The Blue Angel and The Last Laugh
The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel)
(Country: Germany; Year: 1930; Director: Josef Von Sternberg; Writer: Robert Liebmann, Karl Zuckmayer, Karl Volloeller, based on the novel, Professor Unrath, by Heinrich Mann; Stars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Hans Albers, Edward Von Winterstein)
A middle-aged professor becomes infatuated with a night club dancer.
The Dance To The Death (Der Totentanz)
(Country: Germany; Year: 1912; Director: Urban Gad; Writer: Urban Gad; Stars: Asta Nielsen, Oskar Fuchs, Fritz Weidemann)
A factory explosion sparks a series of tragic events for a man and wife.
The Film Primadonna (Die Filmprimadonna)
(Country: Germany; Year: 1913; Director: Urban Gad; Writer: Urban Gad; Stars: Asta Nielsen, Paul Otto, Fritz Weidemann)
Asta Nielsen portrays a film star who, from script writing to print duplication, oversees every step to assure the quality of the feature film. An exhausting task that is hard to live up to! The prima donna, while fatally in love with a philandering imposter, and at the same time desired by a young writer, falls ill. Her final performance will also become her own finale.
The House On The River (Das Haus am Fluss)
(Country: German Democratic Republic; Year: 1985; Director: Roland Gräf; Stars: Katrin Saß, Manfred Gorr, Rolf Hoppe, Corinna Harfouch, Sylvester Groth)
A story about a German family during the war set in the winter of 1941-42 which centres on four women living in a remote house by the river: Mother Voß, her daughters Agnes and Lisbeth and daughter-in-law Emmi.
The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann)
(Country: Germany; Year: 1924; Director: FW Murnau; Writer: Carl Meyer; Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Hermann Vallentin, Olaf Storm, Georg John, Emmy Wyda)
A hotel doorman suffers the ignominy of being demoted to lavatory attendant.
The Reader and Sun Alley
(Country: Germany; Year: 1943; Director: Josef von Báky; Writer: Gottfried August Bürger, Erich Kästner, Rudolph Erich Raspe; Stars: Hans Albers, Michael Bohnen, Brigitte Horney, Wilhelm Bendow)
Baron von Münchhausen magically absurd, adventurous and exciting life story.
The Murderers Are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns)
(Country: Germany/Soviet Occupation Zone; Year: 1946; Director: Wolfgang Staudte; Writer: Eberhard Keindorff, Johanna Sibelius, Fritz Staudte, Wolfgang Staudte; Stars: E. W. Borchert, Hildegard Knef, Erna Sellmer, Arno Paulsen)
A self-pitying surgeon on the verge of alcoholism, embarks on a relationship with the original tenant of the apartment where he is living when she returns from a concentration camp.
(Country: UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland; Year: 2002; Director: Roman Polanski; Writer: Ronald Harwood, based on the autobiography by Wladyslaw Szpilman; Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Ruth Platt)
True story of how a jewish concert pianist escaped the holocaust by hiding out in the Warsaw ghetto.
The Rabbit Is Me (Das Kaninchen bin ich)
(Country: German Democratic Republic; Year: 1965; Director: Kurt Maetzig; Writer: Manfred Bieler, Manfred Bieler, Kurt Maetzig; Stars: Angelika Waller, Alfred Müller, Ilse Voigt, Wolfgang Winkler)
At the tender age of 19Maria Morzeck has already given up on her dreams. Instead of studying she is obliged to earn her living as a waitress on account of her brother’s conviction for ‘seditious agitation’. She falls in love for the first time but this puts her in a moral conflict, for the object of her affections is none other than Paul Deister, the judge who convicted her brother.
(Country: US, Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Stephen Daldry; Writer: David Hare, Bernhard Schlink; Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Susanne Lothar, Alissa Wilms, Florian Bartholomäi, Friederike Becht, Matthias Habich, Frieder Venus)
A law student re-encounters an old lover as she faces a war-crimes trial.
Sun Alley (Sonnenallee)
(Country: Germany; Year: 1999; Director: Leander Haussmann; Writer: Thomas Brussig, Leander Haussman; Stars: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Katharina Thalbach, Teresa Weissbach, Detlev Buck)
East meets West in Seventies Berlin.