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German Culture & Media: Movies

Current Box Office Hits

Top 10 Deutschland - from kino.de

Top-10 Kinocharts Deutschland - from cinema.de

Film Reviews and Criticism

See the Literature and Languages' Film Study Reference Guide.

Web Resources

The Goethe Institute has an arts section that includes resources on German film - articles on a variety of topics and current industry news.

Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum

Deutsche Filmakademie

dffb - one of the first film schools in the former West Germany.

Check out DVDs

The Undergraduate Library Media Collection has German feature films, documentaries, and other types of film to check out on DVD as well as a Streaming Media Collection that for watching directly online.

Looking for examples of German cinema? Search the Library Catalog by subject for:

Motion pictures Germany or Motion pictures Austria or Feature films Germany or Documentary films Germany

Then you can narrow your results to Film/Video items by clicking on "Film/Video" under Formats on the righthand side of the screen. Please Ask A Librarian for further assistance.

Finding Print Resources

Reference Works on German Film

Just, Lothar. Heyne Filmlexikon. 2 vols. München: Heyne, 2001.
791.4303 H517 (Main Reference)

Last updated in 2001 this book gives the year and title of the film along with the name of the director, at most three main actors and a 2 pages summary of the film - more information would be found at www.imdb.com. However if looking for the title translation into German of a film (or vice versa), the book supplies all German titles and the original title.

Sauer, Gert and Astrid Horn. Sternstunden des deutschen Films. München: Druckschriften- und Zeitungs-Verlag, 2001.
016.7914375 Sa85s (Main Reference)

This book has two sections, the first by Sauer gives synopses and basic credits for 170 German films made between the 1910s and the 1950s. The second half by Horn discusses nationalism in German historical films, arranged alphabetically by historical figure. Illustrations include film stills and reproductions of paintings relating to the historical context of the film.

Looking for works about German cinema? Search the Library Catalog by subject for:

Motion pictures Germany or Motion pictures Austria or Feature films Germany