Roman einer jungen Ehe & Frauenschicksale

Roman einer jungen Ehe & Frauenschicksale

Edition Filmmuseum 115

Two classics produced by the East-German DEFA in the early 1950s when the Berlin border between East and West was still permeable. Roman einer jungen Ehe reflects the contrasting cultural politics of the cold war in the two parts of Berlin in the love story of a young actor couple. Frauenschicksale, one of the first German post-war color films, applies the vibrant Agfacolor palette to portray the lives of different women in both parts of the divided city who hope to build a better future while balancing their personal and societal responsibilities. Two rare short films and the texts in the booklet explain the historical context.

The films

Roman einer jungen Ehe (The Story of a Young Couple) - East Germany1952 - Directed by: Kurt Maezig - Written by: Bodo Uhse, Kurt Maetzig - Cinematography: Karl Plitzner - Music: Wilhelm Neef - Cast: Yvonne Merin, Hans-Peter Thielen, Willy A. Kleinau, Hilde Sessak, Harry Hindemith, Martin Hellberg, Hanns Groth - Produced by: DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme - Premiere: January 18, 1952

Frauenschicksale (Women's Destinies) - East Germany 1952 - Directed by: Slatan Dudow - Written by: Slatan Dudow, Ursula Rumin, Gerhard Bensch - Cinematography: Robert Baberske - Music: Hanns Eisler - Cast: Sonja Sutter, Lotte Loebinger, Anneliese Book, Susanne Düllmann, Ursila Burg, Gertrud Meyen, Maly Delschaft, Hanns Groth, Annelise Matschulat - Produced by: DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme - Premiere: June 13, 1952

KgU Kampfgruppe der Unmenschlichkeit (KgU Task Force of Inhumanity) - East Germany 1956 - Directed and written by: Joachim Hadaschik - Cinematography: Wolfgang Randel, Hans-Ulrich Männling - Music: Kurt Grottke - Produced by: DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme - Premiere: February 3, 1956 -

Tageskurs 1:4 (Exchange Rate 1:4) - East Germany 1958 - Directed and written by: Harry Hornig - Cinematography: Bernhard Zoepffel - Musik: Rolf Kuhl - Produced by: DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme - Premiere: May 30, 1958 -

DVD features (2-disc DVD)


  • Roman einer jungen Ehe 1952, 99'
  • KgU Kampfgruppe der Unmenschlichkeit 1956, 21'


  • Frauenschicksale 1952, 99'
  • Tageskurs 1:4 1958, 12'
  • 16 pages bilingual booklet with texts by Ralf Schenk, Kurt Maetzig and Slatan Dudow

DVD credits

Edited by: Filmmuseum München
DVD authoring: Tobias Dressel, Gunther Bittmann
DVD supervision: Stefan Drössler

First edition November 2021

TV Format Original format Audio format Language Subtitles Region code

4:3 (PAL)
Dolby Digital 2.0
All Regions


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