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Maetzig, Kurt 1911-2012

Works: 125 works in 327 publications in 3 languages and 1,820 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Historical films  War films  History  Science fiction films  Documentary films  Dark comedy films  Melodrama  Fiction 
Roles: Director, Author, Performer, Author of screenplay, Other, fmd, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Kurt Maetzig
Most widely held works by Kurt Maetzig
Das Kaninchen bin ich The rabbit is me by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

27 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 19-year-old East German girl named Maria Morzeck is denied university admission because her brother is in jail for political reasons. She later falls in love with the judge who passed the harsh sentence on her brother
Council of the gods = (Rat der Götter) by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

25 editions published between 1950 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The director and his authors dedicated this film "to the friends of peace throughout the world." Their screenplay is based on the Nuremberg Trials against the directors of the IG Farben Company which proved the joint quilt of German industry in fascism and war, and the close ties between big industry and the Nazis
Der schweigende Stern The silent star by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

20 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an unusual rock with a cylinder inside is found in the Gobi Desert, scientists determine its origin as the planet Venus. A crew of astronauts is sent there to learn more. Meanwhile experts attempt to decode the message that was encoded on the spool within and determine why Venus is utterly silent
Roman einer jungen Ehe( Visual )

10 editions published between 1951 and 2010 in German and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Agnes and Jochen, a husband and wife who are actors, live in the western part of Berlin. They fall in love just as the conflict between East and West is deepening shortly after the end of World War II. Agnes does not want to take part in the 'cold and heartless propaganda' against the East and be dragged into the 'militaristic theater.' She leaves Jochen and goes to the GDR to contribute to its development with her talents."--Container
Castles & cottages = (Schlösser und Katen)( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in German and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This two-part epic traces the development of a manor and farm in Mecklenburg, from the flight of its aristocratic landowners before the advancing Soviet troops in 1945, to just after the East German uprising of June 17, 1953, by which time it has become an agricultural cooperative. Powerful stories and images take place in a context of historical events. 2-DVD set. The story revolves around a peasant girl who is to go study to become an agronomist in the new order and who is also the illegitimate daughter of the former lord of the manor, who raped her mother. The anarchic, yet optimistic chaos of the postwar years, the sometimes petty and personal nature of the political conflicts, and the rough edges displayed by even the heroes precludes this from being a purely dogmatic socialist-realist film
Marriage in the shadows = Ehe im Schatten by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

12 editions published between 1947 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first German feature film to explicitly address the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, Marriage in the shadows called on Germans to accept collective responsibility for the crimes of the Third Reich. Stylistically, the production, in which many former Ufa artists were involved, blends classic melodrama in the Ufa style with documentary glimpses into life in Berlin under the Nazis. Shown in all four sectors of occupied Berlin and across Germany, the initial release of the film reached 10 million viewers. It premiered in the US at New York's Little Met Theater on September 16, 1948
First spaceship on Venus( Visual )

13 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and German and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mankind's most incredible journey! After discovering a communications device from Venus containing a message of the impending attack of Earth, an international crew of astronauts and scientists embark on the first manned expedition to the mystery-shrouded planet. Upon arrival, they discover the ruins of an advanced civilization that destroyed itself in its zealous quest to master atomic weaponry
Girls in Gingham (Die Buntkarierten)( Visual )

14 editions published between 1949 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A moving saga focusing on the women in a family spanning three generations and almost 70 years of German history, from the Wilhelmine period through the end of WWII. Guste was born to an unmarried maid in 1884 and it seems that this situation predetermines her path of life. She also becomes a maid and must looks after her lords and ladies. One day she meets Paul, a worker, and they decide to get married. They live happily together with their two children. But when WWI breaks out, her husband is conscripted and she must support her whole family with her job making hand-grenades. Very soon, Guste realizes that her work is contributing to the senseless war and she quits her job. Although Paul returns from war, the world economic crisis and the emerging fascism make their life very difficult
Einheit SPD-KPD( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in German and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schets van de kenmerkende gebeurtenissen gedurende het verenigingsproces van SPD en KPD tot SED ; Een tijdsdocument gemaakt t.g.v. de 75e verjaardag van de eerste president van de DDR Wilhelm Pieck (1876-1960)
The Sailor's Song (Lied der Matroseen)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russian Revolution is finally triumphant in the Fall of 1917. As soldiers, the engineer Henne Lobke and the stoker Jens Kasten show solidarity with the Russians, eventually disarming their officers to stop the sinking of a Russian cargo ship. Back in Germany, the struggle continues. The dock-workers and sailors of Kiel call for a mass strike to demand the end of the war and the abdication of the Kaiser and his officers. At this point, the admiralty decides to launch the operation 'Nibelungen.' The entire German fleet is to be sent to battle the English in a suicide mission that would preserve German honor while crushing internal mutiny. The workers in uniform put aside their differences to stop this, however, as is the case with chief stoker August Lenz, the radio officer Ludwig Bartuscheck and the assistant to the vice-admiral Jupp Konig. The film ends with the founding of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD)
The Story of a Young Couple (Roman einer jungen Ehe)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young couple - both actors - live and work in Berlin before the Wall is built. Agnes is on location in East Berlin, and her husband Jochen works at the Westend Theater in West Berlin. They hold diametrically opposed views on politics, art and the role of the individual in society, and their vehement arguments threaten to break up their marriage. Director Kurt Maetzig depicts Cold War Berlin with dramatic verve, but the film illustrates the tightening grip of Stalinism on East German cultural production at this time. This film portrays numerous figures of early postwar German cultural and political life - including Veit Harlan, director of the notorious Nazi propaganda film Jud Suss, and Boleslaw Barlog, a famous West Berlin theater director. Also memorable in this film is documentary footage of the construction of Stalin Allee, the biggest boulevard built in East Berlin after WWII, soon to become a central locus of the popular uprising of 17 June 1953
First spaceship on Venus, Voyage to the prehistoric planet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voyage to the prehistoric planet: Scientists find that Venus is populated with prehistoric dinosaurs
SciFi classics( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules]: A nobleman is killed by an evil despot and his daughter is sold into a life of slavery. She is rescued by a hero and Hercules feats of physical strength speak louder than words
The DEFA sci-fi collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent star: an international team is dispatched to Venus to discover the origin of a mysterious magnetic spool found in the Gobi desert. Eolomea: space transports are disappearing without a trace and the space council must determine why. In the dust of the stars: Whene spaceship Cyrno responds to a distress signal from TEM 4, the crew finds that the inhabitants of the planet deny having sent the message, but there is something mysterious going on underground
I was nineteen = Ich war neunzehn by Konrad Wolf( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nineteen year-old Gregor Hecker returns to Germany in April 1945 wearing the uniform of a Russian Lieutenant. He had to leave the country with his parents when he was eight and now feels a stranger on German soil
Aufbau Ost 1946 Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Potsdam im ersten Friedensjahr( Visual )

5 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aufbau Ost 1946 presents four episodes, four cities, documenting the post-War rebuilding of East Germany; Der Weg nach oben pictures the economic and cultural development of East Germany and the young DDR from 1945 to 1950, focussing on such themes as the union of the SPD and KPD, agriculture, culture, education, etc
Images of the Holocaust & antifascism( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Images of the Holocaust and antifascism offers a unique perspective on an all-too familiar topic, intertwining the themes of German/Jewish relations, anti-Nazi resistance and the Holocaust. As soon as WWII ended, (East) German directors began addressing the horrific legacy of the Nazis in a wide range of films produced between 1946 and 1988. Featured are acclaimed German directors, including Frank Beyer (Jacob the liar, Naked among wolves), Kurt Maetzig (Marriage in the shadows), Wolfgang Staudte (The murderers are among us) and Konrad Wolf (Stars, Professor Mamlock). Such classics are hailed by the British Film Institute as "the most consistent and coherent analysis of fascism of any national cinema."
Das Rechnungswesen einer Film-Kopieranstalt : Eine betriebswirtschaftliche Studie by Kurt Maetzig( )

3 editions published in 1935 in German and Undetermined and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prädikat, besonders schädlich : Filmtexte( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DEFA directors( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After WWII, western occupation forces were leery about letting Germans start to make films again. In the Soviet sector, in contrast, filmmaking was seen as an important way to rehabilitate the population after twelve years under Nazi rule. German film artists and technicians who had spent the War in exile were joined by others who had survived within Germany to found the DEFA Studio in May 1946. Their primary concern was to address the horrors that had been perpetrated in their name and lay the foundations for a better world. The pioneers of DEFA's first generation include Slatan Dudow (Destinies of women), Falk Harnack (The axe of Wandsbek), Georg C. Klaren (Wozzeck), Gerhard Lamprecht (Somewhere in Berlin), Kurt Maetzig (Marriage in the shadows, Council of the Gods) and Wolfgang Staudte (The murderers are among us), among others
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