New DVDs (Germanic Studies), November 2016 -March 2017

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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 Der Eisenhans / nach dem Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm ; Drehbuch Katrin Lange ; Regie Karl Heinz Lotz. Originally released as a motion picture by DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1987. Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. In German. DVD, region 0.

SUMMARY: Iron Jack, guardian of the woods, prevents the king from wantonly slaying animals for his opulent banquets. After the king commissions the Black Hunter to arrest this outlaw, Prince Joachim defies his father and flees to the woods to join Iron Jack. Joachim finds love with the princess of a neighboring kingdom, and the Black Hunter is eventually defeated, leaving our heroes to celebrate in the Nature Spirit’s cave.

Faustrecht der Freiheit / Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation presents ; Produktionsleitung, Christian Hohoff ; Buch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder unter Mitarbeit von Christian Hohoff ; Tango Film Produktion ; in Coproduktion mit City-Film GmbH, Berlin ; ein Film von Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Originally released as a motion picture in 1975. A new 4K restoration of the film, undertaken by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation. German dialogue with optional English subtitles. DVD, region 1.

SUMMARY: “A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom, but to social captivity in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Casting himself against type, the director plays a suggestible working-class innocent who lets himself be taken advantage of by his bourgeois new boyfriend and his circle of materialistic friends, leading to the kind of resonant misery that only Fassbinder could create. Fox and His Friends is unsparing social commentary, an amusingly pitiless and groundbreaking–if controversial–depiction of a gay community in 1970s West Germany”–Container.

 Eine flexible Frau / ein Film von Tatjana Turanskyj. Berlin : Filmgalerie 451, 2011. DVD of a film produced in Germany in 2010. In German with optional subtitles in English. DVD, region free.

SUMMARY: Berlin. Greta, 40, architect, mother of a 12-year-old son, recently unemployed. She does everything in her power to keep hanging on in there, torn between the pressure to conform and the spirit of contradiction.

Norbert Pfaffenbichler : notes on notes on film. Vienna : ARGE Index (Medienwerkstatt Wien & sixpackfilm), [2013]. Booklet in German and English; films without dialogue. DVD; PAL; no regional code.

SUMMARY: A series of experimental films produced between 2001 and 2012, in which the historical media of film and photography are central to the director’s analysis. Pfaffenbichler emphasizes the comic and the uncanny; his avant-garde and often structuralist approach is coupled with an ever-increasing pleasure in playful experimentation. Booklet contains the essay Unendliche Geschichten : notes on notes on film = Endless stories : notes on notes on film / Christoph Huber.

 Nussknacker und Mausekönig  / Regie, Frank Stoye ; Buch, Tiina Takkula, Thomas BrückBased on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Optional German subtitles for the hearing impaired. DVD, region 2.

SUMMARY: Young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.

Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer = The People vs. Fritz Bauer / Cohen Media Group presents ; Zero One Film in Koproduktion mit Terz Film, Westdeutsches Rundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk in Zusammenarbeit mit Arte ; ein Film von Lars Kraume ; Buch, Lars Kraume & Olivier Guez ; Produzent, Thomas Kufus ; Regie, Lars Kraume. DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.  In German, Spanish, Yiddish and English, with subtitles in English. DVD.

SUMMARY: Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past.Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past.

Toni Erdmann / Komplizen Film ; Buch und Regie, Maren Ade. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2016. In German with passages in English, optional German subtitles for the hearing-impaired and German audio description for the visually impaired. DVD, region 2.

SUMMARY: “Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she’s busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn’t help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried’s flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ work circle, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried doesn’t hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life.”–IMDb.

Torpedo / Credofilm zeigt in Koproduktion mit Joroni Film ; Buch & Regie, Helene Hegemann ; Produzenten, Susann Schmik, Jörg Trentmann. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008. In German with optional subtitles in English. DVD, all regions.

SUMMARY: Mia is fifteen and definitely more traumatized than necessarily needed. After her mother’s death she moves in with her aunt Cleo, throwing her right in the middle of Berlin’s left progressive art scene, a world more bizarre than any youth could have imagined.

Totem / Buch & Regie, Jessica Krummacher ; Produzenten, Martin Blankemeyer, Jessica Krummacher, Philipp Budweg, Timo Müller. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011. German dialogue; German, English, Spanish, French or Italian subtitles; German subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. DVD, region 0.

SUMMARY: Fiona, a young woman, finds work as a housekeeper for the Bauer family.

About the author

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