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Dein unbekannter Bruder (1982)

A communist is released from prison in 1935 Hamburg. He tries to link up with the Party again, but is unsure as to who he can trust, and has difficulty adjusting to life in Nazi Germany.


Ulrich Weiß


Willi Bredel (novel), Wolfgang Trampe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uwe Kockisch Uwe Kockisch ... Arnold
Michael Gwisdek ... Walter
Jenny Gröllmann ... Renate
Bohumil Vávra Bohumil Vávra ... Deisen
Karin Gregorek Karin Gregorek ... Fräulein Fritsche
Martin Seifert Martin Seifert ... Karl
Michael Gerber Michael Gerber ... Stefan
Arno Wyzniewski Arno Wyzniewski ... Geheimdienstmann
Stefan Lisewski ... Diewen
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Dr. Stammberger
Carl-Hermann Risse Carl-Hermann Risse ... Parteisekretär
Peter Dommisch Peter Dommisch ... Harmsen
Alfred Struwe Alfred Struwe ... Staatsrat Diestelkamp
Carl Heinz Choynski Carl Heinz Choynski ... Meister Pöller
Gerd Michael Henneberg Gerd Michael Henneberg ... Kommissar Bolten


A communist is released from prison in 1935 Hamburg. He tries to link up with the Party again, but is unsure as to who he can trust, and has difficulty adjusting to life in Nazi Germany.

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Nazi Germany 1935. Inside the Resistance.




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Decent, methought
15 December 2008 | by nimafarahaniSee all my reviews

I personally found this film to be interesting. If you are actually interested in Nazi Germany you will probably find this film worth your while. The film never hit you over the head with any message or displayed any bias, I found it neutral and subtle in the points it was making. It is a common error that people assume everyone involved in Nazi Germany was "evil" a "conspirator". We are exposed to Nazi Germany through our protagonist, who has just been released from prison for involvement with the Communist party, and has difficulty after 2 years adjusting to the new Nation-State and its attitudes. Despite his will to interfere, protest, change and be politically active in some form, the film shows us how futile such efforts were. Other points it greatly demonstrates is the illusion of freedom and trust given to German citizens, the genuine optimism Hitler and the NSDAP provided for the German people, and how not only freedom of action is repressed, but also freedom of THOUGHT. If you are looking for a westernized war film with explosions, sex and death, this is NOT for you. If you are willing to exercise your mind and put yourself back in time and place, you may appreciate this. Regarding the previous posts about character and plot development...I found the plot to move at its own pace...I feel we are too conditioned to fast cuts and over-exposition...this a 'thinking-film'. As for character this isn't 'Can't Hardly Wait' or 'The Breakfast Club'. The character development was Arnold's transition into self-defeat, realizing there was NOTHING of significance he could do in the mania of the charismatic "heil-Hitlering", and he can not even trust his own comrades. If you are interested in history, and an unbiased, neutral look into the zeitgeist of Nazi Germany, I would suggest giving it a watch. And then you can make your own value judgements.

other things that are fantastic about this film: the shooting, the editing, lighting and mise- en-scene, the acting, the pace (i.m.o.), the subtleties you will notice if you have active eyes and afford your attention

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