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In August 1914, amidst the public ecstasy surrounding the impending war, Hans Gastl, the seventeen year-old son of a Munich bürger, makes a decision: he will not take part in this war. This... See more »

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Rolf Ludwig ...
Staatsanwalt Gastl
Andreas Kaden ...
Hans Gastl
Katharina Lind ...
Mutter Gastl
Jan Spitzer ...
Hans Gastl
Mathilde Danegger ...
Gastls Großmutter
Doris Thalmer ...
Christine
Heidemarie Wenzel ...
Fanny
Bodo Krämer ...
Feck
Wilfried Mattukat ...
Freyschlag
Klaus Hecke ...
Löwenstein
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Hartinger
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Sack
Annekathrin Bürger ...
Magda
Carl Heinz Choynski ...
(as Carl-Heinz Choynski)
Rolf Römer ...
Hoch
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jochen Diestelmann
Martin Flörchinger ...
Bonnet
Wolfgang Greese
Arthur Jopp
Heinz-Dieter Knaup
Otto Krieg-Helbig ...
Ausrufer
Günter Kunert ...
Bildhauer
Helmut Schreiber
Ernst-Georg Schwill
Ilse Voigt
Gerhard Wien

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Egon Günther

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Johannes R. Becher ... (novel)
 
Egon Günther ... (writer)
 
Günter Kunert ... (writer)

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Paul Dessau

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Günter Marczinkowsky

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Rita Hiller

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Harald Horn

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Werner Bergemann

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Herbert Ehler ... production manager

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Konrad Schwalbe ... script editor

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In August 1914, amidst the public ecstasy surrounding the impending war, Hans Gastl, the seventeen year-old son of a Munich bürger, makes a decision: he will not take part in this war. This resolution signifies a turning point in his life; a farewell to his class and his family. His notions of "transformation" are still nebulous, but are nevertheless linked with a sensible life in a just society. The resolution does not come spontaneously: since he was a child, Gastl, the son of a senior public prosecutor, has rebelled against the decadence and mere appearance of morality in his parent's household. In relating to his schoolmates Feck and Freyschlag, he was constantly torn between admiring their courage and abhorring their evil pranks. He thinks about his friendship with Löwenstein, who is a Jew, and Hartinger, the boy from the working class, and about his tragically ending love for the prostitute Fanny. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Also Known As
  • Farewell (World-wide, English title)
  • Les adieux (France)
  • Búcsúzás (Hungary)
  • Wczorajszy swiat (Poland)
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