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Karla

Director: Herrmann Zschoche, 128 Min., Black-White, Feature Film
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)
DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, 1965 - 1990

Film/Video Format
35 mm
Length in m
3641
Other Title
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English Title
Carla
Premiere Date
Release Date (for Cinema)
Releases
DVD: ICESTORM Entertainment GmbH / www.icestorm.de
DVD: University of Massachusetts (UMASS) - DEFA Film Library / www.umass.edu/defa
Film poster for "Karla"

Short Summary (English)

Karla Blum, a young teacher, leaves universtiy with good marks and eagerly takes on a school post where she is to teach. Karla is the type of person to whom it is more important to have an opinion of one's own and not to put up with simplistic solutions than to teach parrot-like pupils with hardly any minds of their own. But many of her Form 12 A pupils no longer know how to ask questions, to contradict or to look for solutions independently. The principal, a man in his late fifties marked by the war and bitter about his post-war experiences, sticks to the motto: the simpler matters are, the clearer they become. They quite like each other, but their differing attitudes to authority, truth etc., still have to face the test of realtiy. On the one hand, there is the school inspector who keeps a dubious system of moving or not moving pupils to the next form. On the other, there are the pupils who in part are already too adjusted and apathetic. Karla slowly and imperceptibly comes to give up her ideals and her own uncompromising attitude. Now, they all are satisfied - both teachers and pupils. Everything inches along in its familiar old rut. But the young teacher suddenly realizes where all this convenience and adjustment leads to. She rediscovers her contrariness, and thereby her own personality. The price she pays for this, however, is high: at the end of the school year, she is forcibly transferred to another post.

Source: Progress Film-Verleih

Film still for "Karla"

(Dir.: Herrmann Zschoche, 1965/1990) Photography: Eberhard Daßdorf

Film still for "Karla"

(Dir.: Herrmann Zschoche, 1965/1990) Photography: Eberhard Daßdorf

Film Crew

Director
  • Herrmann Zschoche
Script
  • Ulrich Plenzdorf
  • Herrmann Zschoche
Camera
  • Günter Ost
Film Editing
  • Brigitte Krex
Cast
  • Jutta Hoffmann (Karla)
  • Jürgen Hentsch (Kaspar)
  • Hans Hardt-Hardtloff (Direktor Hirte)
  • Inge Keller (Schulrätin Janson)
  • Gisela Morgen (Frau Wenndorf)
  • Herwart Grosse
  • Rolf Hoppe
  • Jörg Knochée (auch: Knoche)
  • Klaus-Peter Pleßow
  • Jürgen Krumrey
  • Heidemarie Schneider
Assistant Director
  • Erhard Bittner
Assistant Camera
  • Eberhard (auch: Franz-Eberhard) Daßdorf
  • Dietram Kleist
Production Design
  • Dieter Adam
Script Editing
  • Manfred Fritzsche
  • Manfred Kieseler
Music
  • Georg Katzer
  • Karl-Ernst Sasse (Rekonstruktion 1990)
Sound
  • Wolf-Joachim Preugschat
Costume Design
  • Luise Schmidt
Make-Up
  • Christel Schwarzer
  • Karl-Heinz Wolter
Props
  • Herbert Rother
Unit Production Management
  • Manfred Peetz
Executive Producer
  • Gert Golde
DEFA Photography
  • Eberhard (auch: Franz-Eberhard) Daßdorf

Short Summary (German)

Karla tritt nach Abschluß der Universität mit großen Ambitionen eine Lehrerstelle in einer Kleinstadt im Norden der DDR an. Sie möchte den Kindern nicht nur Fakten vermitteln, sondern sie vor allem zu selbständigem Denken anregen. Mit Direktor Hirte versteht sie sich anfangs recht gut. Doch ihre Ideale stoßen auf Unverständnis - auch bei den Schülern, die längst wissen, was zu sagen ist und was man besser verschweigt. Ihr unkonventionelles Verhalten, sie hat auch noch eine Beziehung zu dem "Aussteiger" Kaspar, fällt unangenehm auf. Nach einer Niederlage paßt sich Karla an. Kurz vor dem Abitur begehrt sie jedoch auf, sagt ihren Schülern die Meinung. Am Ende des Schuljahres wird sie in eine andere Schule versetzt, Kaspar begleitet sie.

Filmtext: Karla. Der alte Mann, das Pferd, die Straße.

Texte zu Filmen von Ulrich Plenzdorf.

Berlin: Henschelverlag 1978.

Auch in: Ulrich Plenzdorf: Filme 2. Rostock: Hinstorff Verlag 1988

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

Short Summary (Other Languages)

Finita l'università, Karla accetta una cattedra in un paesino nella parte settentrionale della RDT con l'idea di non limitarsi a insegnare contenuti, ma stimolare i ragazzi a pensare in maniera autonoma. I suoi ideali, tuttavia, non sono ben visti, proprio come la sua relazione con l'emarginato Kaspar. Dopo una serie di sconfitte, Karla sembra pronta ad adeguarsi, ma prima della maturità si ribella, dicendo agli alunni ciò che pensa. Alla fine dell'anno scolastico verrà trasferita in un'altra scuola e Kaspar la seguirà. (Italienisch)

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