What are some great German movies?
I am looking for some movies in the German language that i can use to improve my skills. Any suggestions?
The series Extr@ auf Deutsch is quite good for beginners - just search for Extr@ auf Deutsch on youtube. It is in German and also has German subtitles. It's a light hearted comedy about housemates and it gives a recap at the end of each episode in case you misunderstood anything: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQYFFMIVJs&list=PL6AB67B348FBE5C2C
Jenseits der Stille (one of my favourites) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otvKzI84Klo
Das Wunder von Bern (if you're into soccer/football): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z9XXeW1fI8
Nirgendwo in Afrika (I like Caroline Link ;-) ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYY9Fw3MyMc
german.about.com has compiled some lists for learners of German: http://german.about.com/library/blfilm_index1.htm http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa011126b.htm
All of these are light entertainment as well:
Barfuss (Barefoot) is a (more or less romantic) comedy that I like a lot. You may or may not like Til Schweiger, but Johanna Wokalek is adorable and so is the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxumSBpS4yc (trailer)
A kind of classic comedy from the early 90s: Pappa ante portas starring Evelyn Hamann and Loriot. May not meet everyone's kind of humor, but will be such a good laugh if it does. You may also want to look for Loriot's sketches, he was a wonderful comedian. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H1gQ2hp5hE (trailer)
If you are into oldies, you may enjoy films with Heinz Rühmann or films with Heinz Erhardt, for example this comedy in black and white: Drillinge an Bord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BvP86DHTbclist=PLB6754A69697857C7 (full movie sequences)
The next one is a children's movie but enjoyable for adults as well, I'd say (besides, I really like the actor Jürgen Vogel): Emil und die Detektive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOnZOO3pVw4
Now for those (girls) being into real cheasiness, Sissi starring Romy Schneider as young empress of Austria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPp6ZK7trg8 (trailer)
And for those who are into dance movies: A German TV series from the late 80s called Anna with Silvia Seidel and Pattrick Bach. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGt3cgWpi8c (trailer)
umm, Fassbinder.... To name a few: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Angst essen Seele auf Effi Briest The Marriage of Maria Braun Die Ehe der Maria Braun Berlin Alexanderplatz
oh, and Eric Rohmer's adaptaion of Die Marquise von O
If you're into Fassbinder, you might also like Werner Herzog. Both his movies and documentaries are worth seeing.
Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser)
Encounters at the End of the World
It probably makes more sense to watch his latest documentaries in English, but it might be interesting to hear him narrate in German.
Der Untergang is a good one, it's set in Hitler's bunker, you've probably seen clips of it from parodies on YouTube.
Der Letzte Zug is pretty depressing, it's about Jews being transported to Auschwitz, via train, and their horrible conditions.
Sophie Scholl, is a biography sort of thing about the life and death of Sophie Scholl, a girl who tries to oppose the Nazis.
You ought to be able to browse through German channel websites and see some of the episodes (series and the like)
I find that foreign, especially English movies, dubbed are just too difficult. The great thing is that the language is neutral and actually very good, but the speed they have to talk to catch up with English... boy, that's quick!.
Subtitles in German have the problem of being... well, long. So many times they are a skeleton and they fly through the screen. I am watching "murder, she wrote" (Mord ist ihr Hobby) daily because it's somewhat simple and they have German subtitles for it.
I have looked for some bad series (I like series because of the consistency of the language and the slower plot), like Berlin, Berlin. There are tons of realities which I will not comment nor recommend, but sure they fit under "bad".
I quite like "mord mit Aussicht" and I've been looking for "komissar rex" too, although this is Austrian German, but won't hurt.
If you like science you may well have a look to Quarks & Co. I really like it.
Another recent "classic" is Goodbye Lenin
you may have a look here too
The four German movies I have seen, in order of preference:
"Die Fälscher" (The Counterfeiters) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813547/
"Das Boot" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082096/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
"Lola rennt" (Run Lola Run) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130827/?ref_=sr_1
"Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" (The Princess and the Warrior) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203632/
I recommend Die Fälscher regardless of whether you like German movies or not. It is in my top ten list.
Some of my favourites:
(There's some violence in the trailers)
Benny's Video (Bennys Video) Trailer: http://youtu.be/62w0j7-d4ms
Funny Games Trailer: http://youtu.be/tkbG1uSH0to
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) Trailer: http://youtu.be/_x-dJaSS3Og
Stalingrad Trailer: http://youtu.be/QHoaYW3xeRo
One of my favourites is "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" or "The Edukators" in English. Recently I have enjoyed "Wer wenn nicht wir" (If not us, who?) and "Barbara". Then there are the Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder back catalogues to explore. "Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari" is probably not what you are looking for but a great film.