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German and Dutch Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): German Titles T-Z

GermanTitles T-Z

Taxi zum Klo = Taxi to the Toilet
"What Taxi Zum Klo represents is a kind of test-cast film for censorship. It is a personal work of a film maker and actor whose controversial life style is presented in a no-holds-barred manner. One may be put off by the candor and explicitness of its subject, but one cannot fault the creativity that went into its production. Further, what was once a film that was sought to be banned is now readily available for purchase and rental. As the years pass, it may become standard viewing fare..."

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse = Testament of Dr. Mabuse
"Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document's nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it's up to Berlin's star detective, Inspector Lohmann, to connect the most fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other."

Therapy for a Vampire
"Vienna, 1930. Count von Kozsnom has lost his thirst for life, and his marriage cooled centuries ago. Fortunately, Sigmund Freud is accepting new patients the good doctor suggests the Count appease his vain wife by commissioning a portrait of her by his assistant, Viktor. But it's Viktor's headstrong girlfriend Lucy who most intrigues the Count, convinced she's the reincarnation of his one true love. Soon, the whole crowd is a hilarious mess of mistaken identities and misplaced affections."

"Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they separately become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him. Clearly not your typical 1930's romp, this reinvention of those classic films ... is a playful update: an intellectual study of a modern couple looking for redefinition in a world of absolutes."

Testing Life
"This is a story of twenty-five year old Ana Seuss, living on social welfare and part-time work but dreaming of becoming an actress and going to Hollywood. In order to realize her dreams she decides to become a lab rat for a Berlin medical research facility and after much pain and suffering finally finds her way to Hollywood."  - Container

"German World War II propaganda retelling of the sinking of the Titanic."

Der Todesking
"Cult Epics presents the third release in the series Corpse Fucking Art; Jorg Buttgereit's powerful masterpiece Der Todesking (aka The Death King), made in-between Nekromantik (1987) and Nekromantik 2 (1991). Seven stories on Death and Suicide, each taking place on a different day of the week, enframed by the decomposition of a human body."

Der Tunnel = Der Tunnel
"Tells the incredible true story of a massive underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin. Anti-communist East German swimming champion Harry Melchior narrowly escapes the Communist regime just after the Berlin Wall is completed, and is determined to rescue his beloved sister, whom he was forced to leave behind."

Two Lives
"Europe 1990. The Berlin Wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a 'war child.' The result of a romance between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists."

Two Mothers
"Brazen, timely and heart-wrenching, it is an intense exploration of the trials and tribulations a same sex couple encounter in their desire to become loving parents. Katja and Isabella are happily married and feel the time is right to have a child. As the weeks and months pass by, it becomes clear that the process will be far more fraught than either were prepared for, and may even threaten their relationship in unexpected ways. "

"A young traveler finds a remote castle, and starts seeing mysterious things, only to find that his own nightmares are coming true."

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
"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."

Veronika Voss
"...the wickedly satirical Veronika Voss (1982), filmed in black and white (a stylistic nod to German'y's post-war thrillers) and starring Rosel Zech as a faded film star-turned-morphine addict making futile attempts to revive her career."

"Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads are in trouble and they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time quickly spirals out of control."

Vier Minuten  = Four Minutes
"Jenny is young, but her life is over. She has been locked up in a women's prison for killing someone, and she would do it again. Buried beneath her impenetrable facade, however, Jenny has an invaluable musical talent. When 80 year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger discovers the girl's terrible secret, her raging brutality and her dreams, she makes it her mission to retransform Jenny into the musical wunderkind she once was."

Vincent will Meer = Vincent Wants to Sea
["The film] tells the story of a Tourette's sufferer named Vincent who is institutionalized by his father after the recent death of his mother. Vincent escapes from the hospital with his new friends Marie and Alexander, a Bach-loving neurotic. Together they set out on a Europe-wide road trip to honor the dying wishes of Vincent's recently deceased mother; to have her ashes spread at sea. In pursuit is Vincent's tempestuous father and the sensitive psychologist who is responsible for their care and wants to help her runaway patients."

Vision: aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen = From the life of Hildegard von Bingen
"The story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the first women to preach and interpret Biblical scripture."

"At six, Vitus is both incredibly talented and wonderfully precocious. When it becomes evident that he has an exceptionally high IQ and can play piano like a young Mozart, expectations run high. His parents love him, his grandfather understands him, but no one knows the truth - that his real genius is in his heart."

Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen = The Forest For the Trees
"Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city; however, things don't go quite as she planned. She had hoped to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but her colleagues are annoyed by her new teaching methods. Not only that, Melanie hasn't one friend in her new town. Tr ying not to get discouraged, she attempts to form a relationship with her neighbor Tina. As Melanie's efforts become more and more desperate, Tina begins to withdraw. Soon Melanie is crossing borderlines and entangling herself in a spiral of lies."

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte
"In a Spanish coastal hotel, the cast and crew of a film wait for the director, the star and the production money. When the director finally arrives he makes life miserable for everyone. The group is left to petty bickering, attempts at amusement and desperate contacts to make it through the filming of the movie."

Was du nicht siehst = What You Don't See
"Anton arrives at a summerhouse with his mother and her new boyfriend, on an seemingly innocent mini-vacation. As Anton explores the new environment, he meets Katja and David who seemingly live alone in a neighboring house. Gradually and unsuspectingly, they draw Anton into a dangerous vortex of emotional confusion, where sexual overtures, subtle seduction and surprising violence all play a part. Anton finds himself on the other side of an appalling reality he could not have imagined."

Was tun, wenn's brennt? = What To Do In Case Of Fire?
"When a twenty-year-old bomb explodes in an abandoned mansion in modern-day Berlin, the evidence points to a notorious late 1980's anarchist group. As the police start looking for them, the six former rebels reunite for the first time in 12 years to come up with a plan to protect themselves. But sparks fly when the group must reconcile their youthful ideals with their new lives and pick up the pieces of the relationships they left behind."

We Monsters = Wir Monster
"After their teenage daughter Sarah confesses to the killing of her best friend Charlie, the recently separated Paul and Christine decide to hide the crime. Their collective guilt forces the family back together, creating a web of lies and deadly intentions with no way out."

Welt am Draht: World On a Wire
"The noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy substituting simulations for reality."

Wings of Desire
"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."

Winterschläfer = Winter Sleepers
"Laura (Sellem) is a nurse who shares her house with translator Rebecca (Daniel), who is having an affair with Marco (Ferch), a handsome ski instructor. Rene (Matthes) compensates for short-term memory loss by obsessively photographing his life. When Theo (Bierbichler), drives a sick horse to the vet, the vagaries of human destiny-where endless chains of causality ripple from a single chance encounter-are made manifest in their ostensibly individual circumstances."

"Centers around the illegitimate son of the seriously deranged Ben Nicholson. Despite being their slave, [Whity] becomes the obsession of each member of the family as they try to enlist his aid in disposing of one another."

Wolke 9
"The groundbreaking, lyrical, and moving story of Inge, a 67-year-old married woman who rediscovers her passion and her sexuality when she unexpectedly falls in love with 76-year-old Karl."

"Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors and his unfaithful wife, Marie, Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and his fragile sanity. In the film's shattering climax, he is finally driven over the brink into madness and murder."

Wrong Move
"The story of an aimless writer who leaves his hometown to find himself and winds up befriending a group of other travelers. Seeking inspiration to help him escape his creative funk, he instead discovers the limits of attempts to refashion one's identity."

"Following a near-death experience, a young woman flees her East German hometown and failed marriage to start over in Hanover. By chance she finds work with an ambitious and determined executive and enters a ruthless world of big business and cut-throat boardroom deals. But just as she seems poised to fully realize her ambitions, she finds herself haunted by truths from the past that threaten to destroy her new life."

You and I
"Two friends pick up and hitchhiker that develops interest in one of them."

Young Dr. Freud
"A film about Sigmund Freud. Originally made for Austrian television."

Young Goethe in Love
"In 1772 Germany, the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet. After failing his law exams, he is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior, Kestner. But then Lotte Buff enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte's hand to another man."

Young Törless
"Young Törless is to go to boarding school. His experiences there, the merciless torments of the pupils among themselves and the unsatisfactory answers of his teachers make it clear to Törless that good and bad cannot be differentiated in life. The boy leaves the boarding school at his own request after a short while. The incipient social and personal deformation in Musil's novel is skillfully implemented by Schlöndorff in close correspondence with the text but also in a more distant manner."

Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe = The Tenderness of Wolves
"Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals."

Das Zimmermädchen Lynn = The Chambermaid Lynn
"Lynn is the most thorough chambermaid at the hotel where she works, leaving no shelf undusted, no sheet untucked. Fascinated by the lives of the guests she cleans up after and crippled by her own shyness, she rummages through their belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their conversations, meals and discreet interludes. When she finds herself present during a guest's S&M session with the call girl Chiara, Lynn can't help but let her curiosity get the better of her, clandestinely noting Chiara's phone number when the coast is clear. Bold and unrestrained, Chiara soon draws Lynn out of her shell, opening her up to a new intimacy Lynn had previously only experienced as an intrepid voyeur."