Bewegtbilder New Year’s Special: Dinner For One

Dinner For One

Today we stray a little from our normal methodology here in the “Bewegtbilder” arena. Usually I take the opportunity to introduce the English speaking world to lesser known movies of German origin and language, but today I will introduce you to a German New Year’s Eve tradition: a classic TV skit — in English. Furthermore, I will babble a lot about the media. Consider yourself duly warned.

You can say a lot of bad things about TV. Such as… Nothing good is ever on. Even the commercials get worse every year. They cancel good shows and continue the crap. In today’s world, TV becomes more and more redundant. The selection is too big. The selection is too small. The news are controlled by media companies that could not care less about being neutral.


Captain Berlin vs. Hitler (2009) – Bewegtbilder Movie Review

Captain Berlin vs. Hitler

Play Written & Directed by: Jörg Buttgereit
Directed by: Thilo Gosejohann
Starring: Jürg Plüss, Claudia Steiger, Adolf Asser, Sandra Steffl, Rafael Banasik, Michael Waechter, Jörg Buttgereit

DVD Features:

  • Audio commentary by Buttgereit and Gosejohann
  • “Export Version” with English subtitles and optional English comments by Mark Reeder
  • Backstage Report
  • World premiere in Gelsenkirchen
  • Picture gallery
  • Super 8 short-films with Captain Berlin
  • 12 page comic dealing with Captain Berlin’s backstory

Released by: Media Target Distribution
Region: 0
Rating: 16 and older in Germany
Anamorphic: Yes
Language: German with optional English subtitles

I’m back with another installment of Bewegtbilder (Moving Pictures), where I talk about German films that should get more exposure to a global audience.


23: Nichts ist so wie es scheint (1998) – Bewegtbilder Movie Review

23 movie poster

Film: 4 cups of…tea
DVD: 3.5 cups of tea

Written by: Hans-Christian Schmid, Michael Gutmann und Michael Dierking
Directed by: Hans-Christian Schmid
Starring: August Diehl, Fabian Busch, Dieter Landuris, Jan Gregor Kremp

DVD Features:

  • Audio Commentary by the director, script writers and producers
  • Video group discussion with the same people
  • Text information on R.A. Wilson and the Illuminati

Released by Eurovideo / Touchstone Home Video
Region: 2
Rating: Free for kids 12 and older (German rating)
Aspect Ratio: 1,85:1 (16:9 anamorphic)

My advice: Try getting it if you think it’s worth the trouble.