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The DEFA Film Library's (East) German Film Collection

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The Fiancée - Die Verlobte
Germany, 1934: Hella Lindau and her fiance Hermann Reimers are members of an anti-Nazi resistance group. When they are betrayed, Hella takes the blame and is sentenced to ten years in prison for high treason. Though Hermann is not allowed…
The Red Orchestra - Inside a Nazi Resistance Party
The Red Orchestra was a resistance group that fought against Nazi power within Germany from 1933 to 1942. The Gestapo labeled them as communists and traitors for their efforts to put an end to Hitler's reign -- a theory that…
The Naked Man on the Sports Field - Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Kemmel is almost 40. Although little throws the good-natured sculptor off, he is torn... between wanting to address his generation's memories of the Holocaust, and disappointment that many people don't understand his works--despite official programs to bring art to the…
Verdict on Auschwitz - The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial
The only documentary on the Auschwitz Trial held in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, from 1963 to 1965. Based on 430 hours of original audiotapes, this production is an unparellel document of the first Auschwitz Trial. In one of the…
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Midnight Revue - Revue um Mitternacht
Famous producer Otto Kruse brags that he will produce a successful, new kind of revue film. When the project is close to failing, he orders his stage manager to "do what it takes." Soon his young female assistant finds herself…
Dusk - 1950s East Berlin Bohemia
Berlin in the 1950s: divided, but not yet walled. Young artists, at the start of their careers and seeking a new lifestyle, frequented the East Berlin cafes and bars that were meeting places for intellectuals, as well as Cold War…
Isabel on the Stairs
Twelve-year-old Isabel and her mother, who was a famous political singer, had to escape Chile after the 1973 military coup. Isabel's father stayed behind fighting in the underground. For six years, they have lived in a new apartment building in…
Theater Work - Behind the Scenes of a German Theater Company
From May to October 1974, Peter Voigt filmed at the Berliner Ensemble (BE) during the 25th anniversary of the theater's founding. Voigt, a member of the BE himself in the 1950s, interviewed theater technicians who had been part of the…
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Battle on Canvas - The Creation of a Monumental Painting by Werner Tübke
In 1987, after over ten years of work, Werner Tubke (1929-2004), one of East Germany's most important painters, completed the monumental, oil-on-canvas painting The Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany. Painted in the Renaissance styles of Albrecht Durer and Albrecht Altdorfer,…
Seed Corn Should Not be Ground - A Portrait of a German Sculptor and Graphic Artist
At 47, German sculptor and graphic artist Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) lost her beloved son Peter in WWI. She began to process her grief in drawings and sculptures, including the famous memorial The Grieving Parents, and became increasingly active in protesting…
Käthe Kollwitz - A Conversation with Hildegard Bachert
In this documentary, Hildegard Bachert generously shares memories of her personal life and reflects on the work of 20th-century German artist Kathe Kollwitz. n 1936 at the age of 15, Jewish-born Hildegard Bachert left Germany for America. Only four years…
Verdict on Auschwitz - Abridged - The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial
The only documentary on the Auschwitz Trial held in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, from 1963 to 1965. Based on 430 hours of original audiotapes, this production is an unparalleled document of the first Auschwitz Trial. In one of the…
Fritz Cremer: The Buchenwald Memorial - An East German Sculptor and Graphic Artist
This portrait of East German sculptor and graphic artist Fritz Cremer (1906-1993) shows the artist at work in his studio and some of his art works, including sculptures for his Buchenwald Memorial. It accompanies the images with a text by…