‘Christiane F.’: How the story of teenage junkies in West Berlin became a phenomenon

Screening at the L.A. Goethe-Institut on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015: At one point Christiane F. was the highest-grossing native film in West Germany, which is astonishing when you consider how dark it is. The movie features a soundtrack of Berlin-era David Bowie songs, and Bowie himself in concert. Read more [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema Pick: Fassbinder returns to Hollywood, May 28-30

L.A.'s Egyptian Theater devotes three nights to a kind of Fassbinder greatest-hits: The big attraction here is the local premiere of Fassbinder: To Love without Demands, a new doc by critic Christian Braad Thomsen, who filmed interviews with Fassbinder throughout the 1970s, right up to the director's final weeks. Read more [...]

No ‘Ostalgie’ here: ‘The Tower’ brings back the bad old days of East Germany

Now available via Video On Demand: An award-winning miniseries made for German TV, The Tower depicts one family's downward spiral in the last years of East Germany. The viewer is inevitably aware of the ticking historical clock as events rush toward the opening of the Berlin Wall. Read more [...]

‘A Coffee in Berlin’ (a.k.a. ‘Oh Boy’): What is the German word for ‘slacker’?

Opens across the U.S. this month... finally! Niko Fischer's life in Berlin consists of drifting. He just can't be bothered with other people, a job, or any entanglements at all. Writer-director Jan Ole Gerster's droll case study in flatlining is the most acclaimed debut film to come out of Germany in many years — and rightly so. Read more [...]

The German version of Werner Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu’ sinks its fangs into L.A.

Playing this week in L.A.: Werner Herzog's hypnotically eerie Nosferatu the Vampyre brings a distinctly Germanic atmosphere to a classic tale of Gothic horror. No one should settle for seeing the movie in English; Herzog shot a version in German as well — and that's the definitive, and no doubt spookier version.
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