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Genius Loci 2020
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[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz] Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
The hectic atmosphere on the station forecourt hasn’t changed in all those years. Even in 1988, this inhospitable place was crossed at the quickest possible pace.
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[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz]

[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz]
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1988
3 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Konstantin Wiesinger
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

Romantic train rides? Rapid cuts and pans show the profane, hectic everyday life of a big city that has no time for romance. The “last mile” to the place of actual departure is covered at a quick pace – by taxi, streetcar or bus. Serious, tired or withdrawn faces hurry to leave the inhospitable station forecourt behind.

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Genius Loci 2020
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Die letzte Fahrt Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
The tone is sober, but the occasion inspires nostalgia: the last ride of an express steam train from Leipzig Central Station on 30 September 1978.
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Die letzte Fahrt

Die letzte Fahrt
Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1978
3 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
Konstantin Wiesinger
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

Pointedly sober and factual, the speaker explains the necessary preparations for the last departure of an express steam train headed for Berlin from Leipzig Central Station on 30 September 1978. Numerous amateur filmmakers and photographers accompany the steam engine as it departs on its final mission. Unlike the speaker, they were probably quite moved.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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DEFA in Person: Kurt Tetzlaff 2020
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Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela Kurt Tetzlaff
An entire landscape south of Leipzig is transformed: personal histories are overturned, villages disappear – chalked up as pawns sacrificed for brown coal opencast mining.
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Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela

Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela
Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA in Person: Kurt Tetzlaff 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1983
84 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Karl Faber
Eberhard Geick
Kurt Tetzlaff
Joachim Niebelschütz
Manfred Porsche
Hartmut Haase
Gerhard Rosenfeld
Kurt Tetzlaff
Mirko Wiermann

A controversial filmic parable on the loss of homes and the destruction of nature in the name of industrial progress: Between 1979 and 1982, the village of Magdeborn, which was regarded as an obstacle to brown coal mining south of Leipzig, is demolished. The locals are resettled, mostly against their will, to Grünau, Schönefeld and Borna. Those portrayed in this cinematic requiem rarely mince words when they call themselves pawn sacrifices and bargaining chips for the economic needs of the state. Officially, Tetzlaff and his team were attested an unacceptable emotional closeness to the people.

Ralph Eue
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Intervening Nature
Small Worlds, Big People
Genius Loci 2020
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Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt] Herbert Kasinski
A portrait of the Mitropa restaurant at the Central Station. Lively music accompanies impressive figures: Every day, 800 trains carrying 250,000 passengers arrived at 32 platforms.
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Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt]

Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt]
Herbert Kasinski
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1969
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Herbert Kasinski
HK Produktion
Konstantin Wiesinger
Herbert Kasinski
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

The filmmaker Herbert Kasinski portrays the Mitropa restaurant at Leipzig Central Station which seems a little out of time. The figures quoted at the beginning of the film and the number of hungry and thirsty people extrapolated from them are still impressive today: Every day, 800 trains carrying 250,000 passengers arrived at Europe’s biggest terminal with its then 32 platforms.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Genius Loci 2020
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Pioniere, Dampf gemacht! Renate Müller, Frank Schumann, Matthias Heyn
A lady, presumably from the FRG, on the Pioneers railway: Her astonishment at children who ask in all seriousness to see her ticket is humorously portrayed.
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Pioniere, Dampf gemacht!

Pioniere, Dampf gemacht!
Renate Müller, Frank Schumann, Matthias Heyn
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1963
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Renate Müller
Frank Schumann
Matthias Heyn
Pionierfilmstudio Iskra, Leipzig
Konstantin Wiesinger
Christian Dieckmann
Diethard Wommer
Renate Müller
Frank Schumann
Matthias Heyn
Christian Dieckmann
Renate Müller
Stephan Mücke
Karola Hoffmann
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

A lady, presumably from the FRG, takes an excursion on the narrow-gauge railway. Her astonishment at finding the line operated by Young Pioneers is evident. “It’s unbelievable” how she is asked for her ticket with childlike gravity. This film was produced at the active and extremely productive “Iskra” pioneer film studio at the 31st Secondary School in Leipzig-Probstheida.

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Genius Loci 2020
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S-Bahn Leipzig [Ausschnitt] Ralph Kollowa
The Leipzig S-Bahn was inaugurated in 1968/69 as a state-of-the-art mobility option for the population. The heart-shaped layout of the lines, recognizable even today, dates back to this time.
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S-Bahn Leipzig [Ausschnitt]

S-Bahn Leipzig [Ausschnitt]
Ralph Kollowa
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1969
9 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Ralph Kollowa
Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
Konstantin Wiesinger
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

At the turn of 1968/69, the decision was taken to introduce a Leipzig City Express to “relieve inner city traffic as an attractive local passenger transport system”. A forward-looking measure of traffic policy which – at a time when the car-friendly city was still the dominant concept in urban planning – represented an appealing mobility option for the citizens of Leipzig.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Genius Loci 2020
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Schrankenspiele Ralph Kollowa
An ironic short film set to the music of Schlager singer Chris Doerk: The seemingly endless wait at railway crossings leads to the formation of couples and other fateful events.
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Schrankenspiele

Schrankenspiele
Ralph Kollowa
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1970
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Ralph Kollowa
Amateurfilm Studio VEB Flachglaskombinat Torgau
Konstantin Wiesinger
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

The railway from the point of view of people who travel by bicycle, on foot or by car: A Schlager music recording of GDR singer Chris Doerk is re-cut many times to accompany the endless-seeming wait at a railway crossing. Meanwhile, young people find each other, couples form. Even the birth of a child finds a place in this ironic short film.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Genius Loci 2020
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TAKRAF Eisenbahndrehkrane [Ausschnitt] VEB Schwermaschinenbaukombinat TAKRAF
A commercial for the railway slewing cranes of the TAKRAF Combine: Its successor company is still the world market leader today and operates in Leipzig-Lindenau under the name “Kirow”.
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TAKRAF Eisenbahndrehkrane [Ausschnitt]

TAKRAF Eisenbahndrehkrane [Ausschnitt]
VEB Schwermaschinenbaukombinat TAKRAF
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1986
10 minutes
Spanish,
German,
Italian,
English,
Russian
subtitles: 
None

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VEB Schwermaschinenbaukombinat TAKRAF
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Konstantin Wiesinger
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

Railway slewing cranes by TAKRAF in global use: salvaging derailed trains, assembling bridges, moving goods. The company, now operating again under the name “Kirow” and based in Leipzig-Lindenau, has been able to maintain its standing on the global market until the present day. Constantly improved operating comfort and increased maximum loads represent 100 years of the art of engineering.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Genius Loci 2020
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Tatort Bahngelände [Ausschnitt] Gabriele Stange
Three boys play near the forbidden tracks. Dangerous situations are commented on by a strict voice. The solution? Kids, why don’t you play with model trains instead!
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Tatort Bahngelände [Ausschnitt]

Tatort Bahngelände [Ausschnitt]
Gabriele Stange
Genius Loci 2020
Fictional Film
GDR
1967
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Gabriele Stange
Pionierfilmstudio 31. Oberschule Leipzig
Transportpolizei Amt Leipzig Abteilung K
Frank Schumann
Frank Schumann
Rainer Mutz
Rolf Kiessling
Gabriele Stange
Rolf Kiessling
Karin Uebelacker
Matthias Heynicke
Peter Förster
Konstantin Wiesinger
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

Unusually elaborate in terms of cinematography and dramaturgy, the film illustrates the dangers of careless children playing on railway premises. It’s only logical that this leads to a recommendation to make do with the less dangerous model trains. Quite a number of film and television careers began at the “Iskra” pioneer film studio, headed for many years by the lower grade and handicrafts teacher Rolf Kießling.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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