Destinies of Women
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Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film

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Reel Women in East German Film
The REEL WOMEN collection features films about women and/or made by female directors. Strong female roles reflecting socialist gender ideals and policies abound, such as in the filmic foundation myth, Castles and Cottages, In other films, such as A Berlin Romance, women are portrayed as susceptible to the consumer attractions…
All My Girls - Alle meine M├Ądchen
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Despite his lack of enthusiasm, film student Ralf is assigned to make a documentary about a team of six women workers at a light bulb factory in Berlin. At first, the team seems to work and get along together without a hitch. But soon tensions between the women become apparent…
The Woman and the Stranger - Die Frau und der Fremde
Karl and Richard, two German soldiers captured by the Russians in World War I, become very close friends--so close that Richard shares intimate stories about his wife, Anna. Through these stories, Karl falls in love with her in his thoughts. When Karl escapes and goes to Richard's home, Anna knows…
The Blum Affair - Affaire Blum
In detective-story style based on a 1926 German court case, this film portrays conservative nationalism prior to Hitler's rule. Dr. Blum, a Jewish manufacturer, is falsely accused of a murder. Even when the real killer's identity becomes evident, the state prosecutor refuses to accept Blum's innocence. One of few German…
The Legend of Paul and Paula - Die Legende von Paul und Paula
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Author Ulrich Plenzdorf and director Heiner Carow winningly portray everyday life in East Berlin in a passionate, but star-crossed love story. Featuring the music of the East German cult rock band, The Pudhys, the film proved so popular that official media blackouts could not keep audiences away from this cult…
Girls in Gingham - Die Buntkarierten
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
A moving saga focusing on the women in a family spanning three generations and almost 70 years of German history, from the Wilhelmine period through the end of WWII. Guste was born to an unmarried maid in 1884 and it seems that this situation predetermines her path of life. She…
Minna von Barnhelm, or The Soldier's Fortune - Minna von Barnhelm oder Das Soldatengl├╝ck
This film takes place during the Seven Years' War. The Prussian Major von Tellheim has become engaged to the Saxon noblewoman Minna von Barnhelm. After the war, the King - in an unwarranted move - deprives the major of his honor. Von Tellheim becomes impoverished and, filled with shame, breaks…
Marriage in the Shadows - Ehe im Schatten
The first German feature film to explicitly address the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, Marriage in the Shadows called on Germans to accept collective responsibility for the crimes of the Third Reich. Stylistically, the production--in which many former Ufa artists were involved--blends classic melodrama in the Ufa style with…
Her Third - Der Dritte
After having two children with two different men, a newly single and liberated Margit discovers herself. Her entertaining amorous pursuit of a colleague is a testament to the evolving independence of East German women in the early 1970s. Starring Jutta Hoffmann, who received the Best Actress award for this role…
And Your Love Too - und deine Liebe auch
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
On August 13th, 1961--the night the Berlin Wall goes up--three people must make a decision that will change their lives forever... Upon learning of the building of the Wall, the director and scriptwriter changed the story they were working on to focus on this historic event. For four months a…
Lissy
Berlin, early 1930s. Lissy (Sonja Sutter), a young woman raised in a socialist working-class family, marries a clerk who promises her a better life. During the depression, however, he gets fired and can't find a new job. Desperate for companionship and money, he falls for Nazi propaganda and joins the…
Coded Message for the Boss - Chiffriert an Chef - Ausfall Nr. 5
Wolf Brandin, an electrical engineering student in East Berlin, gets recruited by the CIA. He immediately notifies the Stasi. His work as a double agent inevitably strains his personal life. When the CIA sends Brandin on a mission in the GDR, he uses his position to ensure the building of…