Lifelong hard work for the count makes the servant Anton a cripple. Everybody calls him Crooked Anton. When, after the end of the war, the land of the count gets divided amongst the farmers...
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Lifelong hard work for the count makes the servant Anton a cripple. Everybody calls him Crooked Anton. When, after the end of the war, the land of the count gets divided amongst the farmers, Anton receives a piece and hopes to be able to work freely. But an old debt and intrigue keep Anton and his family from finding peace. The farmers of the village begin to discover their own power when Annegret, Anton's daughter, leaves. Is a new beginning possible for Anton? This film paints an impressive panorama of the development of a minor village in Mecklenburg from the end of the war to the uprising of 17 June 1953.Written by
DEFA Film Library
Raimund Schelcher had a drinking problem during the time of the shooting of this picture. To avoid him from drinking too much and not be able to film his scenes, the then unknown Hans Hardt-Hardtloff was engaged to film every of Schelcher's scenes as well as an understudy. If Schelcher had been too drunk to finish the movie, it could have been released with Hardt-Hardtloff instead. This events inspired Andreas Dresen to his loose comedy adaptation of this incident in Whisky mit Wodka (2009). See more »