Thursday, October 11, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Germany/West Germany (128 Greatest Films 1929-2005)



When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Argentina etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.



1930 The Blue Angel* (Josef Von Sternberg)
1930 Westfront 1918 (G.W. Pabst)
1931 Kameradschaft* (G.W. Pabst)
1932 M* (Fritz Lang)
1931 Madchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan)
1932 The Threepenny Opera (G.W. Pabst)
1933 Kuhle Wampe (Slatan Dudow)
1933 Vampyr* (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
1934 Liebelei (Max Ophuls)
1934 Testament of Dr Mabuse* (Fritz Lang)
1935 Triumph of the Will* (Leni Riefenstahl)
1938 Olympia* (Leni Riefenstahl)
1946 Somewhere in Berlin (Gerhard Lamprecht)
1946 The Murderers Are Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte)
1947 Marriage in the Shadows (Kurt Maetzig)
1948 Affaire Blum (Erich Engel)
1949 Film Without a Name (Rudolf Jugert)
1947 The Trial (G.W. Pabst)
1948 Liebe 47 (Wolfgang Liebeneiner)
1954 The Last Bridge (Helmut Kautner)
1955 Lola Montes* (Max Ophuls)
1956 The Rats (Robert Siodmak)
1957 The Captain of Kopenick (Helmut Kautner)
1958 The Devil Came at Night (Robert Siodmak)
1959 The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki)
1965 Not Reconciled Or Only Violence Helps.... (Jean-Marie Straub)
1966 The Young Torless (Volker Schlondorff)
1967 Yesterday Girl (Alexender Kluge)
1968 Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (Alexander Kluge)
1969 Signs of Life (Werner Herzog)
1968 Zur Sache, Schatzchen (May Spils)
1969 Katzelmacher (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1970 Love Is Colder Than Death (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1971 Even Dwarfs Started Small (Werner Herzog)
1970 The American Soldier (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1971 Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1972 Fata Morgana (Werner Herzog)
1972 Land of Silence and Darkness (Werner Herzog)
1971 The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach (Volker Schlondorff)
1972 Aguirre: The Wrath of God* (Werner Herzog)
1973 Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
1973 The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1973 The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick (Wim Wenders)
1972 The Merchant of Four Seasons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1973 Occasional Work of a Female Slave (Alexander Kluge)
1974 The Pedestrian (Maximilian Schell)
1974 The Tenderness of Wolves (Ulli Lommel)
1975 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1975 Alice in the Cities* (Wim Wenders)
1974 Effi Briest (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1975 Moses Und Aron (Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub)
1974 The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach* (Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub)
1975 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser* (Werner Herzog)
1976 Fox and His Friends* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1976 Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1976 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum* (Margarethe Von Trotta, V. Schlondorff)
1976 The Wrong Move (Wim Wenders)
1977 Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1977 Kings of the Road* (Wim Wenders)
1977 Strongman Ferdinand (Alexander Kluge)
1978 Stroszek (Werner Herzog)
1978 The American Friend* (Wim Wenders)
1978 The Consequence (Wolfgang Petersen)
1979 Despair* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1979 Germany in Autumn (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, etc)
1979 Hitler: A Film from Germany* (Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
1977 In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1978 Knife in the Head (Reinhard Hauff)
1979 The Glass Cell (Hans W. Geissendorfer)
1978 The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (Margarethe Von Trotta)
1979 David* (Peter Lilienthal)
1980 Nosferatu the Vampire* (Werner Herzog)
1980 Sisters, Or The Balance of Happiness (Margarethe Von Trotta)
1980 The Marriage of Maria Braun* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1980 The Third Generation (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1980 The Tin Drum* (Volker Schlondorff)
1979 Woyzeck (Werner Herzog)
1980 From the Life of the Marionettes* (Ingmar Bergman)
1981 Germany, Pale Mother (Helma Sanders-Brahms)
1981 Lightning Over Water (Wim Wenders)
1981 Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water (Wim Wenders)
1981 Palermo* (Werner Schroeter)
1982 Circle of Deceit* (Volker Schlondorff)
1982 Das Boot* (Wolfgang Petersen)
1982 Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1982 Marianne and Juliane* (Margarethe Von Trotta)
1983 Fitzcarraldo* (Werner Herzog)
1983 Parsifal (Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
1983 The State of Things (Wim Wenders)
1983 Veronika Voss* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1984 The Power of Emotion (Alexander Kluge)
1985 Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland)
1984 Class Relations (Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub)
1985 Marlene (Maximilian Schell)
1986 Sugarbaby (Percy Adlon)
1986 Tokyo-Ga (Wim Wenders)
1987 Rosa Luxemburg* (Margarethe Von Trotta)
1987 Stammheim* (Reinhard Hauff)
1988 Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog)
1988 Wings of Desire* (Wim Wenders)
1989 The Nasty Girl* (Michael Verhoeven)
1990 Salmonberries (Percy Adlon)
1991 Schtonk! (Helmut Dietl)
1995 Nico Icon (Susanne Ofteringer)
1995 The Promise (Margarethe Von Trotta)
1996 Beyond Silence (Caroline Link)
1997 Aimee and Jaguar (Max Farberbock)
1998 Run Lola Run* (Tom Tykwer)
1999 Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schubel)
2000 My Best Fiend (Werner Herzog)
2001 In July (Fatih Akin)
2000 Legend of Rita (Volker Schlondorff)
2000 The Princess and the Warrior (Tom Tykwer)
2001 Berlin Babylon (Hubertus Siegert)
2002 Mostly Martha (Sandra Nettelbeck)
2001 Nowhere in Africa* (Caroline Link)
2002 The Days Between (Maria Speth)
2002 The Experiment (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
2003 Grill Point (Andreas Dresen)
2004 Goodbye Lenin!* (Wolfgang Becker)
2003 Rosenstrasse (Margarethe Von Trotta)
2004 The Forest for the Trees (Maren Ade)
2003 The Miracle of Bern (Sonke Wortmann)
2004 Downfall* (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
2005 Head-On* (Fatih Akin)
2005 The Edukators* (Hans Weingartner)
2006 Anti Bodies (Christian Alvart)
2006 The White Masai (Hermine Huntgeburth)

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