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Das zweite Gleis (1962)

Dark secrets from the Nazi era emerge in 1960's East Germany



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Cast overview:
Albert Hetterle ...
Walter Brock
Annekathrin Bürger ...
Vera Brock - seine Tochter
Horst Jonischkan ...
Walter Richter-Reinick ...
Erwin Runge
Helga Göring ...
Frau Gertrud Runge
Erik S. Klein ...
Heinz Gericke
Johanna Clas ...
Frau Anneliese Merkel
Brigitte Lindenberg ...
Angestellte im Kdh.
Paul Berndt ...
Walter E. Fuß ...
Arno Wyzniewski ...


An attempted robbery from a railway freight wagon takes place in a marshaling yard in East Germany. The Yard Supervisor, Brock recognises the thief as someone he has good reason to hate from the wartime. But identifying him would bring all sorts of ghosts out to haunt him, so he denies knowing the man. Meanwhile his daughter and her boyfriend get curious about the past and when they investigate, they expose a history that is explosive. Can anyone put the genie back in the bottle? Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@sabrina.demon.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance | War





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26 October 1962 (East Germany)  »

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The Second Track  »

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Wartime past catches up with everyone in this noir
9 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Das zweite Gleis" (1962) has a really well-told story that's filmed and acted beautifully. It's a film noir, but not your usual noir. It's told in a low-key way that is still intensely emotional. It's best not to know the plot or what the story's about before seeing it. Suffice to say that it's gripping and suspenseful. The story takes place in the then present of 1962 post-war East Germany, but the roots of it go back to incidents that occurred during the war. These are revealed in flashback.

Two of the main characters are a father (Albert Hetterle) and his daughter (Annekathrin Bürger). They share the screen, but I felt that the character arc of Bürger is the main focus. This is because she and we learn of her past. More generally, the revelation of past events has an enormous impact on those in the present.

This is an excellent film and not just for noir fans.

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