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German and Dutch Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): German Titles C-D

German Titles C-D

Cherry Blossoms
"Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. When Trudi dies suddenly, Rudi vows to make up for her lost life and takes his last journey to Tokyo in the midst of the cherry blossom festival."

Der Chinese = Man from Beijing
"A mass murder, a female judge, and diary entries from ages ago. Judge Brigitta Roslin has to make a dangerous journey before she discovers the background of this crime."

Chinese Roulette
"A businessman, his wife and their lovers are forced by the couple's paraplegic daughter to participate in a rigorous game of truth-telling which leads to violence."

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach
"The life and work of renowned 18th-century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach are traced in this stirring biodrama. Narrated by Bach's wife Anna, the film is mostly comprised of set pieces in which Bach performs many of his works."

The Circle
"Zurich: 1958. A bashful teacher and a German cabaret artist get to know one another in the Swiss underground organization called 'Der Kreis'. As the two dissimilar men defend their love, they witness the heyday and decline of this Europe-wide pioneering organization for gay emancipation. Features a unique blend of narrative and documentary formats."

Cobra Verde
"A 19th-century Brazilian rancher, born Francisco Manoel da Silva, turns to banditry after being driven from his land by drought and famine. As Cobra Verde, he is a solitary, vengeful figure, roaming the dusty backlands, shooting, drinking and womanizing. Hired as an overseer by a decadent sugar planter, he runs into trouble when his employer's three daughters wind up pregnant. The local bigwigs ship da Silva off to Africa to administer the faltering slave trade, assuming he will not come back alive. He arrives to find the slavers' garrison deserted, and the King, apparently, gone mad. Cobra Verde however, is a special kind of diplomat, and before long he is training an army of amazons to launch a rebellion against the King."

Coming Out
"Against the background of the East German society's prejudice against homosexual relationships, Philip, a high school teacher with a pregnant girl friend, discovers he loves Matthias."

Council of the Gods = Der Rat der Götter
"A chemist who is neutral in the war allows poison to be produced in his factory that is being used in the Nazi concentration camps to kill the masses."

Deutschland, bleiche Mutter  = Germany, Pale Mother
"Set during World War II, newlywed Lene must watch her new husband go off to war during the German invasion of Poland. She discovers that she is pregnant and is forced to take her child on a journey across the war-ravaged countryside. Lene is in turn brave and foolhardy, resourceful and resilient, facing a bleak future with fierce determination."

Deutschland im Herbst = Germany in Autumn
"Produced in response to the kidnapping and murder of a prominent industrialist by a German terrorist group 30 years ago, this film will resonate with today's audiences who are all too familiar with political terrorism ... More of an essay than a straightforward documentary, the film captures impressions of this explosive and emotive moment in Germany's history."

Deutschland 83
"It's 1983. The Cold War is hot. The threat of nuclear conflict looms. Born and raised in East Germany, Martin Rauch is sent undercover, as Moritz Stamm, to West Germany, to work for a top General in the Bundeswehr. Officially, his job is to gather intelligence on the placement of the Pershing II Missiles. A secondary gig develops, infiltrating youth culture through close relationships with the General's two children. But nothing and no one are as they seem."

Diplomatie = Diplomacy
"A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling."

Doktor Faustus
"Driven by a single-minded search for a totally new musical idiom, composer Adrian Leverkühn makes a pact with the devil with a very high price, the total renunciation of love and the gradual deterioration of the mind and body."

"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 Gertraud (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 Führer and his closest advisors."

Die 3 Groschenoper  = The 3 Penny Opera
"Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With a palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema."

"A German hospital nurse finds an injured English pilot hiding in the cellar, and helps him, thinking he is a German deserter. When she finds out who he is, will she have the heart to turn him in? Or will her feelings overcome border lines and sides?"

Die dritte Generation = The Third Generation
"An inept group of middle-class German radicals plot to kidnap the director of a multinational company. Their position is compromised by the arrival of two mysterious strangers, yet still they persist with their controversial strategy."