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A working-class family in Berlin in 1931 where survival is difficult, with massive unemployment in the wake of the Great Depression. After Anni's brother commits suicide in despair, her family finds itself forced to move to Kuhle Wampe, a lakeside camp on the outskirts of Berlin, now home to increasing numbers of unemployed. When Anni's relationship with Franz ends, she moves back to Berlin and gets involved in the workers' youth movement. Written by
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This is one of those films that must be seen with some background information about the Germans in 1932 in mind. Brecht does a great job and this movie is nothing like others from the same period, American or foreign. The story is simple, the propaganda immense, and the actors do their jobs. The best scene is the engagement party. I give this a 7.
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