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Return of Sabata

Return of Sabata

Return of Sabata

IMDb: 6.8
1971
100min

Master gunslinger Sabata arrives in Hobsonville, a town completely owned by McIntock, a robber baron who is taxing the inhabitants for the cost of future improvements to the town. Or that’s what McIntock says he’ll do with the money…

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Stroszek

Stroszek

Stroszek

IMDb: 7.8
1977
107min

Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they join his neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin.

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Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives

IMDb: 7.5
1988
84min

The second film in Terence Davies’s autobiographical series (along with “Trilogy” and “The Long Day Closes”) is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies’s own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.

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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

IMDb: 7.1
1974
109min

The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who feeds him.

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Count Dracula

Count Dracula

Count Dracula

IMDb: 6.2
1970
98min

Jess Franco’s version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.

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The Apple

The Apple

The Apple

IMDb: 4.3
1980
90min

In the glitzy, glittering futuristic world of 1994, music is king — and the man who controls it is all-powerful malicious mogul Mr. Boogalow. Now he has his eye on two fresh-faced young singers, Alphie and Bibi, who score a hit at his WorldVision Song Festival and fall under the irresistible spell of fame, money, and temptation.

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The Bridge

The Bridge

The Bridge

IMDb: 7.8
1959
103min

A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the “blood and honor” Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.

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Lola Montès

Lola Montès

Lola Montès

IMDb: 7.8
1955
116min

The film tells the tragical story of the life of Lola Montes who was a great adventurer and stopped being the attraction of her circus after having been the lover of various important men.

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Murder on the Bridge

Murder on the Bridge

Murder on the Bridge

IMDb: 6.1
1975
106min

Hans Baerlach is a Swiss police detective who has dedicated much of his career to pursuing powerful and allegedly murderous businessman Richard Gastmann. Though Baerlach’s partner meets his demise while investigating Gastmann, his replacement, Walter Tschanz, is undaunted. Meanwhile, the lovely Anna Crawley becomes involved in the case, which proceeds to take many twists and turns.

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Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

IMDb: 7.8
1984
89min

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

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Twilight’s Last Gleaming

Twilight’s Last Gleaming

Twilight’s Last Gleaming

IMDb: 6.7
1977
146min

A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the then President’s most trusted advisors.

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After the Rehearsal

After the Rehearsal

After the Rehearsal

IMDb: 7.2
1984
70min

Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg’s “A Dream Play.” She talks of her hatred for her mother, now dead, an alcoholic actress, who was Vogler’s star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna’s mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out.

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Pippi on the Run

Pippi on the Run

Pippi on the Run

IMDb: 6.9
1970
94min

Fed up with their strict parents, Tommy and Annika run away from home, with their friend Pippi Longstocking to look after them in their long trek.

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The House of Exorcism

The House of Exorcism

The House of Exorcism

IMDb: 6.4
1975
92min

A total re-edit of Mario Bava’s gothic classic Lisa and the Devil (1973) for US release in 1975. Cheesy exorcism scenes were shot to try to capitalize on the success of The Exorcist (1973).

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Marquis de Sade’s Justine

Marquis de Sade’s Justine

Marquis de Sade’s Justine

IMDb: 5.9
1969
124min

A woman named Justine is (willingly) used and abused by all manner of perverts, freaks and sexual deviants.

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Deadline

Deadline

Deadline

IMDb: 4.8
1987
100min

An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

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Teenage Playmates

Teenage Playmates

Teenage Playmates

IMDb: 4.5
1974
93min

In Part 7, the filmmakers explore what’s lacking in modern German schoolgirls.

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None But the Lonely Spy

None But the Lonely Spy

None But the Lonely Spy

IMDb: 6.1
1964
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Contamination

Contamination

Contamination

IMDb: 5.7
1980
95min

A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

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Vladimir et Rosa

Vladimir et Rosa

Vladimir et Rosa

IMDb: 6.2
1971
106min

Jean-Luc Godard’s and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s interpretation of the Chicago Eight / Chicago Seven trial, which followed the 1968 Democratic National Convention protest activities. Judge Hoffman becomes the character Judge Himmler (played by Ernest Menzer) and the defendants become a microcosms of the French Revolution.

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Le vent d’est

Le vent d’est

Le vent d’est

IMDb: 6.2
1970
100min

Wind From the East is a product of Jean-Luc Godard’s involvement, during the late 60s and early 70s, with a collective filmmaking experiment known as the Dziga Vertov Group. The film is, typically of the films he made during this period, about ideas and simultaneously about how best to express those ideas through the medium of film. The film deals with the situation of a strike and, during its first half, methodically analyzes the different components of the strike: the workers, the radical students who encourage the strike while not quite being able to communicate in the same terms as the workers, the union delegates and other middlemen who preach moderation and compromise, the employers who demand the immediate resumption of work, the police state that suppresses the strike on behalf of capitalism.

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To the Devil a Daughter

To the Devil a Daughter

To the Devil a Daughter

IMDb: 5.8
1976
95min

An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

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The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

IMDb: 6.1
1972
101min

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a 1972 German language drama film directed by Wim Wenders. It was adapted from a novella by Wenders’ long-time collaborator Peter Handke. A goalkeeper is sent off during a game for committing a foul. He spends the night with a cinema cashier, whom he afterwards kills. Although a type of detective film, it is more slow moving and contemplative than other films of the genre. It explores the monotony of the murderer’s existence and, like many of Wenders’ films, the overwhelming cultural influence of America in post-war West Germany.

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In the Shadow of the Sun

In the Shadow of the Sun

In the Shadow of the Sun

IMDb: 5.9
1981
54min

‘The Shadow of the Sun’ draws upon Derek Jarman’s interest with alchemical processes as a metaphor for reprocessing Super-8 film. Jarman once described film’s union of light and matter as “an alchemical conjunction” and experimented throughout his career with creating dream symbolism through the superimposition of image and action. Originally called English Apocalypse, the film’s final title is derived from a 17th Century alchemical text that used the phrase as a synonym for the philosopher’s stone – the highly sought substance that turns base metals into gold and silver. The film was intended as a step toward the idea of an ambient video, that like its musical counterpart, was designed to enhance an environment.

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If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death

If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death

If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death

IMDb: 6.6
1968
95min

After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks and murderous double-crosses, leaves the coach’s strongbox in the hands of the killer Lasky. It is up to the legendary hero Sartana to track down the missing money and determine just who is ultimately behind the grisly robberies and killings.

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Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan

IMDb: 6.6
1965
127min

This is the story of the shy Mongol boy Temujin who,during the 13th century, becomes the fearless Mongol leader Genghis Khan that unites all Mongol tribes and conquers India,China,Persia,Korea and parts of Rusia,Europe and Middle-East.

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Bagdad Cafe

Bagdad Cafe

Bagdad Cafe

IMDb: 7.5
1987
95min

A surreal comedy depicting a diverse cast of characters and the changes they undergo as the German tourist Jasmin interacts with each of them at a remote truck stop in the middle of the Mojave desert.

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Orchestra Rehearsal

Orchestra Rehearsal

Orchestra Rehearsal

IMDb: 7.3
1978
70min

Orchestra Rehearsal (Italian: Prova d’orchestra) is a 1978 Italian film directed by Federico Fellini. It follows an Italian orchestra as the members go on strike against the conductor. The film was shown out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Considered by some to be underrated Orchestra Rehearsal was the last collaboration between composer Nino Rota and Fellini, due to Rota’s death in 1979.

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Nightkill

Nightkill

Nightkill

IMDb: 5.6
1980
104min

The wife of a wealthy industrialist finds herself caught-up in a web of intrigue & murder which was created by her own deceit. When she tries to escape the results of her actions, she too falls victim to deception.

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The Marquise of O

The Marquise of O

The Marquise of O

IMDb: 7.3
1976
102min

A German Marquise has to deal with a pregnancy she cannot explain and an infatuated Russian Count.

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Forever Knight

Forever Knight

Forever Knight

IMDb: 7.7
1992
min

Forever Knight is a Canadian television series about Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a police detective in modern day Toronto. Wracked with guilt for centuries of killing others, he seeks redemption by working as a homicide detective on the night shift while struggling to find a way to become human again. The series premiered on May 5, 1992 and concluded with the third season finale on May 17, 1996.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

IMDb: 8.4
1985
min

When Anne Shirley arrives at the Cuthbert’s Farm on Prince Edward Island, she is a precocious, romantic child, desperate to be loved, and highly sensitive about her red hair and homely looks. Anne moves from one mishap to another as her wild imagination and far-fetched antics combine to constantly bring trouble upon her shoulders.

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Fanny and Alexander

Fanny and Alexander

Fanny and Alexander

IMDb: 7.9
1984
min

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

IMDb: 8.8
1980
min

Berlin Alexanderplatz originally broadcast in 1980, is a 14-part West German television miniseries, adapted and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from the Alfred Döblin novel of the same name, and stars Günter Lamprecht, Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa, Elisabeth Trissenaar and Gottfried John. The complete series is 15½ hours long. In 1983, it was released theatrically in the United States, where a theatre would show two or three parts per night. It garnered a cult following in the US and was eventually released on VHS and broadcast on PBS and then Bravo.

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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

IMDb: 6.9
1969
min

Pippi Longstocking is a TV series based on Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking children’s books. The show ran for thirteen episodes, the first episode being broadcast 8 February 1969 on the then Swedish public service channel Sveriges Radio.

The series’ theme song, “Here Comes Pippi Longstocking” was composed by Jan Johansson, with lyrics by Astrid Lindgren. The song was sung by series star Inger Nilsson.

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Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

IMDb: 8.1
1984
145min

A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

IMDb: 8.9
1966
161min

While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

IMDb: 7.2
1988
126min

An account of Baron Munchausen’s supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

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The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story

IMDb: 7.4
1984
102min

While hiding from bullies in his school’s attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck dragon named Falkor, must save Fantasia from the destruction of The Nothing.

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The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

IMDb: 7.8
1986
130min

14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church’s authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.

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