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11 January 1982 (West Germany) See more »
Based on novel by Jewgenij Samjatin. "A vision of a united totalitarian state, a world of quadratic harmony and blue-grey conformity". | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dieter Laser ... D-503
Sabine von Maydell ... I-330
Gert Haucke ... S-4710
Joachim Dietmar Mues ... Erster Arzt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susanne Altschul ... O-90
Giovanni Früh ... R-13
Wolfgang Kaven ... D-504
Dieter G. Knichel ... Zweiter Arzt
Kurt Lambrigger ... Delinquent
Marga Maasberg ... Altes Weib
Heinz Moog ... Wohltäter
Hanna Ruess ... U-27

Directed by
Vojtech Jasný 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claus Hubalek 
Yevgeni Zamyatin  novel (as Jewgenij Samjatin)

Original Music by
Jan Novák 
Cinematography by
Martin Strauß 
Norbert Zinkand 
Production Design by
Bernd Gaebler 
Bert Kistner 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Flemming 
Production Management
Gregor Mager .... unit production manager

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1.33 : 1 See more »
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A Sheer Mirror Trick... Nice Try though!, 9 October 2015
Author: papasergey from Kostroma City, the Volga river, Russia

I was wrong to think that my most favourite dystopia had never been filmed. There is actually a screen version, and those who filmed it were the Western Germans, and the year was 1982. Since the crowd funding project via the Russian Internet appeared to be unsuccessful as the Russian world wouldn't give the hard-earned money for such cause as a Russian filmisation of some century-old controversial novel by a Russian-born emigrant writer, the Germans are unlikely to have competitors… But... Never is a long day! Someone who really praises this work of literature managed to get a qualitatively digitized copy of its nearly dead screen version. And – to translate it into Russian, using the opportunity since the book is originally in Russian of course. As a writer, Zamyatin is indeed quite controversial: some praise his writings and some just loathe them, but one can't remain indifferent about them, it takes only to start reading... Like it or not, the novel 'We' has been popular all over the world for ages and, in spite of being, in the respect of popularity, second to the Western dystopias 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and 'Fahrenheit 451', does pretend to be one of the most noted Russia-associations. However, the only 'We' screen version is recalled in the West as well only by certain people (who have watched it on TV). That one of the users here on the IMDb, who applied to the German studio which had filmed it and was answered that it had been lost, might be rather interested to find out it finally surfaced! At least we Russians have now an opportunity to watch the film to pay a tribute to a Russian who did something close to revealing the entire genre to the world, dystopia fantastic novel! Personally I'm a fan of this Zamyatin's work since the very first opening of the book: at Russian schools, this novel is part of senior pupils' syllabus (although it, finished in 1920, was first published in the author's motherland only in 1988), as the modern authorities see a strong anti-Soviet sarcasm in it, which is profitable for them. But as for the film, taking my seat to watch it, I hardly expected anything fine: I'm convinced of a priori mismatching of some books with their screen versions. What I got, was quite a literal fidelity to the main feature of the hypothetic remote-future society described by Zamyatin: all inhabit the same glass rooms where blinds are drawn just for an hour – for a 'Sexual' one. As a matter of fact, when success in this point of filming went to their heads, the filmmakers substantially stinted themseves of all the rest. How much could be shown in a big way: clashes of revolutionaries with Guardians, panic among those cogs in the One State's machine who had first seen wildlife… Huh, they could at least show those free apemen coated with hair! But the entire film is just a curious and quite spectacular mirror trick as a scant number of actors and extras reflect in mirrors manyfold, and cohorts of 'numbers' whose motions, synchronous and consuming not much power, are bred-in-the-bone. A teleplay, not a true film. Perhaps a show ballet. But no cinema magic. At that, at least some of the actors – Dieter Laser, Sabine von Maydell, Heinz Moog – it's no trifle… But hey, some guys perform on stage just as hobby and, on my honour, do no worse than here; all they need is a lighting director who knows much about optics. Darn! I clean forgot. The film has some cachectic nude.

But I perhaps have no right to resentment: my dream to watch a movie on my favourite novel has come true, and I, after all, know now that there is still the film 'We' – and not just somewhere in mouldy archives! Zamyatin has, to a certain extent, been the mastermind behind the much-talked-of anti-totalitarianism authors: Aldous Huxley with his 'Brave New World'; George Orwell, '1984'; and Ray Bradbury, '451 °F'. I mean, it's profoundly symbolic that the author of the 'landmark decision' on how to denounce cynical social order in literary satire, was Russian. Well, the short story 'The New Utopia' by Jerome K. Jerome, the novel 'The Iron Heel' by Jack London were published prior to Zamyatin's 'We'; Jules Verne himself sometimes made free with his reputation by releasing novels like that ('The Begum's Millions' etc.) Yet, priority on this matter is ours as we ('second best' distressful; the Chinese are the 'best') have always had authorities that would just say 'Citizens die like flies? Never mind: women will bring new ones into the world'… Yes, we have some classic writers whose works of mid 19th century in the best way possible revealed the essence of the fact that power was always spilling blood. Those who have read the poem 'The Railway' by Nikolai Nekrasov (about a host of the dead while constructing the first Russian railway) and the last chapter of 'The History of a Town' by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (where the town's last Governor acted like no less than a totalitarian leader) can't but recall the deadly perfect One State where the Benefactor is able to ruin any 'number' with his love! Nowadays, there are certainly films casting a sinister dystopian mist over filmgoers from all over the world and really thrilling. But often, these films are pure fluff, just fun to watch. Examples include: 'Equilibrium' AKA 'Cubic', 'The Matrix', 'V for Vendetta', 'The Island' and 'Cloud Atlas' (well now, the latter is a crackerjack film due to the amazing South Korean 'Soap'!). But 'We' doesn't agree with the film business laws: you'd rather not film it at all if you can't involve such graphics as Cameron did in his 'Avatar'! However, that's my opinion, while the West Germans had a different one, and I, as a true lover of Zamyatin's novel, deep in my heart, can't but thank them for their nice try!

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