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Christa Wolf (screenplay) and
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2 October 1964 (East Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Renate Blume ... Rita Seidel
Eberhard Esche ... Manfred Herrfurth
Hans Hardt-Hardtloff ... Rolf Meternagel
Hilmar Thate ... Ernst Wendland
Martin Flörchinger ... Herrfurth
Erika Pelikowsky ... Frau Herrfurth
Günther Grabbert ... Ernst Schwarzenbach
Horst Jonischkan ... Martin Jung
Petra Kelling ... Sigrid
Jürgen Kern ... Hänschen
Horst Weinheimer ... Ermisch
Hans-Joachim Hanisch ... Kuhl
Frank Michelis ... Karßuweit
Paul Berndt ... Melcher
Christoph Engel ... Liebentrau
Uwe-Detlev Jessen ... Mangold
Erik Veldre ... Schwabe
Otto Lang ... Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Baier ... Kellner auf Waggonbauer-Ball
Fredy Barten ... Kneipenwirt
Hilmar Baumann ... Nachrichtenüberbringer
Lothar Bellag ... Dr. Seiffert
Angela Brunner ... Dr. Müllers Verlobte
Gerhard Büch ... Kellner auf der Party
Michael Dejak ... Assistent auf Professorenparty
Werner Eberlein ... Gagarins Stimme (voice)
Eva-Marie Fröhlich ... Partygast
Uwe Germann ... Wendlands Sohn
Arthur Gutschwager ... Blumenverkäufer
Heinz Hellmich ... Arzt
Rita Hempel ... Frau am S-Bahn-Schalter
Peter Herden ... Reisebegleiter
Gerhard Hänsel ... Assistent auf Professorenparty
Willy Jänsch ... Burgführer
Waltraud Kramm ... Frau Schwarzenbach
Agnes Kraus ... Frau Meternagel
Herbert Krüger ... Kellner auf Waggonbauer-Ball
Willi Liebner ... Kellner auf Waggonbauer-Ball
Siegfried Menzel ... Dr. Müller
Gert Müller ... Assistent auf Professorenparty
Sylvia Nechanitzky ... Mädchen mit Luftballon
Hildegard Röder ... Frau Seiffert
Werner Schmidt-Wieland ... RIAS-Nachrichtensprecher (voice)
Karin Seybert ... Manfreds Tante
Maria Sänger ... Ritas Tante
Lissy Tempelhof ... Narrator (voice)
Carla Thomalla ... Partygast
Dorothea Volk ... Ritas Mutter
Geseta von Etzel ... Frau Professor
Detlef Witte ... Dozent
Tinka Wolf ... Singendes Mädchen

Directed by
Konrad Wolf 
Writing credits
Christa Wolf (screenplay) and
Gerhard Wolf (screenplay) and
Konrad Wolf (screenplay) and
Willi Brückner (screenplay) and
Kurt Barthel (screenplay) (as Kurt Barthel)

Christa Wolf  novel

Original Music by
Hans-Dieter Hosalla 
Cinematography by
Werner Bergmann 
Film Editing by
Helga Krause 
Production Design by
Alfred Hirschmeier 
Costume Design by
Dorit Gründel 
Makeup Department
Otto Banse .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lothar Erdmann .... unit manager
Hans-Joachim Funk .... production manager
Irene Ikker .... unit manager
Erwin Rose .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Barthel .... assistant director
Art Department
Willi Schafer .... set builder
Fritz Stemmer .... property master: outdoor
Sound Department
Konrad Walle .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans-Herbert Ikker .... gaffer
Peter Schlaak .... assistant camera
Peter Süring .... assistant camera
Other crew
Willi Brückner .... script editor

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Germany:116 min | UK:110 min
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The script needed to be a lot better, 3 May 2016
Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"Der geteilte Himmel" or "The Divided Heaven" is an East German movie that had its 50th anniversary two years ago. It was directed by CKonrad Wolf who also helped in adapting Christa Wolf's novel for the screen here. And there were many more writers working here, which is usually disappointing me if so many people work on a script and when it has such obvious flaws nonetheless. Too many cooks spoil the broth, at least in this case here. With that being said, I don't think this was a terrible film by any means. I think the political context is working well for the most part and makes it interesting on some occasions, but it just wasn't enough for a film that runs for almost 2 hours. The movie is also in black-and-white, even if by 1964 there were still many color films being produced everywhere around the world, but looking at other works from the country too, this was not yet the case for the GDR. The only cast member in the film I am familiar with looking at the names is Hilmar Thate. But even he was fairly forgettable. Same also goes for Renate Blume who did not do too much for me as the one playing the central character of the film. this may have worked better with a more gifted actress. But the worst thing that is pretty much a deal breaker for the negative side here is the dialogs. It was really cringeworthy to listen to the way they were talking. It all sounded so scripted and fake and never felt authentic in a way people would actually talk, even worse than in some Fassbinder films. This also almost destroyed the entire viewing experience for me. And the few positive factors simply weren't enough in terms of quality or quantity to outweigh the bad. I do not recommend the watch. Thumbs down and unfortunately to me this film is another piece of evidence how the GDR was never a great country in terms of filmmaking as this one is considered by many as one of the best films from the country. A sad state of affairs, that is.

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