Franz und Ernst

Franz und Ernst

BR Deutschland 1972, TV-Episodenfilm


Personal quarrels and family disputes were cornerstones of early German drama series. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s mini-series also centres on a family, although their problems are transposed to society: collective bargaining, union meetings, strikes and the struggle for workers’ participation are reflected in the daily working lives and relationships of a family of toolmakers. "Acht Stunden sind kein Tag" ("Eight hours don't make a day") is an example of the so-called "worker film", a genre developed by German broadcaster WDR in the late 1960s. For a short time it enabled filmmakers to address social realities and economic constraints in West Germany. The series’ main characters represent three generations whose attitudes to life range from progressive to conservative. The tone has a typical melodramatic feel as Fassbinder deconstructs the perfect world atmosphere that pervaded early post-war productions, and anticipates many of the themes of his later films featuring women. Luise Ullrich, a well-known screen actress in Germany in the 1950s, plays Gran, and Hanna Schygulla a lowly office worker. These two women are struggling for solidarity, but also for their own personal happiness.

Source: 67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Assistant director:Renate Leiffer, Eberhard Schubert
Screenplay:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director of photography:Dietrich Lohmann
Production design:Kurt Raab
Editing:Marie-Anne Gerhardt
Gottfried JohnJochen
Hanna SchygullaMarion
Luise UllrichOma
Werner FinckGregor
Irm HermannIrmgard Erlkönig
Wolfgang SchenckFranz
Peter GauheErnst
Rainer HauerWerkshallenleiter Gross
Wolfgang ZerlettManfred
Rudolf Waldemar BremRolf
Grigorios KaripidisGiuseppe
Hans HirschmüllerJürgen
Karl ScheydtPeter
Herb AndressRüdiger
Wolfried LierWolf
Anita BucherKäthe
Kurt RaabHarald
Renate RolandMonika
Thorsten MassingerManni
Andrea SchoberSylvia
Valeska Gert
Ruth Drexel
Production company:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
Producer:Juliane Maria Lorenz (Restaurierte Fassung)
Producer (TV):Peter Märthesheimer
Length:92 min
Format:16mm, 1:1,33
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE): 21.01.1973, ARD


Originaltitel (DE) Franz und Ernst
Originaltitel (DE) Franz und Ernst (Restaurierte Fassung)
Gesamttitel (DE) Acht Stunden sind kein Tag



Length:92 min
Format:16mm, 1:1,33
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE): 21.01.1973, ARD


Originaltitel (DE) :Franz und Ernst (Restaurierte Fassung)
Length:92 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Erstaufführung (DE): 12.02.2017, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special