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DEFA

Overview
Works: 658 works in 1,078 publications in 3 languages and 11,745 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Historical films  War films  Romance films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Dark comedy films 
Roles: Producer, Other, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Die mörder sind unter uns = The murderers are among us by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

20 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in German and English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Au lendemain de la Seconde guerre mondiale, Suzane Wallner retourne chez elle à Berlin. Elle vient de passer plusieurs années dans un camp de concentration. Arrivée dans son appartement, elle découvre qu'un homme y habite déjà. Il s'agit du docteur Hans, devenue dépressif et alcoolique à cause de la guerre. Peu à peu, va s'instaurer entre ces deux êtres blessés une relation amoureuse."--Site web Allociné
Die Architekten = The architects by Peter Kahane( Visual )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in German and English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film depicts this society's grinding down of Daniel Brenner, an idealistic architect in his late thirties. Daniel, like many others of his generation, is deeply frustrated by life under the old Communists but somehow tolerates it. Hired to design a miniature city on the fringes of Berlin, he fools himself into thinking that he can counteract the prevailing gloom with a cheerier, more innovative approach
I was nineteen = Ich war neunzehn( Visual )

6 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in German and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gregor is a young soldier entering Germany with the victorious Soviet troops at the end of WWII. But he is also the child of left-wing Germans who fled from Hitler and spent the war in the Soviet Union. As a result, his return to Germany is ambivalent; he finds he is a stranger in his own land. Film critics rank Konrad Wolf's most autobiographical film among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time
Rotation by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

5 editions published between 1949 and 2006 in German and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The main character, the mechanic Behnke, wants to join the Nazi party to secure a good living. However, after his Jewish neighbors are taken away, he changes his views. Trying to remain 'a non-political man, ' he withdraws from reality and becomes a Nazi laborer."--Container
Berlin--Ecke Schönhauser( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in German and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The corner Schönhauser Allee in East Berlin is the main meeting-point for a group of adolescents. Dieter is a construction worker who falls in love with Angela. She, in turn, spends time with the clique whenever her mother is occupied with her new lover. "Kohle" stays away from home to avoid his dad's alcohol problem, and Karl-Heinz is on his way to becoming a small-time criminal. Due to their interest in western music and culture they are regarded as no-goods and rowdies. Things get interesting when an incident forces Dieter and "Kohle" to escape to West Germany"--Internet Movie Database
Les misérables by Victor Hugo( Visual )

6 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in English and French and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Gabin stars as the heroic Valjean, an ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor. Javert, the fanatical police inspector, dedicates his life to recapturing Valjean
The legend of Paul and Paula = Die Legende von Paul und Paula by Heiner Carow( Visual )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in German and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two neighbors--Paula, a single woman with two children, and Paul, a conservative bureaucrat stuck in a loveless marriage--begin to fall in love. The free-spirited Paula tries to liberate Paul from his complacent life, but it's not until tragedy and heartaches beset them both that he begins to fully appreciate her love. But is it too late?--Container
The rabbit is me = Das Kaninchen bin ich by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in German and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman, tainted after her brother's arrest for subversive political activities, has an affair with an older man - who turns out to be the judge that put her brother in jail
The Gleiwitz case : the Nazi secret plan to invade Poland by Gerhard Klein( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in German and English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature length drama relating the events of the Gleiwitz incident, a Nazi scheme revealed during the Nuremberg Trials
The crucible by Arthur Miller( Visual )

2 editions published between 1956 and 1995 in French and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Proctor is a middle-aged, married farmer whose infidelity leads to tragedy. When he ends the brief affair, his young mistress launches a vendetta, charging that Proctor's wife practices witchcraft. The accusation ignites a wave of hysteria among the villagers, culminating in a trial of both Proctor and his wife
Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt by Joachim Kunert( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in German and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two best friends are forced to leave school and join the army for Hitler, and find themselves on opposite sides when one becomes an outstanding soldier and the other wonders why he is fighting a senseless war. Bonus features include biographies and a short film
Council of the gods = (Rat der Götter) by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in German and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two main protagonists dominate this epic film. Chairman Mauch, who had supported Hitler, finds new fame and fortune in West Germany after the war. The bourgeois chemist Dr. Hans Scholz lives through a tortuous political transformation and maturing process. Finally, he becomes wrapped up in his political neutrality and closes his eyes to the fact that poison is being produced in his factory. Standing before the judges at the Nuremburg Trials, he learns that he is partly responsible for millions of deaths in gas chambers at concentration camps."--Container
Irgendwo in Berlin--( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in German and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the ruined landscape of Berlin after World War II, children perform feats of bravery by playing with undetonated bombs and climbing in the rubble. One boy is disappointed with his father, who comes home powerless and hopeless from a POW camp. The children convince this weary man to clean and restore his bomb-damaged garage, managing in the end to give him new hope
Goya( Visual )

4 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya has attained wealth and reputation, and has fallen in love with a beautiful duchess. But he also finds himself becoming more and more remote from the daily life and suffering of the Spanish people, and is increasingly drawn to portraying their desires and nightmares in his paintings."--Container
Der Untertan : The Kaiser's lackey( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, a weakling of the lower middle class, 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
The Kaiser's lackey = Der Untertan by Wolfgang Staudte( Visual )

13 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in German and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, a weakling of the lower middle class, 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
A Berlin Romance (Eine Berliner Romanze)( Visual )

6 editions published between 1956 and 2016 in German and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A love story about 17 year-old Uschi, an East German saleswoman, and Hans, an unemployed auto mechanic from West Berlin. The city is reflected through the eyes and feelings of these youthful figures. For example, the bright shop windows in West Berlin are much more appealing to Uschi than the plain gray buildings in the East, so she leaves her parents house for the West. Uschi takes the audience on a journey behind the facade of the economic miracle in West Berlin. In the end, she returns home to her parents' house along with Hans, who leaves his job in the West to make a living in the East"--Videocassette container
Sun seekers = Sonnensucher by Konrad Wolf( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in German and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Picked up in a bar-room brawl two young people are sent to forced labor at the uranium mine in Wismut
The Blum Affair (Affaire Blum)( Visual )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in German and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on a real case in Magdeburg during the Weimar Republic. The Jewish manufacturer Jacob Blum is framed for the murder of his accountant due to the accusations of Gabler, a thief and dealer of stolen goods. Anti-Semitic prosecutors accept these accusations, as they believe all Jews are criminals. Even with evidence indicating the crime was committed by Gabler, the prosecutors refuse to change their stance. Blum's only hope is a commissar in Berlin, who takes over the investigation and finds the real murderer."--Container
Karla by Hermann Zschoche( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in German and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young idealistic teacher, just starting her career in East German schools, discovers her students hide their true thoughts and only say what they are expected to say. The young teacher tries to encourage open discussions about taboo topics, attempting to break down the walls of suspicion and cynicism. Her superiors view her actions with unease and eventually intervene to discipline Carla. The film was labeled nihilistic, skeptical and hostile by the Unity Party of Germany (SED) and only in 1990 was it shown in cinemas
 
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Alternative Names
Austrumvācija. DEFA

D.E.F.A.

D.E.F.A. (DEFA)

DEFA

DEFA Film (Firm)

DEFA Film (firma)

DEFA-Studio

Deutsche Film-A.-G.

Deutsche Film AG.

Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft

Deutsche Filmaktiengesellschaft

Germany (East). DEFA

ДЕФА

デーファ

德国电影股份公司

Languages
German (155)

English (34)

French (6)