Unter anderem kommen zu Wort Wolfgang Staudte, Jutta Hoffmann, Lothar Warneke - Fotos: DEFA-Neufeld, DEFA-Daßdorf, DEFA-Kuhröber
Unter anderem kommen zu Wort Wolfgang Staudte, Jutta Hoffmann, Lothar Warneke - Fotos: DEFA-Neufeld, DEFA-Daßdorf, DEFA-Kuhröber

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The Trace of Films

Ingrid Poss
Peter Warnecke (eds.)

The Trace of Films


Contemporary witnesses talk about DEFA


Ch. Links Verlag, Berlin
Spur der Filme. Zeitzeugen über die DEFA


Price: 24,90 Euros
Pages: approx. 600
Illustrations: approx. 300
Cover: softcover
Estimated publishing date: 15 May 2006
Format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm
ISBN: 3-86153-401-0



They existed: those DEFA films that produced little interest when they were seen in the cinema programme. Still, there were also those that drew hundreds of thousands to the cinemas - not only in the GDR. Their makers were in a constant state of tension between political expectations and their own artistic demands. In the available, richly illustrated volume on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of DEFA's foundation, those who were there tell their stories: about hopes and disappointments, about the adversities and amenities of a perished film production. More than 40 directors, screenwriters, dramatic advisers, actors, production managers and costume designers have their say and deliver insight into the circumstances of emergence of approx. 100 films. From more than 400 hours of interviews lead by the DEFA Foundation, Filmmuseum Potsdam and Zeitzeugen TV, an authentic inside view emerged that former accounts always lacked.