Germany (Volker Schlondorff) Movies on DVD
A shattering film from director Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum"), starring Bruno Ganz as a disaffected German journalist who travels to Beirut to cover the Middle East conflict. Once in Beirut, Ganz falls in love with a widowed German aristocrat (Hanna Schygulla) living in a ruined mansion. Jerzy Skolimowski, Margarethe Von Trotta also star. 108 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; "making of" documentary; interview; photo gallery. In German with English subtitles.
Powerful drama set against the backdrop of the 1919 Latvian Communist revolt. A young woman falls in love with a German officer whose unit is stationed on her family's estate. Spurned by him, she takes up with the revolutionaries and their cause. Margarethe von Trotta, who co-scripted with director/husband Volker Schlondorff, stars. AKA: "Der Fangschuss." 98 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French and German mono; Subtitles: English; interviews. In French and German with English subtitles.
Director Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") takes the reins of a "Norma Rae"-style drama, set in Poland and based on true events. A diligent and dedicated welder, Agnieszka (Katharina Thalbach) struggles for 20 years on behalf of her coworkers for improved conditions at the Gdansk shipyard. Her dismissal in 1980 leads her colleagues to forge the historic labor union known as Solidarity. Andrzej Grabowski, Dominique Horwitz co-star. 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Polish Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Polish with English subtitles.
Director Volker Schlondorff tells the story of a murderous member (Bibiana Beglau) of a socialist group of terrorists in West Germany during the last years of the Cold War. After the group breaks up, she decides to move to East Germany, where she tries to adapt to a meager socialist life. However, when the Berlin Wall comes down and her true identity is revealed, she runs the risk of being extradited for punishment. 101 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles.
Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta co-wrote and directed this highly praised (and highly politicized) adaptation of the Heinrich Boll novel. A young woman has a one-night stand with a man who turns out to be a suspected terrorist under government surveillance and becomes a target of media and police harassment. Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Jurgen Prochnow star. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; interviews; documentary; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles.
Father Henri Kremer (Ulrich Mattes), a priest imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp, is given nine days' furlough and the promise of total freedom if he convinces an anti-Nazi bishop to abandon his resistance to the Third Reich. Threatened with death and the execution of his loved ones if he fails or tries to escape, Kremer fights a war with his conscience in this haunting WWII drama, based on true events, from director Volker Schlondorff. August Diehl, Bibiana Beglau also star. 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; interview; photo gallery; theatrical trailers. In German with English subtitles.
German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") continues his cinematic exploration of the banality of evil with this compelling drama. Simple-minded French mechanic John Malkovich, falsely accused of molesting children, avoids prison by joining the army at the start of World War II. Captured by the Germans, Malkovich is drawn into the Nazi cause and becomes a recruiter of boys for a Hitler Youth camp. Volker Spengler, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Marianne Sagebrecht also star. 127 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. Filmed in English.
Fantastic and moving tale about the rise and fall of Nazi Germany as seen through the eyes of a "man-boy" (David Bennett) who "refuses to grow" in order to ignore the horrors around him, venting his anger through a toy drum. Director Volker Schlondorff's drama won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Uncut version; 163 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; interviews; theatrical trailer; more. In German with English subtitles. Two-disc set.
The debut feature of director Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") is a dramatic parable of Nazi German society set in a boys' school. A shy student wants to report a group of bullies who harass a classmate, but keeps silent under threats from the attackers. Mathieu Carriere, Marian Seidowsky, and famed horror queen Barbara Steele star. 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; interview; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles.