Some films to watch on dvd while reading the EAST GERMAN HANDBOOK

East German HandbookEAST GERMAN HANDBOOK
Artifacts photographed from the Wende Museum in LA, this 800 page book features around 2000 objects which gives an overview of GDR visual and material culture to date. Accompanying these remnants of a now-vanished world are texts from scholars and specialists, with themes ranging from the secret police to sexuality, from monuments to mental-mapping.

Author: Justinian Jampol
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Paperback. 816 pages
ISBN: 9783836571883
Published: 2017
Price: £29.99

Times Book Review – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/review-the-east-german-handbook-by-justinian-jampol-t6952mh5w

EAST GERMANY DVDS TO WATCH

25 YEARS GERMAN REUNIFICATION (E) 2009   ZINTL, T.  £19.99
  Documentary used to advertise the merits of the East German classical music and culture-loving population in  direct contrast to the ‘decadent’, western pop music.

ABSCHIED – BRECHTS LETZTER SOMMER/THE FAREWELL. BRECHT’S LAST SUMMER (15) 2000 SCHUTTE, J. £19.99 
Portrait of Brecht set in the summer of 1956 in East Germany.

BARBARA (12A) 2012    GERMANY    PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN         £17.99 
Set in East Germany in 1980, Barbara is sent to a new job in the provinces as punishment for applying for 
an exit visa from the GDR. Her aim now is to escape to the West
DEUTSCHLAND 83 (15) 2015 GERMANY      £24.99
German TV drama set in 1983 during the height of the Cold War, when a young East German is reluctantly recruited as a spy and embedded into the West Germany army.
FATHERLAND (15) 1986 UK LOACH, KEN   IN ENGLISH     £19.99
 A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling Capitalist music industry in the 
West.  Loosely based on the German singer Wolf Biermann.
GOOD BYE LENIN! (15) 2002 GERMANY BECKER, WOLFGANG £19.99 
One of the biggest German comedies of recent times.
HEIMAT 3 – CHRONIK EINER ZEITENWENDE (15) 2004 GERMANY  REITZ, E. 6 DISC DVD BOXSET £59.99
Final part of the trilogy follows the fall of the Berlin Wall to the eve of the new millennium.
LAGERFEUER/WEST (15) 2013 GERMANY   SCHWOCHOW, CHRISTIAN  £15.99
    Based on Julia Franck novel ‘Lagerfeuer’. Nelly along with her son decide to escape  East Germany after the mysterious death of her  boyfriend. However once in the West the intelligence agencies want to know more about her boyfriend.
Nelly, as a GDR refugee trying to adjust to life in the West, is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.

LEBEN DER ANDEREN/LIVES OF OTHERS (15) 2006 GERMANY H. VON DONNERSMARCK, F £19.99 
Five years before the downfall of the DDR, party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend.
DER TUNNEL (12) 2001 GERMANY    RICHTER,  ROLAND SUSO        £15.99
Cold War thriller set in 1961. After fleeing the Communist regime in East Berlin, Harry Melchior  is now determined to go back for his sister and her family

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.
DEFA EAST GERMANY FILMS
ABSCHIED/FAREWELL (EX)  1968  E. GERMANY  EGON GÜNTHER   £15.99
  August 1914 and  seventeen year-old Hans Gastl decides not to join the war. This decision is a turning point in his life marking a farewell to his class and his family.
ALS MARTIN VIERZEHN WAR/WHEN MARTIN WAS FOURTEEN  (EX) 1964  E. GERMANY BECK, WALTER    £15.99
March 1920,  Martin and his friend find a cache of weapons intended for the
Kapp Putsch to overthrow the Weimar Republic.  Can Martin get help to stop the Putsch.
DIE BUNTKARIERTEN/GIRLS IN GINGHAM (EX) 1949  E. GERMANY MAETZIG, KURT   £15.99
Family saga spanning 70 years of German history ending in 1945
DIE FRAU UND DER FREMDE/WOMAN AND THE STRANGER (E) E. GERMANY  1985 SIMON, RAINER   £15.99
Golden Bear winning film about two German soldiers, Karl and Richard, captured World War I. When Karl escapes he visits Richard’s wife and falls in love with her.  However one day Richard returns.
KÄTHE KOLLWITZ – BILDER EINES LEBENS (EX)  1986 E. GERMANY  1985 KIRSTEN, RALF   £15.99
After the death of her son in the First World War, artist Käthe Kollwitz
became a radical pacifist and after signing a petition against the Nazis her art was labelled “degenerate.”
DAS LIED DER MATROSEN/SAILORS SONG (E)   1958  E. GERMANY REISCH, G/MAETZIG, K    £15.99
   After the 1917  Russian Revolution German the dockers of Kiel call for a mass strike to demand the end of the war and the abdication of the Kaiser .
SOLANGE LEBEN IN MIR IST/AS LONG AS THERE’S LIFE IN ME (EX) 1965 E.GERMANY  REISCH, GÜNTER    £17.99
Biopic about the pacifist Social Democrat, workers’ leader Karl Liebknecht and his fight against World War I.
Voting against war loans  he is considered a traitor and his  party leadership turns against him.
TROTZ ALLEDEM!/IN SPITE OF EVERTHING (EX)  1972 E. GERMANY REISCH, GÜNTER  £15.99 
    Part two of the Karl Liebknecht biopic
DER UNTERTAN/KAISER’S LACKEY  (EX) 1964  E. GERMANY STAUDTE, WOLFGANG   £15.99
   Film of Heinrich Mann’s novel ‘Der Untertan’, written during the First World war which is a historical satire  about a man scared of everyone but who  progresses in society by subjugating himself to the whims of his superiors while treading on those below.
WOLZ – LEBEN UND VERKLÄRUNG EINES DEUTSCHEN ANARCHISTEN/WOLF-LIFE AND ILLUSION OF A GERMAN ANARCHIST  (EX)  1974 E. GERMANY REISCH, GÜNTER  £15.99
World War One veteran, Ignaz Wolz, return from the front with a  hatred of the war profiteers and starts his own revolution  stealing from the rich and divides the spoils with the poor.

In German with English subtitles

Dvd and book available to buy at

– https://www.worldonlinecinema/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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Hit German tv series – DEUTSCHLAND 83 – released on dvd

Deutschland 83DEUTSCHLAND 83 (15) 2015 GERMANY £24.99
German TV drama set in 1983 during the height of the Cold War, when a young East German is reluctantly recruited as a spy and embedded into the West Germany army.

The episodes are: ‘Quantum Jump’, ‘Brave Guy’, ‘Atlantic Lion’, ‘Northern Wedding’, ‘Cold Fire’, ‘Brandy Station’, ‘Bold Guard’ and ‘Able Archer’.

In German with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

Guardian review – http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2016/feb/14/deutschland-83-the-finale-bold-guard-and-able-archer

 

Some films set in East Germany.

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AUTUMN 2015 RELEASES

25 YEARS GERMAN REUNIFICATION (E) 2009 GERMANY  ZINTL, T.  £19.99
  Documentary used to advertise the merits of the East German classical music and culture-loving population in  direct contrast to the ‘decadent’, western pop music.
LAGERFEUER/WEST (15) 2013 GERMANY   SCHWOCHOW, CHRISTIAN  £15.99
    Based on Julia Franck novel ‘Lagerfeuer’. Nelly along with her son decide to escape  East Germany after the mysterious death of her  boyfriend. However once in the West the intelligence agencies want to know more about her boyfriend.
Nelly, as a GDR refugee trying to adjust to life in the West, is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.

BACK LIST TITLES

ABSCHIED – BRECHTS LETZTER SOMMER/THE FAREWELL.  BRECHT’S LAST SUMMER (15) 2000  SCHUTTE, J.  £19.99
Portrait of Brecht set in the summer of  1956 in East Germany.
BARBARA (12A) 2012    GERMANY    PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN         £17.99 
Set in East Germany in 1980, Barbara is sent to a new job in the provinces as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the 
GDR. Her aim now is to escape to the West.
GOOD BYE LENIN! (15)  2002 GERMANY BECKER, WOLFGANG     £19.99
 One of the biggest German comedies of recent times.
HEIMAT 3 – CHRONIK EINER ZEITENWENDE (15) 2004 GERMANY  REITZ, E. 6 DISC DVD BOXSET £59.99
 Final part of the trilogy follows the fall of the Berlin Wall to the eve of the new millennium.
LEBEN DER ANDEREN/LIVES OF OTHERS (15) 2006 GERMANY H. VON DONNERSMARCK, F £19.99    
 Five years before the downfall of the DDR, party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when  given the job of 
collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend.
DER TUNNEL (12) 2001 GERMANY    RICHTER,  ROLAND SUSO        £15.99
Cold War thriller set in 1961. After fleeing the Communist regime in East Berlin, Harry Melchior  is now determined to go back for his sister and her family
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.
All in German with English subtitles

German Film Resources Page

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German documentary – 25 YEARS GERMAN REUNIFICATION – out on dvd

25 Years German Reunification25 YEARS GERMAN REUNIFICATION (E) 2009 GERMANY  ZINTL, T. £19.99
Documentary used to advertise the merits of the East German classical music and culture-loving population in direct contrast to the ‘decadent’, western pop music.

Through interviews with musicians active at the time, both in both East and West Germany the film compares and contrasts the lives of those involved, and provides an insight into the way the political system influenced artistic life.

In German with English subtitles
DVD available to buy at –
http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

German film – LAGERFEUER/WEST – available in the UK

westLAGERFEUER/WEST (15) 2013 GERMANY SCHWOCHOW, CHRISTIAN £15.99

Based on Julia Franck novel ‘Lagerfeuer’.

Set in the 1970s, Nelly along with her son decide to escape from East Germany after the apparent death of her Boyfriend. However once in the West the intelligence agencies want to know more about Nelly’s boyfriend..

Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow, in this film about a GDR refugee trying to adjust to life in the West.

In German with English subtitles

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DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd