Der verlorene Engel

Der verlorene Engel

DDR 1965-1966/1971, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Lost Angel

Germany, 1937. Sculptor Ernst Barlach (1870 – 1938) lives as an outsider in Güstrow in rural Mecklenburg. The Nazis have banned exhibitions of his work and some of his cenotaphs, deemed anti-war, have already been removed from public display. In the very wee hours of August 24, 1937, unknown perpetrators steal Barlach’s sculpture "floating angel" from the cathedral. A few hours later, the artist goes to the scene of the crime. On his way home, he reflects on his situation as an "emigrant in his own country" and on his self-image as an artist. An encounter with a persecuted communist requires his involvement and the test of a siren fuels his fear of war.

Production of the film was suspended by the East German authorities in 1966 due to its "fuzzy philosophical concept" and a lack of "regard for its sensationalist effect". It was re-edited and overdubbed for completion in 1970. The film is as sparing and awkward as Barlach’s sculptures – with organ music interruptions, Barlach’s inner monologues merge into an expressive and associative narration. The camera meanwhile concentrates on the protagonists’ expressive faces and the landscape, always returning to Barlach’s works.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Ralf Kirsten
Screenplay:Ralf Kirsten
Director of photography:Claus Neumann
Editing:Hildegard Conrad
Music:André Asriel
  
Cast: 
Fred DürenErnst Barlach
Erika PelikowskyFrau Barlach
Erik S. KleinKutscher
Walter LendrichTaxifahrer
Agnes KrausAlte Frau
Heidemarie WenzelBraut
Frank SchenkBräutigam
Carola SchirmerMädchen
Berko AckerFreund des Mädchens
Gerd AlverdesPfarrer
Theodor KlubschKantor
Christa MichaelsenOrganistin
Karl PaustianHirte
Uwe LeonhardtJunge von Barlach
Gerd UngerTrommlerjunge
Gerhard Hubert1. SA-Mann
Gerd Jurgons2. SA-Mann
  
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg)

All Credits

Director:Ralf Kirsten
Assistant director:Ree von Dahlen, Rainer Simon
Screenplay:Ralf Kirsten
Co-author:Jochen Nestler, Manfred Freitag
based on:Franz Fühmann (Novelle "Das schlimme Jahr")
Script editor:Klaus Wischnewski
Director of photography:Claus Neumann
Assistant camera:Richard Günther, Peter Dierichs
Still photography:Herbert Kroiss
Production design:Hans Poppe
Set construction:Jochen Keller
Make-up artist:Günter Hermstein, Ursula Funk
Costume design:Elli-Charlotte Löffler
Editing:Hildegard Conrad
Sound:Günther Witt
Audio mixing:Georg Gutschmidt
Music:André Asriel
  
Cast: 
Fred DürenErnst Barlach
Erika PelikowskyFrau Barlach
Erik S. KleinKutscher
Walter LendrichTaxifahrer
Agnes KrausAlte Frau
Heidemarie WenzelBraut
Frank SchenkBräutigam
Carola SchirmerMädchen
Berko AckerFreund des Mädchens
Gerd AlverdesPfarrer
Theodor KlubschKantor
Christa MichaelsenOrganistin
Karl PaustianHirte
Uwe LeonhardtJunge von Barlach
Gerd UngerTrommlerjunge
Gerhard Hubert1. SA-Mann
Gerd Jurgons2. SA-Mann
  
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
Unit production manager:Werner Liebscher
Location manager:Heinz Bullerjahn
Shoot:1965-1966:
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih (Berlin/DDR)
Length:1624 m, 60 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 22.04.1971, Berlin, Colosseum

Titles

Originaltitel (DD) Der verlorene Engel
Untertitel Ein Tag im Leben Ernst Barlachs
Weiterer Titel (DD) Der verlorene Engel. Ein Tag im Leben Ernst Barlachs

Versions

Original

Length:1624 m, 60 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 22.04.1971, Berlin, Colosseum