- By John Gellys
German cinema has given great movies. We review the 4 best films of German cinema from Dr. Galigari’s cabinet to The life of others. In this selection we mention almost 100 years of the best of German cinema.
One of the great film industries has always been the German one. German cinema is, by far, one of the best valued throughout the history of the Seventh Art. The cinema of this country has been a reference for generations of filmmakers. Sometimes ahead of its time, other symbols of the best that actors and directors can give. With this idea in mind, we have put together what we think are the 4 best films of German cinema.
In this list, dedicated to the best German films you will find a curious trajectory, with fantastic and science fiction movies in the first place, giving way more and more to other genres better considered as war or historical cinema, going through a documentary that if well it is controversial for its content, its theoretical value is enormous.
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The first entry in our list of best German films is a work of worship, which will be recognized by both the followers of terror and those of science fiction. It is one of the best black and white movies of all time. We refer, of course, to Dr. Caligari’s cabinet.
This title is a psychological drama with dyes of supernatural mystery. It tells a series of murders and kidnappings, perpetrated by a psychopathic hypnotist who uses a night owl buddy to commit his misdeeds. It is nothing but a metaphor for the fight against reality that stars in a psychiatric patient.
We are facing a film belonging to the German expressionist cinema that was truly revolutionary for its time. So much so that its influence extends to current cinema. If you have not already done so, check out the DVD / Blu-Ray of Dr. Caligari’s cabinet.
Our next prestigious film is the free adaptation of the Bram Stoker Dracula. This is Nosferatu, one of the great vampire movies of all time. By the way, because they did not have the rights of the novel, indeed the story tries to adapt the original work by changing the dates, the scenarios and the places. Thus, instead of settling in London for Queen Victoria, the action takes place in Wisborg in the early twentieth century.In the same way, the protagonist marriage is not the Harkers, but the Hutters and the antagonistic count responds to the name of Orlok and not of Dracula.
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Nosferatu, a symphony of horror is a horror film masterpiece. It is a film that must be seen at least once in a lifetime. Although we warn you that, being silent, it is not made for all palates.
Do you remember what we said that German cinema was ahead of its time? Metropolis is a clear example of this, being one of the best and most influential science fiction films. Made as a dystopian metaphor, this masterpiece of German expressionism portrays the class struggle and confrontation with the elites. To this end, the plot reflects a workers revolution that threatens in the future to reveal itself against the elites of the megalopolis in which the film takes place.
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Some time ago we proposed The Criticism of Metropolis, in case you are interested to know more details of this film Fritz Lang. After reading it, we are sure that more than one will want to keep an eye on the excellent remastered version of the Metropolis. Above all, because for a long time this movie was lost, at least until the original tape was recovered.
M, the Vampire of Düsseldorf (1931)
Do not be fooled by the title. It is not a vampire movie, but one of the greatest thrillers of German cinema. It is also one of the best movies based on real events. Fritz Lang directed this film about a child murderer, which actually existed: to serial killer Peter Kürten. This was Lang’s first sound film, who managed to catapult Peter Lorre to fame, an actor who played the killer of children. Thanks to this tape, Lorre was pigeonholed in villain papers, but also revalued in the face of his exile with the arrival of the Nazis.
We are not going to tell you much more about M, the vampire of Düsseldorf, one of the greatest films in history. And it is better that you see it first and then draw your own conclusions.