1 Das Boot (Submarine) – 1981
Let’s start with real German classics. The story of the submarine fleet of the Second World War looks surprisingly modern. For the filming of the film, full-size copies of the submarines were created, making the film the most expensive German film of all time. Since the actors had to play in conditions as close as possible to the real ones, their pale and overgrown faces added authenticity to the film. Do not miss the title scene in a French nightclub, in comparison with which any description of a drunken party will seem boring and sleepy!
2. Downfall – 2004
This Oscar-nominated painting is widely known outside of Germany. Bruno Hans, the actor who played Hitler, impressed the audience with his game and frightening resemblance to the hero. “Of all the screen images of the Führer, this, in my opinion, is the most convincing,” said Jan Kershaw, Hitler’s famous historian and biographer. This film also became a sensation on Youtube, where hundreds of times excerpts from Hitler’s emotional performances were broadcast. Funny or tasteless, these passages served some poorly, including one Scottish MP who had to resign after posting a parody video on his page.
3. Die Fälscher (2007)
This is an Austrian film, therefore, it may not be entirely correct to include it in this list, but in justification you can see that it was shot in Germany. The Oscar winner in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”, “Counterfeiters” is a fascinating, but nonetheless little-known story of one of the Nazi operations during the war. The meaning of Operation Bernhard was to manufacture a large number of fake pounds to undermine the British economy and create the conditions for hyperinflation. Based on real events, this is the story of the Jewish counterfeiter Sally Sorowitz, who was chosen to lead a group that made counterfeit banknotes in Sachsenhausen camp.
4. Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa) – 2002
Filmed in distant Kenya, this is another classic-winning, Oscar-winning and very moving film. The mixture of German, English and Swahili gives maximum originality to the film, showing the epic of Jewish refugees who moved to a small farm in the heart of Kenya just before the start of World War II. Description of the relationship between family members, their relationships with local residents will not leave you indifferent.
5. Good Bye, Lenin! (Goodbye Lenin!) – 2003
When we recall the GDR and eastern Berlin, it does not always seem ridiculous to us, but in this film the story is perceived in a rather humorous way. This “tragicomedy” tells the story of a young East Berliner named Alex who is trying to hide the fact of the fall of the Wall and the end of the communist era from his sick and pro-communist mother. Showing how capitalism is sprouting everywhere, the film reveals to us the concept of “Ostalgia” – nostalgia for life in eastern Germany, which makes us smile.