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German Challenge; October 2011
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(I guess I said I'd "host" this or whatever the word is.)

GERMAN CHALLENGE - OCTOBER 1-31, 2011

Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can that are in German, made in a German-speaking country (Germany, GFR/GDR, Austria, German Switzerland), directed by a German-speaking director, set in Germany etc. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (45 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.
- No rewatches

Lists:
The 100 most significant German films

Lists on mubi:
Essential German films
East German cinema
New German cinema: the displaced image ('60s to '80s)
An Austrian assortment
Swiss cinema (includes some movies in French and Italian)

(also lots of war films - and silents)

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THE CAST SO FAR:

bal3x
beeswax
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Cippenham
Crinderman
George Bailey
jvv
Kasparius
Knaldskalle
mightysparks
Nopros
TImec
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3eyes

(allison's sitting this one out probably.) Did I miss anyone?
Edited by 3eyes, Sep 30 2011, 08:47:43 PM.
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I'm in, getting my Fassbinder's ready as I type this.
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I'm in! Shooting for 31. :)
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I'm in. Not sure what I'm aiming at yet. Maybe 40-50.

P.S. You forgot to add some badass picture from a german flick to motivate us! ;)
Edited by St. Gloede, Sep 28 2011, 08:54:52 PM.
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I'm in Ich bin drin. I have no idea how many I'll get to, since I'm mostly going to focus on the horror challenge.
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Sep 28 2011, 07:53:38 PM
I'm in. Not sure what I'm aiming at yet. Maybe 40-50.

P.S. You forgot to add some bad ass picture from a german flick to motivate us! ;)

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How about this.
Edited by Kasparius, Sep 28 2011, 08:08:34 PM.
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Crinderman, I can't do goodass pictures, let alone badass ones. If you or someone would like to add one, be my guest.

Oh, great, Kaspar. I see we cross-posted.
Edited by 3eyes, Sep 28 2011, 08:09:48 PM.
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Sep 28 2011, 08:07:46 PM
How about this.
Lolalah... :)
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Sep 28 2011, 07:53:38 PM
I'm in. Not sure what I'm aiming at yet. Maybe 40-50.

P.S. You forgot to add some bad ass picture from a german flick to motivate us! ;)

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How about this.
That's the best German movie ever made (alongside Metropolis and Chinese Roullette) so fuck yeah!!!
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How about WW2 movies were lots of Nazis are shot? Do those counts? I sure hope so.
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Please count me in, not sure how many as I tend to roam free nowadays..

I think most World War 2 films should count as long as the Germans are included for more than just a short period. My favourite is The Longest Day which includes all French and German characters speaking in their native language with subtitles in English. That was almost unique for films made at that time.

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I'm in! Also aiming for 31.
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I'm here. In. Aiming for the one-a-day average.
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Count me in..
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I'm going to be concentrating on the horror challenge but I plan to get a few German horrors in there.
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So roll me further, bitch! (count me in)
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I'm in, although I doubt I'll see more than 10 or so.
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I'd be surprised if I see one German film this month. I like German films. I see mainly English and French films. But when I see other foreign films, I tend to watch German and Italian films. However, I think I have 63 films to see on the horror list. And if I concentrate on that, I will have little to no time to watch German films. And I think I've seen all the German horror films out there.
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I'm in.
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Just added the list of participants at the bottom of my initial post. Any corrections, lemme know.

I'm aiming for about 20. I hope to make inroads on the German and Silent lists, and also to improve my acquaintance with East German cinema.

I'll post my "to watch" and "have seen" lists when I've got them together.
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Not finished.
Edited by Nopros, Oct 1 2011, 12:04:57 AM.
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Sep 30 2011, 01:59:11 PM
improve my acquaintance with East German cinema.
Strangely, my local library almost seems to have more East German movies available than West German movies. A bunch of the old DEFA movies were released on DVD by UMass and noone appears to pick up the old West German films.
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Sep 30 2011, 03:24:31 PM
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Not finished.
You've got Die Blechtrommel (Tin Drum) in there twice. It's just been theatrically released in a "Director's Cut", btw.
Also I wouldn't consider Lola Montes a German movie, despite the fact that Ophüls was German. To me it's French.
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Sep 30 2011, 06:39:33 PM
Also I wouldn't consider Lola Montes a German movie, despite the fact that Ophüls was German. To me it's French.
I listed Lola Montes under French challenge. It's a tricky case since it's a German director's film about an Irish dancer. But I think it would qualify under German challenge too since Ophuls is German after all even though this particular film was made during his second French period.
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Looks like German directors films count anyway.
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I did my own German challenge three months ago, and ended up watching 35 films (most of them silent), seven or eight of which turned out to be new favorites. I'm currently trying to learn German, so I've put off watching very many sound films until I'm a little bit more competent and can hopefully benefit from hearing it spoken - still, I'll try to get in some viewings for this challenge, mainly focusing on the early sound era and the immediate postwar era.

Anyways...

I'm in.
Edited by Timec, Sep 30 2011, 08:46:09 PM.
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Quote:
 
Also I wouldn't consider Lola Montes a German movie, despite the fact that Ophüls was German. To me it's French.


I agree it's really a French film, but it's partly set in Bavaria, as the heroine was mistress of the King Ludwig. In any case, it's on the "100 Best German films" list.

As is usual for country challenges, films set in the German-speaking world count, regardless of their nationality or that of their director. (Visconti's Ludwig, Rosselini's Germany Year Zero, The Desert Fox, The Third Man, etc.)
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Sep 30 2011, 06:39:33 PM
You've got Die Blechtrommel (Tin Drum) in there twice. It's just been theatrically released in a "Director's Cut", btw.
Also I wouldn't consider Lola Montes a German movie, despite the fact that Ophüls was German. To me it's French.
Thanks. Hmm, that's true. Removing it from the watchlist.
Edited by Nopros, Sep 30 2011, 11:56:02 PM.
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Top 10 German films:
1. Aguirre , the Wrath of God; 1972 | Top 20
2. Das Boot; 1981 | Top 50
3. Fitzcarraldo; 1982 | Top 75
4. M; 1931 | Top 150
5. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht; 1979 | Top 250
6. Faust; 1926 | Top 500
7. The Last Laugh; 1924
8. The Golem; 1920
9. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; 1920
10 Metropolis; 1927

This list is pitiful. It depresses me that only six of my 531 favorites are German. I doubt i've seen 50 German films. I really should devote some time to this challenge. Too bad it's in October and i'm a horror junkie.
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1. Maskerade (1934, Willi Forst)

My new number two for 1934. A raunchy yet elegant black comedy built around the upper class in Vienna. Well known playboy painter Heideneck, played by none other than Anton Walbrook, publishes by mistake a nude portrait of a woman wearing nothing but a mask. Her identity is hidden, but due to a horrifying give-away, and a few unforseen circumstances he must enter an eloborate scheme to stop her husband from finding out. The husband however is absolutely certain that it's not his wife, but his brother's fiance. And the fiance in question, while not the woman in the painting, has been having an affair with Heideneck for quite some time, and seems ready to kill the man at any minute. Found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, but most of all I got involved in the drama and the characters, in fact I found myself downright frightened at one point.

9/10

I would recommend this movie to everyone here, save Mightysparks. It's on a doubling the canon, but shockingly it only has 83 votes on IMDb. This movie needs a bigger audience!!!
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Oct 1 2011, 05:49:50 PM
1. Maskerade (1934, Willi Forst)

My new number two for 1934. A raunchy yet elegant black comedy built around the upper class in Vienna. Well known playboy painter Heideneck, played by none other than Anton Walbrook, publishes by mistake a nude portrait of a woman wearing nothing but a mask. Her identity is hidden, but due to a horrifying give-away, and a few unforseen circumstances he must enter an eloborate scheme to stop her husband from finding out. The husband however is absolutely certain that it's not his wife, but his brother's fiance. And the fiance in question, while not the woman in the painting, has been having an affair with Heideneck for quite some time, and seems ready to kill the man at any minute. Found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, but most of all I got involved in the drama and the characters, in fact I found myself downright frightened at one point.

9/10

I would recommend this movie to everyone here, save Mightysparks. It's on a doubling the canon, but shockingly it only has 83 votes on IMDb. This movie needs a bigger audience!!!
Sounds familiar to Mademoiselle Striptease with Brigitte Bardot. She wore a mask so people wouldn't know it was her. But your movie sounds much better. Mme Striptease aka Plucking the Daisy was still enjoyable thoughl
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Oct 1 2011, 05:49:50 PM
1. Maskerade (1934, Willi Forst)

My new number two for 1934. A raunchy yet elegant black comedy built around the upper class in Vienna. Well known playboy painter Heideneck, played by none other than Anton Walbrook, publishes by mistake a nude portrait of a woman wearing nothing but a mask. Her identity is hidden, but due to a horrifying give-away, and a few unforseen circumstances he must enter an eloborate scheme to stop her husband from finding out. The husband however is absolutely certain that it's not his wife, but his brother's fiance. And the fiance in question, while not the woman in the painting, has been having an affair with Heideneck for quite some time, and seems ready to kill the man at any minute. Found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, but most of all I got involved in the drama and the characters, in fact I found myself downright frightened at one point.

9/10

I would recommend this movie to everyone here, save Mightysparks. It's on a doubling the canon, but shockingly it only has 83 votes on IMDb. This movie needs a bigger audience!!!
Sounds familiar to Mademoiselle Striptease with Brigitte Bardot. She wore a mask so people wouldn't know it was her. But your movie sounds much better. Mme Striptease aka Plucking the Daisy was still enjoyable thoughl
Haven't seen that movie, doubt it's too similar though, as the lady in the painting is far from the lead. Though I hope you'll check it out and find out for yourself ;)
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1. Maskerade (1934, Willi Forst)

My new number two for 1934. A raunchy yet elegant black comedy built around the upper class in Vienna. Well known playboy painter Heideneck, played by none other than Anton Walbrook, publishes by mistake a nude portrait of a woman wearing nothing but a mask. Her identity is hidden, but due to a horrifying give-away, and a few unforseen circumstances he must enter an eloborate scheme to stop her husband from finding out. The husband however is absolutely certain that it's not his wife, but his brother's fiance. And the fiance in question, while not the woman in the painting, has been having an affair with Heideneck for quite some time, and seems ready to kill the man at any minute. Found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, but most of all I got involved in the drama and the characters, in fact I found myself downright frightened at one point.

9/10

I would recommend this movie to everyone here, save Mightysparks. It's on a doubling the canon, but shockingly it only has 83 votes on IMDb. This movie needs a bigger audience!!!
You make it sound very tantalizing. Unfortunately it seems hard-to-find, too. I'm not finished looking, but so far it's in the huge "must-see-can't-get" list.
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1. The Longest Day (1962) Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton (6/10)

A small 6. Bloated Patriotism, self important and pseudo profound, The Longest day redeems itself with the amount of money it spent on the battle scenes, which remain, nearly 50 years later, impressive.
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Oct 1 2011, 05:49:50 PM
1. Maskerade (1934, Willi Forst)

My new number two for 1934. A raunchy yet elegant black comedy built around the upper class in Vienna. Well known playboy painter Heideneck, played by none other than Anton Walbrook, publishes by mistake a nude portrait of a woman wearing nothing but a mask. Her identity is hidden, but due to a horrifying give-away, and a few unforseen circumstances he must enter an eloborate scheme to stop her husband from finding out. The husband however is absolutely certain that it's not his wife, but his brother's fiance. And the fiance in question, while not the woman in the painting, has been having an affair with Heideneck for quite some time, and seems ready to kill the man at any minute. Found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, but most of all I got involved in the drama and the characters, in fact I found myself downright frightened at one point.

9/10

I would recommend this movie to everyone here, save Mightysparks. It's on a doubling the canon, but shockingly it only has 83 votes on IMDb. This movie needs a bigger audience!!!
You make it sound very tantalizing. Unfortunately it seems hard-to-find, too. I'm not finished looking, but so far it's in the huge "must-see-can't-get" list.
It's on KG, and CG(though that's a much poorer print).
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