Tatort! Where are my fellow German murder show fans?
October 11, 2017 4:59 PM - Subscribe

We could talk about the weekly episode or specific city teams.

Over a thousand episodes but the same intro since 1970. Most of the ones online at ARD have subtitles for anyone whose ear for regional accents and slang is nicht hervorragend.

I typically watch the new episode on Mondays but the posting schedule could be flexible. Munich, Dortmund, Berlin, and Bremen are particular favorites but I'm open to any of the cities.

Some episodes are on Youtube so it's possible to watch without having access to streaming. It could be a club arrangement where we agree to watch a specific episode.
posted by mrcrow (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, I'm in.
And we could go over last Sunday's - Stuttgart. Where an old RAF killer comes back and makes a mess of things.
With Tatort I always find the more interesting thing (sadly, somewhat - that is it doesn't speak to well to the show as a stand alone entity) is the malleability of the 'format.' There is no real format, the show is mostly a way to employ workers in the film industry, and so you get these really uneven shows. Some almost brilliant, some really mediocre.
Sunday's was directed by Dominik Graf who I don't know but he is a 'known' German director among those who follow German film.
(Sam Fuller directed Tatort #25, Wolfang Petersen did a bunch. Curiously Christian Petzold hasn't - though he did do a rather fantastic episode of 'Polizei Ruff 112' last year(?) about a werewolf.)

This Sunday is Bremen, they're often totally ok. The question is how will anyone watch it from outside of Germany?
Here's the site for Tatort
posted by From Bklyn at 7:09 AM on October 19 [1 favorite]

Thank you, I knew there had to be someone else! Watching outside of Germany is possible with the use of a VPN, or so I have been told :) Thanks for posting the link.

I forgot that it's the 40th anniversary of the Todesnacht... it's probably 20 years since I studied it. Time to refresh my memory.

Der rote Schatten was one of the best I've seen. I thought Stau was going to be the brilliant one out of Stuttgart for the year! Since Tatort doesn't follow a set structure and there isn't a regular schedule of who's on when, I'm fascinated by how each story handles character development. Some of the cities have too much going on with the detectives personal histories to be able to drop in and understand what's up with the meaningful glares and tension. Lannert's own story made it compelling for me and must have been a treat for Richy Müller to act. Maybe it was a cheap gimmick but I appreciated the blend of historical and faux historical footage. Normally I'm much more critical but I think since German is a second language I appreciate things that would seem heavy handed if I saw them in English. Makes me much easier to please!

I'm interested that you think the lack of format is a hinderance--for me it's one of the more compelling things about the show. The free range for the director and cinematographer means that even a mediocre one may have a few good moments.

I fully support the full employment of film actors/directors like this. It reminds me of Columbo, where Peter Falk was able to rise (or descend) to the level of his costars. Most of the older ones I've seen were motivated by seeking out particular actors. Now I need to track them down by director too.

I don't know if we should continue this in Talk or make a single FanFare post for the series. Going by episode seems like overkill for now and FanFare isn't set up to handle episode numbers that high!
posted by mrcrow at 10:34 PM on October 19

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