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The Rabbit Is Me (1965)

Das Kaninchen bin ich (original title)
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 »

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Angelika Waller ...
Maria Morzeck
Alfred Müller ...
Paul Deister
Ilse Voigt ...
Tante Hete
Wolfgang Winkler ...
Dieter Morzeck
Irma Münch ...
Gabriele Deister
Rudolf Ulrich ...
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Helmut Schellhardt ...
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Ulli
Willi Narloch ...
Oskar
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Bernd Bartoczewski ...
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Maria Besendahl ...
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Peter Borgelt ...
Richter
Günter Drescher ...
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Christoph Engel ...
Major Hellmich
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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 political reasons; she eventually confronts him with his opportunism and hypocrisy. It is a sardonic portrayal of the German Democratic Republic's judicial system and its social implications. The film was banned by officials as an anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist attack on the state. It henceforth lent its name to all the banned films of 1965, which became known as the "Rabbit Films." After its release in 1990, The Rabbit Is Me earned critical praise as one of the most important and courageous works ever made in East Germany. It was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005 as part of the film series Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Banned before its premiere in East Germany. See more »

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An occasionally interesting but very slow-paced film that is worth seeing mostly because of its political background.
9 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A young woman's brother is sentenced to three years in prison--though exactly why is unclear. In the meantime, she meets the judge who sentenced him and begins an affair with him--perhaps to help her get an early release for her brother.

"The Rabbit Is Me" was an amazing film, as I could see why the East German government banned it. What's even more amazing is that the screenplay was actually approved--and the banning only occurred after a change in the government ushered in new attitudes that were far less tolerant of dissent. The offending material included a kangaroo court where the family of the accused isn't even allowed to attend the trial or have any idea why their family member was incarcerated as a political prisoner, a judge who cheats on his wife as well as a drunk man who laughs when a military man drowns! Clearly, these were all very unpatriotic sentiments--the sort that would have caused no problems in the West but were simply suppressed in the Soviet-controlled East Germany.

It's sad, as although the film was quite brave and occasionally interesting, it also runs at a glacial pace. An interesting idea that became uninteresting over time--and that was quite frustrating. But because of the history of the film, that was enough to keep me watching--though I doubt if that will be enough for many viewers.


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