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    Im Lauf der Zeit (1976)


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Wim WendersIm Lauf der Zeit (Kings of the Road), starring Hanns Zischler and Rudiger Vogler, is released. [MORE] [ADD]



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Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians wins the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Festival, despite the director’s refusal to endorse the version produced by Dino De Laurentiis for European distribution and his specific request that the film be ignored by the festival. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1976: Other Films of Note




Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]




Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog) [MORE] [ADD]




Die Marquise von O… (Erich Rohmer) [MORE] [ADD]



Satansbraten (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]

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Theodor Kotulla's Aus einem deutschen Leben (Death Is My Trade), a film based on the life of the notorious Nazi Rudolph Höss, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is released.   Götz George plays Höss in an understated style that makes his deeds all the more horrifying. [MORE] [ADD]




– 80% of the finance for a typical German production is provided through a subsidy of some kind. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1977: Other Films of Note




Der Amerikanische Freund (Wim Wenders) [MORE] [ADD]




Bolweiser (TV) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]




Hitler – Eine Karriere (Joachim C. Fest) [MORE] [ADD]




Hitler, A Film From Germany (Hans Jurgen Syberberg) [MORE] [ADD]




Adolf und Marlene (Ulli Lommel) [MORE] [ADD]




Stroszek (Werner Herzog) [MORE] [ADD]

    Redupers (1978)



– The All-Round Reduced Personality – Redupers, writer/director Helke Sander’s debut film, is released. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1978: Other Films of Note




Despair (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]




In a Year With 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]




The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (Margarethe von Trotta) [MORE] [ADD]

    Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)


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The Soviet Union and other communist countries withdraw from the West Berlin Film Festival in protest against the showing of Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. [MORE] [ADD]



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Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, Werner Herzog’s version of the silent classic, is released.   Klaus Kinski plays the eponymous vampire. [MORE] [ADD]




– In his Hamburg Declaration, Alexander Kluge states that ‘we shall no longer … distinguish films of established filmmakers from the reflexive films of a new generation. [MORE] [ADD]




– The city of Hamburg gives DM3m per annum to the Hamburg Film Bureau. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1979: Other Films of Note




Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]




The Third Generation (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [MORE] [ADD]




The Tin Drum (Volker Schlondorff) [MORE] [ADD]




Woyzeck (Werner Herzog) [MORE] [ADD]

    Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)


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The last 13 episodes of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 26-episode Berlin Alexanderplatz are broadcast on German television.   Gunter Lamprecht, Barbara Sukowa and Hanna Schygulla star. [MORE] [ADD}


West Germany 1980: Other Films of Note




Der Kandidat (Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlondorff, Stefan Aust, Alexander von Eschwege) [MORE] [ADD}




Palermo oder Wolfsburg (Werner Schroeter) [MORE] [ADD}


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