German language film/tv club?
August 25, 2018 11:20 AM - Subscribe

Anyone interested in a biweekly/monthly club where we watch something in German and chat? Open to any genre/theme/vintage.

Since the Tatort-specific posts haven't generated as much interest, I thought I'd cast the net a bit wider. Surely there's some other mefites who enjoy watching something auf Deustch and want to talk about it (with someone who cares)? :)

Fellow students and native speakers welcome. I will assist with access to content if that's an impediment.
posted by mrcrow (10 comments total)
I would love a group watch of The Tin Drum, though I don't know German and would be watching subtitles, if that matters.
posted by rhizome at 2:57 PM on August 25, 2018

Sure! It’s been years since I’ve seen it but it left quite an impression. Two is enough to make a club, right? :)
posted by mrcrow at 2:14 PM on August 27, 2018

I haven't seen it since I was like 13 years old, affected me, too. In fact, part of it is that I don't remember much besides that affect.

I've also been wanting to tackle some Fassbinder.
posted by rhizome at 2:32 PM on August 27, 2018

A Fassbinder series I could get behind! Do you think monthly would work? They’re showing his work at the local arthouse so this would motivate me to get out to see them. Any ones in particular you want to see?

Whoa, The Tin Drum at 13 is Hardcore. I didn’t feel prepared for it in my 20s. Schlöndorf doesn’t pull any punches. I’d love to do a series of his films too, actually.
posted by mrcrow at 10:19 AM on August 28, 2018

Yes, we got Showtime around then and it was one of the weird movies they used to play, and being STARVED for cable, having heard of HBO/Showtime/MTV by the time they arrived in my city, I watched many random things at too young an age (The Shining and Clockwork Orange go here too). In a way, things like that are a story of my life. To my credit, I reallyonly remember a vomiting scene at the shore(?) and maybe some sex stuff. It'll be cool to find out how responsible for my life it has been!

Anyway, monthly sounds good. I'll go to my local video store to see what they have. There's some indication that FilmStruck has Fassbinder, but sadly they don't appear to allow browsing without an account.
posted by rhizome at 12:19 PM on August 28, 2018

OK, I got a library card again today for something else, and it turned out they had The Tin Drum on BluRay! They have a decent German collection, it looked weighted towards Herzog, M and Vampyr, but they also have Berlin Alexanderplatz, which is just the kind of stuntwatch I might try to psych myself up for. They also have Merchant of Four Seasons and Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?, but we aren't limited to those. There's probably still more Rainer Vern at the rental stores.
posted by rhizome at 5:33 PM on September 1, 2018

Drawn to difficult and potentially traumatic films like a dog to sweet potatoes, yes! Sometimes with the same wet crunching noises. Sounds like your library has enough to get us going.

As first responder you get first choice :) Think you'd be able to watch The Tin Drum by September 23? I'll figure out how to set up a club in case anyone else wants to join. If you're game for it, we can work our way up to Berlin Alexanderplatz. I've been wanting to watch it for about 20 years but it seemed like a long journey to go solo.
posted by mrcrow at 9:43 PM on September 2, 2018

Almost certainly before then.

I think the miniseries aspect of BA will help it. Knock it out a couple of episodes at a time. I'd still like to see The Marriage of Maria Braun and Merchant looks good, too. It's good to be familiar with at least the more popular of obscure works.
posted by rhizome at 2:27 AM on September 3, 2018

Given the direction this is heading, I set up a Fassbinder club. It doesn't look like he's gotten that kind of attention and having some focus could draw more folks. The Marriage of Maria Braun deserves a place on the bill. It's actually my favorite of his that I've seen so far.

For now we have a date for the Tin Drum! Would you like to do the honors of posting it to the main Fanfare page after you watch?
posted by mrcrow at 12:53 PM on September 3, 2018

posted by rhizome at 1:12 AM on September 19, 2018

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