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Beschreibung eines Sommers

Director: Ralf Kirsten, 80 Min., Black-White, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1962

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
2193
English Title
It Happened One Summer
Premiere Date
Release Date (for Cinema)
Literary Source
Jakobs, Karl-Heinz: "Beschreibung eines Sommers", Roman
Releases
DVD: ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH / www.icestorm.de
Film poster for "Beschreibung eines Sommers"

Short Summary (English)

In the Uckermark district near Schwedt, the foundations are laid for a large new plant and the forest is cleared. Schibulla, who has many years experience in the construction industry, recuits Tom Breitsprecher, whom he knows and respects. The two have worked together in the past. Tom is a well versed constructional engineer, but rather arrogant, superficial in his relationships with women and ironic to the unskilled young people on the building site. This behaviour does not make him very popular. Tom sets up a special course for concrete workers. The initiative ultimately came from a young woman, who is also employed on the building site. Up to now, Grit’s life has been cerefree and without any conflivts. Her husband has always tried to remove all obstacles from her path. But his situation does not satisfy her any longer. She wants recognition and would like to prove her worth. She meets Tom, whom she initially does not like at all. However, antipathy gradually turns into love. A secret love affair develops. Very soon Tom’s relationship with Grit is no secret anymore. Schibulla asks the young woman to have a frank talk about it with her husband. Grit hesitates. But when the working atmosphere becomes bad and the team is about to fall apart, she understands that her relationship with Tom is more than a private matter. Mutual trust as well as teamwork are at risk. Grit decides that honesty is he best policy.

Source: PROGRESS Film-Verleih

Film still for "Beschreibung eines Sommers"

(Dir.: Ralf Kirsten, 1962) Photography: Max Teschner

Film still for "Beschreibung eines Sommers"

(Dir.: Ralf Kirsten, 1962) Photography: Max Teschner

Film Crew

Director
  • Ralf Kirsten
Script
  • Karl-Heinz Jakobs
  • Ralf Kirsten
Camera
  • Hans Heinrich
Film Editing
  • Christel Röhl
Cast
  • Manfred Krug (Tom)
  • Christel Bodenstein (Grit)
  • Günter (auch: Günther) Grabbert (Schibulla)
  • Johanna Clas (Lilo)
  • Marita Böhme (Regine)
  • Peter Reusse (Dschick)
  • Horst Jonischkan (Grell)
  • Erik Veldre (Kamernus)
  • Hans-Peter Reinecke (Tenser)
  • Liska Merbach (Wirtin)
  • Helga von Wangenheim (Mädchen in der Bar)
  • Ernst Forstreuter (Jugendlicher)
  • Achim Wenk (Jugendlicher)
  • Heinz Lyschik (Jugendlicher)
Assistant Director
  • Hanna Georgi
Assistant Camera
  • Hans-Joachim (auch: Jochen) Zillmer
Production Design
  • Hans Poppe
  • Jochen (auch: Joachim) Keller
Script Editing
  • Gudrun Rammler
Music
  • Wolfgang Lesser
Sound
  • Günter Witt
Costume Design
  • Helga Scherff
Make-Up
  • Günter Hermstein
  • Ursula Funk
Props
  • Günter Zaleike
Production Management
  • Werner Liebscher
Unit Production Management
  • Otto Ziesenitz
DEFA Photography
  • Max Teschner

Awards

  • Erich-Weinert-Medaille (1963): Erich-Weinert-Medaille - Christel Bodenstein
  • Erich-Weinert-Medaille (1963): Erich-Weinert-Medaille - Manfred Krug

Short Summary (German)

Ende der 50er Jahre auf der Großbaustelle Schwedt, wo ein gigantischer Industriekomplex entsteht. Hierher, zu einem Jugendobjekt, wird Tom Breitsprecher aus Berlin delegiert. Er ist ein ausgezeichneter Ingenieur, aber seine poltische Haltung und sein Privatleben lassen zu wünschen übrig. Er ist großspurig, zynisch, sein Frauenverschleiß enorm. Und hier verliebt er sich ausgerechnet in die FDJ-Sekretärin Grit, die auch noch verheiratet ist. Grit erwidert seine Liebe. Als das Verhältnis der beiden an den Tag kommt, sind die Kollegen empört, vor allem von dem unmoralischen Verhalten ihrer Genossin Grit. Für Grit und Tom aber ist diese Liebe etwas ganz neues, großes, das sie beide verändert. Sie brauchen sich, und Grit entscheidet, klare Verhältnisse zu schaffen und sich von ihrem Mann zu trennen - auch, um die Achtung des Kollektivs wiederzugewinnen.

(Quelle: Das zweite Leben der Filmstadt Babelsberg. DEFA-Spielfilme 1946-1992)

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Alla fine degli anni 1950 a Schwedt iniziano i lavori per la costruzione di un gigantesco complesso industriale. Per occuparsi dell'appalto riservato ai giovani operai Berlino delega Tom Breitsprecher, eccellente ingegnere, ma anche noto sciupafemmine, cinico e presuntuoso. A Schwedt non perde l'occasione di innamorarsi della segretaria della Gioventù Libera Tedesca, la signora Grit, per giunta sposata. Scoperta la relazione, i colleghi sono indignati, soprattutto per il comportamento immorale della compagna Grit. Ma per lei e Tom questo amore è qualcosa di nuovo e straordinario, che li cambierà profondamente. Hanno l'uno bisogno dell'altra. Grit decide così di mettere le cose in chiaro e di separarsi dal marito, anche per riconquistare la stima del collettivo. (Italienisch)

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