Die Brücke von Caputh

Filmstill The Bridge of Caputh

The Bridge of Caputh

Die Brücke von Caputh
Eva Fritzsche
Retrospective 2022
Documentary Film
Germany (Soviet Occupation Zone)
15 minutes

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Eva Fritzsche
DEFA-Studio für populärwissenschaftliche Filme
Eva Fritzsche
Arndt von Rautenfeld
Götz Neumann
Anneliese Schlüter
Eberhard Schmidt
Fritz Steinmann

Workers reconstruct a railway bridge and Eva Fritzsche reconstructs the process behind it – by re-enacting what she couldn’t film, supported by the participants, who re-play themselves. The film sings the praises especially of those whose commitment was held in low esteem: young people who even give up playing football, and women who suddenly find themselves working in the factory. “Women as blacksmiths, what a joke!” a job centre employee sneers. This echoes what Eva Fritzsche herself had to listen to at DEFA: “Women don’t make films!” Yes, she did – and created one of the most impressive testimonies of the years of reconstruction.

Felix Mende
Work Hard Play Hard
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War and Conflict