Top German Language movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent The Lives of Others on DVD The Lives of Others
Synopsis
In 1984, secret police agent Wiesler is assigned to eavesdrop on a successful but possibly disloyal playwright in East Germany. As the lonely Wiesler learns more about the man and his lover, a prominent actress, he becomes fascinated by their lives.
Cast
Cast
Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert, Matthias Brenner, Charly Hübner
Director
Director
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Foreign, Espionage Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Foreign Thrillers, German Language, Germany
Rent The Counterfeiters on DVD The Counterfeiters
Synopsis
During World War II, Jewish master forger Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is shielded from the atrocities of the concentration camps by agreeing to create counterfeit Allied currency for the Nazis. But soon, his conscience begins to gnaw at him.
Cast
Cast
Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Veit Stübner, Sebastian Urzendowsky, August Zirner, Martin Brambach, Dolores Chaplin, Werner Daehn, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Marie Bäumer, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Tilo Prückner, Andreas Schmidt
Director
Director
Stefan Ruzowitzky
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Das Boot: Director's Cut on DVD Das Boot: Director's Cut
Synopsis
Nominated for six Oscars, this edge-of-your-seat dramatic triumph follows the trials of a German U-boat crew during World War II. Upon its restored re-release in 1997, an hour was added to the original film, which further augmented its impact. It also played as a six-hour German miniseries. In all its forms, the realistic and gripping battle scenes and palpable human struggle make Das Boot a critical hit.
Cast
Cast
Jürgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann, Herbert Gronemeyer, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel
Director
Director
Wolfgang Petersen
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Good Bye, Lenin! on DVD Good Bye, Lenin!
Synopsis
Alex's mother falls into a coma just as the Berlin Wall is about to come down. But when she wakes up months later, she's too weak to withstand shock -- so Alex goes to great lengths to keep the truth about her country's reform a secret.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas, Alexander Beyer, Michael Gwisdek, Burghart Klaussner
Director
Director
Wolfgang Becker
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Foreign Comedies, Political Comedies, German Language, Germany
Rent Sophie Scholl: The Final Days on DVD Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Synopsis
Arrested for participating in the White Rose resistance movement, anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) is subjected to a highly charged interrogation by the Gestapo, testing her loyalty to her cause, her family and her convictions. Based on true events, director Marc Rothemund's absorbing Oscar-nominated drama explores maintaining human resolve in the face of intense pressure from a system determined to silence whistle-blowers.
Cast
Cast
Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Gerald Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke, Florian Stetter, Maximilian Brückner, Johannes Suhm, Lilli Jung, Jorg Hube
Director
Director
Marc Rothemund
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Germany, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The White Ribbon on DVD The White Ribbon
Synopsis
A year before World War I, a series of strange and brutal pranks threaten to shatter a northern German town's orderly existence. But the residents' response may have even more disturbing implications for the future. Celebrated Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke helms this Golden Globe-winning, sumptuously photographed black-and-white drama that stars Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur and Theo Trebs.
Cast
Cast
Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert, Michael Kranz, Burghart Klaussner, Steffi Kühnert, Susanne Lothar, Theo Trebs, Josef Bierbichler, Marisa Growaldt, Janina Fautz, Jadea Mercedes Diaz
Director
Director
Michael Haneke
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany, Period Pieces
Rent M on DVD M
Synopsis
German-American director Fritz Lang presents his first "talkie" -- and cinema's first serial killer -- in this 1931 classic whose central villain was later used in Nazi propaganda films to illustrate the evils of sexual deviance. Propelled by a compulsion he can't control, plump pedophile Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) escapes the eye of the law -- but not the wrath of the Berlin underworld being blamed for his crimes. Otto Wernicke co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Theo Lingen, Georg John, Gustaf Gründgens
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Germany, German Language, Foreign Art House, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages, The Criterion Collection
Rent The Edge of Heaven on DVD The Edge of Heaven
Synopsis
When his father accidentally kills a prostitute, Nejat Aksu (Baki Davrak) seeks out her 27-year-old daughter, Ayten (Nurgül Yesilcay), to make amends. Nejat focuses his search in Turkey, but Ayten, who's part of a closely watched activist group, has fled to Germany. The lives of four Turks and two Germans are soon entwined as a result of circumstances beyond their control in this compelling drama, which earned Best Screenplay honors at Cannes.
Cast
Cast
Nurgul Yesilcay, Baki Davrak, Gengiz Daner, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla, Nursel Köse , Patrycia Ziolkowska
Director
Director
Fatih Akin
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent North Face on DVD North Face
Synopsis
In 1936, young German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser face off against a rival Austrian duo in an attempt to be the first team to scale the infamous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.
Cast
Cast
Benno Fürmann, Johanna Wokalek, Florian Lukas, Simon Schwarz, Georg Friedrich, Ulrich Tukur, Erwin Steinhauer, Branko Samarovski, Petra Morze, Hanspeter Müller
Director
Director
Philipp Stölzl
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Adventures, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Suspense, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Fitzcarraldo on DVD Fitzcarraldo
Synopsis
Klaus Kinski's manic intensity lends itself perfectly to the role of obsessive genius Fitzcarraldo, a rubber baron intent on building an opera house deep within the Peruvian jungle, in this film from Werner Herzog. Capturing both the enormity of the jungle and the human spirit, the film finds cast and crew hauling a steamship over a mountain to achieve their mad goal. For his efforts, Herzog earned Best Director laurels at Cannes Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Claudia Cardinale, Klaus Kinski
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Action & Adventure, Germany, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Princess and the Warrior on DVD The Princess and the Warrior
Synopsis
German director Tom Tykwer reunites with Run Lola Run star Franka Potente, who stars as Sissi, a nurse in a mental ward who gets run over in the street by a truck, in a darkly skewed heist movie with obsession at its core. Quick-thinking Bodo (Benno Furmann), a bank robber by trade, saves Sissi's life -- never suspecting that, in gratitude, she would haunt his every move like a lovesick puppy. Now, he's stuck with a shadow that he doesn't want.
Cast
Cast
Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Joachim Krol, Marita Breuer, Lars Rudolph, Melchior Beslon, Jürgen Tarrach, Ludger Pistor, Natja Brunckhorst, Sebastian Schipper
Director
Director
Tom Tykwer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Crime Dramas, Foreign Romance, Romantic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Walk on Water on DVD Walk on Water
Synopsis
American-born Israeli director Eytan Fox lenses this contemporary road movie that takes its Israeli characters to Berlin as they attempt to understand the role that the past still plays in the lives of young Israeli and German people. Lior Ashkenzai, Carola Ranier, Hans Tischler, Israeli Gideon Shemer and Yousuf Swaid co-star, and the soundtrack includes tunes by Esther Ofarim, Bruce Springsteen, Telepopmusic and Gigliola Cinquetti.
Cast
Cast
Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer, Carola Regnier, Hanns Zischler, Ernest Lenart, Eyal Rozales, Yousef Sweid, Imad Jabarin
Director
Director
Eytan Fox
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Israel, Foreign LGBT, German Language, Hebrew Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Aguirre: The Wrath of God on DVD Aguirre: The Wrath of God
Synopsis
In mid-16th century South America, after completely annihilating the illustrious Incan empire, Gonzalo Pizarro leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. As Pizarro's soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski) is consumed with visions of total domination and leads his army on a doomed quest into oblivion.
Cast
Cast
Klaus Kinski, Peter Berling, Alejandro Repulles, Cecilia Rivera, Helena Rojo, Edward Roland, Ruy Guerra
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Art House, Germany, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Must-See, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me on DVD As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me
Synopsis
After escaping from a Siberian labor camp in the wake of World War II, German soldier Clemens Forell (Bernhard Bettermann) makes his way toward his wife and children, traveling more than 8,000 miles over the course of three long years to reach his final destination. Hardy Martins directs this critically acclaimed adaptation of the best-selling book by Josef Martin Bauer, a true story of survival and courage.
Cast
Cast
Bernhard Bettermann, Irina Pantaeva, Michael Mendl, Anatoly Kotenyov, Iris Böhm, Anna Hermann, Adalbert Mayer, Hans Peter Hallwachs, Hans-Uwe Bauer
Director
Director
Hardy Martins
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language, Foreign Languages
Rent Summer Storm on DVD Summer Storm
Synopsis
A young man begins to realize he has more than friendly feelings for his best pal in this coming-of-age tale. As champion rowers Tobi and Achim prepare for a big tournament, Tobi grows increasingly jealous of Achim's devotion to his girlfriend.
Cast
Cast
Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Jurgen Tonkel, Miriam Morgenstern, Alicja Bachleda, Angelika Brennfleck, Josefine Muller, Joseph M'Barek, Tristano Casanova, Marlon Kittel, Hanno Koffler, Alexa Maria Surholt
Director
Director
Marco Kreuzpaintner
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language
Rent Stalingrad on DVD Stalingrad
Synopsis
During one of World War II's most brutal campaigns, German soldiers see a summer mission turn hellish when the ferocious Russian winter sets in. This raw dramatization provides an unvarnished look at one of the Allies' biggest triumphs.
Cast
Cast
Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastian Rudolph, Sylvester Groth
Director
Director
Joseph Vilsmaier
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, German Language, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Flame and Citron on DVD Flame and Citron
Synopsis
This fact-based drama explores the less-than-heroic side of World War II Danish Resistance fighters Flame and Citron, who, after taking orders from a Resistance leader, systematically assassinated Danish collaborators and Nazi officers.
Cast
Cast
Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Peter Mygind, Mille Lehfeldt, Christian Berkel, Hanns Zischler, Claus Riis Østergaard
Director
Director
Ole Christian Madsen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Military & War Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Danish Language, Period Pieces, German Language, Scandinavia
Rent Locked Up on DVD Locked Up
Synopsis
Love and lust seem to find a way to bloom despite the circumstances. Imprisoned for credit-card fraud, Dennis is ready to give his life over to misery until he meets Mike, a fellow convict who catches Dennis' eye.
Cast
Cast
Marcel Schlutt, Mike Sale, Ralf Steel, Andreas Bernhardt, Michael Busch, Chris Holland, Erik Lenn
Director
Director
Jorg Andreas
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, German Language, Germany
Rent Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary on DVD Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
Synopsis
Documentarians Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer turn their camera on 81-year-old Traudl Junge, who served as Adolf Hitler's secretary from 1942 to 1945, and allow her to speak about her experiences. Junge sheds light on life in the Third Reich and the days leading up to Hitler's death in the famed bunker, where Junge recorded Hitler's last will and testament. Her gripping account is nothing short of mesmerizing.
Cast
Cast
Traudl Junge
Director
Director
André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Eastern Europe, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Wings of Desire on DVD Wings of Desire
Synopsis
From director Wim Wenders comes this hypnotic fantasy about an angel who falls in love with a beautiful circus performer while drifting unnoticed through West Berlin. Overcome by the girl's beauty, the angel decides he wants to become human.
Cast
Cast
Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Hans Martin Stier, Elmar Wilms, Sigurd Rachman, Beartice Manowski
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Indie Romance, Foreign Art House, Foreign Romance, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy, German Language, Germany
Rent A Woman in Berlin on DVD A Woman in Berlin
Synopsis
Based on the best-selling diaries of an anonymous German woman who survived the Soviet invasion of Berlin at the end of World War II, this gripping drama tells the story of a photojournalist's (Nina Hoss) forbidden relationship with a Soviet officer (Yevgeni Sidikhin). After being sexually assaulted by members of the invading Red Army, she turns to the officer for support, but soon finds herself falling for him.
Cast
Cast
Nina Hoss, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Irm Hermann, Rüdiger Vogler, Ulrike Krumbiegel, Rolf Kanies, Jördis Triebel, Roman Gribkov, Juliane Köhler, Samvel Muzhikyan
Director
Director
Max Färberböck
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent The Baader Meinhof Complex on DVD The Baader Meinhof Complex
Synopsis
A radical terrorist group known as the Red Army Faction uses extreme violence to combat what they perceive as a new fascist threat in 1970s Germany. The group's savagery belies its revolutionary postwar intentions in this fast-paced fact-based drama.
Cast
Cast
Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Uhl, Stipe Erceg, Niels-Bruno Schmidt, Vinzenz Kiefer, Simon Licht, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Lommatzsch, Bruno Ganz
Director
Director
Uli Edel
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Foreign Thrillers, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, German Language, Germany
Rent Head-On on DVD Head-On
Synopsis
Cahit Tomruk (Birol Unel) and Sibel Guner (Sibel Kekilli) are immigrant Germans who live and work in the port town of Hamburg. In a bid to help Sibel break free of her family (which strictly adheres to Turkish customs, religious and otherwise), the couple decides to marry. But straitlaced families are just part of the problem; Cahit and Sibel must also counterbalance ancestral roots with their new life in a western democracy. Fatih Akin directs.
Cast
Cast
Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Catrin Striebeck, Guven Kirac, Meltem Cumbul, Stefan Gebelhoff, Francesco Fiannaca, Mona Mur, Ralph Misske
Director
Director
Fatih Akin
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Romance, Germany, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Rosenstrasse on DVD Rosenstrasse
Synopsis
After her father dies, Hannah Weinstein (Maria Schrader) notices that her mother, Ruth (Jutte Lampe), is acting very strangely. Is Ruth's behavior brought on by her understandable grief at the loss of her husband, or does the suffering spring from something older, something repressed? As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever really knew about the woman closest to her. Margarethe von Trotta directs.
Cast
Cast
Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Doris Schade, Jutta Lampe, Jürgen Vogel, Martin Feifel, Fedja van Huêt, Carola Regnier, Svea Lohde, Thekla Reuten
Director
Director
Margarethe von Trotta
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Revanche on DVD Revanche
Synopsis
In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for a Ukrainian hooker. They hope for escape, but their plans unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife.
Cast
Cast
Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss, Johannes Thanheiser, Hanno Poschl, Michael-Joachim Heiss
Director
Director
Götz Spielmann
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Crime Dramas, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Aimee and Jaguar on DVD Aimee and Jaguar
Synopsis
Based on the memoirs of Lilly Wust, this is the story of two women who fall in love in 1943 Berlin: Lilly (Juliane Köhler), the wife of a Nazi officer, and Felice (Maria Schrader), a Jewish journalist. When the two women begin their affair, they rechristen themselves Aimée and Jaguar to help avoid detection. They then set up housekeeping and try to tune out the war, but the Gestapo is never far behind.
Cast
Cast
Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch, Elisabeth Degen, Inge Keller, Detlev Buck, Kyra Mladeck, Klaus Manchen, Margit Bendokat, Jochen Stern, Peter Weck, Lia Dultzkaya, Dani Levy
Director
Director
Max Färberböck
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, Foreign Romance, Germany, German Language
Rent The Edukators on DVD The Edukators
Synopsis
Peter (Stipe Erceg), Jan (Daniel Brühl) and Jule (Julia Jentsch) -- a trio of anticapitalist radicals who call themselves the Edukators -- rankle Germany's elite by breaking into mansions, rearranging the possessions and leaving menacing messages that warn of an impending class war. But when Jule leaves her cell phone behind and they return to the scene to retrieve it, an unexpected visitor forces them to improvise.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaussner, Peer Martiny, Petra Zieser, Laura Schmidt, Sebastian Butz, Oliver Brocker, Knut Berger, Hanns Zischler, Claudio Caiolo, Bernhard Bettermann, Sylvia Haider, Claudia Jakobshagen
Director
Director
Hans Weingartner
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Foreign Comedies, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Schultze Gets the Blues on DVD Schultze Gets the Blues
Synopsis
Schultze, a reserved, retired man living in Teutschenthal, Germany, finds his life of visiting pubs, fishing and playing traditional polka music on his accordion forever changed by a visit to Louisiana.
Cast
Cast
Horst Krause, Harald Warmbrunn, Karl Fred Muller, Ursula Schucht, Hannelore Schubert, Erwin Meinicke, Hans Hohmann, Siegfried Zimmermann, Wolfgang Boos, Leo Fischer, Loni Frank, Elke Rummler, Rosemarie Deibel, Marylu Poolman
Director
Director
Michael Schorr
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Foreign, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Foreign Comedies, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Triumph of the Will on DVD Triumph of the Will
Synopsis
Leni Riefenstahl's infamous propaganda film documenting the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally features a cast of thousands -- including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering and other top officials. Images of cheering crowds, precision marching, military bands, banners lining Nuremberg's streets and Hitler's climactic speech illustrate with chilling clarity how Germany fell under his spell.
Cast
Cast
Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goring
Director
Director
Leni Riefenstahl
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Must-See, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Before the Fall on DVD Before the Fall
Synopsis
When Friedrich Weimer (Max Riemelt), an aspiring young boxer from a small German village, is recruited by the Nazis to come train in one of their Napolas, he eagerly accepts -- despite the objections of his father (Gerald Alexander Held), who adamantly opposes Hitler. But inside the Napola, Friedrich's training quickly shifts from fighting to killing, and he's not sure whether his conscience can take it.
Cast
Cast
Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Striesow, Joachim Bissmeier, Justus von Dohnanyi, Michael Schenker, Florian Stetter, Gerald Alexander Held, Sissy Hofferer, Jonas Jagermeyr, Leon A. Kersten, Thomas Drechsel, Martin Goeres
Director
Director
Dennis Gansel
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language
Rent Cherry Blossoms on DVD Cherry Blossoms
Synopsis
After finding out that her husband, Rudi (Elmar Wepper), has a fatal illness, Trudi Angermeier (Hannelore Elsner) arranges a trip to Berlin so they can see their children (Maximilian Brückner and Nadja Uhl). Of course, the kids don't know the real reason they're visiting -- and the catch is, neither does Rudi. Complications ensue after a tragic, unexpected turn of events that leads Rudi to learn unsettling secrets about his wife.
Cast
Cast
Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner, Nadja Uhl, Birgit Minichmayr, Felix Eitner, Floriane Daniel
Director
Director
Doris Dörrie
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Romance, Germany, German Language
Rent Guys and Balls on DVD Guys and Balls
Synopsis
When the guys on Ecki's soccer team find out that he's gay, they kick him off the squad. Determined to best his old teammates, Ecki rounds up a group of gay players -- but they'll need a lot of work to win the big game.
Cast
Cast
Maximilian Brückner, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Dietmar Bar, Saskia Vester, Rolf Zacher, Mariele Millowitsch, David Rott, Christian Berkel, Charly Hübner, Markus John
Director
Director
Sherry Horman
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, Foreign Comedies, German Language, Germany
Rent War Photographer on DVD War Photographer
Synopsis
In this engrossing, Academy Award-nominated documentary, director Christian Frei follows photojournalist James Nachtwey into the world's combat zones as he fights to capture the struggles of those who face harrowing violence in places such as Kosovo, Indonesia and the West Bank. Nachtwey skirts through murky politics to tell the stories of the suffering in hopes that he can bring attention to their plight, one picture at a time.
Cast
Cast
James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt, Des Wright, Denis O'Neill
Director
Director
Christian Frei
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Military Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Documentaries, Special Interest, Photography, Art & Design, Foreign Languages
Rent The Tin Drum on DVD The Tin Drum
Synopsis
Young Oskar Matzerath, who grows up witnessing the rise of Nazism at the eve of World War II, decides at age 3 to stop growing -- effectively shutting out the world and communicating only by banging on his tin drum. Volker Schlondorff's epic unfolds with cinematic artistry, psychological insight, political vision and symbolic richness, as Germany falls prey to Nazism while Oskar's protests go unnoticed. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Cast
Cast
Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Roland Teubner, Tadeusz Kunikowski
Director
Director
Volker Schlöndorff
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Art House, Foreign Must-See, German Language, Germany, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent John Rabe on DVD John Rabe
Synopsis
Florian Gallenberger directs this gripping drama about John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur), a German businessman living in Nanking, China, who in 1937 used his Nazi party affiliation to save some 200,000 Chinese civilians from slaughter at the hands of the Japanese army. As Rabe labors to establish an official safety zone to shelter the innocent, he forms an unlikely friendship with an American doctor (Steve Buscemi). Anne Consigny and Daniel Brühl co-star.
Cast
Cast
Ulrich Tukur, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Brühl, Anne Consigny, Dagmar Manzel, Jingchu Zhang, Teruyuki Kagawa, Mathias Herrmann, Tetta Sugimoto, Akira Emoto
Director
Director
Florian Gallenberger
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language, Mandarin Language
Rent Regular Guys on DVD Regular Guys
Synopsis
After being dumped by his girlfriend in this unusual romantic comedy, police officer Christoph (Christoph M. Ohrt) drowns his sorrows in liquor and awakes the next morning in bed with a car thief, Edward (Tim Bergmann), who happens to be gay. With no place to go, Christoph rooms with Edward, who ignores his assertions that he's straight. While everyone at work gossips about Christoph's sexuality, lovely Helen (Carin C. Tietze) romances him.
Cast
Cast
Christoph M. Ohrt, Carin C. Tietze, Tim Bergmann, Oliver Stokowski, Rudolf Kowalski, Dieter Brandecker, Ina Weisse, Andreas Pietschmann
Director
Director
Rolf Silber
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Foreign, LGBT Comedies, Romantic LGBT, Foreign Comedies, German Language, Germany
Rent Barbara on DVD Barbara
Synopsis
In 1980 East Germany, Barbara, a doctor, is reassigned to a small rural hospital as punishment for trying to find work in the West. Biding time until her lover can help her defect, Barbara begins to suspect that her new boss knows of her plans.
Cast
Cast
Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Claudia Geisler, Deniz Petzold, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Mark Waschke, Kirsten Block
Director
Director
Christian Petzold
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, 20th Century Period Pieces, Foreign Dramas, Period Pieces, German Language, Germany
Rent Funny Games on DVD Funny Games
Synopsis
An affluent family is settling into their secluded lakeside vacation property when two young men invade the home and take the family hostage. The pair begin to play sadistic games, betting whether the family will survive by morning.
Cast
Cast
Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Stefan Clapczynski, Doris Kunstmann, Christoph Bantzer, Wolfgang Gluck, Susanne Meneghel
Director
Director
Michael Haneke
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Foreign, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, Crime Dramas, Foreign Thrillers, German Language, Eastern Europe
Rent Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl on DVD Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl
Synopsis
By directing propaganda films such as Triumph of the Will for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party, Leni Riefenstahl became one of the most controversial filmmakers of all time. This engrossing documentary explores her legacy and association with Hitler. Riefenstahl, who at various points in her life was also a dancer, actress and photographer, defends herself and her actions, making no apology for her glorification of the loathsome German leader.
Cast
Cast
Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler
Director
Director
Ray Muller
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany, Political Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Young Goethe in Love on DVD Young Goethe in Love
Synopsis
The love life of aspiring young poet Johann Goethe is the subject of this period biopic. As Goethe strains against his family's expectation that he study law, he falls in love with Lotte, who is to be wed to another.
Cast
Cast
Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Henry Hübchen , Hans-Michael Rehberg
Director
Director
Philipp Stölzl
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Romance, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Lore on DVD Lore
Synopsis
After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amid the chaos, she encounters a mysterious refugee named Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire.
Cast
Cast
Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Mika Seidel, André Frid, Eva-Maria Hagen, Nick Holaschke, Sven Pippig, Philip Wiegratz
Director
Director
Cate Shortland
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Military & War Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, German Language, Germany
Rent A Film Unfinished on DVD A Film Unfinished
Synopsis
This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes the truth. Director Yael Hersonski shows how the imagery was staged to distort historical knowledge and, with the aid of Jewish survivors' testimony, chronicles the horrifying reality of ghetto life.
Cast
Cast
Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler
Director
Director
Yael Hersonski
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language
Rent Ali: Fear Eats the Soul on DVD Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Synopsis
Director R.W. Fassbinder helmed this powerful film, winner of the International Critics' Prize at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, about an unlikely love affair between Emmi (Brigitte Mira), an elderly German cleaning lady, and Ali (El Hedi ben Salem), a Moroccan boxer. When they decide to marry, the underlying prejudice that first reared its ugly head when they were dating wreaks havoc in their lives.
Cast
Cast
Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa, Anita Bucher, Gusti Kreissl, Doris Mattes, Margit Symo
Director
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Romance, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, Germany, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent Coming Out on DVD Coming Out
Synopsis
Hailed as the first (and only) film about gay life produced in communist East Germany, Coming Out debuted the night the Berlin Wall crumbled. Since childhood, Philipp (Matthias Freihof) has masked his attraction to men. Determined to live a "normal" life, he moves in with fellow teacher Tanja (Dagmar Manzel) but engages in a secret affair with Matthias (Dirk Kummer). When Tanja turns up pregnant, Philipp finds himself on the horns of a dilemma.
Cast
Cast
Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek, Werner Dissel, Gudrun Ritter, Walfriede Schmitt, Axel Wandtke, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
Director
Director
Heiner Carow
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, German Language, Germany
Rent The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser on DVD The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Synopsis
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog weaves this drama based on the legend of Kaspar Hauser, a teenage boy who mysteriously appeared on the streets of Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk and apparently held in solitary confinement his entire life. Herzog's interpretation of the legend is in keeping with his usual metaphoric style, as the story focuses primarily on the effects of integrating the young misfit into German society.
Cast
Cast
Brigitte Mira, Walter Ladengast
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, Foreign Must-See, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Stroszek on DVD Stroszek
Synopsis
Director Werner Herzog delivers poetic juxtaposition and melancholy cynicism in this grim tale of three displaced Germans seeking a new life in rural Wisconsin. Stroszek (Bruno S.), a destitute ex-con, and Eva (Eva Mattes), a luckless prostitute, are plagued by misery in their home of Berlin. When Stroszek's neighbor immigrates to Wisconsin, the couple follows but finds that the bleak landscape of a depressed Midwest offers little hope or solace.
Cast
Cast
Clemens Scheitz, Eva Mattes, Bruno S.
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Art House, Germany, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Faraway, So Close! on DVD Faraway, So Close!
Synopsis
Together with fellow angel Raphaela (Nastassja Kinski), Cassiel (Otto Sander) flies around post-Cold War Berlin observing the city and its mortals. Spying a girl (Aline Krajewski) in danger, Cassiel decides to break the cardinal rule against helping mortals and rescues her. The angel now faces an ethical struggle about saving the mortals he loves while performing his heavenly duties. The film took home the jury prize at Cannes.
Cast
Cast
Otto Sander, Nastassja Kinski, Peter Falk, Lou Reed, Horst Buchholz, Bruno Ganz, Willem Dafoe, Mikhail Gorbachev, Aline Krajewski
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Foreign, French Language, German Language, Germany, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Hannah Arendt on DVD Hannah Arendt
Synopsis
After fleeing Nazi Germany for the United States, a Jewish-German philosopher accepts an assignment from the New Yorker to cover the trial of an infamous war criminal, resulting in an article that ignites controversy all over the world.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, Axel Milberg, Ulrich Noethen, Michael Degen, Nicholas Woodeson, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Klaus Pohl
Director
Director
Margarethe von Trotta
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany, Period Pieces
Rent Boy Crush on DVD Boy Crush
Synopsis
From a bittersweet tale about unrequited love to the story of a deaf jock secretly in love with his teammate to a Hitchcockian thriller, this internationally flavored anthology features seven gay-themed short films with a singular topic: the crush. The collection includes "Summer" (Great Britain), "Night Swimming" (United States), "Running Without Sound" (United States), "Out Now" (Germany) and "The Bridge" (Australia).
Cast
Cast
Jalil Lespert, Peter Peralta, Jay Brown
Director
Director
David M. Young, Hong Khaou, Daniel Falcone, Judd King, Sven J. Matten, George Barbakadze, Eric Rognard
Genres
Genres
LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Romantic LGBT, Gay, German Language, French Language, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia/ New Zealand, France
Rent The Goebbels Experiment on DVD The Goebbels Experiment
Synopsis
Reading from the diaries kept by Third Reich propagandist Joseph Goebbels between 1924 and 1945, Kenneth Branagh brings the infamous Nazi spin doctor to life, all the way up to his suicide at the end of World War II. Using this primary source material as their canvas, filmmakers Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft paint a portrait of a 20th century figure who was sometimes a success, sometimes a failure and always fascinating.
Cast
Cast
Udo Samel, Kenneth Branagh
Director
Director
Lutz Hachmeister
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language
Rent Cloud 9 on DVD Cloud 9
Synopsis
When 60-year-old Inge (Ursula Werner) suddenly delves into a lively, adulterous affair with the even older Karl (Horst Westphal), she finally confesses her newfound passion to her husband of 30 years, Werner (Horst Rehberg). But will she end her illicit relationship with Karl to keep her unexciting-but-stable marriage intact? Andreas Dresen directs this compelling drama also starring Steffi Kühnert.
Cast
Cast
Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal, Steffi Kühnert
Director
Director
Andreas Dresen
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Romance, Germany, German Language, Foreign Dramas
Rent The American Friend on DVD The American Friend
Synopsis
Idealistic German art restorer Jonathan Zimmermann is dying from a rare blood disease, so to earn money for the family he will be leaving behind, he accepts an offer from cunning American sociopath Tom Ripley to carry out a high-paying mob hit.
Cast
Cast
Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Peter Lilienthal, Daniel Schmid, Lou Castel
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Classic Thrillers, Foreign Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Suspense, German Language, Germany
Rent Winter Sleepers on DVD Winter Sleepers
Synopsis
Translator Rebecca lives with ski instructor Marco in a mountain villa owned by her friend Laura. Cinema projectionist Rene steals Marco's car and gets into an accident with local farmer Theo, whose daughter dies soon after the wreck. Suffering from short-term memory loss, Rene starts a relationship with Laura, while Theo searches for the person who killed his daughter in director Tom Twyker's foreboding tale of time and memory.
Cast
Cast
Ulrich Matthes, Heino Ferch, Marie-Lou Sellem, Josef Bierbichler, Floriane Daniel, Laura Maori Tonke, Sophia Dirscherl, Sebastian Schipper, Saskia Vester, Werner Schnitzer, Renee Schoenberg, Simon Donatz, Jacob Donatz, Agathe Taffertshofer, Robert Meyer
Director
Director
Tom Tykwer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Romance, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Testament of Dr. Mabuse on DVD The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Synopsis
Seasoned criminal Doctor Mabuse (Rudolf Klein Rogge) has been locked in an asylum for the past 10 years, straddling the line between life and death. One of his last projects involves a mysterious manifesto that sets in place a crime-filled future. Discovering that the creepy article's text seems to predict disturbing events, detective Lohmann (Otto Wernicke) tries to put together the pieces of this mind-bending case.
Cast
Cast
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schundler, Otto Wernicke, Wera Liessem, Karl Meixner
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Art House, Germany, German Language
Rent Anatomy on DVD Anatomy
Synopsis
A promising young medical student wins a place at a prestigious medical school. But when a familiar face shows up on her dissection table, she uncovers a horrifying secret society of surgeons who will do anything to obtain interesting specimens.
Cast
Cast
Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Anna Loos, Sebastian Blomberg, Holger Speckhahn, Traugott Buhre, Oliver Wnuk, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey
Director
Director
Stephan Ruzowitzky
Genres
Genres
Horror, Foreign, Slashers and Serial Killers, Foreign Horror, Germany, German Language
Rent Soul Kitchen on DVD Soul Kitchen
Synopsis
Young restaurant owner Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) decides to revamp Soul Kitchen, his dumpy diner, but the customer response isn't what he was hoping for. To make matters worse, his girlfriend (Anna Bederke) flies off to Shanghai, and the tax collector comes knocking. But with the help of an inspired new chef (Birol Ünel), Zinos still has a chance at redemption. German director Fatih Akin delivers a riotous modern romantic comedy.
Cast
Cast
Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Anna Bederke, Pheline Roggan, Lucas Gregorowicz, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Demir Gökgöl, Cem Akin, Jan Fedder, Udo Kier
Director
Director
Fatih Akin
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Germany, German Language, Foreign Romance, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Schoolgirl Report: Vol. 1 on DVD Schoolgirl Report: Vol. 1
Synopsis
In this first film of the popular 1970s German erotica anthology, an 18-year-old girl is brought before the parents' association after she's caught in a sexual tryst while on a class outing. The school psychologist defends the student's behavior, citing tales of schoolgirl seduction shown in erotic vignettes. Günther Kieslich, Helga Kruck and Friedrich von Thun star in this sexploitation film directed by Ernst Hofbauer.
Cast
Cast
Günther Kieslich, Wolf Harnisch, Helga Kruck, Friedrich von Thun
Director
Director
Ernst Hofbauer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Steamy Romance, Germany, Foreign Regions, German Language, Foreign Languages
Rent Vision on DVD Vision
Synopsis
Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent biopic chronicles the fascinating story of 12th-century Christian mystic and scientist Hildegard von Bingen (Barbara Sukowa). Despite living in an era when women are proscribed from preaching and interpreting scripture, Hildegard believes that the visions she experiences are a gift from God that she must reveal -- even at the risk of condemnation.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles, Paula Kalenberg, Mareile Blendl, Vera Lippisch, Annemarie Düringer, Devid Striesow, Tristan Seith, Nicole Unger
Director
Director
Margarethe von Trotta
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Pina on DVD Pina
Synopsis
Wim Wenders directs to arresting effect in this performance documentary about Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company. Performing alfresco in Wuppertal, Germany, the troupe's pieces include "The Rite of Spring."
Cast
Cast
Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Rainer Behr, Andrey Berezin, Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Bénédicte Billet, Ales Cucek, Clementine Deluy
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Ballet & Modern Dance, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Dance, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent Four Minutes on DVD Four Minutes
Synopsis
Traude (Monica Bleibtreu), an elderly music teacher who gives piano lessons to prisoners, finds an unexpected prodigy in Jenny (Hannah Herzsprung), a brooding young inmate, and devotes herself to developing Jenny's talent in the little time they have together. But while Traude teaches Jenny valuable lessons about music, Jenny herself inspires Traude to examine her own past and the meaning of her life -- and what might have passed her by.
Cast
Cast
Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Müller, Jasmin Tabatabai, Stefan Kurt, Vadim Glowna, Nadja Uhl, Peter Davor, Edita Malovcic, Kathrin Kestler, Christian Koerner
Director
Director
Chris Kraus
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Fox and His Friends on DVD Fox and His Friends
Synopsis
Fox is an earnest circus worker who loses his job when his lover is arrested for tax fraud. Needing cash for his weekly lottery ticket, Fox lets himself be picked up by an elegant older man named Max. But when Fox wins big money in the lottery, Max's friends suddenly become Fox's "friends" and before long, a charming man named Eugen seduces Fox and fleeces him of his newfound money.
Cast
Cast
Harry Baer, Karl-Heinz Bohm, Peter Chatel, Adrian Horen, Ulla Jacobsen, Christiane Maybach
Director
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign LGBT, Germany, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent The Knowledge of Healing on DVD The Knowledge of Healing
Synopsis
This fascinating Swiss documentary visits with the Dalai Lama and his personal physician, Tenzin Choedrak, in his home in the foothills of India, as well as with Tibetan doctor Chimit-Dorzhi Dugarov in eastern Siberia. Subsequent interviews with physicians, scientists and other practitioners in Austria, Switzerland and Israel reveal the tried-and-true science behind the 2,000-year-old art of Tibetan medical thinking.
Cast
Cast
Dalai Lama, Dr.Tanzin Gyatso, Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, Dr. Isaac Ginsburg, Dr. Chimit-Dorzhi Dugarov, Dr. Alfred Hassig, Dr. Alexander P. Nechunayev
Director
Director
Franz Reichle
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Science and Nature Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Mindfulness & Prayer, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Healing & Reiki
Rent Antibodies on DVD Antibodies
Synopsis
After confessed killer Gabriel Engel (André Hennicke) is captured, small-town cop Michael Martens (Wotan Wilke Möhring) interrogates him, hoping a journey into the madman's twisted mind will give clues to an unsolved murder committed in the same heinous manner as Gabriel's crimes. Gabriel claims to know the killer's identity but turns the investigation into a psychological game, leaving Michael questioning his own sanity in this German thriller.
Cast
Cast
Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte, Konstantin Graudus, Heinz Hoenig, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Ulrike Krumbiegel
Director
Director
Christian Alvart
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Thrillers, Germany, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Sissi on DVD Sissi
Synopsis
The enchanting Romy Schneider stars as princess Sissi in this first installment of the romantic trilogy about life in the 19th-century Austrian court, in which Kaiser Franz Joseph (Karlheinz Böhm) falls in love with Sissi even though he is betrothed to her sister. This beloved and lavishly photographed period drama was directed by Ernst Marischka and also stars Vilma Degischer as Sissi's sharply demanding mother-in-law, Archduchess Sophie.
Cast
Cast
Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz, Gustav Knuth, Vilma Degischer, Josef Meinrad
Director
Director
Ernst Marischka
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Comedies, Foreign Romance, Eastern Europe, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The BRD Trilogy: Lola on DVD The BRD Trilogy: Lola
Synopsis
A singer-whore (Barbara Sukowa) with almost as much ambition as nerve singles out the incorruptible local building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl) as the object of her worldly charms. An explosive film from director Rainer Werner Fassbinder that's frequently grouped in a trilogy with Veronika Voss and The Marriage of Maria Braun, due to the shared theme of women's experiences with loss and survival in postwar Germany.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs, Helga Feddersen, Karin Baal, Ivan Desny, Elisabeth Volkmann, Hark Bohm, Karl-Heinz von Hassel
Director
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Art House, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, Germany, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent Schoolgirl Report: Vol. 6 on DVD Schoolgirl Report: Vol. 6
Synopsis
When two sexy students are caught in an empty classroom studying each other's biology, they try to get out of trouble by telling the principal about the erotic exploits of other lusty young pupils. What they reveal is a school oozing with teenage seduction, sex, blackmail and revenge. Ernst Hofbauer directs and Ulrike Butz and Marie Ekorre star in this volume of the vintage German sexploitation series.
Cast
Cast
Puppa Armbruster, Gerd Arnau, Ini Assmann, Reiner Brönneke, Ulrike Butz, Shirley Corrigan, Britt Corvin, Sven Dolan, Marie Ekorre, Sonja Embriz, Marisa Feldy
Director
Director
Ernst Hofbauer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Steamy Romance, Germany, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Shoah on DVD Shoah
Synopsis
Director Claude Lanzmann's devastating Holocaust documentary sheds light on one of the darkest periods in the history of humankind. With more than nine hours of footage, the film relies solely on testimony from survivors, witnesses and perpetrators. Eschewing archival footage, Lanzmann interviews each subject -- many at length -- beginning with Simon Srebnik, one of only two Jews who survived the Chelmno death camp.
Cast
Cast
Simon Srebnik, Mordechaï Podchlebnik, Motke Zaidl, Hanna Zaidl, Jan Piwonski, Itzhak Dugin, Richard Glazer, Paula Biren, Pana Pietyra
Director
Director
Claude Lanzmann
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, Hebrew Language, German Language, Polish Language, French Language
Rent The Toilers and the Wayfarers on DVD The Toilers and the Wayfarers
Synopsis
Keith Froelich directs this coming-of-age tale about two gay teens (Matt Klemp and Andrew Woodhouse) who migrate from the conservative small town of New Ulm, Minn., to the big city of Minneapolis, where they wind up turning tricks to survive. Ralf Schirg co-stars as their twenty-something cohort, a man who's recently moved from Germany to America to find the freedom he sees on television and in Hollywood movies.
Cast
Cast
Matt Klemp, Andrew Woodhouse, Ralf Schirg
Director
Director
Keith Froelich
Genres
Genres
Independent, LGBT, Indie Dramas, LGBT Dramas, Gay, German Language
Rent Cobra Verde on DVD Cobra Verde
Synopsis
Based on Bruce Chatwin's 1980 novel <i>The Viceroy of Ouidah</i>, this adventure drama stars Klaus Kinski as a plantation overseer in 19th-century Brazil who, after falling out of favor with his boss, is sent to West Africa on a dangerous slave-buying mission that soon has him fighting for his life. Werner Herzog directed and wrote the screenplay for this German-language film, the last of several collaborations between Herzog and Kinski.
Cast
Cast
King Ampaw, Salvatore Basile, Peter Berling, Klaus Kinski, José Lewgoy , Pedro Oliveira, Benito Stefanelli
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Schoolgirl Report: Vol. 5 on DVD Schoolgirl Report: Vol. 5
Synopsis
Naughty schoolgirls and steamy tales heat up this uncensored volume of the popular 1970s German erotica anthology. A teacher is the sexual mark in a friendly wager, a school chaplain becomes a student's unholy fantasy and more. As one beautiful girl practices self-love, two others spend their playtime with the school's handymen. But can these schoolgirl seductions remain undercover and away from the peering eyes of the parents' association?
Cast
Cast
Puppa Armbruster, Ekkehardt Belle, Erika Blumberger, Marina Blümel, Helmut Brasch, Ulrike Butz, Marisa Feldy, Judith Fritsch, Philippe Gaste, Monika Hagen
Director
Director
Walter Boos, Ernst Hofbauer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Steamy Romance, Germany, Foreign Romance, German Language
Rent The Raspberry Reich on DVD The Raspberry Reich
Synopsis
In this audacious film about modern Germans adopting the culture of left-wing movements of the 1970s, Gudrun (Susanne Sachsse) -- the Raspberry Reich's doyenne -- forces her straight male comrades to have sex with each other to prove their mettle as revolutionaries. Directed by provocateur Bruce La Bruce, the movie costars Andreas Rupprecht as the kidnapped son of a rich industrialist. Not for children.
Cast
Cast
Susanne Sachsse, Daniel Batscher, Andreas Rupprecht, Dean Stathis, Anton Z. Risan, Daniel Fettig, Paul Gerrits
Director
Director
Bruce LaBruce
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, Germany, Foreign Art House, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Verdict on Auschwitz on DVD Verdict on Auschwitz
Synopsis
Twenty-two former members of Hitler's SS, many of whom had carved out comfortable lives for themselves in postwar West Germany, stood trial in 1963 before 360 witnesses who accused them of murdering millions. This riveting, heartbreaking documentary re-creates the momentous Frankfurt trial. Filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner build the film around taped testimony from more than 200 Auschwitz survivors.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Rolf Bickel, Dietrich Wagner
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Eight Miles High on DVD Eight Miles High
Synopsis
In this German biopic, Natalia Avelon stars as Munich "It girl" Uschi Obermaier, a 1960s icon who rose from small-town beginnings in Bavaria to ultimately rub elbows -- and share beds -- with the likes of superstars such as the Rolling Stones. After meeting student activist Rainer Langhans (Matthias Schweigh&#246;fer), Uschi joins a political commune in Berlin, all the while remaining true to her own search for personal freedom.
Cast
Cast
Natalia Avelon, David Scheller, Matthias Schweighöfer, Friederike Kempter, Alexander Scheer, Georg Friedrich, Victor Norén, Milan Peschel, Oliver Binge, Martin Koch, Valerie Lasserre, Jonathan Schuld
Director
Director
Achim Bornhak
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language
Rent Heart of Glass on DVD Heart of Glass
Synopsis
In director Werner Herzog's most conceptual film, a small Bavarian town is plunged into a mysterious and haunted despair when the owner of the town's glass factory dies without passing on the secret formula for its special ruby-colored glass. Desperate to discover the formula, the townspeople turn to superstition and murder. When a mystic appears out of the mountains, will his premonitions save them or foretell their doom?
Cast
Cast
Josef Bierbichler, Clemens Scheitz, Stefan Guttler, Sonja Skiba
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Jerichow on DVD Jerichow
Synopsis
While in his hometown for his mother's funeral, broke Afghan-Soviet war veteran Thomas (Benno F&#252;rmann) winds up meeting and working for passionate Turk Ali (Hilmi S&#246;zer), who needs a driver to help him keep tabs on his chain of snack bars. But when Thomas meets Ali's gorgeous German wife (Nina Hoss) and the sparks fly, he enters a passionate affair with her that threatens his new livelihood and friendship with the perpetually jealous Ali.
Cast
Cast
Benno Fürmann, Hilmi Sözer, Nina Hoss, Knut Berger, Claudia Geisler, Marie Gruber
Director
Director
Christian Petzold
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, Foreign Romance, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Wave on DVD The Wave
Synopsis
To give his students a real-world example of how dictatorships can grow powerful, a high school teacher starts a social experiment that gives some of his students a strong advantage while leaving others subservient and powerless.
Cast
Cast
Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich, Christiane Paul, Jacob Matschenz, Cristina do Rego, Elyas M'Barek, Maximilian Vollmar, Max Mauff, Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow, Tim Oliver Schultz, Amelie Kiefer, Fabian Preger, Odine Johne
Director
Director
Dennis Gansel
Genres
Genres
Drama, Psychological Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Suspense, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Thrillers, German Language, Germany
Rent Museum Hours on DVD Museum Hours
Synopsis
When Anne arrives in Vienna to visit an ailing relative, she takes refuge in the Kunsthistorisches Museum and befriends Johann, a guard. Director Jem Cohen blends fiction and documentary in this meditation on how art and the world shape each other.
Cast
Cast
Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
Director
Director
Jem Cohen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Foreign Dramas, German Language
Rent When We Leave on DVD When We Leave
Synopsis
Umay, 25, is torn between two cultures when she leaves her abusive husband and takes their young son, Cem, from Istanbul to her family home in Germany. Seeking refuge with her parents, Umay hopes to start anew, but her family disapproves. She finds work in a restaurant and falls in love with a German co-worker, Stipe, who happily welcomes her and Cem into his life, but turmoil erupts when Umay's family decides to return Cem to his father.
Cast
Cast
Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanriogen, Tamer Yigit, Serhad Can, Almila Bagriacik, Florian Lukas, Nursel Köse , Alwara Höfels
Director
Director
Feo Aladag
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Hell on Wheels on DVD Hell on Wheels
Synopsis
Cycling's defining contest, the Tour de France, is caught in all its grueling glory in this documentary as top riders reveal their hopes and fears. Amid the drama of the race, the film sheds light on those who support the athletes behind the scenes.
Cast
Cast
Erik Zabel, Lance Armstrong, Rolf Aldag, Andreas Kloden, Alexander Winokurow, Steve Zampieri, Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton, Mario Kummer, Serge Laget
Director
Director
Pepe Danquart, Werner Schweizer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language
Rent The Silence on DVD The Silence
Synopsis
When 13-year-old Sinikka goes missing from the same spot where another girl was murdered 23 years earlier, a retired investigator teams up with a younger colleague to unravel the parallel mysteries.
Cast
Cast
Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Sass, Sebastian Blomberg, Burghart Klaussner, Karoline Eichhorn, Roeland Wiesnekker, Jule Böwe, Oliver Stokowski
Director
Director
Baran bo Odar
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Foreign, Crime Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Foreign Thrillers, German Language, Germany, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Requiem on DVD Requiem
Synopsis
Set in 1970s Germany, this taut drama from director Hans-Christian Schmid follows troubled 21-year-old Michaela Klingler (Sandra Huller), a devout Catholic whose epilepsy results in a tragic exorcism. Michaela is determined to get a college education regardless of her condition, but the pressures of school and sexual awakenings give rise to seizures that she ascribes to demonic possession. Based on a true story, the film also stars Imogen Kogge.
Cast
Cast
Sandra Hüller, Burghart Klaussner, Imogen Kogge, Anna Blomeier, Nicholas Reinke, Jens Harzer, Walter Schmidinger, Friederike Adolph, Irene Kugler
Director
Director
Hans-Christian Schmid
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent Watermarks on DVD Watermarks
Synopsis
Sixty-five years after fleeing Austria to evade the Nazis, a group of champion women swimmers from the Jewish sports club Hakoah Vienna reunite to tell their inspiring story in this documentary. Now in their eighties, the women return to the Vienna pool where they trained for Hakoah Vienna, which was founded in 1909 after Austrian sports clubs were forbidden to admit Jews. The film captures the reunion and chronicles the athletes' story.
Cast
Cast
Judith Haspel, Ann Marie Pisker, Anni Lampl, Hanni Lux, Trude Hirschler, Nanne Selinger, Elisheva Susz, Greta Stanton
Director
Director
Yaron Zilberman
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Hebrew Language, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Sissi: The Young Empress on DVD Sissi: The Young Empress
Synopsis
The enchanting Romy Schneider stars as Princess Sissi in this second installment of the romantic trilogy about life in the 19th-century Austrian court, in which Sissi comes into her own but must finally confront her meddlesome mother-in-law (Vilma Degischer). Torn between her royal duty to country and her maternal instincts toward her newborn child, Sissi is forced to choose between the good of her country and the good of her family.
Cast
Cast
Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth, Vilma Degischer, Walter Reyer, Josef Meinrad
Director
Director
Ernst Marischka
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Romance, Eastern Europe, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Everyone Else on DVD Everyone Else
Synopsis
In director Maren Ade's complex drama about gender roles, power and desire, Chris (Lars Eidinger) and Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr) find their relationship tested when a brief encounter with a seemingly perfect couple prompts Chris to emulate the other man's dominance. Gitti is game for the role-playing experiment, until submission gives way to suffocation. Will both partners feel their true selves slip away?
Cast
Cast
Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka, Mira Partecke, Atef Vogel, Paula Hartmann, Carina N. Wiese, Laura Zedda
Director
Director
Maren Ade
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, German Language
Rent Woyzeck on DVD Woyzeck
Synopsis
Beaten on all fronts, soldier Franz Woyzeck (Klaus Kinski) fights a desperate battle for his sanity in director Werner Herzog's adaptation of Georg B&#252;chner's play. Considered working-class scum and abused by his military superiors, Woyzeck is pushed to the edge when he discovers his lover's infidelities. Eva Mattes earned the Cannes Best Actress award for her portrayal of Woyzeck's girlfriend, Marie.
Cast
Cast
Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reitherman, Willy Semmelrogge, Josef Bierbichler, Paul Burian, Volker Prechtl, Dieter Augustin
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Germany, Foreign Art House, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent November Moon on DVD November Moon
Synopsis
To escape the escalating Nazi threat in her native Germany, young Jew November Messing (Gabriele Osburg) finds sanctuary and love with a daring mademoiselle. November is taken in by a Parisian family. The brother and sister of the household develop amorous feelings for November -- who falls for the mademoiselle, F&#233;rial (Christiane Millet). When the Germans occupy the city, F&#233;rial takes enormous personal risks to shield her lover from the Nazis.
Cast
Cast
Maurice Arama, Daniel Berlioux, Denise Boulet, Antonin Brunel, Nicole Camus, Marc Delestre, Daniele Delorme, Gabriele Osburg, Christiane Millet, Bruno Pradal
Director
Director
Alexandra von Grote
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign LGBT, Germany, German Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Even Dwarfs Started Small on DVD Even Dwarfs Started Small
Synopsis
Maverick director Werner Herzog's uncompromising allegory about the consequences of imprisonment and rebellion depicts a coup launched by dwarfs against the mental institution in which they're inmates. With a cast composed entirely of little people (the first time that had been done since the 1938 Western Terror of Tiny Town), this surreal yet strangely beautiful film makes a powerful statement about the repercussions of ostracism.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Art House, Germany, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The BRD Trilogy: Veronika Voss on DVD The BRD Trilogy: Veronika Voss
Synopsis
Rosel Zech plays a dissipated 1940s German movie star who, 10 years after the war, has become a morphine addict. Her claim to fame: She used to be a close, personal friend of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The third in a trilogy of films from director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, frequently grouped with The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola due to the shared theme of women's experiences with loss and survival in postwar Germany.
Cast
Cast
Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess, Annemarie Düringer, Doris Schade, Erik Schumann, Peter Berling, Gunther Kaufmann, Sonja Neudorfer
Director
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Art House, Germany, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
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