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DEFA Matinee 2013
Der Stoff zum Leben Thomas Kuschel

This portrait of a 26-year-old brigade leader at the Premnitz synthetic fibre works is accompanied by a poem by Volker Braun and was meant to follow the strategy of later DEFA films to use sympathetic comrades to promote new ways of thinking ...

Der Stoff zum Leben

Documentary Film
GDR
1989
23 minutes

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DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme, Gruppe Effekt
Thomas Kuschel
Peter Milinski
Heinz Baumert, Petra Barthel, Harald Apitz, Carsten Gebhardt, Andreas Walter, Dietmar Nickel, René Schmal
Volker Braun
This portrait of a 26-year-old brigade leader at the Premnitz synthetic fibre works is accompanied by a poem by Volker Braun and was meant to follow the strategy of later DEFA films to use sympathetic comrades to promote new ways of thinking. Precisely 30 years after the launch of the GDR chemistry programme, however, it shows dirt and noise rather than optimism and faith in progress. Broken bones and ruined lungs are mentioned, as well as the “damned chemicals”, lack of housing and playgrounds. The conclusion: “If we go on like this, we won’t get far.” This was to come true not long after the end of shooting. A view of the twilight days of the GDR.

Grit Lemke

Feinstrumpfhose Tanett Micromesh

Documentary Film
GDR
1965
1 minute
subtitles: 
No
DEFA Matinee 2013
Mode 1956 Rolf Schnabel

From the “sample – not for sale” of the “Berliner Institut für Bekleidungskultur” (Institute for Clothing Culture), this DEFA-produced industrial film takes us to an “International Fashion Competition” and its (mainly Eastern European) models ...

Mode 1956

Documentary Film
GDR
1955
10 minutes

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Rolf Schnabel
Heinz Schröter
Hans-Ulrich Männling
Helga Krause
Hans-Jürgen Mittag, Fashion Advisor: Helga Borchert
From the “sample – not for sale” of the “Berliner Institut für Bekleidungskultur” (Institute for Clothing Culture), this DEFA-produced industrial film takes us to an “International Fashion Competition” and its (mainly Eastern European) models. Aside from pipings, facings and the arrangement of folds, the main question is how these fashion creations can actually reach the production lines, and the film ends with the (probably unanswered) prayer: “Hopefully, the retailers won’t leave us in the lurch!”

Grit Lemke

Synthetische Textilfilter aus Gera und Meerane

Documentary Film
GDR
1965
1 minute
subtitles: 
No

Viskose-Schwammtücher aus Schwarza

Documentary Film
GDR
1971
1 minute
subtitles: 
No
DEFA Matinee 2013
Wir von Esda Gitta Nickel

In this work, commissioned by GDR television, Gitta Nickel once more shows women with convictions who stand their ground in the factories, shoulder responsibilities and believe in socialism. At the same time she plainly shows how tough it is to rise at 3.30 a.m., cope with children ...

Wir von Esda

Documentary Film
GDR
1976
47 minutes

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Gitta Nickel
In this work, commissioned by GDR television, Gitta Nickel once more shows women with convictions who stand their ground in the factories, shoulder responsibilities and believe in socialism. At the same time she plainly shows how tough it is to rise at 3.30 a.m., cope with children, housework and shift work, all the while producing 3,000 pairs of pantyhose per women per day. Leaving Nickel’s typical endorsement of the economic and social politics of the GDR aside – it is no coincidence that this film was broadcast around the IX. SED Party Convention –, she still manages to create a realistic look at the everyday life of a Saxon women-run factory whose staff felt they belonged to the “pantyhose family”.

Grit Lemke