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Divided Heaven

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A young woman reflects back on the last two years of her life: her love for Manfred, a talented chemist; his enthusiasm for his success, which turn to bitter disappointment in the face of rejection; his escape to West Berlin a few weeks before the Berlin Wall is erected; and his hope that she will follow.

Based on Christa Wolf's internationally acclaimed novel and criticized in the GDR for questioning the construction of the Wall, Divided Heaven was made during a brief cultural thaw in the early 1960s. Strongly influenced by French Nouvelle Vague cinema, this classic film directed by the legendary Konrad Wolf was praised by critics as one of Germany's 100 Most Important Films.


Unusual and extraordinary... masterful! An important cinematic legacy of the GDR. --Lina Dinkla , Filmzentrale

Konrad Wolf's DEFA classic is one of the most important films about the German-German division through this day. --35Sat TV

Clearly reflects the rich stylistic currents that characterized European filmmaking in the early 60s. --Joshua Feinstein, THE TRIUMPH OF THE ORDINARY

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  • Actors: Renate Blume, Eberhard Esche, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Hilmar Thate
  • Directors: Konrad Wolf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003BR8MEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Konrad Wolf was East Germany's best director, and this is arguably his best film. It examines the relationship of two people right before the wall was built. Had this film been released a year or two later there is a good chance that it would have ended up on the extensive list of films that were banned after the 11th Plenum (although being Markus Wolf's brother probably had its perks). It features an array of dazzling film techniques. In one scene, while a group of men are talking, the camera circles them endlessly. A few years later, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his cinematographer, Michael Ballhaus, would gain international acclaim for the same technique. As one Western critic said about this film, "The New German Cinema happened first at DEFA." Like most DEFA films, the pacing is leisurely. Some may find it too slow for that reason. If you don't mind DEFA's quiet, methodical approach the cinema, this one is a classic.
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