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German Cinema

The devastation of World War One left Germany's budding film industry, like much of Europe, in tatters. But necessity being the mother of invention, German Expressionism was born. Relying heavily on symbolism and shadow rather than elaborate and costly sets, films like 'The Cabinet of Dr Caligari' are still studied by film students the world over. By the mid-1920s, the industry was getting back on its feet and great directors like Fritz Lang and FW Murnau were making their early masterpieces. However the onset of Nazism and the impending war led many of Germany's artists, including filmmakers, to flee to the U.S. Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Douglas Sirk, Karl Freund and many more all continued their careers in America while the German film industry virtually disappeared. It was not unitl the '60s and '70s that new talents emerged. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Viktor Schlondorff and Wim Wenders revitalised German cinema and today international hits such as 'Run Lola Run' and 'Goodbye Lenin!' assure us it is here to stay. Right: 'Run Lola Run'

13 Minutes (2015)

7/10
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Burghart Klaubner

Georg Elser was a man who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives, if only he had had 13 more minutes. With 13 more minutes... Read more

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

7.3/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Udo Samel, Anne Bennent, Branko Samarovski, Otto Grunmandl, Gabriel Cosmin Urdes

Inspired by a shocking true life shooting spree in Vienna in 1993, Michael Haneke's challenging film weaves together fragments of the story in an atte... Read more

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)

8/10
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Del Negro, Helena Rojo

Based on the journals of Brother Gaspar de Carvajal, and tells a hallucinatory tale of Spanish colonialists searching for El Dorado, the legendary cit... Read more

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

8.1/10
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin

A fable of modern Germany in which an unlikely romance between a young Moroccan immigrant worker and a sixty year old charlady blossoms into marriage,... Read more

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

7.4/10
Director: Hardy Martins
Starring: Bernhard Bettermann, Michael Mendl, Irina Pantaeva

Captured while fighting in World War II, German soldier Clemens Forell (Bernhard Bettermann) escapes the hell of his confinement in a Siberian labor c... Read more

Asphalt (1929)

7.6/10
Director: Joe May
Starring: Betty Amann, Gustav Frohlich, Else Heller

One of the last great German Expressionist films of the silent era from acclaimed director Joe May. A by-the-book traffic cop (Gustav Frohlich) catche... Read more

Balls (2004)

6.8/10
Director: Sherry Hormann
Starring: Eileen Eilender

Guys and Balls (German: Männer wie wir, literally Men like us, UK title : Balls) is a 2004 sports comedy/romance film by German American director Sher... Read more

Balls ( Manner Wie Wer ) (2004)

5.6/10
Director: Sherry Hormann
Starring: Maximilian Bruckner, Lisa Marie Potthoff

A feel-good comedy from Germany, in which Ecki, a young baker and goalkeeper, is kicked off his homophobic football team when caught drunkenly kissing... Read more

Barbara (2012)

7.2/10
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Mark Waschke, Chris...

East Germany, 1980. Barbara (Nina Hoss), a young doctor, is starting a new job at a small hospital in the remote countryside. She has been transferred... Read more

Beloved Sisters (2014)

6.1/10
Director: Dominik Graf
Starring: Hannah Herzsprung, Heriette Confurius, Florian Stetter, Ronald Zehrfeld

TV director Dominik Graf makes an overdue and very welcome return to the big screen with Beloved Sisters, an enthralling, gorgeously mounted depiction... Read more