The only feature film by the painter and documentary filmmaker, Juergen Boettcher. Inspired by the Italian neo-realists, he developed a sensitive style characterized by accurate social ...
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Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life ... See full summary »
Adam receives a flashlight with special powers: every liar it shines on flies into the air. Production was cancelled in 1965 due to the film's political content. Only in 1989/90 could the ... See full summary »
The architect Daniel Brenner is in his late thirties when he receives his first challenging and lucrative commission: to design a cultural center for a satellite town in East-Berlin. He ... See full summary »
The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for... See full summary »
April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted ... See full summary »
Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. ... See full summary »
High-school senior Peter considers the adults around him to be hypocritical, self-congratulatory, and immersed in the past. He gets suspended for writing an essay that his teachers consider... See full summary »
Focuses on the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) and its 'collective spirit' in cinema. The purpose of film as a cultural tool is examined. Based on celebrated sociologist Siegfried Kracauer's seminal book 'From Caligari to Hitler' (1947).
Hans Henrik Wöhler,
The only feature film by the painter and documentary filmmaker, Juergen Boettcher. Inspired by the Italian neo-realists, he developed a sensitive style characterized by accurate social observations and poetic verse. This film tells the story of Al and Li, a married couple living in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin. They have only been married for a couple of months but decide to divorce. Alfred, a motorcycle enthusiast, especially pushes for the divorce. He fears losing his independence and freedom to experiment. Alfred takes a couple days off to clear his head, and rides through Berlin meeting friends and strangers. The fact that he ultimately returns to Lisa is possibly a good omen, but the ending remains open. Born in '45 was caught in a wave of politically motivated film bans in the summer of 1966 and was not allowed to be shown. The film was described by an official as "indifferent and insignificant." Boettcher chose settings that were "gloomy, unfriendly, dirty and ... Written by
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"Jahrgang '45", which means "Born in '45" (also the international title), is an East German movie from 1966, so it has its 50th anniversary this year. It is still in black-and-white (not too common anymore at this point) and runs for 100 minutes. The writer and director is Jürgen Böttcher, still alive today and he has been a successful painter and short film maker for decades and this movie here is his rare shot at full feature film. I don't know what the exact reason is why this did not turn out so well. It's certainly not lack of experience, maybe just lack of experience when it comes to long movies. The two main characters, a couple that can't decide if they want to be together or not, are played by Monika Hildebrand and Rolf Römer. And this is also the somewhat only positive aspect of the film. Hildebrand is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful to watch from start to finish. I really wonder why she would want to be with Römer's character. And he is the one who wants to end the relationship on several occasions. This does not make any sense. Not any at all that he would decide to leave a woman like this. Anyway, the film and Böttcher's approach are clearly inspired by the French black-and-white films (and the big names who made them) from this time, but it all feels unrefined from start to finish and there is a certain air of brilliance and simplicity missing in order to be on par with his idols. I do not recommend the watch overall. Böttcher alone is not enough to let me give a thumbs-up here.
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