Berlin um die Ecke

Berlin um die Ecke

DDR 1965/1990, Spielfilm


Berlin Around the Corner

It's the mid 1960s in East Berlin. Horst and Olaf are friends who are part of a youth crew at a metalworking factory. They're unhappy at the discrimination against young skilled workers, as well as a few other things, and often clash with the older workers. And when they're not at work, their passion for motorcycles doesn't exactly endear them to everyone either. For a long time, Olaf's persistent wooing of Karin seems in vain …

Scenes and storylines are only loosely connected in this film essay of unconventional beauty. Shooting on "Berlin um die Ecke" was just wrapping up in December 1965, when the Central Committee plenum led to first film bans. And when the rough cut was ready in the spring of 1966, it also came under fire. Among other things, the writers were accused of portraying generational conflict as a pattern and insurmountable, distorting and exaggerating problems in manufacturing operations, and showing socialist reality as unfriendly and dreary. The film was banned and editing ceased. A rough cut was screened in 1987, in East Germany while it was still in existence, and the film was finished in 1990.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Gerhard Klein
Assistant director:Ilse Goydke, Helmut Nitzschke
Screenplay:Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Script editor:Klaus Wischnewski
Director of photography:Peter Krause
Assistant camera:Winfried Kleist, Günther Sahr
Still photography:Heinz Wenzel
Production design:Alfred Drosdek
Set construction:Franz F. Fürst, Walter Vargel
Make-up artist:Alois Strasser, Helga Märtens
Costume design:Barbara Braumann
Editing:Evelyn Carow
Sound:Hans-Joachim Kreinbrink
Music:Georg Katzer
Dieter MannOlaf
Monika GabrielKarin
Erwin GeschonneckKrautmann
Hans Hardt-HardtloffHütte
Kaspar EichelHorst
Harald WarmbrunnMeister
Kurt BöweKratz
Jürgen FrohriepBender
Klaus EbelingSchichtleiter
Achim SchmidtchenParteisekretär
Rudolf UlrichKranführer
Uwe-Detlev JessenBGL-Vorsitzender
Maria RouvelFrau Krautmann
Evamaria BathMokka-Frau
Angela BrunnerRosi
Helga RaumerStaatsanwältin
Else WolzFrau Bankelmann
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg) (Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe "Berlin")
Unit production manager:Manfred Renger
Location manager:Günter Propp, Karl-Heinz Marzahn
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih (Berlin/DDR)
Length:2360 m, 86 min
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 10.11.1987, Berlin, International


Originaltitel (DD) Berlin um die Ecke



Length:2360 m, 86 min
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 10.11.1987, Berlin, International