Germany is a country of film legends. In the 1920s, Berlin's famed Babelsberg studios was one of Hollywood's top competitors. It was also a laboratory for a new form of high art where Fritz Lang crafted the vivid dystopia of Metropolis and Marlene Dietrich melted hearts with a bat of her lashes in The Blue Angel. Today, a new generation of filmmakers is winning international acclaim with smart takes on tough topics. In 2007, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's spy thriller The Lives of Others snagged an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and showed the world that German films can keep international audiences gripping their popcorn.
Films “Made in Germany” achieve international recognition and win some of the top prizes. It has, however, been a long and winding road. The fact that the film industry had such a difficult time for quite a few decades can also be put down to Germany’s history.
Filmmaking in Germany
Increasing numbers of German films and German co-productions are being distributed in the US. These reviews of German films past and present will help you catch up or keep up-to-date on German movies in the comfort of your own home theater.
German Films on DVD
After a somewhat skeptical start, the German Film Academy is now an established institution that not only awards the annual German Film Prize (the "Lola"), but also promotes communication about German film.
The German Film Academy
When actors from all around the world have a German voice, it is not because they are polyglots. Voice actors make cinema and TV stars comprehensible for the audience, but there are also arguments about whether dubbing is worthwhile.
Voice Actors in Germany