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Defa Original Movies
Here we collected the best movies from DEFA in order of popularity
Secret Archives on Elbe
The World War II. 1944. Nazis staged a cache which stores archival documents of its agents, rescued from the east during the retreat, near a small German town Ostburga.
Germany Year Zero
The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupi...
Ein gewisser Katulla
Romantic comedy about a series of mix-ups. Brigitte Kaufmann wants to divorce her husband Jörg who is an engineer and chief executive of an electronics company – and a hopeless pedant. Benno, a former...
Seine Hoheit – Genosse Prinz
Kasper Mai, an export merchant and comrade with a “clean” record, discovers he is the prince of Hohenlohe-Liebenstein. His royal grandmother designates him as the heir to her estate. A private trip to...
Der Keiler vom Keilsberg
Island of Swans
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kolbe, along with his mother and sister, moves from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker. Stefan mus...
DEFA crime film about the smuggling of PVC across the (still open) border from East to West Berlin.
First Spaceship on Venus
A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race t...
For a Pennies Shower
Tomas and his friends are happy in their town and school but must face the fact that some of the adults around are preparing to leave GDR and move to West Germany.
The Witches of Salem
Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she is puritani...
The WWII pivotal battle of Stalingrad is shown through the eyes of the soldiers and officers on both sides of the war.
Shortly after Chile's 1973 military coup, three men are fleeing across the Andes to Argentina. They witness the murder of a farmer by Chilean police and end up at the home of the farmer's heavily preg...
Because her boyfriend had instigated her to steal cigarettes, Sabine is sent to a youth detention centre. At the age of 18, she is released and wants to start a new life. She rents her own room and st...
In einem Atem
The 24-year-old Andreas works as a mechanic at a tunnel building site in the Bulgarian Rhodopes. One day, he gets the startling news that his girlfriend Sabine, who is supposedly waiting for him in th...
Mann gegen Mann
Film by Evelyn Schmidt.
When Dr. Schmith's proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, he decides to leave East Germany and strikes a deal with an escape agency that promises him a leading position a...
My Zero Hour
Germany in 1943. The Berlin worker Klaus Hartung is deployed as a soldier to the Eastern front during World War II. During a tour, he is captured by a Russian patrol. While in captivity, Hartung comes...
Stasi agent Alexander Berg has to uncover a plot of sabotage.
Das Lied vom Trompeter
Fritz Weineck, a worker′s son from Halle, loves music – and dreams to make a living out of it one day. When his friend Alfons, a World War I veteran, gives him a trumpet as a gift, Fritz seems to come...
After 1945, land reform forces Old Kraske to become an agricultural worker, but he continues to work on his own, flatly refusing to join any collective farming activities. He desperately wants a large...
Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
Screen adaptation of Eichendorff's famous novella. A penniless drifter roams the land with his violin and preferably sings his songs to beautiful women. Two of his female admirers get him employed as ...
An Unusual Day
Film by Bärbl Bergmann.
The Hedgehog Friendship
A funny story about a friendship between the children of East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
The story of two women, one French and the other German, who fight for a child who has been mistakenly taken by the Germans after a bomb raid.
The Woman and the Stranger
Based on a switched identity, in circumstances that are found in real life as well as fiction, this drama tells the story of two soldiers fighting together in World War I. Karl (Joachim Latsch) and Ri...
A group of children are trying to organize a pioneers detachment.
Heute ist Freitag
Mord am Montag
They Called Him Amigo
A refugee from a Nazi concentration camp is discovered by some boys in WWII Berlin. They provide him with food and help him to continue his flight. Later one of the boys, the son of a communist, is ch...
The Golden Goose
Two Lines in Small Font
A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man’s best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woma...
The Story of Little Mook
An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck - much like them, but with better manners and a heap of pro...
That Was the GDR - A History of the Other Germany
In this documentary, life on the other side of the Berlin Wall is exposed through interviews, archival footage, and propaganda. Made in 1993, That Was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany is a chro...
Ludwig van Beethoven
Documentary on the master composer, from a GDR point of view.
..schwierig sich zu verloben
Biggy is 18 years old and getting trained as a salesperson. She lives in a small town. In a greenhouse she meets Wolle, a 20-year-old locksmith. The two get closer and fall in love but their wild life...
Zeit der Störche
Susanne and Christian get to know each other during a wonderful week in summer - and fall in love. This, however, leads to conflicts: up to now, Susanne has been living with Wolfgang, a biologist. Thi...
Film by Kläy and Brauer.
Unterwegs zu Lenin
Heute Ruhetag !
Ein Schneemann für Afrika
The little African girl Asina is eagerly waiting for her new friend Karli. Karli is a young sailor from Rostock who has promised her a gift on his next arrival in Coccatuttibana. Karli keeps his promi...
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