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What are your favourite German films and/or actors?

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Posted on 25 Dec 2012, 20:16:46 GMT
Ski Racer says:
Best German films: Oberst Redl; Goethe (2011)!

Posted on 5 Jan 2013, 16:47:41 GMT
I think Lang's 'M' is brilliant, so was his 'Metropolis' and the 'Mabuse, movies.
I like German early movies, 'Caligari' ' Nosferatu' to mention couple.
I would advise buying special editions with extras, they are amazing, usually.

Posted on 7 Jan 2013, 00:11:14 GMT
gilbert says:
Has anybody mentioned Horst Buchholz (The Magnificent Seven) or Hardy Kruger (The One That Got Away)?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013, 10:33:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2013, 10:38:10 GMT
truthsetter says:
Heike Makatsch rocks she was amazing in HILDE ...(available from Asia.com)

Juliane Köhler is brilliant in everything.

Martina Gedeck is always great but timeless and perfect in MOSTLY MARTHA (bella martha)

Julia Jentsch is a tour de force she is a river of talent and integrity

Posted on 11 Jan 2013, 08:53:58 GMT
Mr. Blu says:
Fatih Akin's Gegen die Wand was pretty good. I also liked Maren Ade's Alle Anderen, and, to a lesser extent, Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen. The one contemporary German director I can't stand though is Christian Petzold. People are raving about Barbara, but saying very similar things to what was said about Yella (another Petzold/Hoss piece concerning the DDR). It was one of the worst films I have seen in recent memory...

Posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:23:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2013, 00:24:44 GMT
Oh I see someone has mentioned Goodbye Lenin! and most of my other favourites. Some films no one has mentioned yet that I found exceptional are The Miracle of Bern and Alice in the Cities.

Posted on 29 Mar 2013, 14:50:14 GMT
Last Saturday night on BBC4 there was a terrific German film called The Silence - what a twist!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013, 15:17:00 GMT
LEP says:
I think the only one I've ever watched was Das Boot, which was good.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2013, 19:03:18 BST
Greg Chapman says:
Albert Lievens, Curt Jurgens, Wolf Kahler. A bit old, I know but I am going off the top of my head.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2013, 22:58:24 BST
T. S. C. says:
I like Klaus Maria Brandauer and a number of films he was in, especially Colonel Redl, 7 Minutes (which I personally rate as my favourite Brandauer film) and Hanussen amongst other films. Incidentally, you can't get Hanussen for love nor money. He is one of the world's greatest screen actors and screen presence, and is highly charismatic as well, which always helps a film actor in my humble opinion. Klaus Kinski is also another favourite of mine; yes he was as mad as a hatter, and scary as well (yes,I watched 'My Best Fiend') but he is one of the great German actors as well, and there are many films he made that are excellent too.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013, 20:56:24 BST
Cartoon Man says:
Your are so right. But don't forget the film of the 1936 Olympics, Olympia. This is also really interesting and technically very advanced. I understand Agfa made special film and the cameras and lenes were also made to order. Leni Refenstahl strikes me as not a nice person but a hell of a film maker.
Goodbye Lenin made me laugh and for a thriller Anatomy is good.

Posted on 22 Apr 2013, 12:38:02 BST
I am amazed that no one has yet mentioned "The Blue Angel", or cited Marlene Dietrich or Emil Jannings (okay, I know he blotted his copybook during the Third Reich).
A great movie--and so are "M", "Dr Mabuse", "Downfall", "Kaspar Hauser", "Wozzek", and "Aguirre". Great German actors must include Bruno S and Peter Lorre--and personally I greatly admire Klaus Kinski, in spite of some of the duds he appeared in just for the pay cheque!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013, 13:11:02 BST
T. S. C. says:
'R. D. O'Neill says:

I am amazed that no one has yet mentioned... "Aguirre" ...' Yeah, this is an excellent and slightly unusual film; great music and brooding and intense all the way. Based on a true story too. Klaus Kinski was in some excellent films, and perhaps a few stinkers as well!

Posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:06:28 BST
Last edited by the author on 22 Apr 2013, 16:09:00 BST
Lutz Bierend says:
Best German Directors?
Billy Wilder
Ernst Lubitsch
Rainer Erler

Best Films:
Das Millionenspiel
Die Brücke
Das Leben der anderen
Das Boot
Cloud Atlas
And last but not least:
The "Aventsvierteiler" by wolfgang Staudte:
Der Seewolf
Lockruf des Goldes

Best Actors:
Ulrich Mühe
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Matthias Fuchs

And to add my comment to the Winnetou-Diskussion:
Success can never be a proper indicator for quality, otherwise we'd live in a World, where "Titanic" is a Better film, than "Fight Club".
I don't know about you, but I would not want to live in world like that.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013, 19:40:56 BST
I had forgotten Wilder was German, or I would certainly have added him to my earlier list.
A further addition: the great Lotte Lenya.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013, 20:59:14 BST
T. S. C. says:
'R. D. O'Neill says:

A further addition: the great Lotte Lenya' How could we forget?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013, 22:45:15 BST
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Joan Lussi says:
Bruno Ganz - oh yes, terrific Swiss actor who played Hitler in "Downfall" with such conviction, and so cleverly portraying Hitler's gradual decline into paranoia and insanity during his last days in the bunker. Bruno Ganz's follow-up to this couldn't have been in a more contrasting role - that of the gentle, compassionate and slightly eccentric grandfather in "Vitus" - a Swiss film released in 2006 that rates in my top ten of all films. See it if you can.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013, 16:53:47 BST
Fencible says:
Yes, Ks. It did, however, underplay the christian basis of Scholl's resistance to Nazism. I am not a Protestant, but it seemed a bit rubbish not to make plain what was important to those brave (foolish?) youngsters. On the other hand it is hard to disagree that anyone undermining their nation's war effort is committing high treason.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2013, 11:56:44 BST
(M)e(L) says:
Do you get wet watchin "Triumph des Willens"?

Posted on 5 Jul 2013, 13:24:55 BST
Bernie says:
Wings Of Desire [Blu-ray] [1987]

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013, 16:59:54 BST
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TREASURE OF SILVER LAKE (62 L Barker P Brice ) Magnificent Western
WINNETOU FILMS (60s Lex Barker Stewart Granger P Brice)
LAST MOHICAN (64 J Fuchsberger K Dor) Classic western
AMONG VULTURES ( 64 Stewart Granger E Sommer) Classic
FLAMING FRONTIER ( 65 S Granger L Roman) Powerful western
RAMPAGE AT APACHE WELLS (66 Stewart Granger, P Brice) Fab western
THUNDER AT THE BORDER ( 66 P Brice M Versini ) Winnetou Western
TRAP SNAPS SHUT (67 G Nader H Frank ) Classic Jerry Cotton
DEATH IN RED JAGUAR (67 G Nader as Jerry Cotton) Cult films
DEATH KNOWS TWICE ( 68 Dean Reed F Testi ) Excellent Giallo
GORILLA VON SOHO ( 68 H Tappert U Glas ) E Wallace super
ANGELS OF TERROR ( 71 Uschi Glas H Felmy ) Edgar Wallace

QUITE GOOD GERMAN DIRECTORS : Fritz Lang (Moonfleet 55 SGranger


Werner Herzog
Directed some bizarre films like Aguirre 72 Fitzcarraldo 82 OVER-RATED

Wim Wenders
Directed very routine films like American Friend 77 Wings of Desire 87.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Directed dreary dramas difficult to follow like Querelle 82 and was a
very personally troubled figure who died an early drugs death aged 37.

Billy Wilder
Abysmal unfunny comedies and dreadful dull dramas polluted the CV of
this grossly over-rated "director". Some Like It Hot is one of the WORST

ATROCIOUS DULL BORING are all accurate descriptions for these terrible
so called "German new wave" films which are all ultra pretentious TRASH
Herzog/Wenders/Fassbinder etc lacked talent or creativity and tried to
shock audiences with revolting "true life dramas" which appeal only to
the morally decadent tiny minority audiences maybe doped up students

Posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:26:02 BST
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2013, 19:26:41 BST
Shazzerman says:
"M" is possibly the best German film ever made. And Oskar Werner counts as my favourite German actor.

Posted on 16 Jul 2013, 08:55:59 BST
Michael Hood says:
My favourite German film is "Sommer in Orange". After that many others, such as
"Lola Rennt", "Anatomie", "Die Welle", "Wir sind die Nacht", "Wie Feuer und Flamme", "Was tun wenn's brennt?", "Boxhagener Platz", "Der Bibelcode", "Der Untergang", .....

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2013, 09:15:32 BST
I agree! I have seen all of Sagebrecht films that I can get, still haven't been able to get Zuckerbaby in a language that I speak (unfortunately never learned German). I really enjoyed her performance in Rosalie Goes Shopping, about a German woman married to an American (ex-military) cropduster. As she says, "I was a peacetime warbride." He adores her and their many oddball kids, while she adores the easy credit and materialistic lifestyle of the early 80s, until her buying habits start to catch up with her. It's a giggle today to watch her discover the possibilities of computers when she buys one for her daughter. A 386x "Eleven thousand dollars!? Ah, with a modem and a printer."
I also enjoyed Charlotte and Her Men, which I saw in French.

I've been trying for years to find a German film that I saw round about 2000 on Spanish TV...it was called "Luna de Miel" (Honeymoon) in Spanish. It's about 4 women who have left or lost the men in their lives for various reasons. 3 of them are good friends and the four get together and talk about it all. This leads to some important decisions being made and some of the women go out and act on them. That sounds dull but it's a very funny film, and I've looked for it ever since. No idea of the original German title or who the actresses were, at this distance in time. Even IMDB was no help.
Anybody got an idea?

Posted on 5 Aug 2013, 00:18:54 BST
Das Boot - wonderful film that really makes you feel as if you are with the submariners on the cramped, claustrophobic U-Boat.
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