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In an interview with Stefan Gööck, Manfred Köhler, cameraman and television producer Manfred Köhler, who died in 2013 and was head of the "Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig" in the 1960s, explains the circumstances of the filming of the demolition of the Leipzig University Church in 1968. Rudolf Etzold, a master baker from Schmölln, is mentioned as a co-worker, and Klaus Büttner, a vocational school teacher and member of the "Bezirksarbeitsgemeinschaft Amateurfilm Leipzig", took over the development of the 16 mm material, bypassing the DEFA copying plant. Köhler cites the production of these photographs as proof that it was possible not to be captured. Stefan Gööck
August 1914, World War I - and all of Germany in nationalistic rapture. Only Hans Gastl, the 17-year-old son of a Munich senior public prosecutor, decides against the zeitgeist. The controversial film adaptation of Johannes R. Becher's autobiographical novel aroused the anger of the GDR authorities. Still valid today in her rebellion against rigid structures in state and family. Hans Gastl is a rebel. When the 17-year-old son of a Munich senior public prosecutor decides not to take part in the First World War as a soldier, he shocks not only his parents. But Hans does not want to indulge in the fake morals of his elders and as a consequence has to say goodbye to his good bourgeois life. This adaptation of the story of the same name by Johannes R. Becher was taken out of the GDR cinema programme shortly after its admission because of supposedly excessive scepticism and subjectivism.
This contribution to the GDR weekly show "The Eyewitness", which came into the cinemas after the invasion, describes the "Prague Spring" as a "failed attempt to turn back the wheel of history" and tries to draw a red line from those responsible for the Vietnam War to the "counterrevolutionaries" in Prague. BB
Revolt at a grammar school in Bremen: student Rull provokes permanently, attacks everywhere and attacks the authoritarian structures. There is a protest movement full of humour and deeper meaning, which demands a democratic school form. Based on authentic events, this film goes far beyond the historical context. Also extremely constructive in view of today's debates on education. Jochen Rull is a naughty pupil from Bremen, who always stands out due to his constant misconduct. Not only does he fool his classmates, teachers and other citizens, but he does not shy away from the authority of the police. This is Jochen's form of criticism of his established Bremen grammar school and society in general, whose evil he wants to get to the root of so directly. But his environment does not yet seem ready for this kind of rebellion. The anti-hero Jochen is isolated from the other students and teachers and is the loser at the end.