20 Movies You Have To Watch If You Are Learning German
Gallery Of 20 Movies You Have To Watch If You Are Learning German
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20 Movies You Have To Watch If You Are Learning German
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Improving your foreign language skills through the arts of movies and tv shows is not only very fun – it is also very effective and useful.
Why learn a language through movies?
The themes that are featured in movies are often very telling of the things that are big issues in a country. In Brazil, there are many movies involving favelas and police squads. Now, this doesn’t mean everyone in Brazil lives in a favela, but these movies could not be made in for example Sweden. Romantic comedies tell a lot about the ways people see romance, what people see as the ultimate love stoey.
A lot of Western movies revolve around Christmas, and that is because Christmas is a very important celebration in Western culture.
Another important thing when learning a language is that it is the easiest way to be exposed to real speech. In comparison to most language courses, these conversations aren’t meant to perfectly match the words you just had to learn with spaces in between the sentences to have you process it. Much of what you will hear you won’t be able to understand and that is exactly why you should watch it.
The best thing is that you are exposed to the way native people speak without having to respond to it. You also have the ability to add subtitles, be it in your own language or the language you are trying to learn, or pause it and write things down. All of these reasons make movies and tv shows the perfect aid for your language learning journey.
So, without any further ado let’s get into the list. Here are 20 movies you must watch when you are learning German.
“The Lives of Others is a 2006 drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker , about the monitoring of residents by agents of the , the ‘s secret police. It stars as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, as his superior Anton Grubitz, as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and as Dreyman’s lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.”
“Downfall : Der Untergang) is a 2004 –– depicting the final ten days of ‘s rule over in 1945. It was based on several histories of the period. The film was directed by , and written and produced by . The film received critical acclaim upon release and was nominated for the .”
“Cahit Tomruk is a in his 40s. He has given up on life after the death of his wife and seeks solace in and . One night, he intentionally drives his car head-on into a wall and barely survives. At the psychiatric clinic he is taken to, Sibel Güner, another Turkish German who has tried to commit , approaches him. She asks Cahit to carry out a formal marriage with her so that she can break out of the strict rules of her conservative family. Cahit is initially turned off by the idea, but then he agrees to take part in the plan.”
“Retired widower Ali Aksu ), a Turkish immigrant living in the German city of , believes he has found a solution to his loneliness when he meets Yeter Öztürk ). He offers her a monthly payment to stop working as a prostitute and move in with him. After receiving threats from two Turkish Muslims for the work she does, she decides to accept his offer. Ali’s son, Nejat Aksu ), a professor of German literature, does not have time to respond to the prospect of living with a woman of “easy virtue” before Ali is stricken with a heart attack. He softens to her: he learns that she has told her 27-year-old daughter she is a shoe saleswoman, sending shoes to her in Turkey to support that story, and wishes her daughter could receive an education like his.”
“For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The “prisoners” have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the “guards” are told to retain order without using physical violence.”
Run Lola Run : Lola rennt, literally “Lola runs”) is a 1998 German written and directed by , and starring as Lola and as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 in twenty minutes to save her boyfriend’s life. The film’s three scenarios are reminiscent of the 1981 film ; following Kieślowski’s death, Tykwer directed his planned film ). The film was released on on 21 December 1999 and on on 19 February 2008.
The film is set in , from October 1989 to just after a year later. Alex lives with his sister, Ariane, his mother, Christiane, and Ariane’s infant daughter, Paula. It appears that his father abandoned the family and fled to the West in 1978. In his absence, Christiane has become an ardent supporter of the ruling . On the other hand, Alex takes part in an . There he meets a girl, but they are separated by the before they can properly introduce themselves. When Christiane sees Alex being arrested, she suffers a near-fatal heart attack and falls into a coma. While visiting his mother in the hospital, Alex encounters the girl he met in the demonstration, Lara, a nurse from the who is now caring for his mother. Alex and Lara soon begin dating and develop a close bond.
In 1938, the Redlich family flees to from in , , to escape the increasing persecution of the . Walter, a former lawyer, finds work as a farm manager and sends for his family. His wife Jettel has trouble adjusting to life in , although their daughter Regina quickly adapts to her new environment, easily learning the language of the country and showing interest in local culture. Regina soon forms a close friendship with the farm’s cook, Owuor, who helped save Walter’s life when he had malaria. The only German contact that Jettel has is through a friend of Walter’s named Süsskind, an ex-German who has lived in Africa for years. Jettel asks Süsskind why he was never married, and he states that he had a habit of falling in love with married women.
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.
Funny Games is a 2007 ) written and directed by , and a of his own 1997 film ). , , , and star in the main roles. The film is a remake of the 1997 film,#cite_note-cinemablend-3)#cite_note-BLF-4)#cite_note-AVC-5) albeit in English and set in the United States with different actors.#cite_note-Arrow-6) Exterior scenes were filmed on .#cite_note-Arrow-6) The film is an of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy.#cite_note-7)#cite_note-8)#cite_note-9)
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” Sophie Scholl – The Final Days : Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage) is a 2005 by director and writer . It is about the last days in the life of , a 21-year-old member of the anti- student resistance group the , part of the movement. She was found guilty of high treason by the )and executed the same day, 22 February 1943.
The film was presented at the in 2005 and won Silver Bear awards for Best Director and Best Actress ). It was nominated in September 2005 for an Oscar in the category Best Foreign Language Film.”
“The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.” *
“Stalingrad is a 1993 German drama film directed by . The movie follows a of )soldiers transferred to ), where they ultimately find themselves fighting in the .
The film is the second German movie to portray the Battle of Stalingrad. It was predated by the 1959 .”
“Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.”
“The Edukators : Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) is a 2004 German-Austrian film directed by . It stars , and as three young, anti-capitalist Berlin activists involved in a love triangle. The friends, calling themselves “the Edukators”, invade upper-class houses, rearrange the furniture, and leave notes identifying themselves.
Weingartner, a former activist, wrote the film based on his experiences and chose to use nonviolent characters. The film, shot in Berlin and Austria with digital hand-held cameras, was made on a low budget which Weingartner said kept the focus on the acting. First shown at the on 17 May 2004 and released in its home countries later that year, The Edukators was praised by critics and audiences. It grossed more than $8 million worldwide and received a number of awards and nominations. It did, however, receive criticism mainly for its political statements and also for its long running time.”
“A look at Germany’s terrorist group, The Red Army Faction , which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and ’70s.”
“The Baader Meinhof Complex : Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) is a 2008 German film by in his first directorial project since 2000’s ). Written and produced by , it stars , , and . The film is based on the 1985 German best selling non-fiction book of the same name by . It retells the story of the early years of the militant group the from 1967 to 1977.
The film was nominated for at the . It was also nominated for the in the Best Foreign Language Film category.”
“When a young woman investigates her town’s Nazi past, the community turns against her.”
“The Nasty Girl : Das schreckliche Mädchen) is a 1990 West German ) based on the true story of . The original German title loosely translates as “The Terrible Girl.”
The film was selected as the German entry for the at the .“