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Metropolis
Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, Metropolis had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state-of-the-art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with…
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Part of the Series: Janus International Silent Cinema Collection
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . .…
The King's Choice - Kongens nei
Based on the true story about the three dramatic days in April 1940 when the King of Norway was presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: Surrender or die. After three days of desperately trying to evade…
Sissi
In the first part of the acclaimed Sissi trilogy, Romy Schneider makes an impressive starring debut in the delightful Austrian comedy SISSI. The titular heroine is a preteen 19th century lass of noble birth, who charms everyone she meets. Especially…
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A masterpiece of psychological horror and the film that has come to epitomize the mysterious highly stylized German Expressionist cinema. A demented hypnotist and his ghastly henchman spread death througout the German countryside. Newly remastered from the archival German material…
Nosferatu
An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, NOSFERATU is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max…
Sissi: The Young Empress - Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin
In the second installment of Ernst Marischka's trilogy, the young Empress Sissi is enchanted by Hungary, a country she has never visited, but feels an affinity with. The Hungarians are deeply affected by Sissi's love for their country, and want…
Rommel
This action-filled historical drama depicts the harrowing seven final months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, known as the "Desert Fox." Winner of Best Actor - National (Ulrich Tukur) at the Bambi Awards . Nominated for Favorite…
Wings of Desire
Part of the Series: The Janus German Collection
Wings of Desire is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts--fears, hopes, dreams--of all the people living below. But when he falls in love…
Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress - Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin
In the third and final part of the Sissi trilogy, The young Empress Sissi is staying at the Godolle Palace in Hungary with her little daughter. Here she can be herself, liberated from all the strict court rules in Austria.…
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Part of the Series: The Janus German Collection
Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only to have him disappear in the war. Alone, Maria uses her beauty and ambition to prosper in Germany's "economic miracle" of the 1950's. Fassbinder's biggest…
The Murderers are Among Us - Die Mörder sind unter uns
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Shot in the rubble of Berlin just a year after WWII, The Murderers Are among Us was the first…
Karl Marx City - A Filmmaker Dives Into Her Father's Past
Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father's suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an…
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Part of the Series: The Janus German Collection
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, Douglas Sirk, with this updated version of Sirk's All That Heaven Allows. Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira) meets…
The Chambermaid - Das Zimmermädchen Lynn
Lynn is the most meticulous chambermaid in her hotel, leaving no shelf undusted, no sheet untucked. Crippled by shyness, she rummages through guests' belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their conversations, meals and discreet interludes. After clandestinely…
Girl on a Bicycle
Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to the love of his life, German stewardess Greta, when the young French beauty, Cecile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle - and in short order…
Der Blaue Engel (Blue Angel)
Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh, Faust, Othello), the quintessential German expressionist actor, stars as Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys' prep school. After learning of the pupils' infatuation with French postcards depicting a local nightclub songstress, he decides…
The 100-Year-Old Man - Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fonstret och forsvann) abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful…
Poto and Cabengo
Part of the Series: Janus World Documentaries Collection
Grace and Virginia are young San Diego twins who speak unlike anyone else. With little exposure to the outside world, the two girls have created a private form of communication that's an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear…
Pandora's Box
Part of the Series: Janus International Silent Cinema Collection
One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose…