Das kleine und das große Glück

Das kleine und das große Glück

DDR 1953, Spielfilm

Inhalt

DEFA’s first real romantic movie deals with the little bliss of love between two people and the larger bliss of work in a collective structure. The protagonists are Schwalk, the laddish and narcissistic foreman of a roadworks brigade, and Erika, a dashing brigadier. Schwalk, who is used to always succeed in business and love, is new in the brigade. He immediately puts on a strongman act and manages to twist Erika around his finger. Love does not make her blind, however, and she soon realizes that Schwalk’s ambition goes to the account of the rest of them. To win a competition, Schwalk puts up with careless work – as long as the job is finished quickly. Erika starts to rebel, even more so when she gets the feeling that to Schwalk she is just another conquest. This time, however, the snappy foreman has really fallen in love, and he realizes that his behavior was wrong. Remorsefully, he redoubles his efforts to fix the damage done to both the construction project and his relationship with Erika. In the end, everything turns out fine: The road is being completed in a neat manner, and Erika and Schwalk face happiness together.

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Martin Hellberg
Screenplay:Paul Wiens
Script editor:Eva Seemann
Director of photography:Werner Bergmann
Assistant camera:Hans Heinrich, Helmut Grewald
Optical effects:Ernst Kunstmann
Production design:Artur Günther
Set construction:Ulrich Damrau, Hans Minzloff, Hermann Asmus
Make-up artist:Herbert Zensch, Gerhard Seiffert
Costume design:Helga Scherff
Editing:Marianne Karras
Sound:Karl Tramburg
Music:Fritz Steinmann, Günter Kochan ("Das Lied vom Glück"), André Asriel ("Lied der Jugendbrigade")
  
Cast: 
Susanne DüllmannErika Brandt
Wilfried OrtmannKarl Schwalk
Hans-Joachim BüttnerStockberger
Hans WehrlHans Buchner
Paul PfingstAnton Nowatzki
Rudolf SchröderOpa Muschler
Rudolf FleckKarrer
Else KorénWitwe Schenk
Ruth Maria KubitschekMariechen
Ostara KörnerInge
Brigitte StrohInge Schütz
Johanna BucherHannchen
Edwin MarianEgon
Klaus GendriesKurt
Werner BerndtGustl
Klaus MertensTheo
Fritz DechoGotthold
Helga RaumerGewerkschaftlerin
Kurt UllrichJunger Arbeiter
Charlotte Friedrich1. Klatschbase
Lotte Gruner2. Klatschbase
Anni Kynast3. Klatschbase
Otto DierichsDirektor der Bau-Union
Heinz RosenthalStaatssekretär
Ernst SchicketanzDr. Thörn
Joe SchornChauffeur
Toni MeitzenPassant
Johannes HoyerBahnhofsvorstand
Ilona Ringer4. Klatschbase
Ilse Bastubbe
Marga Kuhne
Barbara Schmidt
Jens-Peter Dierichs
Frank Scholze
Wolfgang Sörgel
Brigitte Weber
Christa Wieland
Bruno Atlas-Eising
Helmuth Bautzmann
Fritz Bogdon
Werner Buttler
Heinz Dhein
Horst Fleischer
William Gade
Georg Helge
Albert Krüger-Rougé
Herbert Rüdiger
Kurt Pfeiffer
Hans Schwenke
Nico Turoff
Teddy Wulff
Friedrich Löffler
Hans Schule
Manfred Schelske
Hans-Edgar Stecher
Edgar Engelmann
Wolfgang Hübner
Reinhard Schäfer
Grita Krätke
  
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
Unit production manager:Werner Dau
Location manager:Fritz Delp, Charlotte Morgenstern, Bernhard Buchhol
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih (Berlin/DDR)
Length:2669 m, 98 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,33
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 13.11.1953, Berlin, Babylon, Defa-Filmtheater Kastanienallee

Titles

Originaltitel (DD) Das kleine und das große Glück

Versions

Original

Length:2669 m, 98 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,33
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 13.11.1953, Berlin, Babylon, Defa-Filmtheater Kastanienallee