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Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks (1979)

Ruth Leuwerik , Melanie Pianka , Franz Peter Wirth  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ruth Leuwerik, Melanie Pianka, Marion Kracht, Lotte Barthel, Heinz Baumann
  • Directors: Franz Peter Wirth
  • Writers: Franz Peter Wirth, Berndt Rhotert, Thomas Mann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 638 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OVB9X0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,995 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks" on IMDb

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Spanning several generations, Buddenbrooks is the sweeping tale of the rise and fall of a wealthy German merchant family. Plagued by unsuccessful business decisions, disastrous marriages and personal tragedies, the Buddenbrooks family finds themselves in danger of losing their fortune as well as their souls in this "sumptuous production" (The New York Times) of Thomas Mann’s most famous work.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family history October 17, 2010
By Viviane
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Thomas Mann has captured the essence of a family in history. The movie is outstanding in its detailed report of the times and the actors represent each character with excellent performance. It is so good that you want to see it again and again because with each viewing you see more details which escaped your eyes because at first you want to get the essence of the story. It is superior entertainment - especially if you do speak German. The camera captures beautiful views of Lübek and the surrounding landscapes. It is a REAL TREAT.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great series April 17, 2010
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This is an excellent series. I wish there were more like it.
Had many hours of enjoyable viewing. Even though it is in German, I still
found it most interesting and am happy I spent the money on it. Also,
other family members enjoyed it. Need more offerings such as this.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Buddenbrooks on DVD July 4, 2011
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When I was a teenager, growing up in Hamburg, Germany (which is
about 1-1/2 hours away from Luebeck, the setting for the Buddenbrook history) I read the Thomas Mann book, which my parents had in our library.

Of course, now that I'm 81, I didn't remember too much of the
book, but the video brought much of it back to me.

I liked it, but I believe that not too many people, not acquainted with that region of Northern Germany, and the
history of the cities belonging to the Hanseatic League, which include Hamburg, Luebeck, Bremen and a few others, would be
that interested in this family's story.

Still, it is an epic story of a bygone era, and I enjoyed seeing it.

Edith E. Finke
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic story, well done August 20, 2013
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We enjoyed this video immensely. We love the book-- we've read it in both German and English, and although the video somewhat abbreviates things, it doesn't leave out anything crucial. And as lovers of the old city of Luebeck and the Baltic Sea coast, we could see these things again in all their beauty. Well done!
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