Wer ein paar Holzlatschen abgelaufen hat …

Filmstill Once You’ve Worn Out the First Pair of Wooden Shoes …

Once You’ve Worn Out the First Pair of Wooden Shoes …

Wer ein paar Holzlatschen abgelaufen hat …
Gabriele Denecke
Retrospective
Documentary Film
GDR
1976
33 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

A handful of quarrymen in the Reinhardtsdorf open cast mine near Bad Schandau dig out the coveted Elbe natural stone. Gabriele Denecke’s approach to the men, who are of different ages, is almost trance-like, the movement to and from the stones marks the transition to another world. We hear about the merciless working conditions of the past, about alcohol, people worn out before their time. Today, digging out the massive rocks in the midst of nature also constitutes a degree of freedom. Open cast miners share a special mindset. And: Once you’ve worn out your first pair of wooden shoes, you’ll stay – probably forever.


Carolin Weidner

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Gabriele Denecke
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen der DDR
Gabriele Denecke
Eberhard Geick

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