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Born in '45 ()

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The only feature film by the painter and documentary filmmaker, Juergen Boettcher. Inspired by the Italian neo-realists, he developed a sensitive style characterized by accurate social... See more »

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Monika Hildebrand ...
Lisa, genannt Li
Rolf Römer ...
Alfred, genannt Al
Paul Eichbaum ...
Mogul
Holger Mahlich ...
Hans
Gesine Rosenberg ...
Rita
Walter Stolp ...
Kaderleiter
Werner Kanitz ...
Napoleon
Ingo Koster ...
Heinz
Anita Okon ...
Sylvi
Ruth Kommerell ...
Mutter
Richard Ruckheim ...
Opa
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A.R. Penck ...
Freund

Directed by

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Jürgen Böttcher

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Jürgen Böttcher ... ()
 
Klaus Poche ... ()

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Wolf Biermann

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Roland Gräf

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Helga Gentz

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Harry Leupold

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Willi Schäfer

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Günter Schmidt ... (as Gunther Schmidt)

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Christa Grewald ... makeup artist (as Christel Grewald)
Kurt Tauchmann ... makeup artist

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Dorothea Hildebrandt ... head of production
Gerrit List ... unit manager
Heinz Schwoch ... unit manager

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Siegbert Fischer ... assistant director

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Adolf Kilian ... property master

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Peter Foerster ... sound
Christfried Sobczyk ... sound mixer

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Matthias Albrecht ... digital restoration

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Wolfgang Ebert ... camera operator
Waltraud Pathenheimer ... still photographer

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Eva-Maria Hagen ... singer
Henry Purcell ... music by
Mathias Suschke ... music adaptation: 1990

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Christel Gräf ... script editor

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Plot Summary

The only feature film by the painter and documentary filmmaker, Juergen Boettcher. Inspired by the Italian neo-realists, he developed a sensitive style characterized by accurate social observations and poetic verse. This film tells the story of Al and Li, a married couple living in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin. They have only been married for a couple of months but decide to divorce. Alfred, a motorcycle enthusiast, especially pushes for the divorce. He fears losing his independence and freedom to experiment. Alfred takes a couple days off to clear his head, and rides through Berlin meeting friends and strangers. The fact that he ultimately returns to Lisa is possibly a good omen, but the ending remains open. Born in '45 was caught in a wave of politically motivated film bans in the summer of 1966 and was not allowed to be shown. The film was described by an official as "indifferent and insignificant." Boettcher chose settings that were "gloomy, unfriendly, dirty and neglected. Characters and surroundings were created to reflect more a capitalist view of life as opposed to a socialist view of life." Only in the spring of 1990, when the film was shown in cinemas, were the true beauties of the film discovered: its rhythm, its lacunae, its disposition. Juergen Boettcher grasped the life of 20-year-olds in Prenzlauer Berg with social and regional exactness and was able to translate it into an elementary world language. Written by DEFA Film Library

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  • Born in '45 (United States)
  • Génération 45 (France)
  • Generazione 45 (Italy)
  • Rocník 45 (Czechoslovakia)
  • Nascido em 1945 (Brazil)
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Trivia The director has not been allowed to finish the movie. The version screened at the 1990 Berlin Film Festival is a 100 minutes working copy. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Schwarz ist main Liebster See more »

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