The 100 Most Significant German Films

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The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:40 am

Published in 1995 by Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, this list was assembled with input from filmmakers, film historians, journalists, and editors.

Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The / Muenchhausen by Josef von Baky
Adventures of Prince Achmed, The / Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, Die by Lotte Reiniger
Aguirre, The Wrath of God / Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes by Werner Herzog
Alice in the Cities / Alice in den Staedten by Wim Wenders
American Friend, The / amerikanische Freund, Der by Wim Wenders
Aren't We Wonderful? / Wir Wunderkinder by Kurt Hoffmann
Artists Under The Big Top: Perplexed, The / Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos, Die by Alexander Kluge
Asphalt by Joe May

Ballad of Berlin, The / Berliner Ballade by Robert A. Stemmle
Berlin - Alexanderplatz by Piel Jutzi
Berlin - Schoenhauser Corner / Berlin - Ecke Schoenhauser by Gerhard Klein
Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Parts) / Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Teile) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Berlin, Symphony of a City / Berlin. Die Sinfonie der Grossstadt by Walther Ruttmann
Biographies The Story of the Children of Golzow / Lebenslaeufe by Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Blue Angel, The / Blaue Engel, Der by Josef von Sternberg
Boat, The / Boot, Das by Wolfgang Petersen
Bridge, The / Bruecke, Die by Bernhard Wicki

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The / Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Das by Robert Wiene
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach / Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach by Jean-Marie Straub
Comradeship / Kameradschaft by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Congress Dances / Kongress tanzt, Der by Eric Charell

Death is My Trade / Aus einem deutschen Leben by Theodor Kotulla
Destiny / muede Tod, Der by Fritz Lang
Devil Strikes at Night, The / Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam by Robert Siodmak
Diary of a Lost Girl / Tagebuch einer Verlorenen by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Divided Sky, The / geteilte Himmel, Der by Konrad Wolf
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler: Inferno, Men Of Our Time (Part 2) / Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler: Inferno, Ein Spiel von Menschen unserer Zeit (Teil 2) by Fritz Lang
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler: The Great Gambler, A Picture Of Our Time (Part 1) / Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler: Der grosse Spieler, Ein Bild der Zeit (Teil 1) by Fritz Lang

Effi Briest / Fontane Effi Briest by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Emil and the Detectives / Emil und die Detektive by Gerhard Lamprecht
Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The: Every Man for Himself and God Against All / Jeder fuer sich und Gott gegen alle by Werner Herzog

Faust - A German Folk-Tale by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Fears Eats the Soul / Angst essen Seele auf by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Germany in Autumn / Deutschland im Herbst by Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Volker Schloendorff, Alf Brustellin, Bernhard Sinkel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Maximiliane Mainka, Peter Schubert, Hans Peter Cloos, Katja Rup
Germany Year Zero / Deutschland im Jahre Null by Roberto Rossellini
Girl Rosemarie, The / Maedchen Rosemarie, Das by Rolf Thiele
Girls in Uniform / Maedchen in Uniform by Leontine Sagan
Golem, The / Golem, wie er in die Welt kam, Der by Paul Wegener
Great Freedom No. 7 / Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7 by Helmut Kaeutner

Heimat by Edgar Reitz
Heimat II / Zweite Heimat, Die by Edgar Reitz, Robert Busch
Hooligans, The / Halbstarken, Die by Georg Tressler
Hunting Scenes from Bavaria / Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern by Peter Fleischmann

I Am the Rabbit / Kaninchen bin ich, Das by Kurt Maetzig
I Was Nineteen / Ich war 19 by Konrad Wolf

Jakob The Liar / Jakob, der Luegner by Frank Beyer

Kaiser's Lackey, The / Untertan, Der by Wolfgang Staudte
Katzelmacher by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Kings of the Road / Im Lauf der Zeit by Wim Wenders

Last Laugh, The / letzte Mann, Der by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Legend of Paul and Paula, The / Legende von Paul und Paula, Die by Heiner Carow
Liebelei by Max Ophuels
Lola Montez by Max Ophuels
Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, The / verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Die by Volker Schloendorff, Margarethe von Trotta
Lost One, The / Verlorene, Der by Peter Lorre

M - A Town Is Looking For A Murderer / M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder by Fritz Lang
Marianne and Juliane / Die Bleierne Zeit by Margarethe von Trotta
Marriage in the Shadows / Ehe im Schatten by Kurt Maetzig
Marriage of Maria Braun, The / Ehe der Maria Braun, Die by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Mephisto by Istvn Szab
Merchant of Four Seasons, The / Haendler der vier Jahreszeiten, Der by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Metropolis by Fritz Lang
Mother Krausen Goes to Heaven / Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glueck by Piel Jutzi
Murderers Are Among Us, The / Moerder sind unter uns, Die by Wolfgang Staudte
Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop, The / Mysterien eines Frisiersalons, Die

Nosferatu by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules / Nicht versoehnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht by Jean-Marie Straub

Olympia I + II by Leni Riefenstahl

Pandora's Box / Buechse der Pandora, Die by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Passion / Madame Dubarry by Ernst Lubitsch
People On Sunday / Menschen am Sonntag by Robert Siodmak
Prozess, Der by Eberhard Fechner

Romance in a Minor Key / Romanze in Moll by Helmut Kaeutner
Roses for the Prosecutor / Rosen fuer den Staatsanwalt by Wolfgang Staudte
Rotation by Wolfgang Staudte

Seven Journeys / In jenen Tagen by Helmut Kaeutner
Solo Sunny by Konrad Wolf
Stars / Sterne by Konrad Wolf
Street of Sorrow, The / freudlose Gasse, Die by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Street, The / Strasse, Die by Karl Grune
Student of Prague, The / Student von Prag, Der by Stellan Rye

Testament of Dr. Mabuse, The / Testament des Dr. Mabuse, Das by Fritz Lang
Three From the Filling Station / Drei von der Tankstelle, Die by Wilhelm Thiele
Threepenny Opera, The / Dreigroschenoper, Die by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Tin Drum, The / Blechtrommel, Die by Volker Schloendorff
To Whom Does The World Belong? / Kuhle Wampe by Slatan Dudow
Traces of Stones / Spur der Steine by Frank Beyer

Under The Bridges / Unter den Bruecken by Helmut Kaeutner

Vampire, The / Vampyr by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Variet by Ewald Andr Dupont
VIktor and Viktoria / Viktor und Viktoria by Reinhold Schuenzel

Waxworks / Das Wachsfigurenkabinett by Paul Leni
Western Front 1918, The / Westfront 1918 by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
White Hell of Pitz Palu, The / weisse Hoelle vom Piz Palue, Die by Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Arnold Fanck
Wings of Desire / Himmel ueber Berlin, Der by Wim Wenders
Wintergartenprogramm by Max Skladanowsky

Yesterday Girl / Abschied von Gestern by Alexander Kluge
Young Toerless / junge Toerless, Der by Volker Schloendorff

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby wpqx » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:26 pm

It'd be great if this list had years listed. I'm a little impressed that I've seen as much as I have, interesting list.

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby arsaib4 » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:41 am

We could always add the years and touch up the names, if needed. I think it's a wonderful list. Counting my East German indulges, I'm probably right there with you.

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby A » Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:52 pm

I think it's a pretty good list, but a lot of it is comprised by well known movies that will always appear on a list that wants to be representative. What I mean is that there are many obvious choices, and a lot of quality cinema. Experimental films and more "commercial" films are sorely missing. Too bad I've only seen one third of the list. But "significant" is a difficult term to pin down. Significant for what? The influence on World Cinema, the influence on German films, box-office success, etc.

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:55 am

I'm not sure about mainstream, but you'll definitely come across the experimental kind once you get to a few more. I attempted to uncover the origins of the list but wasn't very successful (at least not in English).

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby wpqx » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:27 am

I'd love to see some Kluge get released here.

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby A » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:31 am

What I meant with experimental cinema, were non-narrative avantgarde films. I know some of the listed titels contain experimental elements, and some even could be classified as avantgarde (e.g. "People on Sunday"), but I meant even more radical work. But maybe it isn't considered significant enough.

For Kluge, we have the wonderful Edition Filmmuseum DVDs. A lot of his films got released there recently. Maybe Criterion will pick some of those for future releases?

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby wpqx » Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:50 pm

I saw that there was a boxed set released but it's unavailable here and I'm too broke to order an import. Maybe I can talk someone in Facet's ordering department to put in for it.

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:49 am

Facets is scheduled to release a Kluge set this year. I've only seen a couple from him so far, Brutality in Stone and Yesterday Girl (Anita G.), and both are pretty good.

Re: The 100 Most Significant German Films

Postby wpqx » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:16 pm

Yesterday Girl is primarily the one to look for, I'll take anything.


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