Stephanie (steffyrawkchick) wrote in foreignfilms,

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Hello Everyone!

I am taking a German class and would like to immerse myself into more of the German culture. I thought maybe watching some film might help :)

Do you have any suggestions on German flicks for me?

I've already seen Run, Lola, Run and I rented Goodbye Lenin last night.

thanks :D

Thank you to everyone who made suggestions! It was very helpful and if you'll excuse me I have some new movies to see! :D
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I suggest the works of Werner Hertzog. Sure his films are long, but they are always interesting, not to mention visually astonishing.

I recommend Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo.

"Wings of Desire"(not by Herzog) is supposed to beautiful, although i haven't seen it.
I was trying to find something of Herzog's to include, but he doesn't much seem to tackle specifically German subjects, so ...

But even his recent documentary, Grizzly Man, should have won an Academy award in its category. Instead, it wasn't even nominated, so ...
Any Fassbinder film, can be a bit heavy but never dull.
Yweah, i had trouble picking out just a few, but I think I hit the particularly revelatory ones (see below) ...
I'm not sure just how revelatory, and about what, these'll be, but they sure are great--and very--German films (plus two macrominiseries), so ...

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

The Blue Angel (1930)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Effi Briest (1974)

Heimat I - III (1982, 1992, 2004)

Hitler: A Film from Germany (1978)

Kaspar Hauser (1993)

Mephisto (1981)

Metropolis (1927)

Pandora's Box (1929)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

The Tin Drum (1979)

Wings of Desire (1987)

See, e.g., ...

Elsaesser, Thomas. New German Cinema: a History
New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1989.

Kaes, Anton. From Hitler to Heimat: The Return of History as Film.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1992.

Kracauer, Siegfried. From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History
of the German Film. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1947.


And I've listed a couple/three Rainer Maria Fassbinder films above already, but see pretty much anything by him, I'm guessing ...

Say, the BRD Trilogy ...

As well as The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and so forth and so on ...

And then there's Leni Riefenstahl, but ...
Nowhere in Africa, Das Boot, Stalingrad (the one by Vilsmaier), and Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

The Edukators, pretty recent, maybe 2-3 years ago.