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Deutschland is up next. Though the years after the Weimar Republic and before the 1960s were slim pickings for film fans, the Cinema of German boasts one of the richest silent periods, and it is most competitive in the modern era with the work of Fassbinder, Herzog, Syberberg, Reitz, Schlondorff, Von Donnarsmarck, Holland, Hershbiegel, Von Trotta, and others most competitive on the international stage. For some Germany means Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau, with some Wiene and Pabst sprinkled in. I found it deeply regrettable I was unable to include any Herzog nor a few other Pabsts I adore. And though I included two Fassbinders, it is shameful I couldn’t include “In the Year of 13 Moons,” nor “Merchant of Four Seasons” especially, and though I have one Schlondorff here, I had to leave off “The Tin Drum” unfortunately.
Anyway, every one is asked to name 20 films in either chronolofical, alphabetical or ranked numerical order. BTW YES “Heimat” and “Berlin Alexanderplatz” ARE eligible as they had theater runs. I know many too will choose Murnau’s “Faust” and/or “The Last Command, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”, “Variety” or “Vampyr” and I regret not choosing any of those. Thep oll will run until MONDAY, November 1st at 5:00 P.M. HERE are my own Top 20 in alphabetical, equal order:
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder, 1974)
Berlin Alexanderplatx (Fassbinder, 1980)
The Blue Angel (Von Sternberg, 1930)
The Bridge (Wicki, 1959)
The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari (Weine, 1920)
Downfall (Hirschbiegel, 2004)
Europa Europa (Holland, 1990)
Heimat (Reitz, 1984)
Hitler: A Film from Germany (Syberberg, 1977)
The Last Laugh (Murnau, 1922)
The Lives of Others (Von Donnarsmarck, 2006)
M (Lang, 1930)
Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
Never Look Away (Von Donnarsmarck, 2018)
Die Niebelungen (Lang, 1924)
Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922)
Pandora’s Box (Pabst, 1929)
Parsifal (Syberberg, 1982)
People on Sunday (Siodmak, Ulmer, 1930)
Young Torless (Schlondorff, 1966)

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