The Other Germany

GDR, the country that was usually just called East Germany, has not the best reputation when it comes to film making. Heavy handed, class conscious propaganda pieces rather come to mind than fun, realism or emotional honesty. This list is supposed to bring the other films back to attention - the truthful look at Germany's Nazi past, the playful children's movie, the social reportage from society's centre. Most films were made in the state-owned film studio DEFA, located in Potsdam-Babelsberg near Berlin, but there were other film studios, too.

A valuable, english-friendly source of information is the blog East German Cinema that covers a lot of the films listed here - and more.

  • The Murderers Are Among Us
  • Council of the Gods
  • Heart of Stone
  • The Kaiser's Lackey
  • Berlin, Schoenhauser Corner
  • The Tinder Box
  • First Spaceship on Venus
  • The Gleiwitz Case
  • Die Jagd nach dem Stiefel
  • Carbide and Sorrel
  • For Eyes Only
  • Naked Among Wolves
  • In Search of the Magical Bird
  • Divided Heaven
  • Berlin Around the Corner
  • The Adventures of Werner Holt
  • Just Don't Think I'll Cry
  • Spring Takes Time
  • The Rabbit Is Me
  • When You're Grown Up, Dear Adam
  • Born in '45
  • Miss Butterfly
  • Karla
  • Trace of Stones
  • The Sons of Great Bear
  • Chingachgook: The Great Snake
  • The Russians Are Coming
  • Hot Summer
  • I Was Nineteen
  • Treasure on the Bottom of the Lake
  • He, Du!
  • Signals: A Space Adventure
  • Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment
  • The Lost Angel
  • Osceola
  • Her Third
  • Der Mann, der nach der Oma kam
  • Eolomea
  • Tecumseh
  • Der kleine Kommandeur
  • The Legend of Paul and Paula
  • Ulzana
  • Hans Röckle and the Devil
  • Jacob the Liar
  • Bankett für Achilles
  • Blood Brothers
  • Hostess
  • In the Dust of the Stars
  • Who's Afraid Of The Devil
  • Anton the Magician
  • Sabine Wulff
  • Seven Freckles
  • Snow-White and Rose-Red
  • Until Death Do Us Part
  • Glück im Hinterhaus
  • Solo Sunny
  • Next Year at Lake Balaton
  • The Fiancee
  • Apprehension
  • Lebensläufe - Die Geschichte der Kinder von Golzow in einzelnen Portraits
  • The Turning Point
  • Die Alleinseglerin
  • After Winter Comes Spring
  • Bear Ye One Another's Burden
  • whisper & SHOUT
  • Coming Out
  • The Architects
  • Miraculi