New DVDs (Germanic Studies), February-March 2016

Selected list of new video recordings relevant to Germanic Studies. Click on the links for call numbers and availability. For a complete listing of new videos and DVDs, consult the Catalog or the DVD lists.

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behindthewallBehind the wall = Hinter der Mauer / produced and directed by Michael Patrick Kelly ; produced by Suzanne Hayes Kelly, Anna McKenna. Soundtrack in German and English with English and German subtitles. DVD.

SUMMARY: Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2009, Behind the Wall documents life on both sides of the Berlin Wall through the eyes of ordinary citizens as well as several famous political figures from the former East Berlin, giving a perspective of life before, during, and after the Berlin Wall fell. Behind the Wall explodes some myths and give a special, intimate, personal view of life in both Berlins during those crucial historic years.–Container.

victoriaVictoria / eine Monkeyboy Produktion ; im Ko-produktion mit Deutschefilm und Radicalmedia ; in Ko-produktion mit WDR und Arte ; Regie, Sebastian Schipper ; produziert von Jan Dressler und Sebastian Schipper. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015. In German and English, with subtitles in English. DVD.

SUMMARY: Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads are in trouble and they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night takes goes on, what started out as a good time quickly spirals out of control.

finsterworldFinsterworld / ein Film von Frauke Finsterwalder ; Drehbuch von Frauke Finsterwalder, Christian Kracht ; Alamode Film präsentiert. Originally released as a motion picture in October 2013, in Germany. In German with optional German subtitles. DVD, region 2.

SUMMARY: This unusual and dark fairytale looks at several loosely connected stories, exploring German identity and the inability of people to be truly themselves and admit to others who they really are or what they really want.

phoenixPhoenix / Schramm Film Koerner & Weber in Zusammenarbeit mit Tempus Film, in Koproduktion mit Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE, ein Film von Christian Petzold ; Drehbuch, Christian Petzold ; Mitarbeit, Harun Farocki ; Produzenten, Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber. DVD release of the 2014 motion picture. In German with optional subtitles in English, German for the hearing-impaired and German audio description for the visually impaired. DVD

SUMMARY: “A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis”–IMDb.


utopia5 Utopia : revisiting a German state in America : a documentary / by Peter Roloff ; produced by Maxim Film. In English with one segment in German. DVD.

SUMMARY: A documentary sharing the nearly forgotten story of the Giessen Emigration Society, founded in 1833 by Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius with the goal of creating a German state in America. The film documents the experience of the original 500 emigrants who fled political turmoil in Germany to settle in Missouri. It also follows a modern-day research team as it retraces the Emigration Society’s journey from Hesse to Bremen, via an emergency bivouac on the island of Harriersand, and finally to Missouri.

About the author

Brian Vetruba is Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis