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Maetzig, Kurt

Overview
Works: 134 works in 369 publications in 4 languages and 2,374 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Historical films  Documentary films  War films  History  Science fiction films  Dark comedy films  Melodrama  Fiction 
Roles: Director, Author, Performer, Author of screenplay, fmd, Other, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Kurt Maetzig
 
Most widely held works by Kurt Maetzig
The rabbit is me = Das Kaninchen bin ich by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

44 editions published between 1964 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rabbit is me was intended to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. A sardonic portrayal of the GDR's judicial system, the film was condemned as an anti-socialist, pessimistic and revisionist attack on the state. Its name was eventually adopted to signify all the banned films of 1965-66, which became known as the "Rabbit Films. "A young student has an affair with a judge. She learns that he once sentenced her brother for political reasons and eventually confronts him, accusing him of opportunism and hypocrisy. After its release in 1990, The rabbit is me earned critical praise as one of the most important and courageous works ever made in East Germany. It was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in 2005 as part of the film series Rebels with a cause: the cinema of East Germany
Council of the gods = (Rat der Götter) by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

31 editions published between 1950 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 322 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
The silent star = Der schweigende Stern by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

19 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in German and Multiple languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first science-fiction film brought out in East Germany, The silent star is based on Stanislaw Lem's mysterious novel, The astronauts (1951). In it, an international expedition is sent to Venus to decipher a message found in the Gobi desert, and discovers it is a declaration of war on Earth. This original and unedited version of the film is here available for the first time with English subtitles. The silent star has its own unique Cold War history. When it hit theaters during the US/ USSR space race set off by the Sputnik launch, the movie was praised as a technical masterpiece. An altered version of the Polish/East German co-production then appeared in the US in 1962, under the title First Spaceship on Venus; dubbed and 15 minutes shorter, this version introduced new names, changed the dialogue and deleted important scenes and characters. Special features include designs for Alfred Hirschmeier's sets and trailers for other East German sci-fi films; see the DEFA Film Library website for other interesting articles and educational materials about the film
Marriage in the shadows = Ehe im Schatten by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

16 editions published between 1947 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 147 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
Castles & cottages = (Schlösser und Katen)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 105 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
The Story of a Young Couple (Roman einer jungen Ehe)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 99 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
Girls in Gingham (Die Buntkarierten)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 98 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
The Sailor's Song (Lied der Matroseen)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 98 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)
Roman einer jungen Ehe by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

12 editions published between 1951 and 2010 in German and Gwich'in and held by 96 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
First spaceship on Venus( Visual )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and German and held by 79 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
Einheit SPD-KPD( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in German and held by 53 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)
Schlösser und Katen( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The lifelong hard work on the count's made the servant Anton to a cripple. Everybody calls him Crooked Anton. When after the end of the war the land of the count gets divided under the farmers, also Anton with its family receives a piece and hopes now to be able to work finally freely and for its own good fortune. But an iou out of old time and one badly intrigue don't let Anton and his family finding peace. When the farmers of the village find more and more its own self-confidence and power and Annegret, Anton's daughter, leaves the village it seems that an actual new beginning also for Anton will become possible. The film paints an impressive panorama of the development of a minor village in Mecklenburg from the end of the war to the 17 June 1953"--Http://defafilmlibrary.com
Die Buntkarierten Chronik einer deutschen Arbeiterfamilie( Visual )

13 editions published between 1949 and 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guste was born to an unmarried maid in 1884, a situation which predetermines her path of life. She also becomes a maid and must look 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, emerging fascism, and finally World War II continue to make the family's life very difficult. Many years later, when Guste's granddaughter, Christel, has the opportunity to study in East Germany, Guste recognizes the opportunity for Christel and the family legacy. She sews Christel a dress from the checkered bed sheets representative of their class and sends her off in style. A moving saga focusing on the women in a family that spans three generations and almost 70 years of German history, from the Wilhelmine period through the end of WWII. This film shows that it takes a combination of hard work, political consciousness and family work in tandem to face the tragedies of war, economic hardship and death
First spaceship on Venus, Voyage to the prehistoric planet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Zontar, The Thing from Venus]: A misguided scientist enables an alien from Venus named Zontar to come to earth to help solve earth's problems. Unfortunately, Zontar has other ideas
Das Rechnungswesen einer Film-Kopieranstalt : Eine betriebswirtschaftliche Studie by Kurt Maetzig( )

5 editions published in 1935 in German and Undetermined and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The DEFA sci-fi collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 21 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 years old and now feels a stranger on German soil
Filmarbeit : Gespräche, Reden, Schriften by Kurt Maetzig( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in German and Undetermined and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
 
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Alternative Names
Kurt Maetzig cinéaste allemand

Kurt Maetzig director de cine de Alemania

Kurt Maetzig Duits filmregisseur

Kurt Maetzig Film director

Mätzig, Kurt

Meatzig, Kurt 1911-2012

Метциг, Курт

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