Frau Doktor Doktor Professorin Michlsaur is saddened to see that there is only one student this semester in German class 10Z.
Undaunted, though, in the first minutes of class she announces the first test the course will have.
Some German sounds are difficult for American students! Soon Michlsaur and her lone student, Mr. Tieftier, are practicing difficult German consonants and vowel diphthongs.
Demolition of the Iron Curtain in Germany: during the recreational Richard Wagner part of the class, Frau Doktor Doktor Professorin Michlsaur knocks out the walls that separate the west from the east in Germany (the Iron Curtain), leading to reunification.
Michlsaur and Tieftier waltzing to strains from Wagner's "Tannhäuser."
"Sturm in der Deutschstunde" was conceived as a joke for myself and friends who'd taken German classes during the previous years. It got interrupted by working on the other ill-fated Sutro Tower Video of the 20th century, "The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite." Neither were finished.
Sturm is yet another stop motion animation. Somewhere, I think on the street, I found a discarded "Heidi" doll; an Alpine Teutonic woman, and decided she would make a good teacher.
It's probably just as well it never was finished.
The 2011 update for DVD included new titles and stills, but the video is lacking, and the lighting was very odd, even for me at the time.
"Ich heisse Frau Doktor Doktor Professorin Michlsaur."
"Jetzt beginnen wir. Nächste Woche is eine Prüfung! Üben, lernen, sich erinnern!"
"Oh… Der die das den dem des die das… du da, du da!"
"Ich wohne jetzt in San Francisco und suche die Arbeit überall."
Deutschland und Ausland
—Richard Wagner (based on a theme by)
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
►Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")