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August 2020

  

  


 

Recent Arrivals

 


 

THE COSSACKS  (1961)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Olenin journeys to the Caucasus as a cadet, to fight among its wild peoples in the Caucasian Was. Agonizing at the emptiness of his life, Olenin suffers from an identity crisis. He starts to wear Cossack dress and falls in love with Maryanka, though she has already been promised to his friend Lukashka. He fails in bonding with the peoples of the mountains and Maryanka turns him down. During a hunting trip in the forest, Olenin gets lost ... and there, finds himself. He discovers a path out of his identity crisis. He has an epiphany and earns an insight into the secret of happiness. Until now he has been gazing inside of himself. Now there is a reversal to the world outside: "Happiness lies in living for others".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SEBASTIANE  (1976)  * with switchable English and Spanish subtitles *

 

In the fourth century AD, Sebastian is a member of the Emperor Diocletian's personal guard. When he tries to intervene to stop one of the Emperor's catamites from being strangled by one of his bodyguards, Sebastian is exiled to a remote coastal garrison and reduced in rank to private. Although thought to be an early Christian, Sebastian is a worshipper of the Roman sun god Phoebus Apollo and sublimates his desire for his male companions into worship of his deity and pacifism. Both incense Severus, the commanding officer of the garrison, who becomes increasingly obsessed with Sebastian, tries to assault him, and ultimately presides over his summary execution for refusing to take up arms in defence of the Roman Empire. Justin, one of his comrades in arms, is also in love with Sebastian, albeit necessarily unrequited, but he forms a friendship with the stubborn celibate pacifist. Adrian and Anthony, two of Sebastian's fellow soldiers, are gay and in obvious love with one another.

 

 

 

 

 

THE TIME OF HIS LIFE  (1955)

 

The ex-convict father of a prominent society woman is released from prison and goes to live with his daughter. She pretends he's an old friend, but tries to keep him out of sight. All he wants to do, however, is go back to prison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICE AND VIRTUE  (1963)  * with switchable English and French subtitles *

 

1944 : Occupied France. Juliette is Wehrmacht General Bamberg’s mistress and enjoys a privileged life. Her younger sister Justine is about to marry Jean, who is in the Resistance and come to Juliette for help. Both sisters end up at “la Commanderie”, where Juliette becomes SS Colonel Schonberg’s mistress and Justine is detained with other pretty girls, who must satisfy the sexual needs of high-ranking Nazi officials. Inspired by “Justine ou les infortunes de la vertu” by the Marquis de Sade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOUR DE FETE  (1949)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Once a year, the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. But it's every day, that its residents laugh at Francois, the postman, which he doesn't seem to notice. One day, Francois takes charge of raising a flag pole in town, which nearly turns into a catastrophe. Nevertheless, people tell him this is an absolutely essential task. The sneering doesn't stop the next evening, when the festival's in full swing. After making Francois drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, advertised as, 'The Modern Delivery Techniques of the US Postman. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing he's being teased yet again. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery methods. He hasn't the equipment, like they show in the stunt film; but using only his bicycle, he makes progresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ANNA CROSS  (1954)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Based on the short story by A. P. Chekhov, 18-year-old beauty Anna marries a rich, 52-year-old official to help her father and brothers. After the death of her mother, the father drinks and her brothers go hungry. For the sake of her relatives, she is ready to do anything, even to become the wife of an elderly, rude, vulgar and hated Modest Alexeyevich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREUNDE FURS LEBEN  (Amici per la pelle)  (1955)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Two thirteen-year-old boys, classmates in the same school, strike up an inseparable friendship, but, when the one wins an athletic contest, the other, out of jealousy, tries to ruin their friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAWDUST AND TINSEL  (1953)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

While traveling in caravan through Sweden, a member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven years ago, he caught his wife, Alma, bathing naked in a lake with a regiment. When the circus arrives in the town where Albert's wife Agda and sons live, he decides to pay a visit with his young mistress Anne to a famous local troupe to borrow some capes, hats and vests for their show. They are humiliated by the director Mr. Sjuberg, but he lends them the prop, and the lead actor Frans makes an unsuccessful pass at Anne. When Albert decides to visit Agda, jealous Anne meets Frans, who seduces her with an apparently valuable necklace, and they have a love affair. Anne finds that the necklace is actually worthless and returns to the circus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTSCHEIDUNG VOR MORGENGRAUEN  (1951)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

At the end of 1944, it was obvious that the Third Reich was going to lose the Second World War. Colonel Devlin is the commander of a military intelligence unit. Devlin seeks out German POWs, who are ready to spy on their former comrades. Rudolf Barth (Tiger) is a cynical, old pickpocket determined to end up on the winning side of the war. Karl Maurer (Happy) is a young medic, who volunteers to spy against his country after seeing his friend pushed out a window by his fellow Germans, because he questioned Germany's being able to win the war. When Devlin hears that a German general wants to negotiate his surrender, he instructs Lieutenant Rennick to select suitable people for the mission. Rennick chooses Barth, who's now viewed suspiciously after returning without his part in the last mission. Maurer, the second mad, is to scout out the location of the general's 11th Panzer Division.

 

Ende 1944 ist es offensichtlich, dass das Deutsche Reich den Krieg verlieren wird. US-Colonel Devlin ist der Kommandant einer Einheit des militärischen Geheimdienstes. Devlin lässt deutsche Kriegsgefangene suchen, die bereit sind, ihre ehemaligen Kameraden auszuspionieren. Rudolf Barth, genannt „Tiger“, ist ein zynischer alter Taschendieb, der für die Gewinnerseite arbeiten will. Karl Maurer, genannt „Happy“, ein junger Sanitätssoldat, meldet sich freiwillig, nachdem sein Freund von einem Femegericht der kriegsgefangenen Nazis aus einem Fenster gestoßen wurde, weil er den erfolgreichen Ausgang des Krieges für die Deutschen angezweifelt hat. Als Devlin davon erfährt, dass ein deutscher General über seine Kapitulation verhandeln will, beauftragt er Lieutenant Rennick damit, geeignete Leute für die Mission auszusuchen. Rennick wählt Barth aus, der nicht im besten Licht dasteht, nachdem er bei der letzten Mission ohne seinen Partner wiedergekommen ist. Maurer, der zweite Mann, soll die 11. Panzer-Division lokalisieren. 

 

 

 

ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR  (1954)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Mexico, the 1950s:  Streetcar mechanic Juan Godinez and conductor Tarrajas become upset when they're informed by their supervisor that streetcar number 133 will be decommissioned. They go to a party late one night, get drunk and decide to borrow the streetcar for one last spin, without charging the passengers. Completely wasted, they sleep off their binge on the streetcar, only to discover the next morning, that they keep getting into bizarre situations as they try to return the vehicle back to its garage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE VILLAGE TEACHER  (1947)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

As the film opens, we are placed at an elegant ball in imperial St. Petersburg where Vera, an exuberant youth excitedly tells her dance partner, a dashing young cadet named Sergei, that she will soon fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. Her life’s goal will not be carried out in the comfort of the city; she will be traveling many miles away to a remote Siberian village. We soon learn there is more to Sergei than meets the eye when the Tsar’s police suspect him of revolutionary activity and arrest him that very evening. Vera’s teaching career gets off to an inauspicious beginning as the locals mock her city naïveté, demonstrated by her failure to bring along a proper pair of felt boots to guard against the notoriously harsh winters. These attitudes towards the newcomer change however when they witness her courageously interrupting an episode of domestic violence involving a village bully of whom even the rough and tumble male residents are afraid. Gradually the locals see the value of the teacher’s contributions to their children who in turn begin instructing their younger chums on their own, even fashioning a globe out of twigs and holding impromptu lessons in the fields.

 

 

 

THE DOOR WITH SEVEN LOCKS  (1962)  * with switchable English subtitles *  

 

Scotland Yard boss Sir John is at a loss. Within a short period of time, two people who are not related at first glance are murdered. Inspector Dick Martin and his assistant Holmes begin the investigation and only get further when the crook Pheeny shows up at Martin's and tells him a strange story about a door with seven locks that he should have broken open for an unknown client. When Pheeny is killed shortly thereafter, Martin remains only the drawing of a family coat of arms that Pheeny left him. A letter is found in the guise of a priest who was killed in Victoria Station and asked to be present with the lawyer Haveloc. Haveloc is the executor of the late Lord Selford, who later turns out to have sent a key to seven of his acquaintances shortly before his death, which they used to open a door with seven locks in the Selford family crypt on the day of his son's majority behind which the legacy of young Lord Selford is said to be. With the help of librarian Sybil Lansdown, Inspector Martin finds out that Pheeny's drawing shows the Selford family crest. With his assistant Holmes, Martin visits Selford Castle and meets the police-known former gangster Tom Cawler at the door and the alleged doctor Dr. Staletti, who strikes him as a little strange.

 

Scotland-Yard-Chef Sir John ist ratlos. Innerhalb kürzester Zeit werden zwei auf den ersten Blick nicht in Zusammenhang stehende Personen ermordet. Inspektor Dick Martin und sein Assistent Holmes nehmen die Ermittlungen auf und kommen erst weiter, als der Ganove Pheeny bei Martin auftaucht und ihm eine seltsame Geschichte von einer Tür mit sieben Schlössern erzählt, die er für einen unbekannten Auftraggeber hätte aufbrechen sollen. Als Pheeny kurz darauf umgebracht wird, bleibt Martin lediglich die Zeichnung eines Familienwappens, die Pheeny ihm hinterlassen hat. Im Gewand eines in der Victoria Station getöteten Priesters wird ein Brief gefunden mit der Aufforderung, sich beim Advokaten Haveloc einzufinden. Haveloc ist der Testamentsvollstrecker des verstorbenen Lord Selford, der, wie sich später herausstellt, kurz vor seinem Tod an sieben seiner Bekannten je einen Schlüssel geschickt hat, mit dem sie am Tag der Volljährigkeit seines Sohnes in der Familiengruft der Selfords eine Tür mit sieben Schlössern öffnen sollen, hinter der sich das Erbe des jungen Lord Selford befinden soll. Mit Hilfe der Bibliothekarin Sybil Lansdown findet Inspektor Martin heraus, dass die Zeichnung von Pheeny das Wappen der Familie Selford zeigt. Mit seinem Assistenten Holmes besucht Martin Schloss Selford und trifft dort an der Tür auf den polizeibekannten ehemaligen Gangster Tom Cawler und auf dem Anwesen den angeblichen Arzt Dr. Staletti, der ihm gleich etwas seltsam vorkommt.

 

 

 

CHRISTINE  (1958)  * with switchable English subtitles *  

 

Wien, im Jahre 1906. Als die Musikertochter Christine Weiring und der Dragonerleutnant Fritz Lobheimer sich zum ersten Mal begegnen, ist es wahrlich nicht Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Er hängt gedanklich seiner Affäre, der verheirateten Baroness von Eggersdorf, hinterher, sie denkt an den Mann, der um ihre Hand angehalten hat, den sie aber nicht liebt. Doch nach mehreren zufälligen Treffen entdecken Christine und Fritz ihre Gefühle füreinander und ganz langsam nähern sich die beiden empfindsamen Seelen einander an. Fritz löst sich endlich aus der für ihn schon lange unerfüllten Affäre zur Baronin und Christine gibt ihrem Verehrer einen Korb. Doch als die beiden endlich glücklich zusammen sind und sogar Heiratspläne schmieden, kommt der Baron hinter die Affäre seiner Frau und fordert Fritz zum Duell.

 

Vienna, 1906.  When the musician's daughter Christine Weiring and the dragoon lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer meet for the first time, it certainly isn't love at first sight.  He's preoccupied with his affair with the married Baroness vno Eggersdorft; she's thinking about her fiancee, whom she doesn't love.  But after several chance encounters, the two discover their feelings for one another and slowly, the two sensitive souls approach one another.  Fritz finally ends the long unfulfilling love affair with baroness and Christine rejects her fiancee for Franz.  But when the two finally seem to be happy and even forge wedding plans, the Baron confirms his wife's unfaithfulness and challenges Fritz to a duel.

 

 

 

 

 

ANNA KARENINA  (1967)  * with switchable English and German subtitles *

 

Stiwa has cheated on his wife Dolly with the governess. His wife wants to leave him, but Stiwa's sister Anna Karenina changes her mind. She's come from St. Petersburg for a visit and had sat in a compartment with Count Wronskij's mother. Wronskij picks her up at the platform and immediately falls in love with Anna. He takes her on the train to St. Petersburg and invites himself to the Karenins' home. While the affair between Anna and Wronskij becomes the talk of the city, Anna's husband, the respected politician Karenin, exercises control. Even when Anna directly admits to cheating on him, he reacts calmly. Anna is expecting a child from Vronsky, whereupon Karenin wants to divorce his wife. He decides differently when he learns about Anna's poor health. She had found out in a dream that she was going to die in the child's bed, and in fact the doctors give up on her after the birth of her daughter. 

 

Stiwa hat seine Frau Dolly mit der Gouvernante betrogen. Seine Frau will ihn verlassen, wird jedoch von Stiwas Schwester Anna Karenina umgestimmt. Die ist aus Sankt Petersburg zu Besuch angereist und saß in einem Abteil mit der Mutter von Graf Wronskij. Der holt sie am Bahnsteig ab und verliebt sich sofort in Anna. Er fährt mit ihr im Zug nach St. Petersburg und lädt sich selbst zu den Karenins nach Hause ein. Während die Affäre zwischen Anna und Wronskij zum Stadtgespräch wird, übt sich Annas Mann, der angesehene Politiker Karenin, in Beherrschung. Selbst, als Anna ihm gegenüber direkt zugibt, ihn zu betrügen, reagiert er gefasst. Anna erwartet ein Kind von Wronskij, woraufhin sich Karenin von seiner Frau scheiden lassen will. Er entscheidet sich anders, als er vom schlechten Gesundheitszustand Annas erfährt. Sie hatte in einem Traum erfahren, dass sie im Kindbett sterben werde, und tatsächlich geben die Ärzte sie nach der Geburt ihrer Tochter auf. 

 

 

 

THE GOLDEN CLOWN  (Klovnen)  (1926)

 

Joe, a circus clown, has a chance meeting with a famous French fashion designer, who – enthralled by Joe’s artistic talent – gets him a job in Paris. He quickly becomes the talk of the town, but as we know, wealth and happiness do not always go hand in hand, as opulent big-city living tragically seals the poor clown’s fate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HILL PARK MYSTERY  (Nedbrudte Nerver)  (1923)

 

Reporter Jimmie Brand at the "Daily Wire" solves the case of the Vibeleje Murder. However, this put Brand in a terribly stressed condition and so his boss decides to give him two weeks  vacation. But it will be a restless sabbatical, because Brand will witness a strange crime in broad daylight in Hill Park, as he's looking through the window of his home.

 

 

 

 

 

2 DVD SET:  IVAN THE TERRIBLE  (1944/58)  * with switchable & hard-encoded English subtitles *

 

In 1547, Ivan IV, the archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and immediately looks to reclaim territory, which was taken from Russia by foreign powers. His coronation is met with grumbling from the boyars, whose powers Ivan threatens. The Tsar's marriage ceremony is interrupted by the news that several boyar palaces have been burned to the ground, while a mob of commoners complains to Ivan that he's being led astray by his new wife's family (the Romanovs). Ivan calms the crowd, but it is then that envoys from Kazan arrive with a ceremonial knife and suggest he do himself a favor by using it to commit suicide. Ivan at once proclaims war on Kazan. The film then moves to the 1552 siege of Kazan. Shortly thereafter, Ivan falls deathly ill on his way back to Moscow and is closely watched by his internal enemies and supposed friends, who excitedly wait his death to restore the power of the boyars, who will make peace with Russia's enemies and surrender Ivan's conquests to guarantee the boyars' hold over Muscovy. But when Ivan does not die, the result will be a near-hysterical paranoia in the Tsar, which will lead to the formation of the Oprichniki, the medieval equivalent of later, dreaded institutions (Chekists; OGPU; GPU; NKVD; KGB). The crushing of the state's traitors and the seemingly endless tragedies in Ivan's life, lead him to wonder whether he is being punished by God for his rule over Muscovy. He abdicates and leaves Moscow, waiting till the common people beg him to return, thus justifying his future absolute rule by "the will of the people".

 

The second part of the film opens in the court of King Sigismund of Poland, to whom Ivan's deadly rival, Kurbsky, has fled and sworn allegiance. The Poles promise to make Kurbsky ruler of the Tsar's empire, when Kurbsky launches his campaign against Russia with Polish material support. However, the battle was to commence while Ivan was away from Moscow after abdicating. Now that he's returned, the plot is foiled. In the meantime, Basmanov, head of the Oprichniki, discovers that Ivan's wife was killed by a boyar supporter. The boyars, for their part, plead with Ivan's enemies to overthrow the Tsar. A plot is hatched to assassinate Ivan at a banquet (and from this point on, the film is shown in color). At the banquet, Ivan gets drunk while his secret policemen dance around him. It is revealed shortly thereafter what the boyars plan to do to Ivan, but the surprise they will experience thereafter will secure Ivan's place in history.

 

 

  

  

NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND DESIRES  (1984)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Under the influence of Fabian's hypnosis, "The Great Irina" is extremely successful in her telepathy act. But after suffering terrible nightmares, in which she commits crimes, she turns to a doctor for medical help. The doctor is able to determine that Fabian's hypnosis is leading the woman to commit terrible acts in the name of personal vengeance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A STORMY NIGHT  (O noapte furtunoasa)  (1943)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Bucharest, 1876: Don Dumitrache gives orders to his reliable assistant, Chiriac, to keep an eye on his young wife, Veta. Dumitrache is positive she's having an affair, but doesn't know who it is. Little does he suspect that his trusted man ain't so trusty after all!

Preparation and filming for this classic comedy took place in 1941 - 42, with actual filming begun on 12 January 1942. At the time, Romania was entering its seventh month in the war against the Soviet Union. Bucharest was under a state of constant alert against air raids, so filming outdoors at night was impossible. All the film's exteriors were constructed in a very small studio, originally intended for music recordings only. For panoramic shots, two or three sets were combined into one shot during editing. The film finally premiered on 22 March 1943, long after Romania's fortunes in the East had turned against them and a good comedy was probably more than welcome on the home front. When the Communists took over after the War, the "offensive" parts of the film were edited and lost to history forever.

 

 

 

4 DVD SET:  HITLER – EIN FILM AUS DEUTSCHLAND  (1977)  * with German & English audio *

 

Hitler: A Film from Germany has no clear plot or chronology. Instead, each part explores one particular topic.

Part 1: Der Gral - Von der Weltesche bis zur Goethe-Eiche von Buchenwald (The Grail - From the Cosmic Ash-Tree to the Goethe Oak of Buchenwald) deals with Hitler's cult of personality in Nazi propaganda.

Part 2: Ein deutscher Traum ... bis ans Ende der Welt (A German Dream ... Until the End of the World) focuses on the pre-Nazi German cultural, spiritual, and national heritage that Nazi propaganda related to.

Part 3: Das Ende eines Wintermärchens und der Endsieg des Fortschritts (The End of a Winter's Tale and the Final Victory of Progress) tells about the Holocaust and the ideology behind it, particularly from Himmler's point of view.

Part 4: Wir Kinder der Hölle erinnern uns an das Zeitalter des Grals (We Children of Hell Recall the Age of the Grail) consists mostly of André Heller reading out scenes from the script that were not shot, climaxing in Heller talking to a Hitler puppet on how he completely destroyed Germany spiritually, combined with a satire on former Nazis who after the war made profits from the Nazi era by running a Nazi tourism and entertainment industry for foreigners.

This inventive, exhaustive seven-hour film looks at the rise, reign and demise of Adolf Hitler. German director Hans Jürgen Syberberg, who was a child during World War II, doesn't try to recreate history to the letter. Instead, he places his actors -- many of whom play several roles -- on a stage and has them reenact events based on and inspired by Hitler's life. The action combines traditional narration and historical characters, but also idiosyncratic tweaks, like the use of puppets.

 

 

 

THE INDIAN SCARF  (Das indische Tuch)  (1963)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

One evening, old Lord Lebanon is murdered in his castle during a telephone conversation with an Indian scarf. His heirs, which later appear in the dead man's castle to hear the reading of the will, are shocked to discover there's a "pre-will". The heirs are to spend the next six days and six nights together in the building and only after doing so, will discover what they've inherited. Whoever leaves the castle (alive or dead), forfeits his share to the benefit of the remaining relatives. Fortunately, a horrible storm will isolate the castle by washing out the roads and preventing anyone from leaving anyway.

Eines Abends wird der alte Lord Lebanon in seinem Schloss „Marks Priory“ während eines Telefongesprächs hinterrücks mit einem indischen Tuch erdrosselt. Die neun Erben, die sich später im Schloss des verstorbenen Lord Lebanon versammelt haben, staunen nicht schlecht, als sie bei der Testamentseröffnung von Rechtsanwalt Tanner lediglich den vorletzten Willen des Verstorbenen verlesen bekommen: Sie sollen die folgenden sechs Tage und Nächte zusammen in dem alten Gemäuer verbringen und erst im Anschluss daran erfahren, welcher Erbteil ihnen jeweils zusteht. Sollte jemand vorzeitig das Schloss verlassen, verfällt sein Anspruch; dieser wird dann unter den Verbliebenen aufgeteilt. Nachdem sich die völlig zerstrittene Verwandtschaft mit dem unerfreulichen Inhalt des Testaments einigermaßen abgefunden hat, unterbricht ein Unwetter die Strom- und Telefonleitung und schneidet das Anwesen von der Außenwelt ab. 

 

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   LAS CHICAS DE COPACABANA  (The Girls of Copacabana)  (1981)  * with switchable English subs *

Three students Juanita, Jean and Hans, bored with their life in Paris, go to Brazil in search of sexual adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICERS  (1971)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Epic Soviet era masterpiece, viewed by over 53 million film-goers, Officers depicts the unshakable bonds of love, friendship and duty amid the horrors of war. Two friends, both officers, are in love with the same woman. The fates of all three of them are movingly shown from the time of the Russian Civil War through the era of Post-WWII Soviet Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

MEIN VATER, DER SCHAUSPIELER  (1956)  * with switchable Spanish subtitles *

 

A humble, provincial actor --- almost unknown --- quickly ascends to the heights of popularity, thanks to his marriage to a famous actress.  For a year, they live happily ... until his wife's sudden, physical disability compels him to give up acting just as he's reached the pinnacle of his career. The situation leads to a noticeable distance in the marriage, which leads the actor to a terrible reaction based on regret and despair. However, both his retirement from the stage and their marriage will eventually be saved, thanks to the presence of his son.

 

Eine bescheidene Provinz Schauspieler, fast unbekannt, steigt schnell auf die Höhen der Popularität dank seiner Heirat mit einer berühmten Schauspielerin. Sie leben ein glückliches Jahr, bis die physikalischen Eigenschaften zu verlieren, seine Frau aus dem künstlerischen Leben zurückzuziehen hat, während ihr Mann berühmter als je zuvor, Art und Weise der Schauspieler im Film ist. Dieser Abstand Ehe ihm eine schreckliche Reaktion von Reue und Verzweiflung verursachen, die ihm Verzicht auf den Beruf zu vervollständigen geführt, bis schließlich die Krise dank der Anwesenheit seines Sohnes zu überwinden verwaltet.

  


 

COLLECTIBLES

 


 

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This video-CD is a real find for lovers of Pomerania and all things Pomeranian (no, not the dog).

This CD-ROM has 1500 postcards concerning the landscapes, culture and people of Pomerania, mostly from the time before the Second World War.  The postcards were issued by both Germans and Poles.  There are pictures of just the face of the cards; but in some cases, the pictures also shown the written side, too.

 

There is also a 12-city addressbook for Pomerania, which was put out in 1933, which covers the following locations, indexed by the number of inhabitants:

 

Neustettin, Rummelsburg, Bad Polzin, Bublitz, Falkenburg, Jastrow, Schlochau, Tempelburg, Hammerstein, Ratzebuhr, Barwalde, Blankenenburg

 

This is the ideal gift for family and those interested in the subject.  Easy to use and instantly viewable on your computer.

 

 

 

 

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DIE GROSSE LIEBE  (1942)  * with switchable English subs * COLLECTIBLE SET

 

Add collectibles from the period to complete your experience of what life was like in Germany and the Axis countries during that historical period. Items shown are all genuine and you will receive what is pictured.

  • German occ. terr.:  1rm  (1940 - 45)
  • Germany:  50rm  (1933 - 45)
  • Germany:  10rm  (1929 - 45)
  • Croatia:  100 kuna  (1941)
  • Germany:  1 rentenmark  (1937)
  • Germany:  2 rentenmark  (1937)
  • Croatia:  2  x  10 kuna  (1941)
  • Croatia:  1000 kuna  (1941)
  • Germany:  20rm  (1929 - 45)
  • 2 coins
  • 17 stamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

DER GROSSE KONIG  (1940)  * with switchable English subs * COLLECTIBLE SET

 

Add collectibles from the period to complete your experience of what life was like in Germany and the Axis countries during that historical period. Items shown are all genuine and you will receive what is pictured.

  • Germany:  10rm  (1929 - 45)
  • Germany:  20rm  (1929 - 45)
  • Germany:  50rm  (1933 - 45)
  • German occ. terr.:  5rm  (1940 - 45)
  • Germany:  1 rentenmark  (1937)
  • Croatia:  100 kuna  (1941)
  • Croatia:  1000 kuna  (1941)
  • Poland:  6 x 1zl  (1941)
  • 2 coins
  • 16 stamps

 

  


 

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DIE ZAUBERGEIGE  (1944)

 

Die "Zaubergeige", eine Stradivari, ist gerade in den Besitz des Landgrafen von Hessen übergegangen, der sie für sein Homburger Musikmuseum erworben hat. Stolz zeigt Musikdirektor Decker dem berühmten Geiger Georg Helmesberger das Prachtstück. Der ist gerade angekommen, um bei einem Konzert als Solist mitzuwirken. Noch spät am Abend besteht er darauf, sie zu sehen. Als sie das Museum wieder verlassen, merken sie nicht, dass sie jemanden einschließen, der ihnen unbemerkt gefolgt ist.  Es ist Andreas Holm, ein junger begabter Geiger. Arm, aber ehrgeizig, hat er nur einen Wunsch: einmal möchte auf dieser Geige Helmesberger vorspielen dürfen. Er nimmt die Zaubergeige mit nach Hause. Nur Agnes, die ihn unterstützt, wo sie kann, ahnt, was passiert ist. Sie erreicht bei Professor Lichtermark, dass er sich für den Dieb einsetzt und dass Holm das kostbare Instrument behalten darf, bis Helmesberger ihn angehört hat. Dieser ist plötzlich erkrankt und lässt Holm an seiner Stelle spielen. Der Landgraf ist so hingerissen von dem jungen Genie, dass er ihm die Zaubergeige auf Lebzeiten überlässt.

 

The "Zaubergeige", a Stradivari, has come into the hands of the count from Hessia, who sought it out for his Homburg Music Museum.  With pride, the music director Decker shows the violin to the famous violinist Georg Helmesberger.  He has arrived in town to play as a soloist in a concert.  Late in the evening, he insists on seeing the violin again.  But when they leave the museum, they don't notice that they've locked someone inside, whom they did not see before.  The man is Andreas Halm, a young and gifted violinist.  He is poor and hungry for fame, but for now he has only one burning wish:  to see Helmesberger play on this violin.  He then does the unthinkable:  he swipes the violin from the museum.

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0000/0000755-5-cd-set-the-ufa-years-german-film-music-from-the-30s-and-40s.jpg5 CD SET:  THE UfA YEARS - GERMAN FILM MUSIC FROM THE 30s AND 40s

 

This 5-CD set contains 107 songs from German films put out between 1930 and 1945.  The quality of the individual tracks vary, but are overall very good to excellent.  (The available tracks are listed in the item description)

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

ALI BABA UND DIE 40 RAUBER  (1954)

 

Cassim -- a rich, oriental lord -- sends his cheeky servant Ali Baba to buy a voluptuous female slave.  Instead, he brings back the dancer Morgiane, whom he has the hots for.  While traveling in a caravan robbed by Abdel's forty thieves, Ali hides among the camels and learns the secret of the Sesame Cave.  Using the stolen loot, he buys Morgiane for himself, as well as a house for him and his beggar friends.  Cassim, however, gets him drunk and finds out where he got all his gold from.  Then he plans to rob him at the wedding for him and Morgiane.  Abdel, however, observes them both ... and he plans to invite his forty robbers to the wedding, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BORIS GODUNOV  (1954)   * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

 

Lavish, 1954 Soviet film based on Mussorgsky's opera of the same name and which was referred to as a "national musical drama".  The basis of the opera's plot was Pushkin's dramatic poem about Russia at the end of the 16th Century, when various candidates and adventurers fought for the tsarist throne.  One of these is Boris Godunov, a man persecuted by the voice of his conscience for having once committed murder.  Then there's the dramatic history of the young monk Grisky Otrepeva, who dreams of world glory.  There's also the figure of Dimitry, the impostor, who, with the help of foreigners and the treacherous Russian nobility, attempts to pass himself off as the rightful Tsar.  But of note is that the hero of the drama is not one from the common folk.  The common people in this opera are oppressed and raped of their dignity.  They realize that whoever is Tsar, he will be on the side of the rich and powerful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://pixhst.com/avaxhome/e6/c7/001dc7e6_medium.jpegNEBEL  (1957)

 

Finanzmakler Burnes bittet den Chef der Kriminalpolizei wegen eines Diebstahls zu sich. Seiner Frau wurde ein wertvoller Ring gestohlen. Während die Polizei einen “normalen” Einbruch vermutet, stellt sich das zwielichtige Vorleben des Mr. Burnes heraus. Vor Jahren war er in eine Unterschlagungsaffäre verwickelt, wurde aber freigesprochen. Ein anderer erhielt eine langjährige Zuchthausstrafe. Der Einbruch hing offenbar mit dieser Angelegenheit zusammen. Plötzlich erscheint auch die Ehe von Burnes mit der sehr viel jüngeren Florence in einem zweifelhaften Licht. Ein Mord unter rätselhaften Umständen kompromittiert eine ganze Reihe von Personen.

 

Financial broker Burnes contacts the chief of the criminal police regarding a theft.  A valuable ring belonging to his wife has been stolen.  While the police suspect it was simply a "normal" break-in, in the course of the investigation, Mr. Burnes' seedy past life comes out.  Years before, he was involved in a case of embezzlement, but was acquitted.  Another person received a long prison sentence in his place.  Apparently, the break-in is somehow connected to this past affair.  Then Burnes' marriage to a much younger woman, Florence, is cast in a dubious light.  A murder under mysterious circumstances is compromising a whole bunch of people.

 

 

 

BAB EL HADID  (Cairo Station)  (1958)   * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

 

A newsstand owner takes pity on Qinawi, a lame young man, and gives him a job selling newspapers in the Cairo train station. The women there all shun him because of his mild handicap, though he has little trouble walking. Qinawi becomes obsessed with Hannuma, a beautiful cold drink vendor. But she is engaged to Abu Siri, a husky luggage porter who is trying to organize his co-workers into a union to better their lot. Nonetheless, Qinawi proposes to her. When she rejects his fantasy of a home and children in his village, Qinawi's obsession turns to madness. Inspired by an unsolved murder in the news, he buys a knife and plots to kill Hannuma. When the local policemen try to catch Hannuma and the other women illegally selling drinks, she asks Qinawi to take her incriminating drink bucket and hide it. He seeks to lure her to a warehouse to pick it up, but she asks a friend to get it instead.  In the darkness, Qinawi does not notice the substitution; he stabs the other woman repeatedly, then hides the body in a wooden crate supposedly holding Hannuma's trousseau. Then he gets Abu Siri to put it aboard a train for Hannuma's impending wedding. The woman is not dead, however. She is found, and the station is alerted. The men who stand to lose by Abu Siri's unionization at first try to pin the attempted murder on him, but the would-be victim identifies her real assailant. Meanwhile, unaware of her near escape from death, Hannuma goes to get her bucket. Qinawi chases her through the rail yard and catches her, holding a knife to her head to keep the crowd at bay. The newsstand owner tells Qinawi that he will be allowed to marry Hannuma and coaxes him into putting on his wedding garment. Qinawi complies, then realizes he has donned a straitjacket. He struggles, but is taken away.

 

 

 

ARZT OHNE GEWISSEN  (1959)

Professor Lund ist ein ehrgeiziger und anerkannter Herzspezialist der heimlich auf seinem abgelegenen Schloss tief in den medizinisch umgebauten Kellergemäuern Experimente mit Herztransplantationen betreibt. Dafür braucht er junge, gesunde Herzen die er sich von unschuldigen Testpersonen quasi frisch von der Straße holt und für sein Vorhaben, anderen besseren Menschen zu helfen, opfert. Assistiert wird er dabei von einem seit Jahren untergetauchten und eigentlich zum Tode verurteilten KZ-Arzt der keine Skrupel kennt. Skrupel allerdings hat der Kollege den Lund in das ganze einweiht um ihm ebenfalls zu helfen, denn der ist durchaus nicht bereit, die junge Frau zu töten die gerade vor ihm auf dem Tisch liegt, um ihr Herz der daneben liegenden berühmten Sängerin einzupflanzen.

 

Professor Lund is an ambitious and renowned heart specialist, who is secretly carrying out heart transplant experiments deep in the cellar of his remote castle.  To carry out these experiments, he needs young, healthy hearts, which he steals from innocent guinea pigs fresh off the street, whom he sacrifices to help those, he considers more worthy.  He is assisted in his work by a former concentration camp doctor, who years before was sentenced to death and who has absolutely no scruples.  But the colleague Lund has recruited to help him in his work has scruples and he's not at all prepared to kill the young woman on the table before him to transplant her heart into the body of the famous singer laying nearby.  Classified as a horror film, it speaks volumes about current-day society, that this film sounds actually more credible as a "drama" than some horror based on a fantasy.

 

 

 

THE KING OF SUMAVA  (Kral Sumavy) (1959)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

The film takes place in 1948.  The principal protagonists are Sergeant Karel Zeman and Master Sergeant Vaclav Kot.  The film has been described as being about border guards; this is incorrect.  Border patrols were not activated in Czechoslovakia until 1951.  Rather, Kot heads a department of border police, which has the task of combating smugglers, who are crossing from Bavaria into Czechoslovakia (and for ideological reasons, are called "agents" in the film) to bring in contraband.  Early on, it's obvious that the smugglers are being led into the Sumava region by a local, who knows the terrain very well.  Otherwise, it would be impossible for the intruders to navigate out of the swamps  (historically speaking, these smugglers from both the Bavarian and Czech sides of the border were frequently expelled Sudeten Germans, who had lived in the region prior to the end of the Second World War).  For this reason, the mysterious local leading the smugglers is referred to as "the King of Sumava".  Sergeant Zeman falls in love with Marie, a shopkeeper, whose husband fled to Bavaria years before after hitting a local boy with his car and killing him.  In Bavaria, he joins a band of smugglers and is involved in a shootout on the border, killing one of the policemen.   (Also known as Smugglers of Death).

 

 

 

DAVON TRAUMEN ALLE MADCHEN  (1961)

 

Schlagerfilm: Auch nach dem Ende der Ferien haben die Schülerinnen eines Internats nicht Schule, sondern nur Tanzen und Küssen im Sinn. Da kommt es ihnen gerade recht, dass in der alten Mühle nebenan eine kleine Band mit schmucken jungen Kerlen eingezogen ist. Zu einer lustigen Verwechslung kommt es, als angekündigt wird, dass ein Schulrat das Internat zur Inspektion besuchen soll. Dieser will aber inkognito kommen und landet in der Mühle der Boyband, während im Internat der Bandleader für den Schulinspektor gehalten wird. Am Ende finden sich für die fünf Musiker auch die passenden fünf jungen Mädchen.

 

Even after the holidays have ended, the pupils of an all-girls' boarding school aren't thinking about their studies, but only dancing and kissing.  So it suits them just fine, that a small band with hot boys moves into the old mill next to the school.  Add to that some slapstick confusion, when word gets out, that the school board's coming on an inspection tour.  The inspection team, however, wishes to show up incognito and ends up at the boy band's mill, while at the boarding school itself, the band's leader is mistakenly thought to be the school inspector.  In the end, the five hot boys will find five, suitably hot girls.

 

 

 

PLANETA BUR  (Planet of Storms)  (1962)  * with German audio and switchable English subtitles *

 

Die drei sowjetischen Raumschiffe Capella, Wega und Sirius befinden sich auf dem Weg zur Venus. An Bord der Wega befindet sich auch ein US-amerikanischer Astronaut, Allan Kern, sowie sein Roboter John. Die Capella stößt mit einem Meteoriten zusammen, der das Raumschiff zerstört. Als die beiden übrigen Raumschiffe die Umlaufbahn der Venus erreichen, verbleibt die Astronautin Mascha an Bord der Wega, während Stscherba, Kern und John in einem Gleitfahrzeug versuchen, das geplante Landefeld für die Sirius, Quadrat 73, zu erreichen. Sie landen stattdessen in einem Sumpf und werden von menschengroßen Amphibien angegriffen, gegen die sie sich mit Pistolen zur Wehr setzen. John kann die Angreifer aufgrund seiner mechanischen Kräfte abwehren. Als die Sirius landet, wird Aljoscha von einer Pflanze mit Fangarmen attackiert. Seinen Begleitern Werschonow und Bobrow gelingt es jedoch, ihn mit Messern zu befreien. Während sich die Wega-Besatzung mit Johns Hilfe – der Roboter kann Bäume fällen und Swing-Musik spielen – auf den Weg zum Landefeld der Sirius machen, startet die Sirius-Besatzung eine Expedition mit einem Luftkissenfahrzeug. Sie wird von einem Flugsaurier angegriffen, der den Gleiter trotz Beschuss durch eine Bordwaffe beschädigt. Sie fliehen mit dem Fahrzeug ins Meer und entdecken unter Wasser eine versunkene Stadt sowie eine Skulptur, die Ähnlichkeit mit dem Flugsaurier besitzt. Sie muss von humanoiden Lebewesen erstellt worden sein, da ein Auge der Skulptur aus einem Rubin besteht. Aljoscha findet neben der Skulptur einen Stein und nimmt diesen an sich. Als ein Vulkan ausbricht, gerät die Wega-Besatzung in höchste Gefahr. Kern und Stscherba werden von John durch einen Lavastrom getragen, doch John kollabiert aufgrund der Hitze und greift einen der Astronauten an. Es gelingt den beiden jedoch, den Roboter zu deaktivieren, doch sind sie auf John im Lavastrom gefangen. Im letzten Moment kann die Sirius-Besatzung, die inzwischen ihren Gleiter wieder in Betrieb genommen hat, die beiden retten

 

A joint Soviet-American expedition is sent to Venus in three spacecraft.  One of the ships, "Chapel" is destroyed in a collision with a meteortie.  The remaining two ships -- the "Sirius" and the "Vega"  (the first, containing three Soviet cosmonauts; the second, containing a Soviet man and woman, an American and his humanoid robot) -- decide to land on the surface of Venus, leaving in orbit only one person -- the woman, Mashenka -- to keep orbit and maintain contact with Earth.  Venus turns out to be rich in life:  it's populated by animals, including dinosaurs.  The expedition on Venus gets into difficulties and the second crew is sent to rescue them.  They face pterodactyls; a brontosaurus; they submerge themselves in a Venusian ocean, on the bottom of which are odd-looking reefs.  In the end, the spacemen are rescued just as John, the robot with a sense of self-preservation, is about to throw the spacemen into some lava to save itself.

 

 

 

Photo: DEMANTY NOCI  (1964)  +  IVAN’S CHILDHOOD  (1962)  * with switchable English subtitles DEMANTY NOCI  (1964):Démanty noci je český film natočený režisérem Janem Němcem v roce 1964. Snímek vypráví o dvou židovských chlapcích uprchlých z transportu do koncentračního tábora. Chlapci se snaží dostat domů, cesta je však nebezpečná. Film byl natočen podle námětu ze stejnojmenné knihy Arnošta Lustiga. The film begins with two boys escaping from a train transporting prisoners of a concentration camp to, what is assumed to be, another camp.  Little dialogue is employed in the film as the boys wander through unfamiliar terrain in the Sudetenland.  Interwoven in the film are dreams, memories, hallucinations, fantasies and flashbacks.  Eventually, the boys are captured by local Volksdeutsche and we are led to believe, that they will be executed by these old men.  However, the film’s ending is ambiguous:  either the boys are spared in a mock execution or they’re walking away into the afterlife. IVAN’S CHILDHOOD  (1962):After a brief dream sequence, Ivan Bondarev, a 12-year-old Russian boy, wakes up and crosses a war-torn landscape to a swamp, then swims across a river. On the other side, he is seized by Russian soldiers and brought to the young Lieutenant Galtsev, who interrogates him. The boy insists that he call "Number 51 at Headquarters" and report his presence. Galtsev is reluctant, but when he eventually makes the call, he is told by Lieutenant-Colonel Gryaznov to give the boy pencil and paper to make his report, which will be given the highest priority, and to treat him well. Through a series of dream sequences and conversations between different characters, it is revealed that Ivan’s mother and sister (and probably his father, a border guard) have been killed by German soldiers. He got away and joined a group of partisans. Burning for revenge, Ivan insists on fighting on the front line. Taking advantage of his small size, he is successful on reconnaissance missions. Gryaznov and the other soldiers grow fond of him and want to send him to a military school. They give up their idea when Ivan tries to run away and rejoin the partisans. He is determined to avenge the death of his family and others, such as those killed at the Maly Trostenets extermination camp.

DEMANTY NOCI  (1964) + IVAN'S CHILDHOOD  (1962)  * with switchable English subtitles

 

DEMANTY NOCI (1964):

 

 

The film begins with two boys escaping from a train transporting prisoners of a concentration camp to, what is assumed to be, another camp. Little dialogue is employed in the film as the boys wander through unfamiliar terrain in the Sudetenland. Interwoven in the film are dreams, memories, hallucinations, fantasies and flashbacks. Eventually, the boys are captured by local Volksdeutsche and we are led to believe, that they will be executed by these old men. However, the film’s ending is ambiguous: either the boys are spared in a mock execution or they’re walking away into the afterlife.

 

IVAN’S CHILDHOOD (1962):

 

After a brief dream sequence, Ivan Bondarev, a 12-year-old Russian boy, wakes up and crosses a war-torn landscape to a swamp, then swims across a river. On the other side, he is seized by Russian soldiers and brought to the young Lieutenant Galtsev, who interrogates him. The boy insists that he call "Number 51 at Headquarters" and report his presence. Galtsev is reluctant, but when he eventually makes the call, he is told by Lieutenant-Colonel Gryaznov to give the boy pencil and paper to make his report, which will be given the highest priority, and to treat him well. Through a series of dream sequences and conversations between different characters, it is revealed that Ivan’s mother and sister (and probably his father, a border guard) have been killed by German soldiers. He got away and joined a group of partisans. Burning for revenge, Ivan insists on fighting on the front line. Taking advantage of his small size, he is successful on reconnaissance missions. Gryaznov and the other soldiers grow fond of him and want to send him to a military school. They give up their idea when Ivan tries to run away and rejoin the partisans. He is determined to avenge the death of his family and others, such as those killed at the Maly Trostenets extermination camp.

 

 

 

DER BETTLER VOM KOLNER DOM  (1927)  +  LA FILLE DE L'EAU  (1925)  * with switchable English and German subtitles *  

 

DER BETTLER VOM KOLNER DOM  (1927):

 

Der Interpol-Agent Tom Wilkins steigt - als indischer Maharadscha getarnt - im exklusiven Hotel Excelsior ab, um einer als Bettler verkleideten Diebesbande das Handwerk zu legen. In der Nobelherberge in Sichtweite des Doms logiert auch die schwerreiche Amerikanerin Mabel Strong. Auf sie haben es die Juwelendiebe, die im Hotel-Chauffeur einen Komplizen an zentraler Stelle sitzen haben, abgesehen.

 

Interpol agent Tom Wilkens checks into the exclusive Hotel Excelsior in Cologne -- disguised as a wealthy Indian industrialist -- to foil a band of thieves led by a crook disguised as a beggar.  The very wealthy Mabel Strong is also staying in the hotel, which looks out on the city's famous cathedral.  The thieves are interested in laying their clutches on her, too; and they have accomplices in the hotel to help them achieve their ends. 

 

LA FILLE DE L'EAU  (1925):

 

The lonely child Gudule lives on a canal barge with her sailor father and her abusive Uncle Jeff.  When the child's father drowns, Gudule has no one else left in the world except Jeff.  The uncle squanders the girl's inheritance and tries to rape her.  Gudule flees and takes refuge with two gypsies, a young poacher, 'the Weasel', and his mother 'Dogfish'.  But Weasel's mischief angers the local farmers, who set their family caravan on fire.  Gudule flees and falls into a pit, falling asleep with exhaustion and sinking into strange dreams.  Georges Raynal, the son of the region's major landowner, finds the girl and starts caring for her.  When she's found by Uncle Jeff, who tries to extort money from her, she turns to George for help.

 

 

 

TURKSIB  (1929)  + CHILD OF THE BIG CITY  (1914) 

 

The title of this Russian documentary refers to the railroad linking Turkestan and Siberia. Produced on a grand scale, the film recounts the construction of this important transportation link, using actual newsreel footage and tons of stock shots from previous Soviet propaganda films. The "plot" is dictated by the progress of the construction, and as such has its dull patches from time to time. Of the many memorable scenes, several are standouts, including a harrowing sandstorm, obviously filmed at great personal risk to the camera crew. Filmed silent, Turksib was released in the U.S. with live musical accompaniment. 

 

In Child of the Big City, seamstress Mary dreams of a better life in luxury instead of her badly paid job in a sweatshop. Her dreams come true, when she draws the attention of Victor, a bourgeoisie, who invites her for dinner and makes her a lady. But, about a year later, she has become tired of him, and thanks to her, his money is almost gone. When he asks for settling down outside the big city, where his money should be enough for a modest living, she breaks with him and picks up a new lover. A year later, Victor is living in a shabby, cold room under the roof, still trying to meet her again --- something she definitely refuses to entertain.

 

 

 

 

DAS BLAUE VOM HIMMEL  (1932)

 

Die fröhliche Anni arbeitet als Kartenverkäuferin auf dem U-Bahnhof Wallensteinplatz, Hans, der ständig spät dran ist, als Pilot für die Post. Eines Tages hat es Hans so eilig, dass er Anni das Geld für die Fahrkarte schuldig bleibt. Anni ist entrüstet und muss das Geld aus eigener Tasche zahlen. Dennoch verlieben sich die beiden jungen Leute ineinander. Da sie so verschiedene Arbeitszeiten haben, können sie sich immer nur ein paar Minuten morgens und abends sehen. Als Hans wegen seiner ständigen Verspätungen seine Stellung verliert, verschafft Anni ihm durch den Generaldirektor einer Zigaretten-Firma eine Anstellung als Reklame-Flieger. Nun wird Hans eifersüchtig, und Anni glaubt, es ist alles aus. Aber dann besinnt Hans sich und schreibt mit dem Flugzeug "Ich liebe dich" in den Himmel.

 

Happy-go-lucky Anni works as a ticket saleslady at the Wallensteinplatz subway station.  Hans, who is constantly late, works as a pilot for the postal authorities.  One day, Hans is in such a hurry, that he gets on the train and tells Anni, he'll pay her later.  Anni is outraged and has to pay the fare out of her own pocket.  Nevertheless, the two of them fall in love with one another; but because they have such different work schedules, they're only able to see one another for a few minutes in the morning and again for a few minutes in the evening.  When Hans finally loses his job because of his constant tardiness, Anni manages to get him a job flying an advertising plane for a cigarette company.  Hans gets jealous of Anni's connection to the firm's director and Anni thinks their relationship is pretty much over.  But Hans comes to his senses and writes "I love you" in the sky with his plane.

 

   

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0001/0001258-ein-gewisser-herr-gran-1933.jpgEIN GEWISSER HERR GRAN  (1933)

 

Turbulentes Agentenabenteuer: Im Hotel Danieli in Venedig steigt ein gewisser Herr Gran ab. Das ist natürlich nicht sein wirklicher Name, denn er ist ein Geheimagent, der den Auftrag hat, geraubte Papiere wiederbeschaffen, hinter denen auch Hauptmann Gordon von der Gegenseite her ist. Gordon ist in Viola Dolleen verliebt, die steinreiche Nichte eines bekannten Reeders. So gelingt es Gran mithilfe Violas, Gordon für drei Tage auszuschalten und an seiner Stelle in Rom den skrupellosen Kunsthändler Tschernikoff zu treffen, in dessen Besitz sich die Papiere befinden. Tschernikoffs Frau Bianca, eine Freundin Violas, liebt heimlich den jungen Maler Pietro, der ein verfängliches Porträt von ihr gemalt hat. Gran hilft Bianca, jagt Tschernikoff die Geheimpapiere ab und erobert die Frau, die er liebt.

 

A turbulent adventure about secret agents:  A certain Mr. Gran arrives at the Hotel Daniele in Venice.  Of course, that's not his real name.  He's a secret agent, whose mission is to recover stolen papers, also being chased after byCaptain Gordon, who works for the other side.  Gordon is in love with Viola Dolleen, the immensely rich niece of a famous shipowner.  With Viola's help, Gran is able to distract Gordon for three days and take his place in Rome, where he's to meet Chernikoff, an unscrupulous art dealer, who has the stolen papers and thinks, he's meeting Gordon.  Meanwhile, Chernikoff's wife Bianca, a friend of Viola, secretly loves the painter Pietro, who’s painted a portrait of her.  Gran helps Bianca; steals back the stolen papers from Chernikoff and conquers the woman he loves.

 

 

 

http://www.linternaute.com/cinema/romy-schneider-25-ans-deja/image/22285.jpg2 DVD SET:  LIEBELEI  (1933)  &  CHRISTINE  (1958)  * with switchable English subtitles *  

 

LIEBELEI  (1933):

 

Nach dem gleichnamigen Bühnenstück von Arthur Schnitzler zeichnet der Film ein Sittengemälde der Wiener Gesellschaft vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg: Leutnant Fritz Lobheimer hat seit längerem ein Verhältnis mit Baronin von Eggersdorf. Bei einem Opernbesuch macht er jedoch die Bekanntschaft der jungen Christine, zu der er sich sehr hingezogen fühlt. Obwohl er aufrichtige Gefühle für das Mädchen hegt, gelingt es ihm nicht, die Affäre mit der Baronin zu beenden. Als Baron von Eggersdorf die außereheliche Beziehung seiner Frau entdeckt, fordert er Lobheimer zum Duell.

 

A Viennese opera house, early in the century. In attendance are lieutenants Kaiser and Lobheimer. Two young ladies on the balcony, Mizzi and Christine, drop their opera glasses, hitting one of the officers. The Baron von Eggersdorff arrives in his box. Lobheimer leaves early for his tryst with the Baron's wife. The Baron soon arrives home, in a suspicious mood. Lobheimer rejoins Kaiser in a café with the two girls. Lobheimer soon falls for Christine... The Baroness wonders why her lover has been absent for so long; the two now part for good. But the Baron learns the secret and discovers that a key still in his wife's possession opens the lieutenant's door. He challenges Lobheimer to a duel.

 

CHRISTINE  (1958):

 

Wien, im Jahre 1906. Als die Musikertochter Christine Weiring und der Dragonerleutnant Fritz Lobheimer sich zum ersten Mal begegnen, ist es wahrlich nicht Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Er hängt gedanklich seiner Affäre, der verheirateten Baroness von Eggersdorf, hinterher, sie denkt an den Mann, der um ihre Hand angehalten hat, den sie aber nicht liebt. Doch nach mehreren zufälligen Treffen entdecken Christine und Fritz ihre Gefühle füreinander und ganz langsam nähern sich die beiden empfindsamen Seelen einander an. Fritz löst sich endlich aus der für ihn schon lange unerfüllten Affäre zur Baronin und Christine gibt ihrem Verehrer einen Korb. Doch als die beiden endlich glücklich zusammen sind und sogar Heiratspläne schmieden, kommt der Baron hinter die Affäre seiner Frau und fordert Fritz zum Duell.

 

Vienna, 1906.  When the musician's daughter Christine Weiring and the dragoon lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer meet for the first time, it certainly isn't love at first sight.  He's preoccupied with his affair with the married Baroness vno Eggersdorft; she's thinking about her fiancee, whom she doesn't love.  But after several chance encounters, the two discover their feelings for one another and slowly, the two sensitive souls approach one another.  Fritz finally ends the long unfulfilling love affair with baroness and Christine rejects her fiancee for Franz.  But when the two finally seem to be happy and even forge wedding plans, the Baron confirms his wife's unfaithfulness and challenges Fritz to a duel.

 

 

 

http://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0002/0002245-liebelei-1933-with-switchable-english-subtitles-.jpgLIEBELEI  (1933)  * with switchable English subtitles *  

 

Nach dem gleichnamigen Bühnenstück von Arthur Schnitzler zeichnet der Film ein Sittengemälde der Wiener Gesellschaft vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg: Leutnant Fritz Lobheimer hat seit längerem ein Verhältnis mit Baronin von Eggersdorf. Bei einem Opernbesuch macht er jedoch die Bekanntschaft der jungen Christine, zu der er sich sehr hingezogen fühlt. Obwohl er aufrichtige Gefühle für das Mädchen hegt, gelingt es ihm nicht, die Affäre mit der Baronin zu beenden. Als Baron von Eggersdorf die außereheliche Beziehung seiner Frau entdeckt, fordert er Lobheimer zum Duell.

 

A Viennese opera house, early in the century. In attendance are lieutenants Kaiser and Lobheimer. Two young ladies on the balcony, Mizzi and Christine, drop their opera glasses, hitting one of the officers. The Baron von Eggersdorff arrives in his box. Lobheimer leaves early for his tryst with the Baron's wife. The Baron soon arrives home, in a suspicious mood. Lobheimer rejoins Kaiser in a café with the two girls. Lobheimer soon falls for Christine... The Baroness wonders why her lover has been absent for so long; the two now part for good. But the Baron learns the secret and discovers that a key still in his wife's possession opens the lieutenant's door. He challenges Lobheimer to a duel.

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0003/0003554-golgotha-1935-with-switchable-english-subtitles.jpgGOLGOTHA  (1935)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Golgotha is a 1935 French film about the death of Jesus Christ.   It was directed by Julien Duvivier, and stars Harry Baur as Herod and Jean Gabin as Pontius Pilate.   Robert le Vigan plays Christ.   It opened in the U.S. in 1937.  Le Vigan's performance marks the first direct portrayal of Christ in a sound film.   As opposed to most of his appearances onscreen, Jesus is seen speaking and in closeup, not merely from a distance as in Ben-Hur or The Robe. 

 

Unfortunately, this movie will offend a number of people:  Many of the Jews in leading roles look stereotypical of the times and could have stepped right out of the costume sets of Jud Suss or Der Ewige Jude.  Jesus Christ looks as "aryan" as the Romans who are seemingly bullied into persecuting him and some of the statements -- especially concerning financial transactions, as well as the famous exhortation that Jesus' blood will be upon the heads of the Jews and their children -- are extremely inflammatory and politically incorrect by today's standards.  Nonetheless, it was not the purposeful intention of the director to inflame anti-Semitic passion; this film is simply a mirror of the times and its prejudices.  

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0000/0000138-variete-1935.jpgVARIETE  (1935)

 

Liebe und Hass unter Artisten: Jeanne, Pierre und George treten mit ihrer Trapez-Nummer in einem Wanderzirkus auf. Da werden sie vom Direktor eines großen Varietés engagiert und beginnen nun, Pläne für ihre Zukunft zu machen. George liebt schon seit langem heimlich Jeanne und macht ihr einen Heiratsantrag. Diese lehnt jedoch ab, da sie Pierre liebt. Der eifersüchtige George lässt Pierre daraufhin bei der Probe fallen, und dieser landet nur durch Glück unverletzt im Fangnetz. Bei der großen Abendvorstellung liegen die Nerven blank. Den Männern gelingt es pflichtbewusst, die Nummer ohne Zwischenfälle zu absolvieren. Doch Jeanne wird ohnmächtig und kann nur durch einen gewagten Sprung Pierres gerettet werden.

 

Love and hate among artists:  Jeanne, Pierre and George perform in a trapezoidal number in a traveling circus.  The director sets them up in some large, variety shows and they start making plans for their future.  George has secretly been in love with Jeanne for a long time and now asks her to marry him.  But she turns him down, as she loves Pierre.  Out of jealousy, George lets Pierre fall during a rehearsal and he luckily falls uninjured into the net.  When the great evening performance arrives, everyone's nerves are on edge.  The men succeed in doing their act without incident.  But Jeanne faints and can only be saved by a daring leap by Pierre.

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0003/0003675-die-stunde-der-versuchung-1936.jpgDIE STUNDE DER VERSUCHUNG  (1936)

 

Rechtsanwalt Dr. Leuttern ist so mit seinem Beruf verheiratet, dass er seine junge Frau Irene vernachlässigt. Endlich einmal hat er sich einen Abend freigemacht, um mit ihr gemeinsam die Oper zu besuchen. Ein gewisser MacNorris in der Nebenloge macht Irene auffällig den Hof. Mitten in der Vorstellung wird Leuttern zu Geheimrat Rüdiger gerufen, dessen Frau Alice aus einem Sanatorium geflohen ist. Briefe belegen, dass sie seit Jahren ein Verhältnis mit MacNorris hat. Auch der Schlüssel zu dessen Wohnung ist in ihrem Schreibtisch versteckt.

 

The lawyer Dr. Leuttern is so possessed by his career, that his young and attractive wife Inge feels completely neglected.  When he goes with her to the opera, he is suddenly called away, leaving his wife all by herself at the theatre.  This just thrills MacNorris to no end, since he's wanted to seduce the lawyer's wife for a long time.  But there is another woman, who had a relationship with the womanizer and who found herself kicked to the kerb by him.  She went into a depression because of that and ended up in the looney bin.  Having flown the kuckoo's nest, she drives to MacNorris' apartment to wait on him and fill him full of lead.

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0000/0000137-die-reise-nach-tilsit-1939-with-switchable-english-subtitles.jpgDIE REISE NACH TILSIT  (1939)  * with switchable English subtitles *  

 

Endrik Settegast ist ein wohlsituierter Fischer auf der Kurischen Nehrung. Mit seiner Frau Elske und der kleinen Tochter führt er ein harmonisches Alltagsleben. Da begegnet er der schönen Polin Madlyn, und zwischen beiden entbrennt eine leidenschaftliche Liebe, die trotz Elskes Kampf die Ehe zu zerstören droht. Das spürt Endrik und hält zu seiner Familie, Madlyn verlässt den Ort. Aber sie kommt wieder, und die Beziehung beginnt aufs Neue. Noch immer liebt er diese Frau und will sie nun ganz für sich. In dieser verzweifelten Lage fasst er einen teuflischen Entschluss: Während einer Bootsreise nach Tilsit will er seine Frau ermorden

 

Endrik Settegast is a well-to-do fisherman on the Curonian Spit.  He has an harmonious life with his wife Elske and his small daughter.  But then he meets the pretty Polish woman Madlyn and a passionate love affair develops between the two of them, which threatens the marriage despite Elske's battle to keep it alive.  Endrik takes notice of Elske's efforts and stays with his family.  Madlyn leaves the village; but returns again later on and their affair begins anew.  Endrik still loves this woman and wants her to himself.  Caught in a desperate situation, he makes a fateful decision:  During a boating trip to Tilsit, he will murder his wife.

 

 

 

DER MEINEIDBAUER  (1941)

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Ein Tiroler Bauer, der nach der Vernichtung des Testaments und nach einem Meineid vor Gericht den Hof an sich gerissen und die Erben geprellt hat, geht, als die Wahrheit herauskommt, an seinem schlechten Gewissen zugrunde. Verfilmung des Theaterstücks von Ludwig Anzengruber mit dem Ensemble der folkloristischen Exl-Bühne. Eine der besten Leistungen des alten deutschen Heimatfilms mit einer hervorragend gestalteten Titelrolle.

 

After his stepbrother Jacob dies in an accident, farmer Matthias Ferner learns from Paula, Jacob's spouse of many years, that she and her two children will inherit the whole farm.  She takes over command immediately, failing to realize that Matthias must feel like her servant.  So he searches and destroys his brother's will and even swears perjury in court - but there's a witness he didn't count in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://i.imgur.com/GZ70L1k.jpgUN PILOTA RITORNA  (1942)  * with switchable English subtitles *  

 

1941. Durante la campagna di Grecia, Gino, un pilota di un aereo da bombardamento italiano, colpito dalla contraerea è costretto a lanciarsi con il paracadute, viene fatto prigioniero dagli inglesi e costretto ai lavori forzati in un campo di concentramento. Durante lo spostamento dei prigionieri, Gino conosce Anna, figlia del medico italiano che assiste gli italiani imprigionati e se ne innamora ricambiato. Durante un bombardamento notturno, Gino riesce ad evitare le sentinelle nemiche per salire a bordo di un aereo decollare e dirigersi verso l'Italia.

 

1941.  During the campaign in Greece, Gino, an Italian bomber pilot, is hit by flak and forced to bail.  Taken prisoner by the British, he's forced to work in a concentration camp.  During a transport of prisoners, Gino meets Anna, the daughter of an Italian doctor assisting imprisoned Italians.  He falls in love and his feelings are reciprocated.  During a bombing one night, Gino managed to elude the British sentries and steals a plane to fly back to Italy. 

 

 

 

https://rarefilmsandmore.com/Media/Thumbs/0001/0001618-zirkus-renz-1943.jpgZIRKUS RENZ  (1943)

 

Frei basierend auf der Biografie des Zirkus-Pioniers Ernst Jakob Renz, erzählt der Film eine Dreiecksgeschichte im Artistenmilieu: Nachdem der Großvater der jungen Bettina bei seiner Bärendressur zu Tode kommt, kümmern sich die beiden wandernden Zirkuskünstler Harms und Renz um das verwaiste Mädchen. Zu dritt reisen sie nach Berlin, um dort einen eigenen Zirkus aufzubauen. Nach vielen Strapazen gelingt es den Freunden, dem Großstadtpublikum ein umjubeltes Programm zu präsentieren. Da sich jedoch beide in die nunmehr erwachsene Bettina verliebt haben, wechselt Harms im Streit zur französischen Konkurrenz. Erst ein weiterer dramatischer Zwischenfall bringt die Kontrahenten wieder zusammen, und in der Manege entscheiden sich am Ende die Zukunft des Zirkus Renz und das Liebesglück Bettinas.

 

This movie is based loosely on the biography of the circus pioneer, Erns Jakob Renz. The two circus performers Harms and Renz care for the young orphan Bettina, after her grandfather is killed while practicing an act with a bear (hey! Yogi wants the pic-i-nick basket; you give it to him!). The three take off to Berlin to open their own circus. After a number of difficulties --- none of them with bears, luckily --- they build a reputation among their Berliner fans.  Soon, Bettina gets older and the two men's thoughts towards her grow from surrogate fathers to something that would have landed them in jail had the internet been around back then and they posted their desires and photos of her online.  There are a number of close calls both in their personal lives and with their French rivals; but soon, everyone pulls together for the good of the circus and to avoid ending up on the sex offender registry.

 

 

ORDOGLOVAS  (The Demon Rider)  (1944)  * with switchable English subtitles *

 

Released four days prior to the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944, Ördöglovas is the story of a love affair between the Hungarian count Sandor Moric and the daughter of Chancellor Metternich of Austria.  The two first meet, when Sandor jumps over the woman's carriage with his horse, rushing to the bedside of his dying father.  That feat of sportsmanship is all it takes for the chancellor's daughter to fall in love with him ... and Metternich need only hear he's Hungarian to know straight off, that this love affair must be terminated at all costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROTATION  (1949)  * with switchable English subtitles *

Der Maschinenmeister Behnke ist ein politisch wenig interessierter Mann, der sich seiner Familie zuliebe mit der NSDAP arrangiert hat. Von seinem Schwager lässt er sich überreden, eine Druckerpresse zu reparieren, auf der antifaschistische Flugblätter gedruckt werden. Er nimmt einige der Flugblätter mit nach Hause – und wird von seinem eigenen Sohn Helmuth, einem überzeugten Hitlerjungen, an die Gestapo verraten. Nach Verhör und Folter kommt Behnke ins Gefängnis. Zum Kriegsende wird er von russischen Soldaten befreit. Doch seine Frau ist tot und sein Sohn befindet sich in Kriegsgefangenschaft. Als Helmuth eines Tages nach Hause zurückkehrt, vergibt ihm Behnke.

 

The machinist Behnke has little interest in politics.  For the benefit of his family, he's come to terms with the NSDAP running the show in Germany.  He's convinced by his brother-in-law, however, to repair a printing press, on which anti-fascist leaflets are being produced.  He takes some of these leaflets home ... and is promptly betrayed to the Gestapo by his son, a fanatical member of the Hitler Youth.  After being tortured and interrogated, Behnke ends up in Moabit Prison.  He's liberated by Russian soldiers at the end of the War.  His wife, however, is dead and his son's a POW.  When Helmut returns from his internment in Russia, Behnke forgives him for his past deeds.

 


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