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Streaming video

Title What Would Happen If...?
Published DEFA Film Library, 1960
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (90 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary The German-German border in the late 1950s: The collectivization of agriculture is in full swing in the East German village of Willshagen. Those in charge have to face many obstacles, especially from a large-scale farmer who is unwilling to join the co-op. All of a sudden, mysterious men in a fancy car appear in the village and show an interest in the rundown manor house. Gossip spreads quickly, and some villagers think there will be a re-parceling of properties and a land swap with West Germany. They assume everything will go back to how it used to be and even expect the count to return to his manor. In preparation, the situation in the village escalates at a fevered pitch. This satirical comedy was the DEFA feature film debut of Austrian actor and director Gerhard Klingenberg, who was a member of the Berliner Ensemble at the time. After the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, he performed at many other theaters, including the Vienna Burgtheater in Austria, which he also directed from 1971 to 1976
Notes Title from title frames
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Performer Angela Brunner, Fritz Hofbauer, Gerd Ehlers, Hans Anselm Perten, Heinz Fröhlich, Trude Bechmann, Willi Narloch
Event Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1960
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Motion pictures, German
Foreign films
Motion Pictures
German language
Motion pictures
Genre/Form Feature films.
Form Streaming video
Author Klingenberg, Gerhard, film director
Brunner, Angela, actor
Hofbauer, Fritz, actor
Ehlers, Gerd, actor
Anselm Perten, Hans, actor
Fröhlich, Heinz, actor
Bechmann, Trude, actor
Narloch, Willi, actor
DEFA Film Library (Firm),
Kanopy (Firm),