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    The Student of Prague (Paul Wegener, 1913), a silent horror about a student who signs a pact with a sorcerer after he falls in love with a beautiful countess, but inevitably there's more than he bargained for. Find this at 791.43743 STU

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    I Don't Want To Be A Man (Ernst Lubitsch, 1918), Lubitsch's first successful comedy that set the bar for his Berlin and Hollywood career for decades to come, this tale of cross-dressing and homosexuality could only have come out of the freedom of post-WW1 Berlin. Find this at 791.43743 ICH

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    The Oyster Princess (Ernst Lubitsch, 1919), a Lubitsch comedy about the spoilt daughter of a vulgar American billionaire whose wedding plans descend into farce. Find this at 791.43743 AUS

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    The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920), combining post-WW1 unease with innovative stylised sets that have influenced subsequent filmmakers, Wiene's film also introduced ideas of flashback and plot twists. Find this at 791.43743 CAB

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    Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1921), Murnau's German expressionist horror almost defines the genre. Unofficially adapting Bram Stoker, it features a quite eerie central performance by Max Schreck as the title character. Find this at 791.43743 NOS

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    The Wildcat (Ernst Lubitsch, 1921), a romantic-comedy farce featuring the sultry silent actress Pola Negri and includes a very unique approach to set design and cinematography. Find this at 791.43743 BER

    Die Bergkatze (1921)

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    Dr Mabuse, The Gambler (Fritz Lang, 1922), Lang's crime epic deals with the eponymous doctor of psychology and master of disguise who terrorises Berlin, with only one cop brave enough to pursue him. Find this at 791.43743 DRM

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    Michael (Carl Dreyer, 1924), an early example of overt homosexual themes in cinema, as an older male painter falls in love with a young model, who in turn, uses him for his wealth. Find this at 791.43748 MIC

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    Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927), the first science fiction feature length film and one of the most influential films of all time, 'Metropolis' is an expressionist dystopian epic about power and oppression. Find this at 791.43743 MET

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    Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Walter Ruttman, 1927), 'city symphonies' were a staple of '20s cinema; this an avant-garde visual impression of life in Berlin, shot in a documentary style. Find this at 791.43737 BER

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    People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak, 1929), important in both German and American cinema as many of its personnel later worked in Hollywood, this documentary-style drama accurately portrays daily life in Weimar Germany. Find this at 791.43743 PEO

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    Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst, 1929), the film that made Louise Brooks a star, as her free and uninhibited sexuality causes the downfall of those who love her, as well as herself. Find this at 791.43743 PAN

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    Asphalt (Joe May, 1929), one of Germany's last silent films and a late example of Expressionism where a policeman falls for a diamond thief he arrests, but she has a gangster boyfriend. Find this at 791.43743 ASP

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    The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930), the first collaboration between Marlene Dietrich and von Sternberg, Dietrich is a cabaret dancer who ruins a respected teacher who falls in love with her. Find this at 791.43743 BLU

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    M (Fritz Lang, 1931), a classic of world cinema, featuring an iconic performance by Peter Lorre, Lang's crime film dissects the manhunt for a child killer, where police and criminals join forces. Find this at 791.43743 M

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    Vampyr (Carl Dreyer, 1932), featuring some startling and haunting imagery, Dreyer's film finds a young man travelling to a village cursed by vampires. Find this at 791.43743 VAM

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    The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki, 1959), set in the closing days of World War Two, it focuses on a group of young men trying to defend their town from the advancing American forces. Find this at 791.43743 BRI

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    The Rabbit is Me (Kurt Maetzig, 1965), banned for being politically damaging, this East German film shows the hypocrisy and corruption of the Communist state when a judge has an affair with a girl whose brother he imprisoned. Find this at 17057 (video)

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    Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (Alexander Kluge, 1968), a collage film that acts as a metaphor for the director's own artistic frustrations - the trapeze artist's dilemma about creating a circus with new, revolutionary ideas, are Kluge's. Find this at 791.43743 ART

    The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)

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    Katzelmacher (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969), the director himself plays a Greek immigrant who joins a group of aimless youth and incites hostility and jealousy amongst them. Find this at 791.43743 KAT

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    Even Dwarfs Started Small (Werner Herzog, 1970), featuring a cast entirely comprised of dwarfs where the patients of an institution rebel against their keepers. Find this at 791.43743 EVE

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    The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty (Wim Wenders, 1972), an existential crime film with hints of Camus about a goalkeeper who murders the woman he spends the night with. Find this at 791.43743 GOA

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    Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972), Herzog's first collaboration with Klaus Kinski, who plays a ruthless leader of a Spanish expedition through the Amazon. Find this at 791.43743 AGU

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    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972), based on his own play, Fassbinder's caustic melodrama shows the changing dynamics within a lesbian relationship. Find this at 791.43743 BIT

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    Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974), inspired by the melodramas of Douglas Sirk, a young Moroccan man and a much older German woman fall in love and face family and social prejudice. Find this at 791.43743 FEA

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

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