Wolfgang Staudte

Wolfgang Staudte – Rotation (1949)

Plot Synopsis:
This powerful, World War II drama frequently cited as one of the most important films in German history tells the heated tale of a family divided over supporting the Nazis or fighting for the equality of all races and creeds. Originally censored by the Soviets for its unwavering message of pacifism, Rotation finds father turning against son as the troubled family patriarch agrees to print up Nazi fliers in hopes of improving the family finances before
being betrayed by his Hitler Youth son. When the bombs stop dropping and the bullets stop flying, father and son are forced to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives despite their troubled past. Read More »

Wolfgang Staudte – Der Untertan AKA The Kaiser’s Lackey (1951)

Synopsis:
‘This historical satire, based on Heinrich Mann’s world-famous novel, Der Untertan, is ranked by film critics among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time. In Mann’s biting critique of conservative Wilhelmine Germany, written during WWI, Diederich Hessling learns an important lesson for an ambitious man: one must first serve power to gain power for oneself. From then on, his modus operandi is to bow to superiors and kick underlings.’
– DEFA Film Library Read More »

Wolfgang Staudte – Die Mörder Sind Unter Uns AKA The Murderers Are Among Us (1946)

Synopsis:
Susanne Wallner returns to the ruins of Berlin from a Concentration Camp after WW2 to discover that someone else lives in her apartment: Dr. Hans Mertens, the war made him depressive and he drinks a lot of alcohol. Susanne asks him to go but he doesn’t want to, so they share Susanne’s apartment and even discover their sympathy and then their love for each other. That encourages him a little, of course. But then he hears that Ferdinand Brückner is still alive and also lives in Berlin. Brückner was his Captain during WW2, he gave the order to kill more than 100 innocent people, many children and women among them, on Christmas 1942 in Poland. Read More »

Wolfgang Staudte – Schicksal aus zweiter Hand (1949)


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Ein Versicherungsangestellter heiratet eine Frau aus reichen Haus, ohne Einverständnis ihrer Eltern. Eines Tages geht er zu einem Wahrsager, der seiner Frau ein jähes Ende prophezeit. Read More »