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Stars (1959)

Sterne (original title)
The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.

Director:

Konrad Wolf
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sasha Krusharska Sasha Krusharska ... Ruth
Jürgen Frohriep Jürgen Frohriep ... Walter
Erik S. Klein Erik S. Klein ... Kurt
Stefan Pejchev ... Bai Petko
Georgi Naumov Georgi Naumov ... Blashe
Ivan Kondov Ivan Kondov ... Ruth's father
Milka Tuykova Milka Tuykova ... Partisan
Shtilyan Kunev Shtilyan Kunev ... Doctor
Naicho Petrov Naicho Petrov ... Police Govenor
Elena Hranova Elena Hranova ... Starata evreyka
Leo Conforti Leo Conforti ... Nervous jewish man
Grigor Vachkov Grigor Vachkov ... Montyor v rabotilnitzata
Yuriy Yakovlev Yuriy Yakovlev ... German officer
Itschak Fintzi ... Jewish Man (as Itzhak Finzi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgi Banchev Georgi Banchev ... Woodman (as Georgi Bantschew)
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Storyline

Bulgaria, 1943. A train carrying Greek Jews is bound for the Auschwitz extermination camp and stops over in a small town in southwest Bulgaria. The school is converted into camp. Passing by the barbed-wire fence, the the Nazi army sergeant Walter meets a young Jewess called Ruth and falls in love with her. His buddy, Lieutenant Kurt, who is in charge of the camp, has her brought to a party in the pub. There Walter has a chance to talk with her. Having grown indifferent to people suffering, he is now awakened to unsuspected emotions and experiences a change of heart. When he next meets the girl, Walter convinces her that Nazism and war. Her fate and love make anew man of him. He gives a package of medicine for the inmates of the camp to Petk, a Bulgarian antifascist worker, but the German find them and destroy them. Walter is making arrangements for Ruth's escape. He asks Petko to hide her but it is too late. The train has left. Walter realizes that it is not enough to be ethical only ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Genres:

War | Drama

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Country:

East Germany | Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian | German | Greek | Ladino

Release Date:

23 March 1959 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An underrated artwork from behind the Iron Curtain
26 August 2003 | by nmukSee all my reviews

Yes, I saw this film myself back in Calcutta, India at the Goethe Institut. Unfortunately films such as these do not have any kind of DVD/VHS distribution at all. And that's not unusual. As I write, even the more well-known of the East European directors like Andrzej Wajda, Krzystof Zanussi have so little distribution. So no wonder others are relatively unheard of. Among the East Germans like Konrad Wolf (director of this one), I think Frank Beyer has one on DVD (Jakob the liar - that too probably after the success of its English remake), and Wolfgang Staudte has one with his 1946 masterpiece - The murderers are among us. Sorry I spoke so little about the film itself, but it's so frustrating that European arthouse is so much subordinated to Hollywood.


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