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First German Films with sound from the 30s and 40s
« on: October 12, 2006, 06:10:14 PM »
Venue: Goethe Hall
Date/Time: 18-20 Oct. 5.30 p.m.

First German Films with sound from the 30s and 40s

These are relevant examples from a historically important period of German cinema, much of it still entertaining; in those days, however, of high national and international standard and of much acclaim.

After 30 years of silent films, by the end of the twenties (in the USA the first film with sound was produced in 1927), the German cinema was equally compelled to take a big step (eventually done in 1929), away from their enormously successful silent films into the new chapter of cinematographic development.

German film directors were somehow reluctant for one or two years, before they ventured into the film with sound - only to realize that some of the most beloved actors couldn't be used any longer, as their voice was less effective on cinema than their body language and general acting skills.

The first real success with this new type of film was "The Blue Angel" (1930) starring Marlene Dietrich as Lola. This film made her famous in Hollywood, too. "The Three from the Filling Station" released on year later in 1934, became a blockbuster and served as a role model for many Hollywood musicals.

Another film made in the same year, "M" became an example for exploiting the new possibilities of sound in the film. This detective story became one of the best German films made by Fritz Land.

Hitler came to power in 1933. Many things changed in Germany - also the cinema. We will show 3 examples from the Nazi era: "The Emperor of California" (1936) - a western; "Baron Muenchhausen" (1942) - the most expensive production of Nazi cinema and "Titanic" (1943) - a film shown only abroad as the Nazis feared the metaphor of the sinking ship.

Dates: 18, 19, 20 October 2006 - Time: 50.30 p.m.

Wed 18 Oct. 5.30 p.m.

1) The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) (1930)

Thu. 19 Oct. 5.30 p.m. 02) The Three from the Filling Station (Die drei von der Tankstelle) (1931)

Fri. 20 Oct. 5.30 p.m.

3) M (1931)

Film Forum: Second Part November 22 - 24

Wed. 22 Nov. 5.30 p.m.

Thu: 23 Nov. 5.30 p.m.

Fri. 24 No. 5.30 p.m.

4) The Emperor of California (Der Kaiser von Kalifornien) (1936)

5) Baron Muenchhausen (Munchhausen) (1942)

6) Titanic (1943)

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