Film Archive

Retrospective 2018
[Universitätskirche in Leipzig, Sprengung 1968]

Footage that was officially not supposed to exist. A find from the Saxon State Archive.

[Universitätskirche in Leipzig, Sprengung 1968]

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
2 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Manfred Köhler, Rudolf Etzold
Footage that was officially not supposed to exist. A find from the Saxon State Archive.

Ralph Eue
Matinee Sächsisches Staatsarchiv 2018
[Universitätskirche Leipzig, Sprengung 1968; Interview mit Manfred Köhler 1999]

The cinematographer Manfred Köhler talks about filming the controlled demolition of the Leipzig university church in 1968.

[Universitätskirche Leipzig, Sprengung 1968; Interview mit Manfred Köhler 1999]

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Manfred Köhler, Rudolf Etzold, Paul Pfingst
The cinematographer and television producer Manfred Köhler, who died in 2013 and was head of the “Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig” in the 1960s, talks with Stefan Gööck about the circumstances of filming the controlled demolition of the Leipzig university church in 1968. The master baker Rudolf Etzold from Schmölln is mentioned as a member of the team, the vocational school teacher Klaus Büttner developed the 16mm material, bypassing the DEFA lab – both of them members of the “Bezirksarbeitsgemeinschaft Amateurfilm Leipzig” (district amateur film association). Köhler cites the production of this material as proof that it was possible to not be taken in completely.

Stefan Gööck
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
1. Leipziger Herbstsalon Lutz Dammbeck

In 1984, the “First Leipzig Autumn Salon” took place. Bypassing every state institution, six painters, sculptors and filmmakers organised an art exhibition.

1. Leipziger Herbstsalon

Documentary Film
GDR
1984
22 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Plenert
Lutz Dammbeck
In 1984, the “First Leipzig Autumn Salon” took place – a risk and a caesura for Dammbeck. Bypassing every state institution, six painters, sculptors and filmmakers organised an art exhibition. It was the first and last of its kind. This recapture of public space through art challenged the government’s monopoly on power and triggered similar activities by other artists in the art centres of the GDR. A brave signal to the SED who saw this exhibition as a “counter-revolutionary development”. After that, there were only two options: regress or leave.

Sven Safarow
DEFA Matinee 2018
Der Elefant von Hoyerswerda Christian Lehmann

In his diploma film, Christian Lehmann follows a construction project in Hoyerswerda, where a residential quarter is built for the employees of the “Schwarze Pumpe” gas state combine.

Der Elefant von Hoyerswerda

Documentary Film
GDR
1959
15 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Deutsche Hochschule für Filmkunst (DHF), Potsdam-Babelsberg
Christian Lehmann
Christian Lehmann
In his diploma film, Christian Lehmann follows a construction project in Hoyerswerda, where a residential quarter is built for the employees of the “Schwarze Pumpe” gas state combine. We see buildings being assembled and facades scaffolded; we watch crane operators, bricklayers and carpenters on the site in summer. Lehmann, who had studied photography at the Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts before he began to study cinematography, comes up with impressive visual compositions. Influenced by the Soviet cinema of the period of Khrushchev’s Thaw, especially the works of Sergey Urusevsky, he also develops a dynamic and sensual style of camera-work.

Ilka Brombach
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
Der Mond Lutz Dammbeck

In a nocturnal clearing, an old gramophone plays dance music for some strange animals and creatures. This attracts the moon’s curiosity.

Der Mond

Animated Film
GDR
1975
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Hertel
Helmut Krahnert
Hanna Fürst
Lutz Dammbeck
In a nocturnal clearing, an old gramophone plays dance music for some strange animals and creatures. This attracts the moon’s curiosity; he dances, loses his balance and crashes to earth, where he gets stuck in a well. When the dragon Sweettooth in his mountain cave sees this he captures the moon and forces him to light his cave when he’s eating pies and cakes. The animals of the forest free the moon so he can return to his proper place.

Source: Archive Lutz Dammbeck
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
Die Flut Lutz Dammbeck

Two men sit on an island watching the sunset. When a storm gathers, they decide to build a boat. While one man is mindful of the coming danger and urges speed, the other wastes his time on decorative details.

GDR

GDR
1986

Die Flut

Animated Film
GDR
1986
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lutz Dammbeck
Günter Sommer, Peter Graf
Lutz Kleber
Eva d’Bomba
Lutz Dammbeck, Ingrid Gubisch
Lutz Dammbeck
Two men sit on an island watching the sunset. When a storm gathers, they decide to build a boat. While one man is mindful of the coming danger and urges speed, the other wastes his time on decorative details. An animated metaphor for lack of energy and decisiveness. The story is based on a Chinese fable and features music composed and played by internationally-known jazz percussionist Günter “Baby” Sommer.

Source: DEFA Film Library, Amherst/DEFA Foundation
Re-Visionen 2018
Die Musici Katja Georgi

Four petty bourgeois and their assiduous attempts to play a harmonious home concert. The “Neues Deutschland” newspaper interpreted “Musici” as a pamphlet against West German philistines.

Die Musici

Animated Film
GDR
1963
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Katja Georgi
Addy Kurth
Manfred Schreyer
Eva d’Bomba
Katja Georgi
Katja Georgi won the 1963 Bronze Dove in Leipzig for her short cut out animation about four petty bourgeois and their assiduous attempts to play a harmonious home concert. The “Neues Deutschland” newspaper interpreted “Musici” as a pamphlet against West German philistines who ignored the arms race before their eyes and escaped into private music-making.

Ralph Eue
Re-Visionen 2018
Einmart Lutz Dammbeck

A hermetically sealed, uncomfortable universe. The hero, Einmart, is a torsoless head who just scratches along. Once, however, Einmart successfully attempts to fly. Richly allusive. Subversive.

GDR

GDR
1980

Einmart

Animated Film
GDR
1980
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Herfel
Hans Schöne
Eva d‘Bomba
Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Heinz Kaiser
Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge, Dagmar Manzel
A hermetically sealed, uncomfortable universe. The hero, Einmart, is a torsoless head who just scratches along. The ordinary creatures are condemned to stay on the ground. Once, however, Einmart successfully attempts to fly. From above he can see the outside, where free and unlimited flying seems to be normal. Richly allusive. Subversive.

Ralph Eue

Herakles Höhle

Documentary Film
Germany,
GDR
1990
44 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Jörg U. Lensing
Eberhard Geick
Margot Neubert-Marić
Lutz Dammbeck
Karl Laabs, Eric Rueff, Lutz Dammbeck
The project Dammbeck had already started to prepare before he left and had partly explored in media collages, was produced for Südwestfunk in 1990. It is here that he first analyses in documentary-essayistic style the ideological outlines and fascist remains in the new, free world. It’s about the “concealed continuity of totalitarian structures”, an unpopular position in a society that wished to see itself as post-ideological according to Francis Fukuyama. The film is part of the “Herakles-Konzept” that Dammbeck had begun in 1982, illuminating invisible power structures and examining authoritarian dynamics from the left and right.

Sven Safarow
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
Hommage à La Sarraz Lutz Dammbeck

An ironic salute and tribute to the avant-garde cinema of the 1920s, which can be seen as a dress rehearsal for the great films of the “Herakles-Konzept”.

GDR

GDR
1981

Hommage à La Sarraz

Animated Film
GDR
1981
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Plenert
Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
An ironic salute and tribute to the avant-garde cinema of the 1920s, which can be seen as a dress rehearsal for the great films of the “Herakles-Konzept”. Taking up elements of “Metamorphosis 1”, the film is dedicated wholly to experimentation: celluloid is treated with acid, pasted with grass and butterfly wings. Dammbeck juxtaposes the material with excerpts from newsreel and Nazi propaganda films, while the soundtrack consists of parts of a Deutschlandfunk feature about the cinema of the Nazi period, and industrial sounds. “The direction I wanted to follow in terms of form and content was now fixed,” Dammbeck states in retrospect.

Sven Safarow
DEFA Matinee 2018
Imbiß Thomas Heise

In 1954, the “Automat Imbiss” opened on Alexanderplatz in East Berlin. Featuring slots from which you picked the dishes after inserting coins, it conformed to the notions of modernity and future of the time.

Imbiß

Documentary Film
GDR
1978
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF), Potsdam-Babelsberg
Thomas Heise
Dagmar Mundt
In 1954, the “Automat Imbiss” opened on Alexanderplatz in East Berlin. Featuring slots from which you picked the dishes after inserting coins, it conformed to the notions of modernity and future of the time. Twenty years later, when Thomas Heise shoots his film, the Imbiss has long since lost its model character. Heise documents the daily routine in a matter-of-fact style: preparing mince meat, drawing drinks, collecting dirty dishes. Women from the East Berlin lower classes work here, endlessly repeating the same tasks and having cigarette and beer breaks.

Ilka Brombach
Retrospective 2018
Karl Marx – Dr. Henne Alexander Ziebell

Portrait of a GDR scientist who used the occasion to produce “sustainable” proof for the necessity of invading the ČSSR.

Karl Marx – Dr. Henne

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
7 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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HFF “Konrad Wolf”
Alexander Ziebell
Alexander Ziebell
Portrait of a GDR scientist who used the occasion to produce “sustainable” proof for the necessity of invading the ČSSR.

Ralph Eue

Lebe!

Animated Film
GDR
1978
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lutz Dammbeck
Bernd Wefelmeyer
Helmut Krahnert
Eva d’Bomba
Lutz Dammbeck, Ulrich Forchner
Lutz Dammbeck
Heinz Kaiser, Manfred Jähne
Produced at the DEFA Studio for animated film in Dresden, this film traces the life story of one man from birth to death. His striving for material wealth leads him to betray his ideals and he ultimately becomes a slave to his possessions. A reaction to the SED slogans for the improvement of working morale.

Source: DEFA Film Library, Amherst/DEFA Foundation
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
Metamorphosen 1 Lutz Dammbeck

This film was first planned in 1976 for an interdisciplinary exhibition of six Leipzig artists called “Tangente I” intended to revolve around joint projects by painters, filmmakers, composers and choreographers.

Metamorphosen 1

Animated Film
GDR
1978
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Mogollon Film
Lutz Dammbeck
Peter Pohler
Lutz Dammbeck
This film was first planned in 1976 for an interdisciplinary exhibition of six Leipzig artists called “Tangente I” intended to revolve around joint projects by painters, filmmakers, composers and choreographers. Lutz Dammbeck and the painter Frieder Heinze conceived an experimental film. In 1977 the exhibition was banned and Lutz Dammbeck realised the film on his own. A train journey from Dresden Neustadt to Pieschen, shot on 35mm film with a camera secretly “borrowed” from a DEFA Studio, provides the narrative frame. The images of the train ride are superimposed by scenes of non-camera animation, merging into a metamorphosis of forms and colours.

Source: Archive Lutz Dammbeck
DEFA Matinee 2018
Montagebrüder Gerd Wille

The film documents the living conditions of assemblers at the “Nordlicht” natural gas pipeline, one of the mega-projects of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon).

Montagebrüder

Documentary Film
GDR
1973
23 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF), Potsdam-Babelsberg
Gerd Wille
Lutz Körner
Gudrun Seelig
The film documents the living conditions of assemblers at the “Nordlicht” natural gas pipeline, one of the mega-projects of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon). Many East Germans worked on its construction, lured by good pay and hopes of a less strictly regulated life. What Gerd Wille and his cinematographer Lutz Körner find, however, are bad supply and sanitary conditions, lack of leisure facilities and general discontent. Because the film did not comply with the official image of the worker it was never approved and disappeared in the archive until 1990.

Ilka Brombach
Retrospective 2018
Paragraf 14 Ulrich Weiß

A sensitive group portrait of delinquents with “behavioural problems” who were inmates of the notorious “Jugendwerkhof” Scharfenstein in the Erzgebirge.

Paragraf 14

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
23 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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HFF “Konrad Wolf”
Ulrich Weiß
Ulrich Weiß, Lothar Keil
Ina Meyer
Ulrich Weiß
Ulrich Weiß
A sensitive group portrait of delinquents with “behavioural problems” who were inmates of the notorious “Jugendwerkhof” Scharfenstein in the Erzgebirge.

Ralph Eue