10 German films to see


“German cinema – this is when the director took the cat, put it in a bag and with all the dope pounds this bag against the wall – loudly, scary, ashamed and stupid” … So one friend of mine always says that he thinks he is very good at cinema .

Actually this is not true. German directors Wim Wenders, Volker Schlendorf, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the creators of the New German Cinema (Neuer Deutscher Film), moved away from entertaining cinema in favor of a social, encouraging to think. Such a movie can be called author’s, even if it was shot at a major film studio. I want to talk and argue about such a movie, recall and quote the fragments I liked …

“When a child was a child, he walked with his hands down … He wanted the brook to be a river, a river a stormy stream, and this puddle by the sea. When a child was a child, he did not know that he was a child. Everything inspired him, and all souls merged into a single whole. When a child was a child, he had neither judgment nor habits. Often he would sit cross-legged, and then break down and run. He had thick whirls and made faces when he was photographed, ”“ Sky above Berlin, ”a film by Wim Wenders, one of the director’s most famous works.

German cinema, of course, is not only profound quotes from German classics and black-and-white reflections on good and evil, on truth and untruth, but also many many other “underdevelopments”. But today I want to talk about what kind of German films to watch. Let’s start, as usual, from the very beginning.

“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (“Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”) directed by Robert Vine is the first film in the history of cinema, which conveys on the screen changes in human consciousness. The film premiered in Berlin on February 26, 1920. The young man Francis tells his friend a terrible story about how he, his friend and his lover became victims of a monstrous experiment, conceived and carried out by a certain doctor Caligari.

“Nosferatu. Symphony of Horror ”(“ Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens ”) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, who wanted to film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the Prana Film studio could not acquire the rights to use the novel. Therefore, Murnau changed the names of the main characters and redid the plot in his own way. The film premiered in 1922.

“M – the city is looking for a killer” (“M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder”) directed by Fritz Lang in 1931 anticipated many stylistic finds of noir films. A classic thriller about a killer maniac, based on the real events of the case of Peter Kürten from Dusseldorf.

Cinema Review November 13, 2019

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