A film about living and working conditons in the GDR of the 60's Includes a little lovestory of course.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manfred Krug ...
Hannes Balla
Krystyna Stypulkowska ...
Kati Klee
Jutta Hoffmann ...
Kati Klee (voice)
Eberhard Esche ...
Werner Horrath
Johannes Wieke ...
Hermann Jansen
Walter Richter-Reinick ...
Richard Trautmann
Hans-Peter Minetti ...
Heinz Bleibtreu
Walter Jupé ...
Hesselbarth
Ingeborg Schumacher ...
Marianne Horrath
Gertrud Brendler ...
Frau Schickedanz
Helga Göring ...
Elli
Erich Mirek ...
Oswald Ziemer
Fred Ludwig ...
Wolbig
Helmut Schreiber ...
Elsbers
Erik Veldre ...
Dieter Jochmann
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Hannes Balla is the foreman of a group of building construction workers at the large construction site "Schkona" in the GDR. They spend most of their time working hard and drinking harder - to some they are fun, to some they are a public nuisance. Things get more complicated when the good-looking Kati Klee is employed as a young technician, and the ambitious new Party Secretary, Werner Horrath, aims to boost work efficiency and downsize Balla's ego. Kati slowly warms up to Werner, but is also attracted to Balla's nonconformity. A contemporary movie about work, love, and everything in between. Written by c.winter

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1 July 1966 (East Germany)  »

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Trace of Stones  »

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In order for the film to be approved Beyer had to re-cut the film. He later stated that the editing was minor and that he did not compromise on any of the scenes that were important to him. See more »

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Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

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visual style!
29 September 2005 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

When i studied the visual style of the film, the first thing i noticed was that it was set in a widescreen format. In order to fill the screen, the film has many scenes with crowds of people. It can be also observed that the Ballas are always in a firing-squad position resembling the Western Magnificent Seven.

Camera movements and shots are very conservative and minimal that it almost looks a documentary. It used a lot of panning and close-up shots. Over-the-shoulder shots are very rare.Flashbacks were not properly executed and the black and white format adds to the ambiguity. Overall, the film doesn't have the aesthetic appeal we often see in Hollywood films yet it remains one of the best German Films for its story and historical value.


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