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Freies Land (1946)

After the war, infinite numbers of refugees leave in search of a new home. They now stand in the hall of a large mansion, waiting to receive their deeds of ownership for sections of land ... See full summary »

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Milo Harbich
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Ursula Voß Ursula Voß ... Frau Jeruscheit
Fritz Wagner ... Neubauer Jeruscheit
Herbert Wilk Herbert Wilk ... Bürgermeister Siebold
Hans Sternberg Hans Sternberg ... Altbauer Strunk
Aribert Grimmer Aribert Grimmer ... Altbauer Melzig
Peter Marx Peter Marx ... Altbauer Schulzke
Oskar Höcker Oskar Höcker ... Neubauer Kubinski
Albert Arid Albert Arid
Elfie Dugall Elfie Dugall ... Küchenmädchen
Hans Ulrich Hans Ulrich
Karl Platen Karl Platen
Kurt Mikulski Kurt Mikulski ... Siedler
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After the war, infinite numbers of refugees leave in search of a new home. They now stand in the hall of a large mansion, waiting to receive their deeds of ownership for sections of land that the lord of the manor had left behind after he fled. Among them is the young Jeruscheit who, during her travels, had to bury one of her own children. Her husband has been declared missing, and up until now she has had little purpose in life. But then she discovers it: to work, to build, and to help others. And maybe someday Jeruscheit will find her family. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 April 1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

A Free Country See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Neorealistic German film, which is depicting the land reform in East-Germany after 1945
18 April 2001 | by Lars-65See all my reviews

Endless refugee treks are passing through the destroyed Germany in search for a new home. Meanwhile, emaciated men and women are standing in the ancestral portrait gallery of a country estate, and receive documents that certify their claim on a piece of the newly divided land. The previous owner, a wealthy landlord, has fled to West-Germany. One of the new resettlers is Mrs. Jeruscheit, whose husband has been reported missing during the war. During the long trail one of the children died and was buried along the way. Now she seems the have found a new home, where she can settle down with her other children. Slowly her life becomes some meaning again. All the resettlers support each other and work hard to cultivate their new land - and one day the missing Mr. Jeruscheit returns to his family.

`Freies Land' [Free Country/Land] -being the only DEFA film until the mid-1950s that dealt with the hardships of East-Germany's rural life - was only the second film of the newly founded DEFA studio. This film, which is rarely shown today, is heavily influenced by the Italian Neorealism of that time. Most people in this film weren't professional actors but farmers.


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