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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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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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Release Date:

14 March 1973 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La légende de Paul et Paula  »

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The film's enormous success helped the band "Die Puhdys" to their break-through in East-Germany. See more »


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


Geh zu Ihr
Music by Peter Gotthardt
Lyrics by Ulrich Plenzdorf & Peter Gotthardt
Performed by Puhdys
VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin AMIGA
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Excellent in many respects
26 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you want to get the feel of life in East Germany and of life in the 70s, this is your film. It is critical of the socialist system (national socialism ended in 1945, afterwards there was no Nazi-propaganda anywhere anymore, especially not in the East! Sorry, but another reviewer got this wrong), offers a romantic story and good acting by well-known actors. It is still cult in Berlin, where you can regularly see in the cinema. It kicked off the wave of east-German nostalgia. The film was so successful that today you can still see references to it in other films (eg. "Sonnenallee") and that the city decided to name a path along a lake "Paul und Paula Ufer" with a Paul und Paula bench to sit on. Also the soundtrack is worth listening to (especially the lyrics) and marked the beginning of the Puhdys'huge career.

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