German Films Available in Media Services

If you are in the market to expand your knowledge of the German language then look no further.

Das Experiment
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This film released in 2001 was inspired by the Stanford Prison Experiments conducted in 1971. Das Experiment gives a glimpse on the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The film does have scenes of brutality and psychological torture therefore; watch at your own discretion.

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days
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This film released in 2005 is about the last days of Sophie Scholl. Sophie Scholl born in 1921 was a member of the anti-Nazi resistance group White Rose. White Rose was founded by students at the University of Munich whom used non-violent means to oppose the Third Reich. The Last Day has superb acting and should not be missed.

Click here for additional German films in the Wells Library Media collection.

-Justin

Blast Off! Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier

orphan filmsThe IUB Libraries Media Services, Life Sciences, and the William & Gayle Cook Music Library invite you to attend Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier. Join us on October 28, 5:30pm-9:00pm, Hazelbaker Lecture Hall, Room E159 in the Herman B Wells Library for an exciting evening of space exploration. What is an orphan film? An orphan film is generally a film that has been abandoned by its filmmaker, or production company. Originally born in 1999 at the University of South Carolina, the Orphan Film Symposium moved to New York University in 2006, and has since spread its global wings to include a symposium held here at Indiana University in 2013.

The Orphan Film Symposium exists to gather “scholars, archivists, media artists, curators, preservationists, librarians, collectors, distributors, documentarians, students, researchers, musicians, and others to saving, studying, and screening all manner of neglected moving image artifacts.” And just like watching an Ed Wood movie, we think you will have a blast viewing these forgotten low-budget science, and science-fiction films which include visually artistic and creative stock footage.

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ROCKET SCIENCE

5:30 – 5:40p     Meteorites (1947) Pavel Klushantsev

5:40 – 5:55p     The Big Bounce (1960) Jerry Fairbanks

5:55 – 6:03p     Chimp Recovery (1961) RCA Service Companyalien

6:03 – 6:33p    Project Apollo (1968) Ed Emshwiller

6:33 – 6:50p    Teenage Cosmonauts (1979) Igor Rodachenko

6:50 – 6:58p     Zenith Star: Experiment in Space (1987) Martin Marieta

6:58 – 7:12p     …These Blazeing Starrs! (2011) Deborah Stratman

7:12 – 7:20       Space Break

Includes Artistic Archival Footage!

IMAGINED GALAXIES

7:20 – 7:37p    A Trip to the Planets (192?) Prelinger Collection, Library of Congress

7:37 – 7:48p    Beyond the Moon (1960-62) R. E. Barnes

7:48 – 7:54p    The Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show (1961) Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

7:54 – 7:59p    Carillon (Christmas) Parade (1968) USC Moving Image Research Collections

7:59 – 8:04p     Astrovac: Zero Gravity Personal Body Wash Unit (1970) Fairchild Republic

8:04 – 8:46p    Men in Orbit (1979) NYU Fales Library & Special Collections

Booklet available with filmmaker information, and synopsis.

Light snacks, and covered drinks permitted.

Introduction to Anime

Japanese anime tends to have a reputation in the western world for being wildly “out there” and the only people that tend to like anime are just as wildly “out there.” But anime has a very broad selection of genres that can appeal to anyone, just as western film and TV. And honestly, you have probably already seen some anime that has gained popularity in the west (i.e. Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha). For those who are curious about delving deeper into the world of anime, but don’t know how or where to start, here is a list of great anime films and series (separated by genre) to get you started!

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Cowboy Bebop

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter, Spike Spiegel, and his partners. Set in the year 2071, this episodic crime noir begins on the Spaceship Bebop, where Spike’s group of bounty hunters are constantly looking for their next bounty head.

Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, this series is well-known for it’s cool atmosphere and widely revered soundtrack.

 

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Samurai Champloo

Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers.” The show follows the three as they journey through Edo period Japan in search for this mysterious samurai, all the while getting into trouble everywhere they go.

Another acclaimed series by director Shinichirō Watanabe, Samurai Champloo combines a historic backdrop with modern hip-hop styles and references.

 

Comedy/Slice of Life

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Fruits Basket

After her mother’s death, Tohru Honda finds herself living with the “prince” of her high school, Yuki Sohma, after her tent is destroyed in a landslide. Yuki, along with the rest of the Sohmas have a secret though. When hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Shenanigans ensue and new friendships are formed in this heart-warming series directed by Akitaro Daichi.

 

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Clannad & Clannad: After Story

A high school student, Tomoya, who cares little about school or others meets a lonely girl, Nagisa, who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. They become unlikely friends as he helps her to revive the drama club. Making friends along the way, their bond grows deeper and they decide to become a couple. The After Story takes place immediately, where the first “season” ends, following their relationship.

This series (one of my personal favorites) is as hilarious as it is heart-breaking. You learn so much about the characters and their lives. I can’t recommend this series enough. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.

 

Psychological/Thriller

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Elfen Lied

University students Kohta and Yuka (Kohta’s cousin) save a girl around their age called when they see her washed up on a beach. They quickly realize this girl, called Lucy, isn’t human. She is a Diclonius that has a escaped from a government facility where she was being studied. Committing mass murder in her escape, the ones responsible are desperate to find her. This proves difficult when her personality is split from a head injury, causing her to shed her violent persona for a clueless girl who doesn’t know what she is. Directed by Mamoru Kanbe.

 

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Ergo Proxy

In a post-apocalyptic future, humans live in peace with androids in a domed city called Romdeau. However, a strange series of murders has intrigued bored inspector Re-L Mayer when it appears robots that have been infected with a virus, causing self-awareness, seem to be responsible. This series, directed by Shukō Murase, has been critically praised for it’s well-paced plot and atmosphere.

 

 

Romance

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices

A coming of age story involving young love. Asuna hears mysterious music coming from a crystal radio, left to her by her absent father, that leads her deep into the hidden world, Agartha.

Beautiful artwork combined with an adventurous plot, this film is a must-see for everyone. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, who has been called “the new Miyazaki.”

 

 

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Garden of Words

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. These two broken pieces come together and heal one another as they learn what it is to walk.

I cannot even begin to describe how amazing the artwork is in this film. If you won’t see it for the story, which is beautiful, then see it for the artwork. You won’t regret it. Also directed by Makoto Shinkai. Surprise, surprise.

 

Drama/Tragedy

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5 Centimeters Per Second

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Beautiful artwork mixed with a tragic plot about the heart-break of love, this film is another masterpiece directed by Makoto Shinkai.

 

 

Wolf Children

College student Hana falls in love with another student who turns out to be a werewolf. After he dies in an accident with uncertain circumstances, Hana decides to move to the rural countryside where her husband grew up to raise her two werewolf children.

A story about family and understanding, Wolf Children will tug at your heartstrings. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

 

 

And, of course, anything created by Studio Ghibli is a must-see…

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**All movies mentioned above are in our collection at Media Services**

New Titles – September 28th

Feature Films

The Bay

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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

 

The Ghost Goes West

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An American businessman’s family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is not the only part of the deal, with it goes the several-hundred year old ghost who haunts it.

 

Keys to Tulsa

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Richter Boudreau, the son of local celebrity Cynthia, is not very successful and works as a film critic for a local newspaper. In a short time he loses his job and his heritage, and one of his “friends” starts to blackmail him. His only hope is that others around him are even bigger dummies.

 

Silver City

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The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician’s campaign for governor of Colorado.

 

Transcendence

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A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

 

 

TV Series

Hogan’s Heroes – Season 1-6

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The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.

 

Homeland – Season 4

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When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been “turned”.

 

 

Foreign Films

Field of Life and Death

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“The scene is a remote northeastern village after the ‘Sept. 18th incident’ in 1931. Zhao San, a farmer, was going to kill the landlord. But he never thought of it again since the lord saved his life. Erliban, another farmer, tried to find a wife for his son but failed. He feared that the villagers would look down upon him, and turned to Japanese invaders. Cheng Ye, also a farmer, was devoted to calling for resistance against Japan. However, the villagers didn’t respond. They did not awaken to the crucial moment of fighting back together until the slaughter.”–Container (photo from amazon.com)

 

Miss Bala

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After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang’s bidding.

 

Rise of the Legend

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An orphan, whose father has been killed by dark power, attempts to bring justice back to the town. (photo from ganoolmovie.com)

 

The Young Master

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After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much martial arts mayhem and mistaken-identity silliness ensue.

 

 

Documentaries

Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind – A Life Story

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Looks back at Joni Mitchell, from her own reminiscences and those of her friends and contemporaries. Includes bits of performances from all eras of her career.  (photo from amazon.com)

 

 

**All photos from IMDB unless otherwise mentioned**

New Titles – July 27th

Feature Films

Last Knights

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A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.

 

Operation Bullshine

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The fun starts when a group of A.T.S. girls are posted to a light ack-ack command post on a remote part of the English coast.

 

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

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Based on the diaries of wealthy landowner Anne Lister, who struggles to live her life openly as a lesbian in nineteenth-century Yorkshire society. (photo from amazon.co.uk) Continue reading “New Titles – July 27th”

New Titles – July 20th

Feature Films

Hoosiers

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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

 

TV Series

Masters of Sex – Seasons 1 and 2

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Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

 

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New Titles — July 11

Foreign Films

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Қош бол, Гүлсары! (Qosh bol, Gu̇lsary!)

Tanabay is a proud Kazakh war hero and loyal Communist who is pressured into taking a position as a herdsman in a collective farm in the Stalinist era after WWII. The pride and joy of the collective is a beautiful stallion named Gulsary. After Gulsary wins a race, the new commissar of the collective lays claim to the beloved and headstrong horse, which leads to a battle of a wills. Tanabay and Gulsary are both punished and separated for their refusal to bend to the rules of the Stalinist era.–IMDB

 

Documentary

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West Baden Springs: Save the Century

Follows the history of the West Baden Springs Hotel, from its construction in 1902, though the years as a playground for the wealthy and elite, to its closing due to the Depression, its subsequent use as a Jesuit seminary and a college campus for Northwood Institute, to its eventual restoration beginning in 1996 to an unequaled architectural gem and historic Indiana landmark.

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Restoring the Legend: The French Lick Springs Hotel

Chronicles the hotel’s history and recent restoration through photographs and rare archival film. Examines the edifice and culture that Thomas Taggart built around the hotel’s mineral springs, and follows the days before the Depression, the convention years that followed, and the hotel’s eventual decline.

New Titles – June 29th

Feature Films

Once Upon a Time in America

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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

 

A Bag of Hammers

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Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child worn beyond his years. Together they invent the family they’ve always needed.

Continue reading “New Titles – June 29th”

New Arrivals-June 20

Feature Films

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead

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Living in the back room of his father’s doctors office, broke, frustrated ladies’ man Julian scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off Broadway version of Hamlet. Except it’s a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo who is actually a master vampire! Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet out of hiding so the two can end a centuries long feud over Shakespeare’s Ophelia.

 

Hannah Takes the Stairs

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Hannah, a restless college grad, spends a hot Chicago summer trying to figure it all out. Full of ambition and indecision, she’ll try to find a crush who can keep up with her and a project that will keep her stimulated, but she may just leave a trail of broken hearts.

 

Carnage

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Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, the evening becomes quite chaotic as the parents become increasingly childish.

 

Continue reading “New Arrivals-June 20”

New Arrivals–June 6

Feature Films

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Selma

A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

 

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Kings of the Evening

After two years in jail, Homer Hobbs returns to his bleak urban home during the depths of the Great Depression. With no job, no prospects, and no hope, Homer finds a kinship with four strangers. On Sunday nights, in a dingy hall, the men of the neighborhood piece together the finest attire their meager lives can beg, borrow, or steal to compete in an unusual fashion contest.

 

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Winsor McCay: The Master Edition

Winsor McCay was the first master of animation and one of its greatest and most influential artists. His creations — Little Nemo, the intrepid traveler in slumberland, and the mischievous Gertie the Dinosaur — were bona fide movie stars who continue to astonish audiences today.

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