality will be introduced by Keaton's granddaughter Melissa Talmadge Cox at the opening of the 14th annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in White Concert Hall, Washburn University.  The Festival continues Saturday, […]


'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 […]


Bruce Lee Biopic & German 'Schindler's List' + World War I Disaster & Mafia Thugs: Award Winners

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


Opus Dei Controversy + Michelle Pfeiffer: Spanish Academy Awards + Berlin Film Festival

Camino with Carmen Elias: Controversial Opus Dei drama. Goya Award winners Written and directed by Javier Fesser, the controversial drama Camino – described by Screen Daily's Lee Marshall as a “kind of three-way collision between The Magdalene Sisters, Amelie and The Song of Bernadette” – was the big winner at […]


Jan Troell & Harriet Andersson Swedish Oscars Honor + German Terrorists & Oskar Schindler of Nanking

 Jan Troell Swedish Oscars honor: Best Film Guldbagge Award winner Everlasting Moments with Maria Heiskanen. A feature film director since the mid-1960s (Here's Your Life, Ole dole doff), Jan Troell – whose credits include The Emigrants, The New Land, Zandy's Bride, and Il Capitano – is one of the most prestigious filmmakers in Swedish […]


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 […]


'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, […]


'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 […]


German Academy Awards + Marina Hands Tops Tribeca

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 […]


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

Sandra Hüller in Requiem. 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 Schmid's Requiem, based on the real-life story of a […]


Katharine Hepburn Oscars Exhibition + Crowd-Pleasing Indie Tops Producers Guild Awards

Katharine Hepburn Oscars: Morning Glory with Adolphe Menjou. An RKO star in the 1930s and an MGM star in the 1940s, Katharine Hepburn won a record-setting four Best Actress Oscars. These will be on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' upcoming exhibition “Meet the Oscars, Los […]


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 […]


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 […]


Robert Altman Gets Honorary Oscar + Kirby Dick vs. Censorship

Iconoclastic director-producer-writer Robert Altman, 80, will be the next recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award, to be presented at the 2006 Academy Awards ceremony next March 5. The Honorary Award will be given to Altman for “a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art […]


'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 […]


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 […]