Most widely held works by Bruno Ganz
The reader ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,829 libraries worldwide
"What have we learned (and what might we have forgotten) from history's bloody backwash? Guilt, love, and history are three skeins, woven together to create human beings or, alternately, human monsters. The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces, ravenously and to his great delight. One day, Hanna is gone, with no explanation, and Michael grows into a promising young law student. His class attends a trial, where the new Germany judges the past and, by default, the lovers as well."--Container.
Downfall ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in German and held by 1,311 libraries worldwide
Loosely based on her actual first-hand account, depicts the final ten days of Nazi Germany as seen through the eyes of Hitler's then-secretary Gertraud (Traudl) Junge. Joining Hitler and his inner circle at their bunker in Berlin, she witnesses the collapse of Hitler's plans for the Third Reich. As the Russian army takes the city, the dissipation, horrific beliefs, and merciless logic of Hitler's philosophy and followers becomes ever more apparent and visceral.
Luther ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1,247 libraries worldwide
Regional princes and the powerful Catholic Church wield a fast, firm and merciless grip over 16th-century Germany. But when Martin Luther issues a shocking challenge to their authority, the people declare him their new leader - and hero. Even when threatened with violent death, Luther refused to back down, sparking a bloody religious revolution that shakes the entire continent to its core.
Wings of desire ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,225 libraries worldwide
A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining.
Pane e tulipani ( Visual )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 870 libraries worldwide
When a harried housewife is accidentally left behind while on vacation with her family, she decides to take a holiday of her own in Venice. She becomes charmed by the city and her newfound freedom. She decides to extend her stay, finding a job in a flower shop, renting a room from a wistful waiter, and rediscovers her love for playing the accordion. But her solo journey does not sit well with her tyrannical husband, who hires an amateur detective to bring her back home.
Der amerikanische Freund ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 586 libraries worldwide
Story about a Hamburg picture framer who is perfectly ordinary except that he is suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. His peace and sanity are upset when he is offered money to assassinate a Mafia figure in Paris.
Vitus ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 543 libraries worldwide
At six, Vitus is both incredibly talented and wonderfully precocious. When it becomes evident that he has an exceptionally high IQ and can play piano like a young Mozart, expectations run high. His parents love him, his grandfather understands him, but no one knows the truth - that his real genius is in his heart.
The Baader Meinhof complex ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in German and held by 529 libraries worldwide
Germany 1967: murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism, and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still-fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation, led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Gudrun Ensslin, are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism. The man who understands them is also their hunter, the head of the German police force, Horst Herold.
Wings of desire ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 476 libraries worldwide
Fantasy about an angel who wanders through the streets of West Berlin and wishes he were mortal so that he could fall in love.
Youth without youth ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 435 libraries worldwide
"Romania is on the brink of war with Germany and linguistics professor Dominic Matei has little left to live for. On Easter Day 1938, he crosses the street and is struck by a bolt of lightning. Badly burned and nearly dead, he amazes the doctors by healing in only a short time. He defies science and ages in reverse from 70 to 40. There's seemingly no limit to the wonder and love he can find in his new youth. He pursues lost dreams, endless knowledge and the secrets of life until his secret is discovered. Now he must use his increased intelligence to keep his powerful secret safe from the wicked powers that would use it for evil."--Container.
Mia aiōniotēta kai mia mera Eternity and a day ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in Greek, Modern and held by 345 libraries worldwide
A famous writer is told he has only a few days to live. He meets a young boy on the street, an illegal immigrant from Albania, and decides to take him back home. During the trip, the writer hopes to learn about life and death.
Wings of desire by Wim Wenders ( Visual )
37 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 336 libraries worldwide
Romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal, set in East Berlin before the wall came down.
Faraway, so close ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 263 libraries worldwide
"When an angel dares to cross the line, he stumbles into the harsh reality of post-Cold War Berlin and find himself engaged in deadly combat to protect the mortals he loves"--Container. A sequel to "Wings of desire."
Die Faelschung ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2004 in German and Multiple languages and held by 243 libraries worldwide
Grateful for a respite from his imploding marriage, Hamburg newspaperman Georg arrives in civil war torn Beirut to chronicle the bloody Lebanese war. Inside a shell-pitted hotel, Georg and colleague Hoffman, join a cynical international coterie of competitive fellow journalists. Outside, they take their lives in their own hands, dodging bullets and conducting interviews that are always just a trigger pull away from becoming executions.
Die Marquise Von O-- The Marquise of O ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 234 libraries worldwide
During the Napoleonic wars, a young widow who is saved from an attempted rape finds herself mysteriously pregnant several months later. Unaware of how this happened, she is sent away by her family and ends up marrying her rescuer, whom she doesn't know is the child's father.
Nosferatu the vampyre ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in German and held by 223 libraries worldwide
Jonathan Harker, against the wishes of his wife, departs on a journey over the Carpathian Mountains to arrange a real estate transaction for Count Dracula, with tragic results.
Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 208 libraries worldwide
It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy, begs him hot to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger. Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the midst of a vampyre. What he doesn't know, however, is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience as victims of the Nosferatu.
Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in German and held by 192 libraries worldwide
Jonathan Harker arranges for a wealthy nobleman to occupy a large gloomy castle, only to find out that the nobleman, Count Dracula, is a vampire. Harker, his wife, and his town are in mortal danger.
The Last days of Chez Nous ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 154 libraries worldwide
The arrival of Beth's younger sister Vicki disrupts her household and transforms her shaky marriage.
Il canto sospeso by Luigi Nono ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Angels Atrocities Berlin, Battle of (Germany : 1945) Biographical films Circus performers Communists Criminal behavior Dracula, Count (Fictitious character) Drama Fantasy films Feature films Feature films Fiction films Film adaptations Film and video adaptations Films for the hearing impaired Germany Germany (West) Germany--Berlin Gifted children Highsmith, Patricia,--1921-1995 Historical films History Hitler, Adolf,--1889-1945 Horror films Italy--Venice Junge, Gertraud Law students Luther, Martin,--1483-1546 Lutheran converts Man-woman relationships Motion pictures Motion pictures, German Oral reading Paramours Private secretaries Radicalism Religious films Revolutions--Religious aspects Rote Armee Fraktion Schlink, Bernhard Terrorists Thrillers (Motion pictures) Vacations Video recordings Video recordings for the hearing impaired Video recordings--for the hearing impaired War crime trials War films World War (1939-1945)
Multiple languages (27)
Greek, Modern (24)
No Linguistic content (17)
Miscellaneous languages (5)