Jahrgang 45

DDR 1966 Spielfilm

Summary

Born in '45

Set in East Berlin in the summer of 1965, where Alfred and Lisa have recently divorced. "Al" is a mechanic; "Li" is a paediatric nurse. Al roams the city on vacation, meeting with former motorcycle buddies and flirting with a blonde named Rita. After moving out of the marital apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, he moves in with his mother. But via his neighbour "Mogul", Al still has contact with Li. In the end, there may be some hope for a new beginning ...

In images that are as poetic as they are documentary, Jürgen Böttcher, who was heavily influenced by 1950s Italian neo-realists, wove a tale of the yearning for a different life. In 1990, the director noted "I wanted to make narrative films. But authentic ones, developed from immediate reality, which didn’t shirk from everyday hardships". East Germany’s cultural apparatchiks felt the film "glorified the marginalised" and halted Böttcher’s work on it in 1966; the film was not shown publicly until 1990. The DEFA Foundation commissioned the film’s restoration, undertaken in 2014/15 in 4K from start to finish.

Source: 65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

 

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Credits

All Credits

Duration:
2557 m, 94 min
Format:
35mm
Video/Audio:
s/w, Ton
Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 11.10.1990, Berlin, IFF - Forum des Jungen Films, Babylon

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DD) Jahrgang 45
  • Originaltitel (DE) Jahrgang 45 (Restaurierte Fassung)
  • Originaltitel (DE) Jahrgang 45 (Zensurfassung)

Versions

Original

Duration:
2557 m, 94 min
Format:
35mm
Video/Audio:
s/w, Ton
Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 11.10.1990, Berlin, IFF - Forum des Jungen Films, Babylon

Kurzfassung

Weiterer Titel (DE)
  • Originaltitel (DE)
  • Jahrgang 45 (Zensurfassung)
Duration:
78 min
Video/Audio:
s/w, Ton
Screening:

Aufführung (DE): 20.02.2016, Berlin, IFF - Retrospektive

Formatfassung

Weiterer Titel (DE)
  • Originaltitel (DE)
  • Jahrgang 45 (Restaurierte Fassung)
Duration:
94 min
Format:
4K
Video/Audio:
s/w, Ton
Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 07.02.2015, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Classics