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Station inspector Brock is witness to a robbery. When he fails to report one of the culprits, he experiences flashbacks to his earlier failure to take a stand against Nazi persecutions years ago. The Second Track is the only East German film which explores the theme of former Nazis leading normal lives in the GDR. This sensitve subject matter was one reason why the film was rarely shown in theaters. Remarkably expressive images and black and white photography intensify a story about guilt, repression and oblivion, making this film a true discovery.
A landmark for its frank portrayal of East German complicity in Nazi crimes. Uncanny touches borrow from the venacular of Hollywood's subversive Europeans: Sirk, Preminger and Wilder. --The Boston Phoenix
Crisp black and white photography and an unusual score (zither plus electronics) add noirish intensity in this terse, effective work. --San Francisco Bay Guardian