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Title The Condemned Village
Published DEFA Film Library, 1952
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (107 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary After years in Soviet captivity, farmer Heinz Weimann returns to the village of Bärenweiler, in West Germany. His joy at returning home is clouded by news that US occupation forces intend to build an airfield on village lands, in preparation for a confrontation with the Soviet Union. The villagers are expected to move out. The villagers turn to the government and local bishop, but receive no assistance. Led by Heinz, they protest peacefully—but he is arrested and imprisoned. As the case becomes known, trade unions from all over West Germany mobilize to support and help the villagers. When American forces attempt to evict the villagers, residents of the surrounding villages march on Bärenweiler and show their solidarity. At the end, Bärenweiler is saved and the Americans are forced to leave and abandon their plans
Notes Title from title frames
In Process Record
Performer Albert Doerner, Albert Garbe, Eduard von Winterstein, Günther Simon, Helga Göring, Lotte Crusius, Marga Legal
Event Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1952
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Motion pictures, German
Foreign films
Motion Pictures
German language
Motion pictures
Genre/Form Feature films.
Form Streaming video
Author Hellberg, Martin, film director
Doerner, Albert, actor
Garbe, Albert, actor
von Winterstein, Eduard, actor
Simon, Günther, actor
Göring, Helga, actor
Crusius, Lotte, actor
Legal, Marga, actor
DEFA Film Library (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.