Criterion Collection Themes - New German Cinema

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Written and signed by two dozen German filmmakers pledging themselves to “the new German feature film,” the 1962 Oberhausen Manifesto boldly announced the arrival of New German Cinema, with young, innovative, and politically radical directors taking up arms against the propriety of West German society and its failing film industry. In the late sixties and early seventies, filmmakers such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg set out to create smaller, more independent and artistically challenging films to investigate the state of contemporary Germany (Schlöndorff and von Trotta’s The Lost Honor of Katherine Blum), as well as to grapple with the ghosts of the past, from the Weimar era (Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz) and the Nazis (Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum) to their aftermath (Fassbinder’s “BRD Trilogy”). Like other countries’ new waves, New German Cinema, which ended in the mid-eighties, embraced politically akin but artistically disparate directors with diverse interests, working methods, and spheres of influence, from the avant-garde (Kluge’s Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed) to major international productions (Fassbinder’s Querelle).

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    Angst essen Seele auf

    1974 — a.k.a. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, in 13 top lists Check
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    Der amerikanische Soldat

    1970 — a.k.a. The American Soldier, in 1 top list Check
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    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    1980, in 7 top lists Check
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    Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte

    1971 — a.k.a. Beware of a Holy Whore, in 2 top lists Check
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    Der Fangschuß

    1976 — a.k.a. Coup de grâce, in 1 top list Check
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    Götter der Pest

    1970 — a.k.a. Gods of the Plague, in 2 top lists Check
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    1969, in 5 top lists Check
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    1981, in 5 top lists Check
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    Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum

    1975 — a.k.a. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, in 2 top lists Check
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    Liebe ist kälter als der Tod

    1969 — a.k.a. Love Is Colder Than Death, in 1 top list Check
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    Die Ehe der Maria Braun

    1979 — a.k.a. The Marriage of Maria Braun, in 11 top lists Check
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    Die Blechtrommel

    1979 — a.k.a. The Tin Drum, in 14 top lists Check
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    Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

    1982 — a.k.a. Veronika Voss, in 6 top lists Check
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    Welt am Draht

    1973 — a.k.a. World on a Wire, in 2 top lists Check
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    Der junge Törless

    1966 — a.k.a. Young Torless, in 3 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 11, 2014; source