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Chingachgook, the Great Snake - Chingachgook, die Grosse Schlange
An adaptation of The Deerslayer, by James Fenimore Cooper. French colonists and Hurons fight against English troops and their allies, the Delaware. Only Chingachgook, a young Delaware, and his fair-skinned friend Deerslayer realize that the colonizers intend to exterminate the Native Americans altogether. Wahtawah, the daughter of the Delawarean chief,…
The Sons of Great Bear - Die Söhne der grossen Bärin
Here East German celebrity Gojko Mitic stars his very first_Indianerfilm_, or East German Western, as the fearless chief Tokei-ihto, whose Dakota tribe is being driven from the land of their ancestors. Based on the carefully researched fiction of Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich, it became East Germany's answer to the West German fascination…
Border Radio
Before carving out a niche as one of the most distinct voices in nineties American cinema, Allison Anders made her debut, alongside codirectors and fellow UCLA film school students Kurt Voss and Dean Lent, with 1987's Border Radio. A low-key, semi-improvised postpunk diary that took four years to complete, Border…
Mala Noche
With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant's debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant's hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in…
Sun Seekers - Sonnensucher
A socialist story of "atoms for peace" and compulsory labor in an East German uranium mine under Soviet control. Banned at Soviet insistence, it impresses even today with its political complexity, variety of characters and realistic portrayal of daily work in a forbidden zone of the industrial landscape. Sun Seekers…
Too Young for Love - Für die Liebe noch zu mager
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Susanne is 18 years old. Everybody appreciates her work in the textile company; but nobody, including Lutz, whom she is in love with, takes note of her as a woman. She feels she must make a change. With popular rock music of the '70s, by Hungarian musician Zsuzsa Koncz and…
Spring Takes Time - Der Frühling Braucht Zeit
Was it an act of sabotage or willful negligence? The non-party engineer Heinz Solter is suddenly arrested and accused of approving a defective pipeline that caused a half million loss to his company. At first, the case seems clear-cut for the state prosecutor, but when he probes deeper, he discovers…
Blood Brothers - Blutsbrüder
At the scene of the 1864 massacre in the Cheyenne village on Sand Creek, a soldier named Harmonica (Dean Reed) breaks an American flag in disgust. After he saves the life of the Indian girl Fawn, he looks to the Indians for friendship and guidance. Slowly, her brother Hard Cliff…
Five Cartridges - Fünf Patronenhülsen
During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), five International Brigade soldiers of different nationalities are given a crucial assignment as their commander lies dying: they are to smuggle top-secret information across enemy lines. Shot mainly in Bulgaria and starring Academy nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl (The Flight, Shine, Jacob the Liar) and Manfred…
Her Third - Der Dritte
After having two children with two different men, a newly single and liberated Margit discovers herself. Her entertaining amorous pursuit of a colleague is a testament to the evolving independence of East German women in the early 1970s. Starring Jutta Hoffmann, who received the Best Actress award for this role…
House By The River
In 1949, at Republic Pictures, Fritz Lang (self-proclaimed "master of the unusual") created HOUSE BY THE RIVER, a shocking and mordant thriller of passion and murder. Boasting an ingenious script by SPIRAL STAIRCASE scribe Mel Dinelli and evocative photography by Edward Cronjager (I WAKE UP SCREAMING), HOUSE... is an underrated…
Justine: The Misfortunes Of Virtue
Based on Marquis de Sade's 1791 novel Justine: The Misfortunes of Virtue, Chris Boger's visually sumptuous film is a dark tale of sexual depravity and Sadean excess. Royal plaything Koo Stark stars as a virtuous innocent whose chosen path of goodness is thwarted at every turn by her cunning and…