Described as an answer to Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, Fraulein tells the story of a German woman and a former French prisoner of war living in 1950s Germany. Instead of playing a role in rebuilding her country, Haneke’s heroine remains preoccupied with her personal affairs. Shot predominantly in black and white (with a color sequence added toward the end), Fraulein asserts Haneke’s place alongside the masters of the New German Cinema.
Tag: WEST GERMANY
Director Helmut Kautner retells William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in the context of postwar Germany. John H. Claudius returns from Harvard to find his mother married to his uncle after the death of his father, Paul. His father, an industrialist, owned a steel plant that is bustling due to Germany’s postwar boom. Although John’s father is said to have been killed in an air raid, John is convinced his mother and uncle plotted the death together.
In the form of a “small theater of the world”, a history of the world from its beginnings to our day, including the errors, the incompetence, the thirst for power, the fear, the madness, the cruelty and the commonplace, in a story of five episodes.
Dragon is a bloody dictator, who kills every opponent. People live hopelessly, until Lancelot comes to save the beautiful Elsa. Lancelot can only win, if all people become free from fear, that is feeding the Dragon’s power. Dragon’s multiple personalities, ranging from a “dragon” to a “samurai” to a “Nazi”, scare the hell out of all people, except Lancelot. Finally Dragon drops all his masks, to become the most dangerous of his incarnations – “himself”. And the battle begins.
Klaus Lemke′s first feature-length film depicts the odyssey of society drop-out Frank Murnau from Schliersee to Rome and Acapulco. Actually, he could have led an easy life. Monika, the daughter of a rich factory owner is in love with him, hesitating at first, Frank finally opts for jet set beauty Laura: by choosing her, he also chooses independence, which he otherwise fears to lose. He is looking for adventure, attempts to get rich by revealing industry secrets and tries to secure a place among the rich by emulating the style he learned from American gangster movies. But soon he′s in over his head, since he can not escape his own past.
In the summer of 1967, journalist Katharina is visited in Munich by her French friend, Anne. They take day trips and visit cafés, acquaintances and parties. In a series of conversations, they talk about the chances for female emancipation in a male-dominated society… This essay film puts five different types of women at the centre of the episodic narrative – an unmarried professional woman, a divorcee confused about her future, a career woman, a deceived wife and a “dream woman”
An asocial, overweight German woman lives in a large city. Unfortunately despite her kind and intelligent personality, she has had a lot of trouble making a connection with people, until she gets a crush on a handsome subway conductor.
Five lonely men are stationed at an international oil rig in the Sahara desert. The leader of the group, the German Kramer, forms a rivalry with the newest member of the group, another German named Martin. When a car crashes into the station, the workers rescue a beautiful American, Catherine, and her jealous husband, Jimmy. Catherine plays with the affections of both Kramer and Martin, making the already tense atmosphere at the base even more strained.