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Under the Pavement Lies the Strand (1975)

Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand (original title)
Berlin, 1974. Grischa and Heinrich are actors, accidentally locked in the rehearsal hall one night. He tries to seduce her; she's puts him off. Later she dumps her husband and sleeps with ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Grischa Huber Grischa Huber ... Grischa
Heinrich Giskes Heinrich Giskes ... Heinrich
Ursula von Berg Ursula von Berg ... Berlin Woman
Gesine Strempel Gesine Strempel ... Berlin Woman
Traute Klier-Siebert Traute Klier-Siebert ... Berlin Woman
Barbara Finkenstädt Barbara Finkenstädt ... Berlin Woman
Heinz Hoenig
Günter Lampe Günter Lampe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helma Sanders-Brahms Helma Sanders-Brahms ... Narrator (voice)
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Berlin, 1974. Grischa and Heinrich are actors, accidentally locked in the rehearsal hall one night. He tries to seduce her; she's puts him off. Later she dumps her husband and sleeps with Heinrich, who ups the ante by suggesting they have a child. She takes him seriously by initiating a journalistic project interviewing working mothers, asking how they balance work and family, delving into their sexual histories. Heinrich sulks when she spends evenings on the project, he's childish. Should she leave him? The story plays out against the backdrop of left-wing political agitation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

14 January 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sotto il selciato c'è la spiaggia See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Theater of the body in 1970s West Germany
12 October 2008 | by mlwehleSee all my reviews

Friends Heinrich and Grischa find fulfillment acting in political theater, their current production a Greek tragedy that examines the roots of patriarchy, modern gender relations, and women's loss of agency. The two are drawn together in part by their shared desire to live lives rich with the meaning they find in theater. Heinrich projects his need for a Große Liebe onto Grischa. Grischa is leaving her current relationship and is embarked on a journey of personal discovery interviewing West German working women about their attitudes towards work, family, men, abortion. She sees Heinrich as a comrade-in-arms who will support her exploration of women's lives. Grischa sets up a household with warm, loving Heinrich. The two share strong chemistry, politics and playfulness. Soon, however, Heinrich's idealized, self-involved image of love comes into conflict with the realities which 1970s West Germany defines for Grischa and the women she interviews. While Heinrich has the privilege of remaining in his head and wholly male, intellectual political theater, Grischa suddenly finds her choices are dramatically constrained by her woman's body. As the film closes Grischa and Heinrich embody archetypal roles, in a modern tragedy no longer on the stage.


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