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Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

A group of twelfth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging two minutes of silence during lessons.

Director:

Lars Kraume

Writers:

Dietrich Garstka (book), Lars Kraume (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonas Dassler ... Erik Babinsky
Michael del Coco Michael del Coco ... Grenzbeamter
Sina Ebell Sina Ebell ... Kellnerin Eva
Judith Engel Judith Engel ... Anna Wächter
Tom Gramenz Tom Gramenz ... Kurt Wächter
Michael Gwisdek ... Edgar
Nils Hohenhövel Nils Hohenhövel ... Junger Mann
Max Hopp Max Hopp ... Hans Wächter
Rolf Kanies ... Wardetzki
Burghart Klaußner ... Volksbildungsminister Lange
Lena Klenke Lena Klenke ... Lena (as Anna Lena Klenke)
Jakob Kraume Jakob Kraume ... Ein Schüler der Klasse Terminale
Karl Kraume Karl Kraume ... Ein Schüler der Klasse Terminale
Daniel Krauss ... FDJ-Sekretär Lange
Lena Labisch Lena Labisch ... Regina
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An entire classroom of twelfth graders in the Communist-controlled German Democratic Republic is traumatized when they discover what is really happening during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. This forbidden information brings them into conflict with the school and government authorities, and only by sticking together can they save one or all members of the class from persecution. Family ties are also called into question. Written by Charles Paxton Martin

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Drama | History

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Russian

Release Date:

1 March 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La revolución silenciosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Original literary source : "Das schweigende Klassenzimmer. Eine wahre Geschichte über Mut, Zusammenhalt und den Kalten Krieg", book by Dietrich Garstka, Ullstein Verlag, Berlin, 30-11-2016, 224 p., ISBN: 9786550078927. See more »

Connections

Features Liane, Jungle Goddess (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Unsere Heimat
Lyrics by Herbert Keller
Music by Hans Naumilkat
(1951)
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Entertaining historical drama
8 May 2018 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

This film is even handed and explores why people take the positions they do. the themes are universal - the older generation carry the baggage of WWII, the legacy of fascism while the younger generation of high school students are idealistic and, to some extent, naive and easily manipulated. We understand why the East German government finds it imperative to stamp out 'counter revolutionary' activity. The characters are well rounded, not just evil cardboard cut outs. School officials are caught up in and compromised by a political system. The irony is by working together and maintaining solidarity the school students show precisely the qualities the 'socialist' regime of the GDR was supposed to be all about. The intrusive incidental music was the only thing which grated for me, and at times the movie lapsed in to melodrama but on the whole it was entertaining and thought provoking with a lavish attention to period detail.


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