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The Architects


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  • Actors: Kurt Naumann, Rita Feldmeier, Uta Eisold, Jürgen Watzke, Ute Lubosch
  • Directors: Peter Kahane
  • Writers: Peter Kahane, Thomas Knauf
  • Producers: Herbert Ehler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NMKVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Architects" on IMDb

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Daniel Brenner, an idealistic young architect in East Berlin, is deeply frustrated by life under the Communists. After receiving a plum assignment - designing a small city on the fringe of Berlin - he comes up with an innovative, fresh, almost cheerful plan. But his optimistic design comes at a price, both personal and professional. Filmed as East Germany crumbled, this somber, finely drawn portrait of life in East Berlin is one of the first fiction films to deal both with both East Germany and the reunification periods. 97 min Color 1990 German w/ English subtitles. DVD extras: Short Film: "A Regular DEFA Film?" about director Peter Kahane. DVD BONUS FEATURES: Director Interview: Ralf Schenk interviews Peter Kahane, Text Interview with screenwriter Thomas Knauf, Introductory Essay, Original Theatrical Trailer, Set Design Sketches, Photo Gallery, and Biographies & Filmographies.

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"MORE THAN ANY FILM IN RECENT MEMORY, IT PORTRAYS THE DESTRUCTIVE IMPACT THAT A SPIRITUALLY COLD ENVIRONMENT CAN HAVE ON THE HUMAN SPIRIT." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Candy on March 7, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie gives a believable portrayal of the peculiar challenges faced by an East German architectural team (in late-1980s East Berlin as I recall), superimposed on the degeneration of the main character's marriage. The story is sad but the details and plot elements are consistent and believable. The connection of the protagonist's difficulties to the constraints imposed by the inescapable momentum of the state economic machine is thought-provoking. Overall, I highly recommend the movie. It gives the viewer a plausible chronicle of the downfall of both the personal and professional life of a good, honest man in the GDR during the late 1980s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil FitzGerald on August 27, 2005
Format: DVD
In the closing days of the DDR a group of young architects are chosen to design a multi-use plaza. Although their concepts are cutting edge they fall outside the restrictions - so opens up the question on freedom of design versus what they are 'employed' to construct. If this were not set in the DDR it would simply be a film about arichetects going beyond their assignment - but because it has a Socialist setting is is wrongly interpreted as an oppression of human rights - think outside the square you are commissioned to design! As a footnote - I'm sure the artistic additions would not be welcome in any plaza East or West.
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This is a great movie that offers a fascinating glimpse into the last days of the GDR regime. The DVD also contains a lot of very informative documentaries and interviews on this historical period.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rox on December 28, 2009
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This movie was interesting for the first 15-30 minutes. After that, I began to wonder why I should care about these characters. It was so-oo-oo slow!!

I will say that it did provide some insight into what life in East Germany was like. But it was one view, only. There was no attempt to provide any variation or a larger view outside of the main character's life.

The most interesting part of the movie for me was the disintegration of the main character's marriage. To me, that made the most sense since I found the ranting angst of the architects to be rather thin and repetitive.
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