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    Mephisto (1981)
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Carlos Saura’s Deprisa, Deprisa wins the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Festival. [MORE] [ADD]



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Wolfgang Petersen's $12 million Das Boot, West Germany's most expensive film to date, is released.   Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film stars Jürgen Prochnow as the captain of a U-boat, and examines the pressures placed on his crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of enemy vessels. [MORE] [ADD]



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Hungarian director Istvan Szabo's adaptation of Klaus Mann’s Mephisto is released.   Giving an acclaimed performance, Klaus Maria Brandauer stars as a German actor who stifles his conscience when the Nazis take power and then betrays his family and colleagues. [MORE] [ADD]

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder


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Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Veronika Voss wins the 32nd Berlin Film Festival. [MORE] [ADD]



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Rainer Werner Fassbinder is found dead in his Munich flat at the age of 37.   His death is later confirmed as the result of heart failure due to a mixture of sleeping pills and cocaine. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1982: Other Films of Note




La Ferdinanda (Rebecca Horn) [MORE] [ADD]




Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog) [MORE] [ADD]




Mein Papi (Jorg Buttgereit) [MORE] [ADD]




Parsifal (Hans-Jurgen Syberberg) [MORE] [ADD]




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

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The British film Ascendancy, starring Julie Covington and Ian Charleson, wins the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1983 - Other Films of Note




Eine liebe wie Andere auch (Hans Stempel, Martin Ripkens) [MORE] [ADD]




Eine Liebe in Deutschland (A Love in Germany) (Andrzej Wajda) [MORE] [ADD]



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At the Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear Award is given to John CassavetesLove Streams. [MORE] [ADD]



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Maximilian Schell presents his documentary film, Marlene, at the 34th Berlin Film Festival.   Drawn from 17 hours of interviews with Marlene Dietrich, the German actress never actually appears on screen – only her voice is heard. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1984: Other Films of Note




Heimat (Edgar Reitz) [MORE] [ADD]




Die Unendliche Geschichte (The NeverEnding Story) (Wolfgang Petersen) [MORE] [ADD]

    Otto – Der Film (1985)


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Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl), Istvan Szabo’s adaptation of John Osborne's play A Patriot for Me, is released.   Klaus Maria Brandauer stars in the title role. [MORE] [ADD]



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Comedian Otto Waalkes makes his film debut in Otto – Der Film, which he co-directs with Xaver Schwarzenberger.   The film goes on to become Germany’s most successful movie of all time. [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany 1985: Other Films of Note




Männer... (Men…) (Doris Dorrie) [MORE] [ADD]




Zuckerbaby (Percy Adlon) [MORE] [ADD]


West Germany: 1976-1980

West Germany: 1986-1990





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