New DVDs (Germanic Studies), September-October, 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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Ausländer Raus! : Schlingensiefs container / ein Film von Paul Poet ; Bonus Film GmbH. Originally produced in 2002. In German with optional German, English or French subtitles. DVD, PAL, region 0

SUMMARY: The movie documents one of Schlingensief’s most controversial projects. Imitating the concept of the reality TV show Big Brother and commenting on the xenophobic political program of one of Austria’s major political parties, Schlingensief set up a container in the city of Vienna, inhabited by a group of immigrants. The events in the container were broadcast live on Austrian TV, and viewers were invited to vote their least favorite participants out of the show– and the country.”–



Austerlitz / Imperativ Film zeigt einen Film von Sergei Loznitsa ; Buch & Regie Sergei Loznitsa.   Originally produced in 2016. Minimal dialogue in German, English, Spanish with English subtitles. DVD, universal region.

SUMMARY: “There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past – factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public and receive thousands of tourists every year. The film’s title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. Why do they go there? What are they looking for?”–Publisher’s description.


 Willkommen bei den Hartmanns / Warner Bros. Pictures präsentiert eine Wiedemann & Berg Film produktion in ko-produktion mit Sentana Filmproduktion und SevenPictures ; ein Film von Simon Verhoeven. Originally released in Germany in 2016. In German with optional English subtitles and German susbtitle for the deaf and hard of hearing ; optional audio description in German for the visually impaired. DVD; PAL; Region 2.

SUMMARY: A well-to-do but troubled family in Munich takes in a Nigerian refugee whose presence influences each family member in a unique way.

About the author

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