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Born in '45 (1966)

Jahrgang '45 (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Monika Hildebrand ...
Lisa, genannt Li
Rolf Römer ...
Alfred, genannt Al
Paul Eichbaum ...
Mogul
Holger Mahlich ...
Hans
Gesine Rosenberg ...
Rita
Walter Stolp ...
Kaderleiter
Werner Kanitz ...
Ingo Koster ...
Heinz
Anita Okon ...
Sylvi
Ruth Kommerell ...
Mutter
Richard Ruckheim ...
Opa
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A.R. Penck ...
Freund
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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 DEFA Film Library

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The director has not been allowed to finish the movie. The version screened at the 1990 Berlin Film Festival is a 100 minutes working copy. See more »

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Features The Idle Class (1921) See more »

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Schwarz ist main Liebster
Written and played on the guitar by Wolf Biermann
Sung by Eva-Maria Hagen
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Beautiful, but mostly empty
28 June 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"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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