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Spur der Steine (1966)

A film about living and working conditions in the GDR of the 60's. Includes a little love story of course.

Director:

Frank Beyer

Writers:

Erik Neutsch (novel), Karl-Georg Egel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Manfred Krug ... Hannes Balla
Krystyna Stypulkowska Krystyna Stypulkowska ... Kati Klee
Jutta Hoffmann Jutta Hoffmann ... Kati Klee (voice)
Eberhard Esche Eberhard Esche ... Werner Horrath
Johannes Wieke Johannes Wieke ... Hermann Jansen
Walter Richter-Reinick Walter Richter-Reinick ... Richard Trautmann
Hans-Peter Minetti Hans-Peter Minetti ... Heinz Bleibtreu
Walter Jupé Walter Jupé ... Hesselbarth
Ingeborg Schumacher Ingeborg Schumacher ... Marianne Horrath
Gertrud Brendler Gertrud Brendler ... Frau Schickedanz
Helga Göring Helga Göring ... Elli
Erich Mirek Erich Mirek ... Oswald Ziemer
Fred Ludwig Fred Ludwig ... Wolbig
Helmut Schreiber Helmut Schreiber ... Elsbers
Erik Veldre Erik Veldre ... Dieter Jochmann
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Storyline

Hannes Balla is the foreman of a group of building construction workers at the large construction site "Schkona" in the GDR. They spend most of their time working hard and drinking harder - to some they are fun, to some they are a public nuisance. Things get more complicated when the good-looking Kati Klee is employed as a young technician, and the ambitious new Party Secretary, Werner Horrath, aims to boost work efficiency and downsize Balla's ego. Kati slowly warms up to Werner, but is also attracted to Balla's nonconformity. A contemporary movie about work, love, and everything in between. Written by c.winter

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 July 1966 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Trace of Stones See more »

Filming Locations:

Coswig, Saxony, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (Orwo-Kinofilm)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While at first the film was broadly advertised in East-Germany and drew great anticipation, opposition within the Ministry of Culture (Ministerium für Kultur) grew shortly before its planned release. Posters and other advertisements were removed without further ado, and the conservative newspaper Neues Deutschland was the only one allowed to publish a review. The film's premiere (the show was sold out and Frank Bayer and the main cast were present) was disrupted by audience members shouting denounciations during the screening. The same was true for most of the screenings in Berlin and other cities. It is believed that these protests were secretly organized by the Ministry of Culture, as they resulted in the film disappearing from theaters within three days. "Spur der Steine" was classified as hostile to the party (the SED) and to East-Germany as a whole and was not screened again until October 1989. See more »

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a great and honest gdr film
14 May 2002 | by margot-11See all my reviews

A delightful film that is far more truthful about life in GDR than one might expect from DEFA--understandably but unfortunately banned by the government for how thoughtfully and ambivalently it portrays the party. Rather straightforward style, with some wonderful shots but altogether rather conservative and uneventful in terms of camera shots. All the better for the characters and the plots, though, which are compelling enough. Not a trivial love story, though with its cliched moments, it is more poignant and ambiguous and unpredictable than similar DEFA films. Balla is great to watch, and nicely tempers the potential melodrama of Kati and Werner. None of the characters is simpleminded or heroic, all are fleshed out well.


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