Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)
"Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik" (original title)

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The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982. Central person is Maria, who we see growing from a 17 year old ... See full summary »

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Follow-up to the TV trilogy "Heimat", this time for cinemas, set again in the fictional village Schabbach in the Hunsrück region of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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Marita Breuer ...
 Maria Simon (11 episodes, 1984)
Kurt Wagner ...
 Glasisch Karl / ... (11 episodes, 1984)
Rüdiger Weigang ...
 Eduard Simon (11 episodes, 1984)
Eva Maria Schneider ...
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 Lucie Hardtke (10 episodes, 1984)
Johannes Lobewein ...
 Alois Wiegand (10 episodes, 1984)
Gertrud Bredel ...
 Katharina / ... (9 episodes, 1984)
Eva Maria Bayerwaltes ...
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Hans-Jürgen Schatz ...
 Wilfried Wiegand (9 episodes, 1984)
Johannes Metzdorf ...
 Pieritz (8 episodes, 1984)
Wolfram Wagner ...
 Maethes-Pat / ... (7 episodes, 1984)
Willi Burger ...
 Mathias / ... (6 episodes, 1984)
Arno Lang ...
 Robert Kröber (6 episodes, 1984)
Sabine Wagner ...
 Martha Simon (6 episodes, 1984)
Helga Bender ...
 Martina (6 episodes, 1984)
Alexander Scholz ...
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 Otto Wohlleben (5 episodes, 1984)
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The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982. Central person is Maria, who we see growing from a 17 year old girl to an old woman, and her family. The family, like the rest of the German people live through the crises after WW-I, the rise and fall of Nazism and WW-II, and the rebuilding and the following prosperity of the village (as a symbol for the whole country) after WW II. Written by Roemer Lievaart <lievaart@dds.nl>

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In the narration at the beginning of "Das Fest der Lebenden und der Toten" we are told that Pauline died in 1979. However on the family tree the date is listed as 1975. This is confirmed when Hermann visits the grave and the date on the tombstone is 1975. See more »

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Simply superb
24 December 2004 | by (Utrecht, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

What can one say? This is what (television) drama should be. I saw the first Heimat when it was broadcast in the Netherlands in 1985, shortly after it was released in Germany. I was stunned. It seems that every decade one or two television productions excel, and this was without a shred of a doubt the eighties' highlight. When the second Heimat was shown on Dutch television in two marathon sessions (it runs for over 25 hours in all) I sort of locked myself in, and never regretted it.

I cannot begin to describe what Heimat is about. It's an epos. It's European history of the twentieth century on a small scale, literally. It's 'roman fleuve' and yet it's not. It's your family, that sometimes you wished wasn't there (and for good reasons) and then you're glad to meet again. It's all the human frailty and without the excuses. It *is* the human condition. And it only helps that it is beautifully shot, that the actors put on a superb show, that the music at times is haunting.

Now, on the verge of having the third series shown on TV, the first Heimat is finally available on DVD (with the other two series promised for the next few months). And although I saw most of it about twenty years ago, it is like coming home again and meeting your boyhood friends, those favourite aunts, that dear old uncle - what was wrong with him, again?

If you are looking for action, a thrilling plot, romance in a grand manner, wonderful CGI, and be done before dinner, don't look at Heimat. But if your willing to submerge yourself, to be engulfed by a very good story, to get really, I mean really, well acquainted with characters - well, I'm not in for commercial breaks, but go out and get it!


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