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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Inge von Wangenheim ...
Else Weber
Wilhelm Borchert ...
Heinz Althaus (as Ernst Wilhelm Borchert)
Viktoria von Ballasko ...
Betty
Josef Sieber ...
Architekt Ring
Ann Höling ...
Lissi Zehnter
Willi Rose ...
Gustav Knetsch-Nante
Harry Hindemith ...
Schneegandt
Robert Trösch ...
Schnitters
Fritz Wagner ...
Burghardt
Arnold Marquis ...
Hinzdorf
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Vater Althaus
Paul Bildt ...
Direktor Schöffer
Herwart Grosse ...
Regisseur Hoffmann
Ernst Legal ...
Professer Kortlein
Lotte Loebinger ...
Frau Jandrek
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How to come to terms with History
22 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

The scene: Berlin, 1948. In the midst of the ruined city, a movie about the revolutions of 1848 is being produced. Several university students are employed as extras, among them the medical student Heinz Althaus (Ernst Wilhelm Borchert) and Else Weber (Inge von Wangenheim), who is studying German history. At first they interact with reserve, though Heinz's attraction to the intelligent, beautiful Else is clear from the start; her passion and interest in the ideals of the '48ers intrigues him, forcing him to confront his own stance regarding one's relationship to history.

UND WIEDER 48! is an erudite film, made at a time when many Germans would have rather brushed aside their history, even as they were removing the rubble of their destroyed cities. Gustav von Wangenheim (here as director, earlier star of the Weimar cinema) draws extensive parallels between the Germany of 1948 and the as-yet non-existent Germany of 1848. Scenes alternate between "today" and "then", either as represented in the fictitious film under production, or as imagined by the characters involved in the project.

UND WIEDER 48! is also a film about Berlin; several scenes were shot on location. Here one can see the Berliner Dom, the Humboldt University, and even the ruins of the Stadtschloss, all as they looked in 1948. The film's final scene takes place at the Wartburg fortress in Thüringen.

Inge von Wangenheim (the director's wife) is unquestionably the star of this film. Her performance is so natural, her bearing so graceful, it is unfortunate that she did not continue a career in film acting. Ernst Wilhelm Borchert also delivers a fine performance. It is a fascinating film from many perspectives; one that deserves to be better known.


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