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>   The problem with this arrangement is that we have no prior information
>  about the films and it has often turned out that the packages sent
>  contain films of very poor quality. We again have been offered a package
>  of five German films. Is there anybody on this list who has something to
>  offer about one or more of the films and/or their directors? The films
>  are as follows:
>  1)We can do otherwise --dir. Detlev Buck
>  2)The Wismut--dir. Volker Koepp
>  3)Waller's Last Round-dir. Christian Wagner
>  4)The Summer of the Falcon--dir. Arend Aghte
>  5)Mailna--dir. Werner Schroter
 
I only know Detlev Buck who started 1884 as an amateur filmer with the
surprising success "Erst die Arbeit und dann...!",  a comedy in which a
farmers boy (played by himself) goes for a night to the big city and mix up
the sylish snots there.
 
Buck's films are allways very unsusual (i.e. "Schwarzbunt Maerchen", a short
film only with cows photographed in an extraordenary way) but he managed it
to show his alleged stupid characters allways on the winning side by
unmasking the society of "normal" people in a very entertaining way. His
early works are more popular in northern germany because the people in the
south have different mannerism and humor and are unable to understand some
characters who speak Low German.
With his recent productions Buck made it to be more and more popular in whole
gemany.
 
I think "Wir koennen auch anders" (We can do otherwise) is his best work. You
can found a summery in the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com) by
searching for the original title. His last film "Maennerpension" (Jailbirds)
from 1996 lost the "charme" of the earlier works and is made more "conform"
to mainstream taste.
 
I' m sorry that I can t say anything to the other directors but seeing "We
can do otherwise" is a very good choice.
 
Soeren Ney
Kiel, Germany
 
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