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Friedrich Gnaß

  • Nov 13, 1892 - May 08, 1958 (age 65)
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1958
PersonalMay 1958

Friedrich Gnaß

Friedrich Gnaß passed away.
Escape from Sahara
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MovieJan 21, 1958

Escape from Sahara

Escape from Sahara released.
1957
Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti
MovieDec 21, 1957

Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti

Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti released.
Gejagt bis zum Morgen
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MovieDec 6, 1957

Gejagt bis zum Morgen

Gejagt bis zum Morgen is an …
Gejagt bis zum Morgen is an East German film. It was released in 1957.
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Spur in die Nacht
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MovieOct 25, 1957

Spur in die Nacht

Spur in die Nacht is an East German film, directed by …
Spur in die Nacht is an East German film, directed by Günter Reisch. It was released in 1957.
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Der Fackelträger
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MovieOct 25, 1957

Der Fackelträger

Der Fackelträger is an East German black and white film …
Der Fackelträger is an East German black and white film directed by Johannes Knittel. It was released in 1957.
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Katzgraben
MovieOct 20, 1957

Katzgraben

Katzgraben is an East German film. It was released in 1957.
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Spielbank-Affäre
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MovieSep 13, 1957

Spielbank-Affäre

In a casino in a West German health resort, one often sees …
In a casino in a West German health resort, one often sees Sybille - an attractive young student actress. With her winnings from the roulette table, she attempts to finance her studies. Despite a rather lucky streak, her winnings are a little on the lean side. She doesn't, however, gamble with her own money but with that of Dr. Busch, a lawyer, who likes to stay in the background with the argument that gambling houses are not the proper turf for a serious lawyer. From him, Sybille receives only a small share of her winnings later, and only through the intervention of Gerhard Fischer, a journalist, does Sybille come to realize her role in Dr. Busch's fraudulent scheme. Dr. Busch uses her to bring bogus chips in circulation, he wants to ruin the casino and eventually bring it under the control of a monopoly The journalist's attempt to make the deception known proves ultimately to be unsuccessful - the casino bosses have already informed each other and taken the appropriate steps. Nevertheless, Fischer and Sybille become a couple.
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1955
Einmal ist keinmal
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MovieMar 25, 1955

Einmal ist keinmal

Einmal ist keinmal is a German phrase which translates …
Einmal ist keinmal is a German phrase which translates roughly as "once is never" in English, essentially meaning that a single event is not statistically significant. It is the title of an East German film, released in 1955. The phrase was also significant in the novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera.
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Das Stacheltier - Letztes Fach unten rechts
MovieFeb 11, 1955

Das Stacheltier - Letztes Fach unten rechts

Das Stacheltier - Letztes Fach unten rechts released.
Wer seine Frau lieb hat
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MovieFeb 10, 1955

Wer seine Frau lieb hat

Wer seine Frau lieb hat is an …
Wer seine Frau lieb hat is an East German film. It was released in 1955.
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1954
Leuchtfeuer
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MovieDec 3, 1954

Leuchtfeuer

Leuchtfeuer is an East German film. It was released in 1954.
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Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse
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MovieMar 9, 1954

Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse

This historical-biographical …
This historical-biographical film begins in the first days of November 1918 on the western front. News comes to the soldiers of a revolutionary uprising in Kiel. Young Thälmann, a soldier against his will, would like to join the expanding conflict on the side of his comrades in Hamburg. As the revolution becomes threatened by the betrayal of the right-wing Social Democrats and the splintering of the working class, he nevertheless tries unremittingly to unite the workers. The reactionaries grow ever stronger and the neediness of ordinary people multiplies. In this dire situation, the Hamburg police commissioner would like to block the unloading of a ship full of provisions that were sent from Petrograd as a message of solidarity. But Thälmann prevails in unloading it. The high point and conclusion of the first part of the Thälmann films is established at the Hamburg Uprising in October 1923.
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1953
Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck
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MovieDec 23, 1953

Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck

An old man living in an …
An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck - much like them, but with better manners and a heap of problems. Having lost his father at early age, little Muck is expelled from home by his greedy relatives. He wanders off into the desert hoping to find the merchant who sells good fortune. Amidst the dunes of sand he comes across a small house owned by a wicked woman and her many cats. She wants to make Little Muck her servant, but he manages to escape by stealing a pair of magic shoes which enable him to run faster than any man in the country. From there he heads right into the next set of challenges... Based on a fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff.
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Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar
MovieSep 11, 1953

Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar

Brecht makes use of a …
Brecht makes use of a dramatic situation to show how Teresa Carrar, the wife of a fisherman, intends to keep her two sons from going off to war. She fails, because for the fascists the ...
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Anna Susanna
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MovieFeb 27, 1953

Anna Susanna

Anna Susanna is an East German drama film directed by …
Anna Susanna is an East German drama film directed by Richard Nicolas. It was released in 1953.
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1952
Frauenschicksale
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MovieJun 13, 1952

Frauenschicksale

Berlin, seven years after WWII. Four women are looking for …
Berlin, seven years after WWII. Four women are looking for happiness and a good man in the divided city. Their destinies are loosely connected through one person: the West Berlin dandy and womanizer, Conny. Released at the peak of East German cultural and political dogmatism, the film was heavily critiqued, especially by female party leaders who objected that its portrayal of the four women did not represent the qualities that characterized women in the new society. Now considered as a richly contradictory work, Destinies of Women represents an encore production by the Dudow/Eisler/Brecht creative team that also made Kuhle Wampe in 1932.
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Schatten über den Inseln
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MovieMay 16, 1952

Schatten über den Inseln

Shadow over the Islands …
Shadow over the Islands (German: Schatten über den Inseln) is an East German black-and-white film, directed by Otto Meyer. It was released in 1952.
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The Condemned Village
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MovieApr 15, 1952

The Condemned Village

Das verurteilte Dorf (The …
Das verurteilte Dorf (The Condemned Village) is an East German propaganda film directed by Martin Hellberg. It was released in 1952.
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Story of a Young Couple
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MovieJan 18, 1952

Story of a Young Couple

A young married couple-both …
A young married couple-both actors-work in Cold War Berlin before the Wall is built. Agnes is on location in East Berlin, and Jochen, her husband, works at the Westend Theater in West Berlin. They hold diametrically opposed views on politics, art and the responsibility of the individual to society. As they have vehement arguments, their marriage is in danger of breaking up. This film portrays numerous figures of contemporary German cultural and political life-including Veit Harlan, director of the notorious Nazi propaganda film Jud Süss, and Boleslaw Barlog, a famous West Berlin theater director. Also memorable in this film is documentary footage of the construction of Stalin Allee, the biggest boulevard built in East Berlin after WWII, soon to become a central locus of the popular uprising of 17 June 1953. Although director Kurt Maetzig depicts Cold War Berlin with dramatic verve, the film illustrates the tightening grip of Stalinism on East German cultural production at this time.
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1951
Der Untertan
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MovieAug 31, 1951

Der Untertan

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But …
Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. ...
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1950
The Benthin Family
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MovieSep 7, 1950

The Benthin Family

Familie Benthin is an East German film. It was released in 1950.
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1949
Our Daily Bread
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MovieNov 4, 1949

Our Daily Bread

A story about a family after the Second World War. The …
A story about a family after the Second World War. The petty bourgeois cashier Karl Weber of Berlin observes from a distance how his son Ernst participates in the building of a new socialist society. Karl does not understand Ernst's visions, instead he confides in his other son Harry. However, Harry becomes involved in illicit business and Karl quickly realizes that it would be best to join his son Ernst in the citizen-owned factory. With this film, director Slatan Dudow (1903-1963) continued the traditions of proletarian German film from the Weimar Republic. As with his first feature film Kuhle Wampe, from a screenplay by Bertolt Brecht, Dudow wanted an art that "cultivates the viewer's psyche." His postwar films were intended to make the viewers realize the importance of supporting the "new order" in East Germany. Our Daily Bread became known as a premiere film of its day under the rubric of "socialist realism." Slatan Dudow's work was convincing mainly through his detailed descriptions of socialist everyday life. Music by Hanns Eisler was the centerpiece of contemporary review. After coming back from his exile in America, the composer created a score that challenged, thrilled, and focused. Berlin's world of ruins is captured in almost documentary fashion.
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The Beaver Coat
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MovieOct 21, 1949

The Beaver Coat

The Beaver Coat (German: Der Biberpelz) is a 1949 East …
The Beaver Coat (German: Der Biberpelz) is a 1949 East German comedy film directed by Erich Engel and starring Fita Benkhoff, Werner Hinz and Käthe Haack. It is an adaptation of Gerhart Hauptmann's play The Beaver Coat.
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Die Buntkarierten
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MovieJul 8, 1949

Die Buntkarierten

Family drama spanning three generations and almost 70 …
Family drama spanning three generations and almost 70 years of German history, from the Wilhelmine period through the end of WWII.
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1947
Wozzeck
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MovieDec 17, 1947

Wozzeck

The body of Franz Wozzeck lies on a table in an anatomy lecture …
The body of Franz Wozzeck lies on a table in an anatomy lecture of a small German university. Whereas the doctor in charge of dissecting the cadaver can only see the murdered corpse lying on the table, Buechner, a medical student, sees the corpse of a "human being." "A human being" he adds, "that we have murdered." Buechner then proceeds to tell the story of Franz Wozzeck. Franz Wozzeck was a poor soldier. He endured the harassment and humiliation of his military superiors. His meager soldier's pay allowed him to provide for his beloved wife, Marie, and their child with the bare necessities and secure a modest future for them. It was this basic desire to earn money for his family that lead Wozzeck to be the guinea pig in a series of harsh medical experiments - for his participation in the experiments Wozzeck earned a few pennies. Marie is a beautiful and sensual girl, who loves Franz. But she also suffers from his physical and mental deterioration, and his morbid pathological visions. Owing to her difficulties with Franz, Marie eventually falls into the hands of the tenacious and seductive drum-major. When Wozzeck learns about his wife's infidelity - in their small village, news of conjugal indecorum quickly makes the rounds - he directs his entire indignation and rage against Marie. Indeed, it's not his tormentors he pursues with his wrath, but rather his beloved wife - whom he eventually kills. A film, based on Georg Buechner's taut drama, with exceptional visual power. Sharply realistic and uncannily visionary.
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1939
Tumult in Damascus
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MovieMar 8, 1939

Tumult in Damascus

Uproar in Damascus (German: Aufruhr in Damaskus) is a …
Uproar in Damascus (German: Aufruhr in Damaskus) is a 1939 German thriller film directed by Gustav Ucicky and starring Brigitte Horney, Joachim Gottschalk and Hans Nielsen. It is set during the First World War with German troops battling the Arab Revolt led by Lawrence of Arabia and the British. The film was officially honored as "artistically valuable" (künstlerisch wertvoll) and having "special political value" (staatspolitisch wertvoll).
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1938
Pour le Mérite
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MovieDec 22, 1938

Pour le Mérite

This Nazi propaganda film chronicles the rise of the …
This Nazi propaganda film chronicles the rise of the German Air Force ("Luftwaffe") from World War I until Adolf Hitler took power in 1933.
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The Green Hell
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MovieNov 1, 1938

The Green Hell

The Green Hell released.
Nordlicht
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MovieSep 20, 1938

Nordlicht

Nordlicht released.
Capriccio
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MovieAug 11, 1938

Capriccio

Capriccio is a 1938 German historical comedy film …
Capriccio is a 1938 German historical comedy film directed by Karl Ritter and starring Lilian Harvey, Viktor Staal and Paul Kemp. The film is set in 18th century France, where a young woman enjoys a series of romantic adventures. The director, Ritter, was attempting to recreate the style of a René Clair comedy. The film's content was criticised by both Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler. Harvey made only one further film in Germany before leaving for France.
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Geheimzeichen LB 17
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MovieAug 7, 1938

Geheimzeichen LB 17

Secret Code LB 17 (German: Geheimzeichen LB 17) is a …
Secret Code LB 17 (German: Geheimzeichen LB 17) is a 1938 German thriller film directed by Victor Tourjansky and starring Willy Birgel, Hilde Weissner and Bernhard Minetti. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Karl Böhm and Erich Czerwonski. It was made at the Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin.
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People Who Travel
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MovieJul 1, 1938

People Who Travel

Travelling People (German:Fahrendes Volk) is …
Travelling People (German:Fahrendes Volk) is a 1938 German drama film directed by Jacques Feyder and starring Hans Albers, Françoise Rosay and Camilla Horn. It is a circus film. It premiered in Hamburg on 1 July 1938. A Separate French-language version People Who Travel (Les gens du voyage) was also released. While it was also directed by Feyder and starred Rosay, the rest of the cast were different.
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1935
Hundert Tage
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MovieMar 22, 1935

Hundert Tage

On February 26, 1815 Napoleon leaves his exile on Elba. He …
On February 26, 1815 Napoleon leaves his exile on Elba. He is marching with 1 000 men towards Paris to rebel against the conditions imposed by the Congress of Vienna.
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1934
Love and Alarum
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MovieOct 4, 1934

Love and Alarum

Love and Alarum released.
Achtung! Wer kennt diese Frau?
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MovieApr 11, 1934

Achtung! Wer kennt diese Frau?

Achtung! Wer kennt diese Frau? released.
1933
Flüchtlinge
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MovieOct 14, 1933

Flüchtlinge

Propaganda film detailing the plight of ethnic Germans, known as …
Propaganda film detailing the plight of ethnic Germans, known as "Volga Germans", in the Soviet province of Manchuria.
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The Star of Valencia
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MovieJul 5, 1933

The Star of Valencia

The Star of Valencia (German: Der Stern von Valencia) is a …
The Star of Valencia (German: Der Stern von Valencia) is a 1933 German drama film directed by Alfred Zeisler and starring Liane Haid, Peter Erkelenz and Ossi Oswalda. It was made in Mallorca, at the same time as a French-language version L'étoile de Valencia directed by Serge de Poligny.
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Morgenrot
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MovieFeb 2, 1933

Morgenrot

In 1915, Captain Liers, commander of a submarine is leaving his …
In 1915, Captain Liers, commander of a submarine is leaving his hometown, where he, his 2nd officer and the radio-operator, who is married there, spend their shore leave. Liers two brothers...
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1932
F.P.1
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MovieDec 22, 1932

F.P.1

(1932) Conrad Veldt, Jill Esmond, Leslie Fenton. Right out of …
(1932) Conrad Veldt, Jill Esmond, Leslie Fenton. Right out of Amazing Stories. A gigantic floating platform is built in the mid-Atlantic for use as a oceanic airport. However, its ...
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I by Day, You by Night
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MovieNov 29, 1932

I by Day, You by Night

A nightclub waiter and a …
A nightclub waiter and a manicurist share the same room, he sleeps there by night and she by day. They've never met , but they can't stand each other. Then they meet by chance ~ not knowing who's who ~ and fall in love.
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Raid in St. Pauli
MovieMay 20, 1932

Raid in St. Pauli

Illustrates both the powerlessness of the ordinary worker as well …
Illustrates both the powerlessness of the ordinary worker as well as an intimate portrait of the joys and sorrows of a small group of people in the harbor section of Hamburg.
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Rasputin, Demon with Women
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MovieFeb 19, 1932

Rasputin, Demon with Women

The demonic Rasputin is …
The demonic Rasputin is poisoned but survives to continue seducing in evil ways, in this historical thriller.
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1931
Kameradschaft
MovieNov 17, 1931

Kameradschaft

Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through …
Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.
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M
MovieMay 11, 1931

M

In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He …
In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He whistles Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite I Op. 46 while attracting the little girls for death. The police force pressed by the Minister give its best effort trying unsuccessfully to arrest the serial killer. The organized crime has great losses due to the intense search and siege of the police and decides to chase the murderer, with the support of the beggars association. They catch Hans and briefly judge him.
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Fra Diavolo
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MovieMar 17, 1931

Fra Diavolo

Fra Diavolo released.
Danton
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MovieJan 21, 1931

Danton

Danton is a 1931 German historical drama film directed by Hans …
Danton is a 1931 German historical drama film directed by Hans Behrendt and starring Fritz Kortner, Lucie Mannheim and Gustaf Gründgens. It depicts the dramatic downfall and execution of Georges Danton in 1794 at the hands of Maximilien Robespierre.
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1930
Troika
MovieApr 9, 1930

Troika

Troika released.
1929
Mother Krause's Journey to Happiness
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MovieDec 30, 1929

Mother Krause's Journey to Happiness

Mutter Krause and her …
Mutter Krause and her children live in the poorer section of Berlin's Wedding district. The film depicts the cruelty of poverty and communism as a rescuing force that reaches Mutter Krause and the child too late.
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Harbor Drift
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MovieOct 10, 1929

Harbor Drift

The quest for a sparkling pearl necklace stolen by a beggar …
The quest for a sparkling pearl necklace stolen by a beggar under the gaze of a prostitute, who persuades her unemployed friend to steal it back, with tragic consequences.
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1892
BirthNovember 1892

Friedrich Gnaß

Friedrich Gnaß was born.
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