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Die Schmuggler von Rajgrod

Director: Konrad Petzold, 69 Min., Color, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1979

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
1903
English Title
The Smugglers Of Rajgrod
Release Date (for Cinema)
Literary Source
Karl, Günter: "Die Schmuggler von Rajgrod", Erzählung
Film poster for "Die Schmuggler von Rajgrod"

Short Summary (English)

In 1903, Jan Anskath and his half-brother Martin are living in Rajgorod at the border between Russia and Prussia - Jan on the Russian, Martin on the Prussian side. Both are occasionally smuggling stuff over the border. But while Jan acts from political conviction and is smuggling illegal writings over the border, Martin is only interested in the money. That is why he does not question his shadowy client when he sneaks out refugees into Russia. But then it becomes evident that the distinguished gentleman has robbed the refugees from all of their belongings, only to turn them over to the authorities of the Czar. When he learns about this, Martin changes his mind. Together with Jan, he helps a Russian social democrat, who wants to visit the second party conference, to sneak out of Russia. (Quelle: filmportal)

Film still for "Die Schmuggler von Rajgrod"

(Dir.: Konrad Petzold, 1979) Photography: Heinz Pufahl

Film still for "Die Schmuggler von Rajgrod"

(Dir.: Konrad Petzold, 1979) Photography: Heinz Pufahl

Film Crew

Director
  • Konrad Petzold
Script
  • Konrad Petzold
Camera
  • Siegfried Hönicke
Film Editing
  • Ilse Peters
  • Thea Richter
  • Monika Schindler (geb. Behrendt)
Cast
  • Walter Plathe (Martin Anskath)
  • Leon Niemczyk (Waldemar Dreßler)
  • Lenka Pichliková (Line Dreßler)
  • Katrin Sass (Anna)
  • Irena Kownas (Mutter Anskath)
  • Petr Skarke (Jan Anskath)
  • Gerry Wolff (Feinstein)
  • Michael Christian (Schwemmin)
  • Fred Delmare (Grigoleit)
  • Wolf Goette (Lehrer Prill)
  • Peter Bause (Kunze)
  • Walter Lendrich (Bartuttis)
  • Hannjo Hasse (Von Thunsdorff)
  • Katrin Martin (Anarchistin)
  • Hilmar Baumann (Anarchist)
Assistant Director / Co-Director
  • Peter Sippach
Production Design
  • Marlene Willmann
Script Editor
  • Thea Richter
Composer
  • Gerhard Rosenfeld
Costume Design
  • Dorit Gründel
Make-Up
  • Heinz Bernhardt
  • Karin Wacker
DEFA Photography
  • Heinz Pufahl

Short Summary (German)

1903 in Rajgrod an der russisch-preußischen Grenze. Jan Anskath lebt auf der russischen Seite und schmuggelt zuweilen illegale politische Schriften. Auf der anderen Seite wohnt sein Halbbruder Martin, der für einen dubiosen Herrn Flüchtlinge schmuggelt. Er weiß nicht, daß der Mann den Flüchtlingen das letzte Geld abnimmt und sie dann den zaristischen Behörden ausliefert, ihm geht es nur um seinen Verdienst. Als das Doppelspiel herauskommt, wandelt sich seine Einstellung. Zusammen mit dem Bruder hilft er einem russischen Sozialdemokraten, der zum Parteitag will, über die Grenze.

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

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Nel 1903 lungo il confine russo-prussiano due fratellastri si occupano di contrabbando. Jan Anskath trafuga dalla Russia opere di stampo politico, Martin, invece, lavora per un passatore, che non solo priva i profughi degli ultimi soldi, ma li consegna anche nelle mani dell'autorità zarista. Venuto a conoscenza di questo doppio gioco, Martin e Jan aiutano un socialdemocratico a passare oltre il confine per partecipare al congresso del partita. (Italienisch)

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