The Berliner

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The Berliner

east berlin west berlin post war germany

The Berliner

Release Date: December 31, 1948

Year    :   1948
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama, History, Comedy
Production Companies    :   Comedia Film - Alf Teichs Produktion
Director    :   Robert A. Stemmle
Producers    :   Heinz Rühmann, Alf Teichs, Bruno Michalk, Werner Drake, Martin Sternberg
Writers    :   Günter Neumann
RunTime    :   89 mins.

Long before he played the corpulent Goldfinger, German actor Gert Froebe was a scarecrow-skinny comedian. In Berliner Ballade, Froebe makes his screen debut as Otto, a feckless Everyman who tries to adjust to the postwar travails of his defeated nation. Stymied by black-market profiteers and government bureaucrats, Otto begins fantasizing about a happier life at the end of that ever-elusive rainbow. Director R. A. Stemmle doesn't have to strive for pathos: he merely places his gangly star amidst the ruins of a bombed-out Berlin, and the point is made for him. Filmed in 1948, Berliner Ballade was later released in the U.S. as The Berliner.




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