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Christa Wolf (screenplay) and
Gerhard Wolf (screenplay) ...
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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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Very interesting and useful to understand German history, 29 November 2005
Author: AHeuer1 from Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The underlying book pf Christa Wolf is very famous and many German children already have read it in school. The movie follows the book very accurately, the author herself also worked for the movie script.

It is a story about a couple which is separated through the different ways the two German states took. The girl is 20 and the boy 29 when they meet. They live together in a bigger city in eastern Germany where he finishes his studies and she starts to study at the university. She also starts to work in a factory. In the process of working with her colleagues she starts to understand the difficulties of working in a socialist economy and how different people react to these obstacles. Some turn inside and work only as much as necessary, others try to achieve something but have to deal with politics. She feels more and more passion for this society and starts to encourage others to speak out and not to give up.

Her friend gets more and more frustrated triggered by the rejection of a new process developed by him. He sees more chance to work and pursue his career in the west and so he leaves eastern Germany. He expects his girl-friend to follow him but she decides after having visited him that she belongs to her colleagues and into her world. The love story ends.

The movie has a kind of sad undertone. His decision appears like "giving up" and she looses the only one she loves. The film ends with her saying that she is over it waiting for a letter of him.

What I liked about this movie is the seriousness and the good dialogs. The love story is told without a sentimentality and therefore even more convincing. It is a good contrast to some "softer" movies of the (western German) 60ies. However to understand also the context in which the book has been written, it is helpful to dig into the internet and look for the official role writers had in the late 50ies in the GDR.

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