Jahrgang 45

Jahrgang 45

DDR 1966, Spielfilm


Born in '45

Set in East Berlin in the summer of 1965, where Alfred and Lisa have recently divorced. "Al" is a mechanic; "Li" is a paediatric nurse. Al roams the city on vacation, meeting with former motorcycle buddies and flirting with a blonde named Rita. After moving out of the marital apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, he moves in with his mother. But via his neighbour "Mogul", Al still has contact with Li. In the end, there may be some hope for a new beginning ...

In images that are as poetic as they are documentary, Jürgen Böttcher, who was heavily influenced by 1950s Italian neo-realists, wove a tale of the yearning for a different life. In 1990, the director noted "I wanted to make narrative films. But authentic ones, developed from immediate reality, which didn’t shirk from everyday hardships". East Germany’s cultural apparatchiks felt the film "glorified the marginalised" and halted Böttcher’s work on it in 1966; the film was not shown publicly until 1990. The DEFA Foundation commissioned the film’s restoration, undertaken in 2014/15 in 4K from start to finish.

Source: 65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Jürgen Böttcher
Assistant director:Siegbert Fischer
Screenplay:Klaus Poche, Jürgen Böttcher
Script editor:Christel Gräf
Director of photography:Roland Gräf
Assistant camera:Wolfgang Ebert
Still photography:Waltraud Pathenheimer
Production design:Harry Leupold
Set construction:Willi Schäfer
Prop master:Adolf Kilian
Make-up artist:Kurt Tauchmann, Christa Grewald
Costume design:Günther Heidemann
Editing:Helga Gentz
Sound:Peter Foerster
Audio mixing:Christfried Sobczyk
Music:Henry Purcell, Wolf Biermann (Lieder)
Arrangement:Matthias Suschke (1990)
Vocals:Eva-Maria Hagen
Monika HildebrandLisa, genannt Li
Rolf RömerAlfred, genannt Al
Paul EichbaumMogul
Holger MahlichHans
Gesine RosenbergRita
Walter StolpKaderleiter
Werner KanitzNapoleon
Ingo KosterHeinz
Anita OkonSylvi
Ruth KommerellMutter
Richard RückheimOpa
A. R. PenckFreund
Production company:DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg) (Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe "Roter Kreis")
Unit production manager:Dorothea Hildebrandt
Location manager:Gerrit List, Heinz Schwoch
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:DEFA-Stiftung (Berlin) (Restaurierung 2014/2015)
Length:2557 m, 94 min
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 11.10.1990, Berlin, IFF - Forum des Jungen Films, Babylon


Originaltitel (DD) Jahrgang 45
Originaltitel (DE) Jahrgang 45 (Restaurierte Fassung)
Originaltitel (DE) Jahrgang 45 (Zensurfassung)



Length:2557 m, 94 min
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 11.10.1990, Berlin, IFF - Forum des Jungen Films, Babylon


Originaltitel (DE) :Jahrgang 45 (Zensurfassung)
Length:78 min
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Aufführung (DE): 20.02.2016, Berlin, IFF - Retrospektive


Originaltitel (DE) :Jahrgang 45 (Restaurierte Fassung)
Length:94 min
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 07.02.2015, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Classics