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

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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

 

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

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

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

Guardian Review 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/feb/06/das-boot-review-a-claustrophobic-clever-and-utterly-thrilling-reboot

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German escape movie – BALLON/BALLOON – issued on dvd

BalloonBALLON/BALLOON (12) 2018 GERMANY HERBIG, MICHAEL £19.99
True story set in East German in 1979. Two families are attempting to flee to the west in a homemade hot air balloon made by sewing together 1,000 square metres of cloth. After two failed attempts and the right weather conditions the two families which including four children set off.

In German with English subtitles

GERMAN LANGUAGE PRESS NOTES TO BALLON

GERMAN LANGUAGE TEACHING NOTES TO BALLON

FRENCH LANGUAGE NOTES TO BALLON

Guardian review – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/07/east-germany-balloon-escape-film-revives-german-identity-debate

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

German-Austrian crime drama – DER PASS – issued on dvd

Der PassDER PASS (18) 2019 GERMANY 2 DISCS £23.99
All eight episodes from the German-Austrian drama which follows a police investigation into the discovery of a body lying on the German-Austrian border. German commissioner Ellie Stocker and Austrian inspector Gedeon Winter are sent to carry out their investigation, but soon discover that the brutal murder appears to have been ritualistic in nature and may lead to findings of more bizarre and ruthless killings.

In German with English subtitles

 

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

Christian Petzold’s – TRANSIT – issued on dvd

TransitTRANSIT (12A) 2018 GERMANY PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN £15.99
Based on Anna Seghers’s 1944 novel, Transit Visa. The film is set in a dystopian present day world which also contains the world of 1942. A young Jewish man needs to escape Paris , which is about to be sealed off by the troops from a fascist regime. He escapes to Marseille, assuming the identity of a deceased writer named Weidel.

Petzold, by creating two worlds, explores the plight of displaced people and how history is recurring.

In German with English subtitles

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PRESS KIT TO TRANSIT

GERMAN LANGUAGE TEACHING MATERIAL TO TRANSIT

GERMAN LANGUAGE NOTES TO TRANSIT

FRENCH LANGUAGE NOTES TO TRANSIT

LINK TO ARBEITSBLÄTTER ZU TRANSIT –

https://www.kinofenster.de/filme/archiv-film-des-monats/kf1804/kf1804-transit-arbeitsblaetter/

VARIETY REVIEW-https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/transit-review-berlinale-2018-1202703291/

Other films on dvd by Christian Petzold

BARBARA (12A) 2012 GERMANY PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN £17.99
Set in pre-Berlin Wall East Germany in 1980. Nina Hoss stars as Barbara, a young doctor starting a new job at a small hospital in the provinces. It transpires she has been transferred there by the government as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR.

Her aim is to escape to the West to join her boyfriend Jörg (Mark Waschke), who has been planning her escape via the Baltic Sea. Barbara, detached and self-contained, keeps her head down and gets on with her work, despite being subjected to random home checks and intrusive body searches. However, as the weeks go by, she becomes both beguiled and confused by the attentions of her new boss, Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld).

Can she trust him, or has he been assigned to keep tabs on her?

PHOENIX (12A) 2015 GERMANY PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £21.99
On her liberation form a concentration camp, disfigured Jewish singer Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss) goes on a search for her husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) who she thinks has betrayed her. The film looks at Post-war guilt and how to settle back in a country that persecuted and rejected you.

YELLA (12) 2007 GERMANY PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN £19.99
Yella leaves her home in the East Germany for a promising job and a new life, but as success is within reach, she finds herself haunted by truths from the past.

 

Classic German silent film – MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG/PEOPLE ON SUNDAY – re-issued

People On SundayMENSCHEN AM SONNTAG/PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (E) GERMANY 1929 SIODMAK/ULMER DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
A vivid snapshot of Berlin life.

This German silent film tells the story of five young Berliners spending a typical Sunday in the park.

The flirtations, rivalries, jealousies, and petty irritations of a group outing.

All too soon it is the end of the day, and the prospect of Monday looms, and the return to the weekday routine.

Special Features on Blu Ray only

Interactive Menus

Commentary: Adrian Martin

Other Documentary:

‘Weekend at the Wannsee’ (2000)

‘A Trip Through Berlin’ (1910)

‘Beside the Seaside’ (1935)

This Year – London’ (1951)

Available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German horror movie – HEILSTÄTTEN/THE SANCTUARY- issued on dvd

SanctuaryHEILSTÄTTEN/THE SANCTUARY (15) 2018 GERMANY PATE, MICHAEL DAVID £12.99
Horror film in which a group YouTubers entered a creepy haunted hospital near Berlin to spend 24 hours filming.

The vloggers, hoping to get media attention by staying in the haunted sanatorium, soon realise the true nature of the danger they are in.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

 

 

Arnold Fanck’ classic 1920’s German film – DER HEILIGE BERG/HOLY MOUNTAIN – re-issued on Blu Ray

Holy MountainDER HEILIGE BERG/HOLY MOUNTAIN (U) 1926 GERMANY FANCK, ARNOLD BLU RAY £17.99 (Also includes a bonus disc with the documentary – WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL)

German silent film directed by Arnold Fanck and starring Leni Riefenstahl as a dancer named Diotima. Adventurer Karl  falls in love with Diotima and they get  married.

However, when Karl’s best friend Vigo also becomes infatuated by Diotima, jealous Karl  challenges Vigo to a dangerous race across the Alps that places both of their lives in danger.

WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL
Ray Muller’s documentary about Leni Riefenstahl.   At the age of 100  Leni Riefenstahl takes a journey through her past, which includes:

being admired by Adolf Hitler;

making the infamous documentary ‘Triumph of the Will’ about the Fuhrer;

making the documentary ‘Olympia’ about the 1936 Olympics  in Germany;

her career after the fall of Hitler;

her current underwater photography.

Riefenstahl is confronted by Muller as to why she became associated with Hitler and he goes on to examine why she is both hated and loved as a filmmaker.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd