All screenings are at Rialto Cinemas on Monday nights at 6:30pmMon 2 March:
Screening: Monday 29 June, 6:30pm
Gerhard Klein | E. Germany | 1957 | B&W | DV | M violence
This classic teen cult film was the GDR’s answer to Rebel without a Cause, offering a perceptive social portrait of a city whose political and economic divisions affected its entire population. Greeted with suspicion by cultural authorities, the film was instantly embraced by the East German public for its truthful portrayal of everyday life.
An enormous local hit, Berlin-Schönhauser Corner is set in a post-war but pre-Wall Berlin, in which rebellious teenagers (one played by Bertolt Brecht’s son-in-law Ekkehard Schall) deviate from the state’s socialist ideals in favour of running illegal currency-transaction rackets, fantasising about fleeing westwards or getting pregnant. This teen melodrama will be familiar to fans of its near-contemporaries Rebel without a Cause and Blackboard Jungle, but its origins make for some surprising asides – not least its frankness about the allure of the west, as illustrated both through dialogue and its jazz-influenced score.” — Michael Brooke, Sight and Sound
(79 minutes, In German with English subtitles, DVD)