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Maetzig, Kurt 1911-2012

Works: 135 works in 310 publications in 3 languages and 1,430 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Dark comedy films  Historical films  Science fiction films  Comedy films  War films  Political films 
Roles: Director, Author, Performer, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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 )

26 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in German and No Linguistic content 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
Der Rat der Götter by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

18 editions published between 1950 and 2009 in German and English and held by 134 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( Visual )

16 editions published between 1959 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 117 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
First spaceship on Venus, Voyage to the prehistoric planet( Visual )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and German and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voyage to the prehistoric planet: Scientists find that Venus is populated with prehistoric dinosaurs
Roman einer jungen Ehe( Visual )

5 editions published between 1951 and 2010 in German and held by 86 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
Council of the gods Der rat der Götter( Visual )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chemist who is neutral in the war allows poison to be produced in his factory that is being used in the Nazi concentration camps to kill the masses
Einheit SPD-KPD( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schlösser und Katen( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in German and held by 34 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"--
Ehe im Schatten by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

14 editions published between 1947 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A German film and theater actor Hans Wieland marries the Jewish actress Elisabeth Maurer. As Nazi anti-Semitic policies incresingly infringe on their lives, they struggle to survive
SciFi classics( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 28 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
Marriage in the shadows = Ehe im Schatten( Visual )

3 editions published between 1947 and 2014 in German and Undetermined and held by 21 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
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
The rabbit is me = Das Kaninchen bin ich by Kurt Maetzig( Visual )

7 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in German and English and held by 20 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
Ich war neunzehn( Visual )

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

In April 1945, with Hitler dead, the Red Army and other Allied Forces are closing in on Berlin. Born in Germany and raised in Moscow, a nineteen-year-old lieutenant is made commandant of a forward position. It then becomes his job to translate surrender terms at a German-held fortress and at other places during the last days of the war in Germany
Images of the Holocaust & antifascism( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 17 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."
Aufbau Ost 1946 Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Potsdam im ersten Friedensjahr( Visual )

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

Vier episoden uit het jaar 1946 documenteren de opbouw van het verwoeste naoorlogs Duitsland ; Schildering van de economische en culturele ontwikkeling van Oost-Duitsland in de jaren 1945 tot 1950
Die Buntkarierten Chronik einer deutschen Arbeiterfamilie( Visual )

9 editions published between 1949 and 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of three generations of a Berlin working class family from 1884 to 1949
The silent star = Der schweigende Stern( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 15 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
DEFA directors( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 15 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
Einheit SPD - KPD die Vereinigung zur SED( Visual )

4 editions published in 2004 in German and Undetermined and held by 14 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)
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Alternative Names
Kurt Maetzig cinaste allemand

Kurt Maetzig director de cine de Alemania

Kurt Maetzig Duits filmregisseur

Kurt Maetzig Film director

Meatzig, Kurt 1911-2012

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