German miniseries – WIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO/WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO – available on dvd

We Children from Bahnhof ZooWIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO/WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO (18) 2021 GERMANY £23.99
Based on the memoir by Christiane F about a young girl’s descent into the drug scene of 70’s Berlin.

The eight episodes of the miniseries are set in Berlin. Teenager Christiane leaves home and befriends a group of fellow teenagers who frequent the SOUND nightclub. However, beneath the surface of their hedonistic lifestyle lie personal traumas, and Christiane’s reliance on drugs leads her down a dark path filled with tragedy.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE NOTES TO WIR KINDER VOM BAHNHOF ZOO

The episodes are: ‘Puppies’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Bowie’, ‘Letters’, ‘4000 a Month’, ‘One Last Hit’, ‘When Night Comes’ and ‘Dawn’.

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Big budget German wartime series – DAS BOOT: SEASON TWO – issued on Dvd and Blu Ray

Das Boot 2DAS BOOT: SEASON TWO (15) 2018 DVD – £23.99 BLU RAY – £28.99
All eight episodes from the second season of the war drama set in 1942. When U-boat captain Johannes von Reinhartz is tasked with a secret mission to cross the Atlantic his weariness of war makes him consider his loyalties to the Nazi hierarchy. Meanwhile, Simone Strasser continues her clandestine work in Nazi occupied France.

The episodes are:

Survival Strategies

Inconvenient Alliances

Sabotage

The Dice Have Fallen

Command to Kill

Final Decisions

Head to Head

On the Other Hand

Das Boot Season OneDAS BOOT: SEASON ONE (18) 2018 DVD – £23.99 BLU RAY – £28.99
Big budget sequel to the 1981 film and based on the books, Das Boot and Die Festung.

Set in 1942 Nazis occupied La Rochelle, a fresh new crew join the U-612 in open water trials along with an inexperienced Captain who the crew don’t yet trust in.

In German with English subtitles

The episodes are:

Neue Wege
Geheime Missionen
Verluste
Zweifel
Loyalität
Gegen die Zeit
Verdammt
Abrechnung

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World War Two drama – SÜSKIND/ THE SECRET HERO – issued on dvd

Secret HeroSÜSKIND/ THE SECRET HERO (15) 2012 GERMANY BERG, RUDOLF VAN DEN £10.99
Set during the Second World War, Süskind, a German Jew, begins working for the Dutch Jewish Council and uses his position of authority to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children by preventing their transportation to the Nazi death camps.

In German with English subtitles

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Newly restored German movie – DAS WACHSFIGURENKABINETT/WAXWORKS – issued on region free Blu Ray

Waxworks - The Masters of Cinema Series (3)DAS WACHSFIGURENKABINETT/WAXWORKS (PG) 1924 GERMANY LENI, PAUL BLU RAY £20.99
A young writer is hired to write stories for the characters in a wax museum and he pens backstories for the Caliph of Baghdad, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper

However, as the accounts of these historical figures play out the writer imagines himself in each story alongside the museum owner’s daughter Eva in order to fulfil his unrequited love for her.

As there is no surviving original negative of the film, this newly restored edition by the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata is composed of contemporary prints and additional film materials from archives around the world.

These materials were scanned in 4K resolution and then restored in 2K.

In German with English subtitles

SPECIAL FEATURES
LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 copies]

REGION FREE – A/B/C

1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a new 2K restoration

Option of two newly created scores, by Ensemble Musikfabrik; and composer Richard Siedhoff

Audio commentary with Australian film and arts critic Adrian Martin

Paul Leni’s Rebus-Film Nr. 1-8 – Courtesy of Kino Lorber, these Leni-helmed cinematic crossword puzzles were originally screened in 1920s German cinemas as featurettes accompanying the main film. Each of these animated shorts was split into two parts—a clue and an answer—and presented before and after the visual presentation

In search of the original version of Paul Leni’s ?‘Das Wachsfigurenkabinett’? – An interview with Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek) based on her presentation after the premiere of the restored film at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna 2020

Kim Newman on Waxworks – An in-depth, on-camera interview with journalist, film critic, and fiction writer Kim Newman about the legacy of Waxworks

A collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Philip Kemp and Richard Combs on the film’s history and significance; notes on the restoration process by the Deutsche Kinemathek; and rarely seen production photographs and promotional material

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German movie – DIE FREIBADCLIQUE /SUMMER OF ’44 – THE FINAL BATTLE FOR GERMANY – issued on dvd

Summer of '44DIE FREIBADCLIQUE /SUMMER OF ’44 – THE FINAL BATTLE FOR GERMANY (15) 2017 GERMANY FROMM, FRIEDEMANN £5.99
Summer 1944, five 16 year old boys carefree days of relaxing at the local swimming pool come to an abrupt end when they are all drafted into the German army as the country heads for defeat and the boys will be lucky to see out the war alive.

In German with English subtitles

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German movie – ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER…/I WAS AT HOME, BUT – issued on Blu Ray

I WAS AT HOME, BUTICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER…/I WAS AT HOME, BUT.. (12 ) 2019 GERMANY SCHANELEC , ANGELA BLU RAY – £19.99
Winner of the ‘Best Director’ prize at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, the film uses quiet poetry, wry humour and raw emotion to explore the impact of a devastating tragedy on a family.

In German with English subtitles

Reviews –

“An elegantly radical mystery… Classically composed and gorgeously immersive, the new film from Angela Schanelec is a bizarre, mystifying work that is oddly comforting despite its many puzzles.” Jessica Kiang, Sight & Sound

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition, director-approved presentation of the of the film

A new and exclusive filmed interview with director Angela Schanelec (2021)

Three early short films by Angela Schanelec:
– Lovely Yellow Colour (Schöne gelbe Farbe, 1991)
– Far Away (Weit entfernt, 1992)
– Prague, March ’92 (Prag, März 92, 1992)

Booklet featuring a new essay by critic and journalist Carmen Gray

DTS HD 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo audio

Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)

In German with English subtitles

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German coming of age movie – KOKON /COCOON – out on dvd and Blu Ray

CocoonKOKON /COCOON (15) 2020 GERMANY KRIPPENDORFF, LEONIE DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £17.99
Awkward 14-year-old Nora spends the summer hanging out with her older sister Jule and trying to gain acceptance from her peers as their alcohol mother neglects. When a new girl, Romy , arrives Nora finds herself drawn to her vitality and a new found confidence grows within her as she begins to note the subtle changes into adulthood. Continue reading

Classic 1930’s German movie – MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM – issued as Dual Format Dvd & Blu Ray Edition

Madchen in UniformMÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM (PG) 1931 GERMANY SAGAN/LEONTINE DUAL FORMAT DVD & BLU RAY EDITION £17.99
Banned by the Nazis and widely recognised as the first pro-lesbian film. Manuela is sent to a Prussian boarding school, where under the schools harsh regime she develops a deep attachment, Fräulein von Bernburg, one of her teachers.

EXTRAS

Audio commentary by film historian Jenni Olson (2020)

Women and Sexuality in Weimar Cinema (2021, 12 mins): a new video essay by film critic Chrystel Oloukoï

The Kiss – The Women Who Made a Movie Masterpiece (selected episodes, 2020, 108 mins): writer and journalist Bibi Berki takes us through the making of Mädchen in Uniform and explores the exceptional women who came together to make it in this podcast by Tempest Productions

A selection of treasures from the BFI National Archive to charm and delight: Tilly and the Fire Engines (c1911, 6 mins), Hints and Hobbies No.11 – ‘Hints to the Ladies on Jiu-Jitsu’ (1926, 4 mins), Day at St. Christopher’s College and School (c. 1920s, 18 mins), 4 and 20 Fit Girls (1940, 11 mins)

**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet with new writing by So Mayer, Chrystel Oloukoï, Bibi Berki, Henry K Miller and Sarah Wood

In German with English subtitles

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Volker Schlöndorff’s – DIE BLECHTROMMEL/TIN DRUM – released on Blu Ray

Tin DrumDIE BLECHTROMMEL/TIN DRUM (15 ) 1979 GERMANY SCHLONDORFF , VOLKER BLU RAY – £23.99
Based on the Günter Grass novel, it looks at 20th Century German history through the eyes of Oskar, a child with an advanced intellect who stops growing at the age of three.

Set in Danzig (Gdansk) with World War II looming, Oskar refuses to conform to the middle class ways of his parents and instead takes the tin drum given to him for his third birthday and uses it as a way of protesting against the world.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM NOTES TO DIE BLECHTROMMEL

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German series – BABYLON BERLIN – issued on dvd

Babylon BerlinBABYLON BERLIN: SERIES THREE (18) 2020 GERMANY TYKWER, TOM £23.99
Big budget series set in 1920’s Weimar Berlin .

In Season three, which is set in 1929, detective Gereon Rath and his assistant Charlotte Ritter investigate the strange murders on a movie set, committed by a mysterious and nightmarish Phantom. While inthe background we get the stock market crash and are on the brink of the Nazi dictatorship.

In German with English subtitles

 

BABYLON BERLIN: SERIES ONE & TWO (18) 2019 GERMANY TYKWER, TOM £28.99
All 16 episodes of this big budget series set in Weimar Berlin. Detective Gereon Rath arrives from sleepy Cologne and is engulfed by Berlin’s culture, political intrigue and violent underworld. Based on Volker Kutscher novels

In German with English subtitles

BABYLON BERLIN: SERIES ONE TO THREE (18) 2019 GERMANY TYKWER, TOM £37.99
All episodes from the past 3 seasons.

In German with English subtitles


Guardian Review

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/apr/10/lifes-no-cabaret-why-gritty-weimar-noir-babylon-berlin-is-wholly-compelling-tv

New Yorker  Review

https://www.newyorker.com/recommends/watch/babylon-berlin
More information on the series in English –

Overview


More information on the series in German –

Übersicht

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German movie – TÖDLICHE TROPFEN/DARKROOM – released on dvd

DarkroomTÖDLICHE TROPFEN/DARKROOM (18) 2019 GERMANY PRAUNHEIM, VON ROSA £12.99
Lars, a male nurse from Saarbrucken, moves with his lover Roland, a sweet-spirited musician with a lilting voice, to the bustling City of Berlin.

They renovate an apartment with the intention of finally living together. For Roland, their happiness seems almost complete. What he doesn’t know, however, is that while secretly checking out Berlin’s nightlife, Lars is experimenting with a deadly poison – an obsession that will lead to a horrific outcome for the couple.

In German with English subtitles

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Fritz Lang film – DIE 1000 AUGEN DES DR. MABUSE /THE THOUSAND EYES OF DR. MABUSE – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES – released on Blu Ray

Thousand EyesDIE 1000 AUGEN DES DR. MABUSE /THE THOUSAND EYES OF DR. MABUSE – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES (12) 1960 GERMANY LANG, FRITZ BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Dr. Mabuse resurfacing in the Cold War era, linked to a new methodology of murder and mayhem. Seances, assassinations, and Nazi-engineered surveillance tech—all abound in Lang’s paranoid, and ultimate, filmic labyrinth.

One of the great and cherished “last films” in the history of cinema, Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse provides a stylistic glimpse into the 1960s works on such subjects as sex-crime, youth-culture, and LSD that Lang would unfortunately never come to realise. Nonetheless, Lang’s final film remains an explosive, and definitive, closing statement.

SPECIAL FEATURES
1080p presentation on Blu-ray

Original German soundtrack

Optional English audio track, approved by Fritz Lang

Optional English subtitles

Feature-length audio commentary by film-scholar and Lang expert David Kalat

2002 interview with Wolfgang Preiss

Alternate ending

Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned and original poster artwork

A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; vintage reprints of writing by Lang; an essay by David Cairns; notes by Lotte Eisner on Lang’s final, unrealised projects

In German with English subtitles

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German apocalyptic thriller series – 8 TAGE/8 DAYS – out on dvd

8 Days8 TAGE/8 DAYS (18) 2018 GERMANY STEFAN RUZOWITZKY,S/ KRUMMENACHER, M £23.99
All eight episodes of the German apocalyptic thriller series. An asteroid is set to hit Europe and the population of Western Europe is on the move to escape certain death.

With time running out, most people attempt to flee for safety, but for those that cannot make it out, chaos rapidly descends as hedonism, repentance and crime take hold before the inevitable cataclysm unfolds.

In German with English subtitles

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Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck historical drama – WERK OHNE AUTOR/NEVER LOOK AWAY – issued on dvd and blu ray

Never Look AwayWERK OHNE AUTOR/NEVER LOOK AWAY (15) 2018 GERMANY DONNERSMARCK, FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £21.99
A historical drama that explores the complexity of 20th century Germany and is loosely based on the painter Gerhard Richter.

The films cover the three decades from the 1930s to the 1960s in the life of painter Kurt Barnert.

Starting with the 1937 Nazis’ Degenerate Art exhibition which the young Kurt attends, the films follow Kurt as he finds employment as an artist in East Germany after the war.

However finding the artistic restrictions placed on him just as overbearing as the Nazi regime, he moves to West Germany as penniless artist in 1961. Admitted to the avant-garde Kunstakademie Dusseldorf his career takes off.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE NOTES TO WERK OHNE AUTOR – NEVER LOOK AWAY

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PRESS KIT TO WERK OHNE AUTOR – NEVER LOOK AWAY

Guardian review

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/07/never-look-away-review-gerhard-richter-florian-henckel-von-donnersmarck

 

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Celebrating German film – GOOD BYE LENIN! – with links to study guides

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Goodbye LeninGOOD BYE LENIN! (15) 2002 GERMANY BECKER, WOLFGANG £19.99

One of the biggest German comedies of recent times.

It is 1989 and Alex (Daniel Bruhl) and his sister Ariane (Maria Simon) live in East Germany with their mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass). A staunch Socialist, Alex’s mother suffers a heart attack when she sees Alex being arrested on a protest march, and falls into a coma for eight months – in which time the Berlin Wall comes down. When Christiane wakes up, doctors warn Alex that any shock could bring on a fatal heart attack, so he decides to convince his mother that her beloved Communism has not been overthrown, but is in fact triumphing over Capitalism; and Alex sets about recreating every detail of the old East Berlin in their flat.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILMHEFT BY CRISTINA MOLES KAUPP

GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY GUIDE BY HANNA OSTERMANN…

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