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Our Daily Bread (1949)

Unser täglich Brot (original title)
A story about a family after the Second World War. The petty bourgeois cashier Karl Weber of Berlin observes from a distance how his son Ernst participates in the building of a new ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Viktoria von Ballasko ...
Paul Bildt ...
Karl Webers
Harry Hindemith ...
Ernst Webers
Helmuth Helsig ...
Ingenieur
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Inge Webers
Paul Edwin Roth ...
Harry Webers
Angelika Hurwicz ...
Nikki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Waltraud Backmann
Alfred Balthoff ...
Bergstetter
Erich Dunskus ...
Wirt
Hans Emons ...
Geschäftsmann
Horst Gentzen
Friedrich Gnaß ...
Albrecht, a worker (as Friedrich Gnaas)
Walter Gross ...
Skeptiker
Dorit Guenther ...
Webers' Twin Daughter
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A story about a family after the Second World War. The petty bourgeois cashier Karl Weber of Berlin observes from a distance how his son Ernst participates in the building of a new socialist society. Karl does not understand Ernst's visions, instead he confides in his other son Harry. However, Harry becomes involved in illicit business and Karl quickly realizes that it would be best to join his son Ernst in the citizen-owned factory. With this film, director Slatan Dudow (1903-1963) continued the traditions of proletarian German film from the Weimar Republic. As with his first feature film Kuhle Wampe, from a screenplay by Bertolt Brecht, Dudow wanted an art that "cultivates the viewer's psyche." His postwar films were intended to make the viewers realize the importance of supporting the "new order" in East Germany. Our Daily Bread became known as a premiere film of its day under the rubric of "socialist realism." Slatan Dudow's work was convincing mainly through his detailed ... Written by DEFA Film Library

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5 October 1950 (USA)  »

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A meaningful DEFA production
27 March 2003 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Unser taglich brot can be defined as the most meaningful DEFA production which successfully portrayed new socio-economic order and the ever changing Post war reality.It is set in post World War II Berlin in an era which heralded a time of hectic activity.Dudov analyses the questions and problems affecting the people at that time.He obviously wanted to familiarize members of the bourgeoisie with the concept of socialism.The Weber residence appeared more like a refugee camp as certain people didn't have a place to stay. Berlin was the hub of commotion as everybody had to work.This goal was all too evident in the schematic interpretation of the script.Unser taglich brot appears credible as it agreeably mirrored working class aspirations.It can be labelled as the first true socialist film made by DEFA studios.


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