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The Rabbit Is Me (1965)

Das Kaninchen bin ich (original title)
The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for... See full summary »

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Kurt Maetzig

Writers:

Manfred Bieler (novel), Manfred Bieler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Angelika Waller Angelika Waller ... Maria Morzeck
Alfred Müller Alfred Müller ... Paul Deister
Ilse Voigt Ilse Voigt ... Tante Hete
Wolfgang Winkler Wolfgang Winkler ... Dieter Morzeck
Irma Münch Irma Münch ... Gabriele Deister
Rudolf Ulrich Rudolf Ulrich ... Grambow
Helmut Schellhardt Helmut Schellhardt ... Bürgermeister
Annemarie Esper Annemarie Esper ... Edith
Willi Schrade Willi Schrade ... Ulli
Willi Narloch Willi Narloch ... Oskar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernd Bartoczewski Bernd Bartoczewski ... Kriminalist
Maria Besendahl Maria Besendahl ... Wirtin (as Anna-Maria Besendahl)
Peter Borgelt ... Richter
Günter Drescher Günter Drescher ... Polizist
Christoph Engel Christoph Engel ... Major Hellmich
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The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for political reasons; she eventually confronts him with his opportunism and hypocrisy. It is a sardonic portrayal of the German Democratic Republic's judicial system and its social implications. The film was banned by officials as an anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist attack on the state. It henceforth lent its name to all the banned films of 1965, which became known as the "Rabbit Films." After its release in 1990, The Rabbit Is Me earned critical praise as one of the most important and courageous works ever made in East Germany. It was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005 as part of the film series Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 October 1965 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Banned before its premiere in East Germany. See more »

Connections

Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

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an impressive film from DEFA
26 September 2005 | by nestor_abrogenaSee all my reviews

The Rabbit is Me had gracefully risen from its 25-year sleep after it was banned in 1965 and tagged as a "security threat" to the former GDR.

I'm really impressed at how this film has bravely tackled the once-taboo issue of questionable criminal justice system in East Germany, and how it fought the severe imposition of censorship that resulted to several revisions on the script.

The story is biting and not dragging unlike other several DEFA films I've seen. The actors are good; Angelika Waller's (Maria Morzeck) performance is amazing. The technical style is impressive considering that this film was shot in the 60's. (It introduced several innovations like the use of a hand-held tape recorder).

Although I've seen some loopholes in the story and questionable continuity in some scenes, "The Rabbit Is Me" gained my respect.

I'll give this film an 8!


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