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Der kleine Kommandeur

Director: Siegfried Hartmann, 68 Min., Color, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1972

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
1889
English Title
The Little Commander
Premiere Date
Release Date (for Cinema)
Literary Source
Geelhaar, Anne: "Der kleine Kommandeur", Kinderbuch
Film poster for "Der kleine Kommandeur"

(Dir.: Siegfried Hartmann, 1972) Graphic Design: Heinz Ebel

Short Summary (English)

Based on Anne Geelhaar’s children’s book of the same title, the film depicts the story of six-year-old Flo, whose actual name is Florian. Together with his father, an officer in the National People’s army, he lives in Burgstadt. Since his mother is staying in Berlin due to her studies, the father is in charge of his upbringing. His love for the military appears to have rubbed off on Flo: He is terribly proud when he gets appointed "commander" in his kindergarten class. The group is supposed to participate in the May Day celebrations. But then his father gets called to Berlin, and out of the sudden Flo is all alone. He wrathfully batters the kindergarten and is very sorry about it afterwards, particularly because his friend Fanni noticed his outburst of fury. Nevertheless, the boy is still filled with the desire to be with his parents. Therefore, he escapes and sets out for the capital on his own initiative. He wants to get to Berlin as a stowaway on a boat sailing the Elbe River. He is detected, however, and - to make matters worse - he learns that the boat is going in the wrong direction. The police safely return the boy to his parents. Once they get there, Flo is quite surprised to find that his friends are also in Berlin.

(Quelle: filmportal)

Film still for "Der kleine Kommandeur"

(Dir.: Siegfried Hartmann, 1972) Photography: Christa Köfer

Film still for "Der kleine Kommandeur"

(Dir.: Siegfried Hartmann, 1972) Photography: Christa Köfer

Film Crew

Director
  • Siegfried Hartmann
Script
  • Siegfried Hartmann
  • Siegfried Mogel
Camera
  • Siegfried Mogel
Film Editing
  • Hildegard Conrad
Cast
  • Sven Kaden (Florian, genannt "Flo")
  • May Schubert (Fanni)
  • Alfred Müller (Major Krause)
  • Marita Böhme (Frau Krause)
  • Micaéla Kreißler (Frau Laube)
  • Jürgen Huth (Soldat Winfried)
  • Erika Pelikowsky (Frau Honigmann)
  • Dieter Mann (Oberleutnant Schulz)
  • Helmut Müller-Lankow (Schiffskapitän)
  • Marianne Wünscher (Frau des Kapitäns)
  • André Hanisch (Frank)
  • Michaela Gabriel (Marina)
  • Tom Schilling (Thomas)
  • Dagmar Plietz (Birgit)
Assistant Director
  • Barbara Häselbarth
  • Gerda Eggers-Ebert
Assistant Camera
  • Dietram Kleist
Scenario
  • Margot Beichler
  • Anne Geelhaar
Production Design
  • Joachim Otto
  • Marlene Willmann
Script Editing
  • Willi Brückner
Music
  • Peter Gotthardt
Sound
  • Peter Dienst
  • Rosemarie Linde
Musical Performance
  • Zentrales Orchester der Nationalen Volksarmee ("Parademarsch Nr. 1" von Oberst MD Heinz Schulz)
Costume Design
  • Dorit Gründel
Make-Up
  • Christa Kieseler
  • Peter Möwis
Production Management
  • Fritz Brix
Unit Production Management
  • Walter Prestin
  • Peter Morscheck
DEFA Photography
  • Christa Köfer

Short Summary (German)

Der sechsjährige Florian, genannt Flo, lebt zur Zeit allein mit seinem Vater, einem NVA-Offizier, in Burgstadt. Die Mutter ist zum Studium in Berlin. Mit seiner Kindergartengruppe will er sich an der Maidemonstration beteiligen, und er ist der verantwortliche "Kommandeur" für die Vorbereitung. Plötzlich wird der Vater nach Berlin abkommandiert, um dort an der Maiparade mitzuwirken. Flo fühlt sich alleingelassen, ist traurig, richtet Schaden im Kindergarten an und schämt sich dafür, besonders vor seiner Freundin Fanni. Er will zum Vater, rückt aus und schleicht sich als blinder Passagier auf einen Elbkahn. Dort wird er entdeckt und erfährt, dass der Kahn gar nicht nach Berlin fährt. Dafür bringt ihn die Polizei nach Berlin. Dort nehmen ihn die Eltern in Empfang, und seine Freunde sind auch da.

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

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Florian, soprannominato Flo, un bimbo di sei anni, vive con suo padre, un ufficiale dell'Armata Popolare, a Burgstadt, mentre sua mamma frequenta l'università a Berlino. Con i compagni d'asilo, Flo vuole partecipare alle manifestazioni per il primo maggio e per questo è stato nominato "comandante" dei preparativi. Sentendosi triste e abbandonato, dopo che il padre è stato improvvisamente richiamato a Berlino, Flo s'imbarca clandestinamente su un barcone in navigazione sulla Elbe. Scoperto, apprenderà che l'imbarcazione non raggiungerà mai Berlino. Sarà la polizia ad accompagnarlo a Berlino, dove verrà accolto dai genitori e dai suoi amici. (Italienisch)

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