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Trace of Stones (1966)

Spur der Steine (original title)
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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Trivia

Director Frank Beyer originally planned to cast 'Armin Müller-Stahl' as Werner Horrath and Jutta Hoffmann as Kati Klee. However, both were involved in other projects at the time. Thus, the Polish actress Krystyna Stypulkowska got the role as Kati Klee and Jutta Hoffmann did the German voice-over for her. Beyer was happy with this decision for he believed that lending Klee's character a less well-known face would make her and her lovers' characters more ambiguous. See more »

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visual style!
29 September 2005 | by wenalatteSee all my reviews

When i studied the visual style of the film, the first thing i noticed was that it was set in a widescreen format. In order to fill the screen, the film has many scenes with crowds of people. It can be also observed that the Ballas are always in a firing-squad position resembling the Western Magnificent Seven.

Camera movements and shots are very conservative and minimal that it almost looks a documentary. It used a lot of panning and close-up shots. Over-the-shoulder shots are very rare.Flashbacks were not properly executed and the black and white format adds to the ambiguity. Overall, the film doesn't have the aesthetic appeal we often see in Hollywood films yet it remains one of the best German Films for its story and historical value.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (Orwo-Kinofilm)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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