New DVDs and Blu-Ray (Germanic Studies), July-September 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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cutdvdThe cut [videorecording] / Bombero International, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Film, Corazón International present an official German-French co-production ; written, directed and produced by Fatih Akin ; co-written by Mardik Martin ; produced by Karl Baumgartner, Reinhard Brundig ; co-produced by Fabienne Vonier. In Armenian, Arabic and English with optional subtitles in English. Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.

SUMMARY: It follows the journey of one father’s search through the Ottoman Empire for his two daughters after they are separated during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Forced from his home in Mardin, Nazareth gets word that his daughters may still be alive and he travels the globe in search for them. Over the years, his odyssey takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts to Havana and finally to the barren prairies of North Dakota.


er-ist-wieder-da Er ist wieder da / eine Produktion der Mythos Film ; in Co-Produktion mit Constantin Film ; Produzenten, Christoph Müller, Lars Dittrich ; Drehbuch, David Wnendt, Mizzi Meyer ; Regie, David Wnendt. In German with optional subtitles in English, German for the hearing-impaired and German audio description for the visually impaired. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015. DVD; Region 2.

SUMMARY: “Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.”–IMDb.



hanselundgretel Hänsel und Gretel / nach dem Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm ; bearbeit von Gerhard F. Hummel ; Regie, Walter Janssen ; Produktion, SchongerfilmDVD release of the 1954 motion picture. DVD, region 2.

SUMMARY: A brother and sister embark on a search for a mysterious cottage filled with treasure and discover a child-devouring witch in the woods.


interfaceInterface = (Schnittstelle) / a film by Harun Farocki ; produced by Musée d’art moderne Villeneuve d’Ascq. ; Harun Farocki Filmproducktion, Berlin ; written & directed by Harun Farocki. In German with English subtitles. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995. DVD-R (might not be compatible with all players).

SUMMARY: This essay film from renowned filmmaker and media theorist Harun Farocki meditates on the rhetoric of film and video editing. Using clips from his past documentary work, Farocki explores the relationship between the editor and the images he or she manipulates. The editor, whose work has become essential to the Information Age, becomes a powerful figure with a strong ethical relationship to the images, sounds, and, eventually, ideology that they help produce.

klaenge Klänge des Verschweigens / Cinetarium dokumentarfilmproduktion in Co-Produktion mit Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln, WDR ; ein detektivischer musikfilm von Klaus Stanjek. In German or English and German with English subtitles. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012. DVD. 

SUMMARY: Tells the story of the filmmaker’s uncle, musician Wilhelm Heckmann and the persecution and ostracism of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the postwar period. Documentary film.


kreuzwegKreuzweg = Stations of the cross / Camino Filmverleih präsentiert eine UFA Fiction Produktion ; in Koproduktion mit SWR, Arte und Cine Plus Filmproduktion GMBH ; Regie, Dietrich Brüggemann ; Drehbuch, Dietrich & Anna Brüggemann. German dialogue; optional English subtitles; closed-captioned. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014. DVD, Region 1.

SUMMARY: Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ’s journey to his own crucifixion, this film is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen’s struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the dictates of her family’s faith, she makes ever more perilous sacrifices, attempting to please a God she worships unquestioningly in the pious hopes of curing the autistic younger brother she adores.

liebelei Liebelei (Motion picture: 1933). Max Ophuls’ Liebelei / screenplay by Hans Wilhelm and Curt Alexander ; directed by Max Ophuls. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1933 by Elite-Tonfilm Produktion.  Based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler. In German with English subtitles. DVD-R, Region 0.

SUMMARY: The film, set in imperial Vienna, concerns the romance between a young girl and a lieutenant. A powerful baron misreads the lieutenant’s ardor, assuming that it is being directed towards his own wife. A duel follows which, no matter how it turns out, will spell tragedy for at least one of the characters we care about.


DLDS_Plakat_10.inddDie Lügen der Sieger / Heimatfilm ; Buch, Ulrich Peltzer und Christoph Hochhäusler ; Ko-Produzent, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre ; Produzentin, Bettina Brokemper ; Regie, Christoph Hochhäusler.  German dialogue (in Dolby Digital 5.1) with optional German for the hearing impaired and English subtitles. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014. DVD, Region 2.

SUMMARY: Investigative journalist Fabian Groys is pulled from a story about the German army’s questionable treatment of injured veterans to work with a young intern on a story about a zoo mauling. Signs emerge that the stories may be interlinked.


mfritzlangM / Janus Films ; Nero-Film zeigt ein Fritz Lang film ; [Regie, Fritz Lang ; Drehbuch, Thea von Harbou und Fritz Lang ; Produktion, Seymour Nebenzal]. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1931. In German (mono) with optional English subtitles; English version available through supplements menu. In German (mono) with optional English subtitles; English version available through supplements menu. Blu-ray disc, Region A; requires Blu-ray player.

SUMMARY: When a serial killer is stalking the children of the city, everyone, including the criminal underworld, wants to see him brought down.


rosenkavalierDer Rosenkavalier  / Komödie für Musik in three acts by Richard Strauss ; libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal ; a Unitel Classica production in co-production with ZDF, 3sat. Sung in German, with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese (opera); spoken in German and French, subtitles in English (special features). Filmed at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Jan. 31, 2009. DVD.

SUMMARY: Renee Fleming appears in one of her greatest roles–the beautiful Marschallin of Strauss’s bittersweet comedy of love, Der Rosenkavalier. Her peerless performance is supported by “a galactic cast.”

scarletstreetScarlet Street  / a Universal picture ; Walter Wagner presents a Fritz Lang production ; a Diana production ; screen play by Dudley Nichols ; produced and directed by Fritz Lang. Based on the novel by Georges de La Fouchardiére. Originally released as motion pictures in 1945. Blu-ray–requires Blu-ray player.

SUMMARY: When middle-aged henpecked Chris Cross rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty from her abusive pimp-boyfriend Johnny, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris’ obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph.


schuhDer Schuh des Manitu / Constantin Film zeigt eine Herbx Film Produktion in Co-Produktion mit Constantin Film und SevenPictures ; Produzenten, Michael Bully Herbig, Michael Wolf ; Regie, Michael Bully Herbig. In German.  Orignally produced as a motion picture in 2001. DVD, Region 2.

SUMMARY: Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to finance his tribe’s new saloon. Unfortunately Santa Maria, who sold the saloon, betrays Abahachi, takes the money and leaves. Soon, the Shoshones are on the warpath to get their money back, and Abahachi is forced to organize it quickly. Luckily, he, his twin brother Winnetouch, beautiful dancer Uschi and the Greek Dimitri each own a quarter of a treasure map that leads them to ‘the shoe of Manitu’. There, Santa Maria already awaits them to take their new treasure away as well. But he did not think about the determination of Abahachi’s team.


schweizerheldenSchweizer Helden / Spotlight Media Productions präsentiert in Koproduktion mit SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, in Koproduktion mit Teleclub AG ; ein Film von Peter Luisi ; Drehbuch und Regie, Peter Luisi.  German or Swiss German dialogue; optional English subtitles. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014. DVD; region 1

SUMMARY: Sabine, experiencing a mid-life crisis, begins volunteering at an immigration center, teaching immigrants to speak German.



sushiinsuhl-01 Sushi in Suhl / Movienet Filmverleih präsentiert eine Starcrest Media Produktion ; Drehbuch, Jens-Frederik Otto nach einer Vorlage von Elke Weigelt ; regie. Carsten FiebelerIn German; optional subtitles in German. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012. DVD. 

SUMMARY: Based on the true story of Rolf Anschütz and his Japanese restaurant in 1970s East Germany.

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