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

Titles T

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."

"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

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."

Thirteen Minutes
"During Hitler's anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Burgerbraukeller, immediately behind the Fuhrer's lectern, killing eight people. The man is Georg Elser, a carpenter from Konigsbronn in the Swabia region. A story of a man who nearly changed the world."

"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."

Toni Erdmann
"Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego."

The Tower
"Follows a cultured family living in East Germany during the 1980s as they make their way through society."

Trick of Life
"Weaving together docu-drama, fictional re-enactment and experimental photography, the film is a powerful and beautifully crafted exploration into the early days of German cinema and tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers who invented the Bioskop, the forerunner of the film projector."

True Love Ways
"Severine becomes the victim of a twisted plot when, in an attempt to win her back, her boyfriend Tom makes a deal with a mysterious man. The man constructs a plot to kidnap Severine, giving Tom the chance to play the hero. When the situation gets out of control and Severine faces her sadistic kidnappers, it turns into a bloody battle for survival."

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. "