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After the second World War, Dresden has a lot of reconstructing to do. To get the cigarette factory he once worked for running again, Kalle has to travel to Wittenberg - the only place ... See full summary »



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After the second World War, Dresden has a lot of reconstructing to do. To get the cigarette factory he once worked for running again, Kalle has to travel to Wittenberg - the only place where carbide can be found. Once there, Kalle find himself in the unfortunate situation of having to hitchhike his way back to Dresden, transporting seven heavy barrels of carbide. However, his inventiveness and optimistic attitude help transform the grueling task into an adventurous, entertaining, and funny journey. Written by c.winter

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27 December 1963 (East Germany)  »

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Carbide and Sorrel  »

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Erwin Geschonneck (Kalle) was for a long time a vegetarian himself. The idea of making his character avoid meat is from him. See more »

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Strange post world war II story with entangling elements
9 July 2004 | by (Mannheim, Germany) – See all my reviews

The main-actor Kalle tries to get seven barrels of carbide to a factory he's employed at. While on his way from Wittenberg to Dresden he comes into several strange situations like Russian patrols who arrest him because he doesn't have legitimation papers for transporting the barrels from one allied zone to another. As he is doing the big trip without a vehicle its very difficult to complete the task, but he manages it to move along in little steps. One of the best scenes is the one where he is getting mad through the fact that he hasn't any food for days and gets the idea to collect mushrooms in a little wood. One man who walks on the road beside the wood gets almost crazy and starts yelling when he sees Kalle moving in the wood cause it's a minefield and everywhere are signs like "Danger", "Don't move", "Keep out", "Warning", etc. that Kalle didn't see. Highly recommendable movie that is suitable for all ages and shows the time after world war II without depressing the viewer.

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