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The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)
"Die Legende von Paul und Paula" (original title)

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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelica Domröse ...
Paula
Winfried Glatzeder ...
Paul
Heidemarie Wenzel ...
Die Schöne
Fred Delmare ...
Reifen-Saft
Rolf Ludwig ...
Professor
Käthe Reichel ...
Frau des Schießbudenbesitzers
Hans Hardt-Hardtloff ...
Schießbudenbesitzer
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Kollege Schmidt (as Frank Schenk)
Dietmar Richter-Reinick ...
Kumpel
Eva-Maria Hagen ...
Die Blonde
Jürgen Frohriep ...
Martin
Christian Steyer ...
Colli
Willi Schrade ...
Liebhaber der Schönen
Peter Gotthardt ...
Musikerkollege
Marga Legal ...
Nachbarin
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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. They meet and discover a strong passion for each other. Life seems like a dream when they're together - but their short flights from the burdens of reality are once and again interrupted by Paul's ties to family and career. Written by c.winter

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14 March 1973 (East Germany)  »

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La légende de Paul et Paula  »

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Female DEFA-director Ingrid Reschke made preparations for the film, but her life was tragically cut short in a car accident, and Heiner Carow took over the project. He dedicated the film to her memory. See more »

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Edited into Der nackte Osten - Erotik zwischen oben und unten (1994) See more »

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Wenn ein Mensch lebt
Music by Peter Gotthardt
Lyrics by Ulrich Plenzdorf & Peter Gotthardt
Performed by Puhdys
VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin AMIGA
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Tweaking the system, but very gently
1 October 2006 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

"Die Legende von Paul und Paula" (1973), co-written and directed by Heiner Carow, is a famous film in Germany. The story seems tame enough now--a young woman is dissatisfied with her life and takes active steps to improve it.

Angelica Domröse plays Paula, a single mother who has a dead-end job and no social life. Winfried Glatzeder portrays Paul, who is unhappily married and is drawn to the free-spirited Paula. (Glatzeder has been called East Germany's Jean-Paul Belmondo. He didn't look much like Belmondo, and wouldn't have struck me as leading man material. However, I don't know enough about East German cinema to be aware of his competition.)

I've been told that the reason for this film's popularity in East Germany was because it contained subtle criticism of the regime, as well as depicting some PG-13 sex. I know East German films were subject to strict censorship, and, as in any similar regime, directors inserted criticisms in ways that were necessarily very indirect and symbolic.

The problem is that this movie only works if you can think of how you would have viewed it in East Berlin in 1973. I don't believe it's strong enough to succeed on its own merits in 2006.


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