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A Love in Germany (1983)

Eine Liebe in Deutschland (original title)
In May of 1983, a man turns 49 and, with his 17-year old son, journeys to the village in Baden that he left 40 years before. He wants to discover what happened then, the truth about an ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Boleslaw Michalek (scenario), Agnieszka Holland (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanna Schygulla ... Paulina Kropp
Piotr Lysak ... Stanislaus
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Mayer
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Schulze
Daniel Olbrychski ... Wiktorczyk
Bernhard Wicki ... Dr. Borg
Gérard Desarthe Gérard Desarthe ... Karl Wyler
Elisabeth Trissenaar ... Elsbeth Schnittgens
Sigfrit Steiner ... Melchior
Erika Wackernagel Erika Wackernagel ... Frau Melchior
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Alker
Thomas Ringelmann Thomas Ringelmann ... Herbert
Friedrich G. Beckhaus ... Zinngruber the Mayor
Otto Sander ... The narrator
Ben Becker ... Klaus
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Storyline

In May of 1983, a man turns 49 and, with his 17-year old son, journeys to the village in Baden that he left 40 years before. He wants to discover what happened then, the truth about an affair his mother had with a young Polish prisoner of war, how the authorities came to learn of it, the lovers' arrest, and the aftermath. While his son takes Polaroid photographs, he retraces the steps of his childhood and interviews those who should remember. The story is disclosed in flashbacks that focus on the lovers (Paulina and Stanislaus), on a jealous and conniving neighbor, and on Mayer, the local SS commander who wants to find a way out of inevitable consequences. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German | Polish

Release Date:

2 November 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Love in Germany See more »

Filming Locations:

CCC-Studios, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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historical 1940 and modern 1980 germany juxtaposing drama
20 August 1999 | by camel-9See all my reviews

A delicate movie, uses sudden time shifts between the contemporary 1980's and historical 1940's to track the life and death of a polish POW in germany who had an affair with a german woman. Moving scenes in which a building is framed in the 1940's context and then, all of a sudden, you see people wearing 1980's clothing, to indicate the time shift to when the grandchildren of the POW are researching his life. Such time shifts in telling a story is a trademark of Wajda, the director, as he uses them brilliantly in "Man of Marble".


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