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Films in German

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) - Kinski stars as the mad "Aguirre" who sets out with his daughter and a band of Pizarro's conquistadores down the Amazon in search of El Dorado. DVD or VHS.

Anatomy (2000) - When Paula, a brilliant, ambitious medical student, is accepted into a prestigious anatomy class taught by a legendary professor, it seems like a dream come true. But her school days soon turn to nightmares when several of her fellow classmates turn up dead in the university's morgue. Puzzled by the bizarre deaths, Paula soon uncovers a secret medical society whose members perform grisly autopsies on human subjects while they are still alive. VHS.

Antares (2005) - Antares tells three stories of passion, jealousy, routine, and violence, in which love is the cause of and driving force behind each character's emotional and physical experiences. DVD.

The Blue Angel (1930) - A middle-aged schoolmaster becomes infatuated with and later marries a cheap cafe singer. He is increasingly degraded and humiliated by her, and when she leaves him for another man, he returns to his school a broken old man and dies at his desk. DVD or VHS.

Das Boot (1981) - Follows the experiences of forty-three German soldiers aboard a U-boat in 1941. DVD or VHS.

The Devil Strikes at Night (1957) - In Germany during World War Two, a police detective comes across a series of murders which have remained unsolved for many years. The Gestapo initially supports his investigation, but then withdraws. The case is suppressed and the detective is sent to the Eastern Front when he ignores an explicit command and tries to prevent a murder. DVD.

Dog Days(2001) - Through six intertwined narratives, Austrian director Ulrich Seidel weaves together extravagantly sordid tales of everyday people in suburban Austria during a heat wave. DVD.

Downfall (2004) - Takes you into Hitler's bunker in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors. DVD.

The Edukators (2004) - Three radical activists like to make their point by breaking into the homes of the wealthy, re-arranging their belongings and leaving cryptic messages. When one such break-in goes wrong, they are forced to kidnap a wealthy businessman. DVD.

Eolomea (1972) - A mysterious message--'Eolomea'-- is received on Earth from a sector of space. Within three days, eight cargo ships disappear from the sector and an entire space station goes quiet. What is "Eolomea"-- and who on Earth knows about it? DVD.

Europa, Europa (1991) - The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years and through 3 countries. DVD or VHS.

Faraway, So Close! (1993) - When an angel dares to cross the line, he stumbles into the harsh reality of post cold war Berlin and finds himself engaged in deadly combat to protect the mortals he loves. DVD or VHS.

Fox and His Friends (1975) - Fassbinder directs and stars as a gay lower-class carnival performer known as Fox the Talking Head, who strikes it rich by winning a lottery. Then he has an ill-fated romance with an elegant upperclass lover. VHS.

Free Radicals (2003) - Austrian housewife Manu narrowly escapes from an airplane accident only to die six years later in a car accident. The results of the accident transform Manu's young family, the lives of the teenagers in the other car, and the entire community. The film explores the Butterfly Effect and the randomness of fate. DVD.

Funny Games (1997) - Michael Haneke's controversial thriller watches an affluent couple, their child and dog as they arrive at their lakeside vacation home. Settling into their holiday routine, the family is visited by a pair of clean-cut young men in tennis whites and gloves, who inexplicably turn ruthless and brutal, forcing the family into playing their "funny games." DVD.

Good Bye Lenin! (2004) - Alex's proud, socialist mother falls into a coma for eight months. When she wakes, her heart is weak, so Alex has to keep the secret that the Berlin Wall has fallen and capitalism has triumphed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam. DVD.

Heart of Glass (1974) - Set in the pre-industrial past, the story tells of a German village that looses the secret of making its unique Ruby glass. The townspeople turn to madness, murder, and magic in a desperate effort to recover the pure ingredient they have lost. During the filming, Herzog hypnotized his actors in order to help convey the atmosphere of hallucination, prophecy and the visionary. DVD.

I Was Nineteen (1968) - April 1945 - Hitler is dead - the Red Army and other Allied Forces are closing in on Berlin. Born in Germany and raised in Moscow, a nineteen-year-old leiutenant is made commandant of a forward position. It then becomes his job to translate surrender terms at a German-held fortress and at other places during the last days of the war in Germany. VHS.

In July (2000) - Daniel, a young teacher, decides to spend his summer at home in Hamburg. At the local flea market, he meets Juli, who is immediately attracted to him, a fact to which Daniel seems oblivious. On the same day, Daniel meets Melek, a young Turkish girl, with whom he is immediately smitten. Ignoring his earlier plans, he sets out in pursuit of her across the Balkans. Along the way he picks up a hitchhiker, who just happens to be Juli. DVD.

In the Dust of the Stars (1976) - The spaceship Cyrno and her crew travel six years to respond to an urgent message for help, but when they arrive at planet TEM 4, the "Temers" deny having sent the message. DVD.

The Legends of Rita (1999) - This political thriller, set in the final years of the Cold War, recounts the struggles of a young West German woman member of a terrorist group (loosely based on the real Baader-Meinhof gang). When the group disbands, she goes into hiding with an invented identity in East Germany. She struggles with the realities of a Communist state while keeping the distant ideal of socialism. DVD.

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) - In the period of several days, Katharina's privacy and her honor are destroyed, first by the police who terrorize her, and then by the yellow press, which creates in her name the image of a politicized Bonnie Parker. DVD.

Love in Thoughts (2004) - Guenther invites his friends to a party at the family's estate. Paul meets and becomes smitten with Guenther's sister. She reveals that she is secretly dating Hans, her brother's former lover. When Hans unexpectedly arrives emotions run out of control. DVD.

M (1931) - A psychotic child murderer stalks a city, and despite an exhaustive investigation fueled by public hysteria and outcry, the police have been unable to find him. But the police crackdown does have one side-effect, it makes it nearly impossible for the organized criminal underground to operate. So they decide that the only way to get the police off their backs is to catch the murderer themselves. VHS.

Men (1985) - An uptight ad man becomes very jealous when he learns that his wife is having an affair, so he befriends her lover and becomes his roommate, with hilarious results. VHS.

Moloch (1999) - In an ominous fortress perched high above the clouds, everything seems in order for a reposing 24 hours. It is the spring of 1942 in Germany and Eva Braun is the only voice that dares contradict the Fuhrer. Eva is caught up in the complexities of a man incapable of human intimacy, making her as volcanic as her beloved Hitler. DVD.

Naked Among Wolves (1963) - Jankowski, a Polish prisoner from Auschwitz, arrives at the Buchenwald concentration camp carrying a suitcase. Inside the suitcase is a small Jewish boy he has kept from harm. Once at Buchenwald, prisoners working in the property storage room discover the child. Although the sight of the innocent child moves many, his presence in the camp endangers the work of the camp's communist underground, who have organized a resistance group. With a heavy heart, some men decide to arrange for the child and Jankowski to be transported to another death camp. As liberation of the camp approaches, the prisoners must come together to keep the young boy safe from their Nazi captors. DVD.

The Nasty Girl (1990) - Sonja, "The Nasty Girl," undertakes a school project to investigate her town's past. In this provocative comedy, she discovers many secrets - secrets the town wants left that way. VHS.

The Ninth Day (2004) - Torn between duty, faith, and fear, a priest must convince his bishop to capitulate to Nazi occupation or face the consequences. DVD.

Nosferatu (1979) - Jonathan Harker, against the wishes of his wife, departs on a journey over the Carpathian Mountains to arrange a real estate transaction for Count Dracula, with tragic results. DVD.

Nowhere in Africa (2001) - Critically acclaimed, this is the award winning true tale of a Jewish family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 and learns to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya. DVD.

The Princess and the Warrior (2000) - When shy, beautiful Sissi is the victim of a horrible car accident, a handsome small-time criminal comes to the rescue and saves her life. Once she recovers, she sets out to find him and discovers that he is a violent man with a conflicted past and dangerous future. It doesn't take long for the two to meet again - during a deadly bank robbery. Now it is her turn to save his life. DVD or VHS.

Rosa Luxemberg (1985) - Rosa Luxemburg, a Polish Jewess was born on March 5, 1871. She became German through an unconsumated marriage and at the beginning of the century, played an important role in the political and moral fields. She was at the sides of Bebel, Jaures, Lenin during all the major international congresses. She was also an ardent pacifist and spent the greatest part of the war in prison. VHS.

Run Lola Run (1998) - A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out: Lola has just received a frantic call from her boyfriend Manni, who's accidentally lost a small fortune he was to deliver to his mobster boss. If they cannot find a way to replace the money within twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences. DVD or VHS.

Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) - Schultze is a recently retired miner who, like his father before him, entertains polka audiences with his accordion. When he discovers the fiery energy of Zydeco music on his radio, the rigid monotony of his daily routine takes a spicy turn. Schultze learns to play his accordion with a new snap and style. His new-found fascination ultimately leads him on a life-changing journey to the Louisiana delta. DVD.

The Silent Star (1960) - When an unusual rock with a cylinder inside is found in the Gobi Desert, scientists determine its origin as the planet Venus. A crew of astronauts is sent there to learn more. Meanwhile experts attempt to decode the message that was encoded on the spool within and determine why Venus is utterly silent. DVD.

Stalingrad (1993) - This film features the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, the legendary battle of Stalingrad during World War II. DVD.

Sunseekers (1958) - In the fall of 1950, Lutz and Emmi are arrested after the police raid a bar-room brawl. They are not sentenced to prison but instead they are forced to work in an uranium mine in Wismut. Their new home is full of characters with unusual destinies: old anarchists working next to former SS members and Russian officers. Emotions collide, as well as fists. DVD.

The Tin Drum (1979) - Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath, the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. DVD.

The Tunnel (2001) - The Tunnel tells the incredible true story of a massive underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin. An Anti-communist East German swimming champion narrowly escapes before the Berlin Wall is done, but his sister is left behind. DVD.

Wings of Desire (1987) - A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining. DVD or VHS.

Your Unknown Brother (1982) - After being released from a concentration camp, Arnold remains loyal to the underground anti-Nazi movement. Despite that, he lives quietly as a film projectionist. Suspicion is in the air and soon Arnold does not know who he can trust. DVD.

Zentropa (1991) - In this Hitchcock-like thriller, Leo Kessler, an American visiting devastated postwar Germany, is seduced by a beautiful woman and suddenly finds himself caught in a never-ending web of mystery and intrigue. VHS.

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