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Works: 572 works in 954 publications in 3 languages and 11,269 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Historical films  Internet videos  Educational films  War films  Romance films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Biography 
Roles: Producer, Other, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about DEFA
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Die mörder sind unter uns = The murderers are among us by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

23 editions published between 1946 and 2007 in German and English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Au lendemain de la Seconde guerre mondiale, Suzane Wallner retourne chez elle à Berlin. Elle vient de passer plusieurs années dans un camp de concentration. Arrivée dans son appartement, elle découvre qu'un homme y habite déjà. Il s'agit du docteur Hans, devenue dépressif et alcoolique à cause de la guerre. Peu à peu, va s'instaurer entre ces deux êtres blessés une relation amoureuse."--Site web Allociné
Die Architekten The architects by Peter Kahane( Visual )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in German and English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Brenner, an idealistic young architect in East Berlin, is deeply frustrated by life under the Communists but manages to tolerate it. After receiving a plum assignment--designing a small city on the fringe of Berlin--he comes up with an innovative fresh, almost cheerful plan. But his optimistic design comes at a price, both personal and professional
The Gleiwitz case : the Nazi secret plan to invade Poland( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in German and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of a successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" his invasion of Poland. The film reflects on the possibilities and techniques of provocation. It shows how facts and opinions can be manipulated and how people are made to accept lies, murder, and war
I was nineteen = Ich war neunzehn by Konrad Wolf( Visual )

7 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in German and English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The (fictional) experiences of Gregor Hecker, a German-born Lieutenant in the Red Army on the outskirts of Berlin during the last days of the war
Rotation by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

6 editions published between 1949 and 2006 in German and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The main character, the mechanic Behnke, wants to join the Nazi party to secure a good living. However, after his Jewish neighbors are taken away, he changes his views. Trying to remain 'a non-political man, ' he withdraws from reality and becomes a Nazi laborer."--Container
Berlin--Ecke Schönhauser by Gerhard Klein( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in German and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The corner Schönhauser Allee in East Berlin is the main meeting-point for a group of adolescents. Dieter is a construction worker who falls in love with Angela. She, in turn, spends time with the clique whenever her mother is occupied with her new lover. 'Kohle' stays away from home to avoid his dad's alcohol problem, and Karl-Heinz is on his way to becoming a small-time criminal. Due to their interest in western music and culture they are regarded as no-goods and rowdies. Things get interesting when an incident forces Dieter and 'Kohle' to escape to West Germany"--Internet Movie Database
The Kaiser's lackey = Der Untertan by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

15 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in German and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This historical satire, based on Heinrich Mann's world-famous novel, Der Untertan, is ranked by film critics among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time. In Mann's biting critique of conservative Wilhelmine Germany, written during WWI, Diederich Hessling, a weakling of the lower middle class, learns an important lesson for an ambitious man: one must first serve power to gain power for oneself. From then on, his modus operandi is to bow to superiors and kick underlings
The legend of Paul and Paula = Die Legende von Paul und Paula by Heiner Carow( Visual )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in German and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two neighbors--Paula, a single woman with two children, and Paul, a conservative bureaucrat stuck in a loveless marriage--begin to fall in love. The free-spirited Paula tries to liberate Paul from his complacent life, but it's not until tragedy and heartaches beset them both that he begins to fully appreciate her love. But is it too late?--Container
Les misérables by Jean-Paul Le Chanois( Visual )

4 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in French and English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Victor Hugo's classic tale of the ex-convict Valjean, whose attempts at a normal life are disrupted by the fanatical police inspector Javert, and the French revolution
The rabbit is me = Das Kaninchen bin ich by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in German and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman, tainted after her brother's arrest for subversive political activities, has an affair with an older man - who turns out to be the judge that put her brother in jail
Arthur Miller's The crucible by Arthur Miller( Visual )

2 editions published between 1956 and 1995 in French and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Proctor is a middle-aged, married farmer whose infidelity leads to tragedy. When he ends the brief affair, his young mistress launches a vendetta, charging that Proctor's wife practices witchcraft. The accusation ignites a wave of hysteria among the villagers, culminating in a trial of both Proctor and his wife
Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt by Joachim Kunert( Visual )

3 editions published between 1964 and 2009 in German and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two best friends are forced to leave school and join the army for Hitler, and find themselves on opposite sides when one becomes an outstanding soldier and the other wonders why he is fighting a senseless war. Bonus features include biographies and a short film
Council of the gods = (Rat der Götter) by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in German and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two main protagonists dominate this epic film. Chairman Mauch, who had supported Hitler, finds new fame and fortune in West Germany after the war. The bourgeois chemist Dr. Hans Scholz lives through a tortuous political transformation and maturing process. Finally, he becomes wrapped up in his political neutrality and closes his eyes to the fact that poison is being produced in his factory. Standing before the judges at the Nuremburg Trials, he learns that he is partly responsible for millions of deaths in gas chambers at concentration camps."--Container
Goya : crazy like a genius by Francisco Goya( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in German and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya has attained wealth and reputation, and has fallen in love with a beautiful duchess. But he also finds himself becoming more and more remote from the daily life and suffering of the Spanish people, and is increasingly drawn to portraying their desires and nightmares in his paintings."--Container
Somewhere in Berlin = Irgendwo in Berlin( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in German and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the ruined landscape of Berlin after World War II, children perform feats of bravery by playing with undetonated bombs and climbing in the rubble. One boy is disappointed with his father, who comes home powerless and hopeless from a POW camp. The children convince this weary man to clean and restore his bomb-damaged garage, managing in the end to give him new hope
Eine Berliner Romanze( Visual )

6 editions published between 1956 and 2016 in German and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A love story about 17 year-old Uschi, an East German saleswoman, and Hans, an unemployed auto mechanic from West Berlin. The city is reflected through the eyes and feelings of these youthful figures. For example, the bright shop windows in West Berlin are much more appealing to Uschi than the plain gray buildings in the East, so she leaves her parents house for the West. Uschi takes the audience on a journey behind the facade of the economic miracle in West Berlin. In the end, she returns home to her parents' house along with Hans, who leaves his job in the West to make a living in the East"--Videocassette container
Sun seekers = Sonnensucher by Konrad Wolf( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1950, Sun Seekers follows the plight of two men who, after being arrested by the police during a bar-room brawl, are sent to work at a uranium mine. Their new 'home' is full of characters with unusual destinies - old anarchists working next to former SS members working next to Russian officers - who inevitably clash. Director Wolf began his work on the film in April 1957. Despite his attempts to tell a dramatic story with truth and humanity, his work on the screenplay raised constant objections from both the GDR government and the Russian cultural authorities. The uranium mine Wismut in the southern GDR appeared as chaotic as a wild-west gold rush town. Wolf was also accused of undermining the leading role of the Communist party with the film. Politicians as high as Party Chairman Walter Ulbricht got involved in the making of the film
Carla = (Karla) by Hermann Zschoche( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in German and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young idealistic teacher, just starting her career in East German schools, discovers her students hide their true thoughts and only say what they are expected to say. The young teacher tries to encourage open discussions about taboo topics, attempting to break down the walls of suspicion and cynicism. Her superiors view her actions with unease and eventually intervene to discipline Carla. This film was labeled nihilistic, skeptical and hostile by the Unity Party of Germany (SED) and only in 1990 was it shown in cinemas
Frauen Schicksale( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in German and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Conny, a womanizer from West Berlin, is the archetypal bourgeois adventurer. The film presents him in relation to four women: a law student who is almost ruined by her love for him; a designer who becomes pregnant with his child, loses her job in West Berlin and moves to East Berlin; another woman who, in an attempt to impress him, steals a dress and later becomes guilty of the death of her brother; and lastly, another student who rebuffs Conny the first time they meet."--Container
Look at this city = Schaut auf diese stadt( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in German and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of West Berlin from the end of the Second World War to the days following the building of the Wall on August 13, 1961, from the perspective of the leaders of the German Democratic Republic."--Container
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