The second film from DEFA captures the struggles of farmers and the people fleeing the destruction of the cities who are trying to start collectives in East…… Read more “Free Land”
There’s a tinge of irony in the fact that one of the movies that gave people in Germany a little joy amidst the rubble of World War…… Read more “1-2-3 Corona”
The Bridge (Die Brücke) was a 1949 film made by DEFA about displaced persons at the end of WWII. It has little in common with Bernhard Wicki’s…… Read more “The Bridge”
Films about sexual hygiene and the dangers of promiscuity have a grand old tradition in cinema history, going back at least a century with D. W. Griffith’s…… Read more “Street Acquaintances”
DEFA, East Germany’s state-owned film production company, was formed in 1946—three years before post-war Germany’s Soviet sector would become its own country. Immediately after the war, the…… Read more “Razzia (Police Raid)”
The East German film studio, DEFA, was founded in May, 1946. During the first few years in post-war Germany, it was, literally, the only game in town.…… Read more “Somewhere in Berlin”
In 1947, the Soviets began mining operations in the Schlema Valley in the southeastern region of Saxony. They called their mining company “Wismut,” the German word for…… Read more “Sun Seekers”
The Murderers Are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns), still stands as one of the greatest films to come out of East Germany.