Jürgen Vogel is an actor but he also has co-writing and co-producing credits to his name. The Hamburg-born actor has made it to the big time as far as German language cinema is concerned. He has been a part of the cast for many big films and in a lead role in many of them. Let’s get to know a few of them. Here are this month’s film recommendations for practicing your German language skills starring Jürgen Vogel!
Der freie Wille (The Free Will)
The award-winning 2006 film Der freie Wille (The Free Will) stars and was co-written by Vogel. In the film he portrays Theo, a rapist who severely assaulted his victim. After nine years in a psychiatric hospital, Theo is released. Now, he is trying to get his life back in order. But it isn’t easy for the troubled man to make things right. The film is rather lengthy, clocking in at nearly three hours running time.
Die Welle (The Wave)
Ron Jones’ 1967 social experiment The Third Wave that was turned into the 1981 novel Die Welle by Morton Rhue serves as the basis for the film. Vogel stars as high school teacher Rainer Wegner. He decides to experiment with his students in order to teach them about dictatorship. Much like Das Experiment, things quickly spin out of control with horrible consequences. Frederick Lau portrays Tim, one of Wegner’s students who is greatly affected by the classroom lesson due to his mental instabilities. The film also includes Elyas M’Barek as a student.
The 2014 black comedy and thriller Stereo stars Vogel as Erik and Moritz Bleibtreu as Henry. Erik is a normal guy…until Henry shows up. Henry does everything he can to push Erik to his limits. Until finally nice guy Erik gets in touch with his dark side. Stereo is the second film from director Maximilian Erlenwein.
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