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Works: 581 works in 973 publications in 3 languages and 11,317 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Historical films  War films  Romance films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Dark comedy films 
Roles: Producer, Other, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Die mörder sind unter uns = The murderers are among us by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

24 editions published between 1946 and 2016 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 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film depicts this society's grinding down of Daniel Brenner, an idealistic architect in his late thirties. Daniel, like many others of his generation, is deeply frustrated by life under the old Communists but somehow tolerates it. Hired to design a miniature city on the fringes of Berlin, he fools himself into thinking that he can counteract the prevailing gloom with a cheerier, more innovative approach
The Gleiwitz case : the Nazi secret plan to invade Poland( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in German and held by 224 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 )

6 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in German and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

April 1945 - Hitler is dead - the Red Army and other Allied Forces are closing in on Berlin. Born in Germany and raised in Moscow, a nineteen-year-old leiutenant is made commandant of a forward position. It then becomes his job to translate surrender terms at a German-held fortress and at other places during the last days of the war in Germany
Rotation by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

6 editions published between 1949 and 2006 in German and held by 217 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( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in German and held by 203 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 196 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
Les misérables by Jean-Paul Le Chanois( Visual )

7 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in English and French and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Valjean is paroled after serving 19 years in prison for stealing some bread. He tries to steal silverware from a missionary, but is set straight by a bishop. Nine years later, Valjean is now a wealthy industrialist and mayor. He eventually befriends Fantine, a single mother turned prostitute and risks all when he helps her after she's nearly arrested by police officer Javert. Javert was a guard at the prison Valjean was in and is suspicious that the mayor and Valjean are the same person
The legend of Paul and Paula = Die Legende von Paul und Paula by Heiner Carow( Visual )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in German and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction. Comédie dramatique. Paula ne fait aucun compromis en amour. Elle a déjà mis deux hommes à la porte. Elle vit maintenant seule avec ses enfants. Pour des raisons pratiques, elle accepte d'épouser un homme d'âge mûr qui l'admire. Mais elle va rencontrer Paul, et ce sera le coup de foudre. Avec Angelica Dömrose, Winfried Glatzeder, Heidemarie Wenzel, Fred Delmare, Rolf Ludwig, Käthe Reichel, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Frank Schenk, Dietmar Richter-Reinick, Eva-Maria Hagen, Jürgen Frohriep, Hertha Thiele, Willi Schrade, Marga Legal
The rabbit is me = Das Kaninchen bin ich by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in German and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published between 1956 and 1995 in French and held by 155 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 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier; but at the front, Werner begins to understand the senselessness of war. When Gilbert is hanged by the SS, Werner turns his gun on his own army. This film, based on Dieter Noll's novel, is a political and artistic masterpiece. Its fresh and surprising frankness about the toll war takes on youth found great public resonance after the film's release
Council of the gods = (Rat der Götter) by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in German and held by 110 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
Somewhere in Berlin = Irgendwo in Berlin( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in German and held by 106 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
Goya (Goya oder der arge Weg der Erkenntnis)( Visual )

3 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in German and held by 104 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
A Berlin Romance (Eine Berliner Romanze)( Visual )

6 editions published between 1956 and 2016 in German and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mid-1950s Berlin, before the building of the Wall. Uschi, a salesgirl and aspiring fashion model from the East, is attracted to Hans, from the West. But she also loves the bright shop windows in his part of the city. The flashiness of this new world soon evaporates, however, when Hans loses his job. Inspired by Italian neorealism and shot on location in East and West Berlin, this cross-border romance precisely depicts daily life in the divided city before the Wall. It is now considered one of the most accurate portrayals of the Cold War Berlin youth scene during the 1950s. The film's frank images of youthful dreams and longings found little support among East German officials, who thought it encouraged East German young people to search for adventure in West Germany. A Berlin Romance is one of the 'Berlin Films' series, along with Alarm at the Circus, Berlin - Schonhauser Corner, and Berlin Around the Corner, made by director Gerhard Klein and scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Sun seekers = Sonnensucher by Konrad Wolf( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in German and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall of 1950, Lutz and Emmi are arrested after the police raid a bar-room brawl. They are not sentenced to prison but instead they are forced to work in an uranium mine in Wismut. Their new home is full of characters with unusual destinies: old anarchists working next to former SS members and Russian officers. Emotions collide, as well as fists
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 84 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
The Blum Affair (Affaire Blum) by Erich Engel( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in German and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on a real case in Magdeburg during the Weimar Republic. The Jewish manufacturer Jacob Blum is framed for the murder of his accountant due to the accusations of Gabler, a thief and dealer of stolen goods. Anti-Semitic prosecutors accept these accusations, as they believe all Jews are criminals. Even with evidence indicating the crime was committed by Gabler, the prosecutors refuse to change their stance. Blum's only hope is a commissar in Berlin, who takes over the investigation and finds the real murderer."--Container
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