Berlin Schoenhauser Corner
In this landmark film about rebellious youth, a group of teenagers meet daily on Schöenhauser Street in East Berlin to dance to rock n roll, swap Western goods and escape the control of their parents and the State. A box office hit, later banned by East German officials and since ranked by film critics as one of Germany's 100 most important films, Berlin-Shöenhauser Corner is a "classic cult film" (Washington Diplomat) as well as a "perceptive social portrait" (The Museum of Modern Art, New York).
The East German version of The Wild Ones! --Washington Post
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Dieter simply wants to be left alone by politics of any kind, with his desires focused on motorcycles & the lovely Angela; Kohle wants to escape to the West, mainly to escape his physically abusive father; Karl-Heinz, despite coming from a well-to-do family, plunges in petty crime that soon escalates; and Angela despises her mother for sleeping with her immediate superior at work, even though its clearly a means of surviving both poverty & loneliness. There's a sympathetic police officer who genuinely wants to help them, but of course they reject any parental authority, having found too much of it to be hypocritical.
The film has a semi-documentary look, with more than a touch of noir as well -- German expressionism runs strong & deep, despite state censors -- and the atmosphere conveys both the yearning & creeping despair of its young leads vividly. Anyone who was ever young & wondering what life was supposed to be about will recognize & identify with these characters quite easily. Recommended!