Die Russen kommen

Die Russen kommen

DDR 1968/1987, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Russians are Coming

It's the spring of 1945 in a small resort town on the Baltic. Günter is 16 and firmly believes that the Germans will win the war. During the hunt for a forced labourer who is on the run, Günter catches him and watches as he is shot to death. He proudly accepts the award of an Iron Cross before being shipped to the nearby front as part of the last contingent of troops. He is quickly captured by Soviet soldiers, but manages to escape and return home. When the town is occupied by the Red Army, Günter is arrested for the murder of the forced labourer…

For Günter, "the least guilty among the guilty" (Carow), the day that became "liberation day" in East Germany is a catastrophe that leaves him thoroughly confused. But a film about fascism without an anti-fascist hero was unacceptable. "Die Russen kommen" was banned in 1968 before it was completed, and a large portion of the negative was later destroyed. It wasn't until 1987 that the film was reconstructed and finished using material from various work prints and trims. Even after restoration, the ban left visible signs on the material.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Heiner Carow
Screenplay:Claus Küchenmeister, Heiner Carow
Director of photography:Jürgen Brauer
Editing:Evelyn Carow
Music:Peter Gotthardt
  
Cast: 
Gert Krause-MelzerGünter Walcher
Viktor PerewalowRussischer Junge Igor
Dorothea MeissnerChristine
Norbert ChristianVater Bergschicker
Karla RunkehlMutter Bergschicker
Vsevolod SafonovGolubkow
Rolf LudwigVater Walcher
Lissy TempelhofMutter Walcher
Hans Hardt-HardtloffPolizist
Claus KüchenmeisterWilli
Friedrich HitzerZacharias
Ulrich TeschnerBannführer
Alexander SlobotschikowKulossow
Frank SchenkRitterkreuzträger
Walter RugeMann mit Jägerhut
Peter BauseDeutscher Soldat
Elke BroschJunge Frau
Renate HeymerFrau in der Kino-Loge
  
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg) (Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe "Babelsberg")

All Credits

Director:Heiner Carow
Assistant director:Harald Fischer
Screenplay:Claus Küchenmeister, Heiner Carow
based on:Egon Richter (Anregung aus der Erzählung "Die Anzeige" aus dem Band "Ferien am Feuer")
Director of photography:Jürgen Brauer
Assistant camera:Erhard Schweda
Still photography:Franz-Eberhard Daßdorf
Lighting design:Horst Bochow
Production design:Alfred Thomalla
Set construction:Franz F. Fürst, Jochen Hamann
Property master:Siegfried Wittke
Make-up artist:Heinz Kosse
Costume design:Werner Bergemann
Editing:Evelyn Carow
Sound:Werner Klein, Hans-Joachim Kreinbrink
Music:Peter Gotthardt
  
Cast: 
Gert Krause-MelzerGünter Walcher
Viktor PerewalowRussischer Junge Igor
Dorothea MeissnerChristine
Norbert ChristianVater Bergschicker
Karla RunkehlMutter Bergschicker
Vsevolod SafonovGolubkow
Rolf LudwigVater Walcher
Lissy TempelhofMutter Walcher
Hans Hardt-HardtloffPolizist
Claus KüchenmeisterWilli
Friedrich HitzerZacharias
Ulrich TeschnerBannführer
Alexander SlobotschikowKulossow
Frank SchenkRitterkreuzträger
Walter RugeMann mit Jägerhut
Peter BauseDeutscher Soldat
Elke BroschJunge Frau
Renate HeymerFrau in der Kino-Loge
  
Voice:Joachim Trotz
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg) (Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe "Babelsberg")
Unit production manager:Dieter Dormeier
Location manager:Wolfgang Glomm
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih (Berlin/DDR)
Length:2612 m, 95 min
Format:35mm, Cine
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 03.12.1987, Berlin, International

Titles

Originaltitel (DD) Die Russen kommen

Versions

Original

Length:2612 m, 95 min
Format:35mm, Cine
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 03.12.1987, Berlin, International
 

Formatfassung

Format:DCP
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.01.2016, Berlin, IFF