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The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)

Die Legende von Paul und Paula (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 14 March 1973 (East Germany)
Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. ... See full summary »

Director:

Heiner Carow

Writers:

Heiner Carow, Anne Pfeuffer (dramatisation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelica Domröse ... Paula (Adam)
Winfried Glatzeder ... Paul
Heidemarie Wenzel ... Die Schöne (Ines)
Fred Delmare ... Reifen-Saft
Rolf Ludwig ... Professor
Käthe Reichel Käthe Reichel ... Frau des Schießbudenbesitzers
Hans Hardt-Hardtloff Hans Hardt-Hardtloff ... Schießbudenbesitzer
Frank-Otto Schenk Frank-Otto Schenk ... Kollege Schmidt (as Frank Schenk)
Dietmar Richter-Reinick Dietmar Richter-Reinick ... Kumpel
Eva-Maria Hagen ... Die Blonde
Jürgen Frohriep Jürgen Frohriep ... Martin
Christian Steyer ... Colli
Willi Schrade Willi Schrade ... Liebhaber der Schönen
Peter Gotthardt Peter Gotthardt ... Musikerkollege
Marga Legal Marga Legal ... Nachbarin
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Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. They meet and discover a strong passion for each other. Life seems like a dream when they're together - but their short flights from the burdens of reality are once and again interrupted by Paul's ties to family and career. Written by c.winter

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

While the politically controversial film stayed in East-German cinemas for just a few weeks, it managed to attract over three million viewers. Alltogether it is the most-viewed general audience DEFA Film of all time. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Geh zu Ihr
Music by Peter Gotthardt
Lyrics by Ulrich Plenzdorf & Peter Gotthardt
Performed by Puhdys
VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin AMIGA
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Hasn't lost its considerable charm
6 December 2010 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Die Legende von Paul und Paula captures the spirit of the changes and upheavals of the late 1960ies / early 1970ies upheaval like no other film. Outstanding acting and the on-screen chemistry between Angelica Domröse and Winfried Glatzeder (basically they're the Brangelina of early 1970ies East Germany) make up for the movie's slow and somewhat inane first third, and some dated flourishes such as the Sergeant Pepper-style scene on the barge. The movie manages to convey that the GDR wasn't the worker's paradise many like to remember it as, without ever being in-your-face type of critical.

Unlike some reviewers have hinted, the movie was never banned in the GDR, although it can't have been popular with the party big whigs. In fact it was even the most popular homegrown movie on the other side of the wall.


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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

14 March 1973 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Paul e Paula See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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