Hälfte des Lebens

Hälfte des Lebens

DDR 1984/1985, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The film tells the story of the failed relationship between the poet Friedrich Hölderlin and Susette Gontard over a period of ten years from 1796 to 1806. Hölderlin works as a private tutor for the Frankfurt-based banker Gontard and falls in love with the mother of the children that he is teaching. Susette virtually becomes the Diotima of his novel "Hyperion". Hölderlin gets expelled from the Gontard′s home when the lovers can no longer hide their relationship. Susette becomes ill and dies in 1802 at the age of 33. Hölderlin himself gets severely depressive when he learns of Susette′s death and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 1806. The story develops before the background of a revolutionary movement that has spread from France to Germany but is soon put to an end.

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Credits

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Director:Herrmann Zschoche
Assistant director:Eleonore Dressel
Screenplay:Herrmann Zschoche
Scenario:Christa Kožik
Script editor:Gabriele Herzog
Director of photography:Günter Jaeuthe
Assistant camera:Eckhart Hartkopf, Jörg Erkens
Production design:Dieter Adam
Set construction:Siegfried Hausknecht, Dieter Döhl
Prop master:Ingo Pries
Make-up artist:Klaus Becker, Waltraud Becker, Waltraud Dietze
Costume design:Anne Hoffmann
Editing:Monika Schindler
Sound:Horst Mathuschek
Music recording:Klaus Wolter
Audio mixing:Helga Kadenbach
Music:Georg Katzer
Music performer:Manfred Rosenberg
  
Cast: 
Ulrich MüheFriedrich Hölderlin
Jenny GröllmannSusette Gontard
Swetlana SchönfeldMarie Rätzer
Michael GwisdekJakob Gontard
Peter-Mario GrauIsaac von Sinclair
Christine GlogerHölderlins Mutter
Simone FrostHölderlins Schwester
Christine HarbortHaushälterin Wilhelmine
Reimar J. BaurDr. Ebel
Rolf HoppeWilhelm Heinse
Matthias GüntherProf. Authenrieth
Hilmar BaumannKonsul Meyer
Peter BauseLandgraf
Trude BrentinaSeniorin Gontard
Thomas GumpertFreund N.
Gerd Michael HennebergFranzösischer Schloßherr
Susanne LüningPrinzessin Auguste
Friedrich MokrossDiener in Livree
Frank SchenkSekretär
Willi SchradeFranzösischer Grenzbeamter
Andreas SchumannFreund H.
Nele GebhardHelene Gontard
Antje HeringMalchen Gontard
Marco KatzerHenry Gontard
Katrin LöfflerHenriette Gontard
Klaus Bergatt
Elfi Gäbel
Horst Giese
Andreas Albert
Eugen Albert
Andreas Preuß
Jörg Erkens
Wido Weyer
Harry Küster
Waldemar Baeger
Günther Götze
Werner Dissel
Holger Eckert
Eberhardt Wintzen
Johanna Lesch
  
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg) (Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe "Johannisthal")
Unit production manager:Herbert Ehler
Location manager:Ralph Retzlaff, Harald Jahn
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih (Berlin/DDR)
Length:2971 m, 98 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Orwocolor, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 18.04.1985, Berlin, International

Titles

Originaltitel (DD) Hälfte des Lebens

Versions

Original

Length:2971 m, 98 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Orwocolor, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DD): 18.04.1985, Berlin, International