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Castles and Cottages (1957)

Schlösser und Katen (original title)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Kurt Maetzig

Writers:

Kurt Barthel (scenario) (as Kuba), Willi Brückner (dramatisation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raimund Schelcher Raimund Schelcher ... Krummer Anton
Erika Dunkelmann Erika Dunkelmann ... Marthe
Karla Runkehl Karla Runkehl ... Annegret
Erwin Geschonneck ... Bröker
Harry Hindemith ... Kalle
Angelika Hurwicz Angelika Hurwicz ... Hede
Dieter Perlwitz Dieter Perlwitz ... Klimm
Helga Göring Helga Göring ... Christel Sikora
Hans Finohr Hans Finohr ... Der alte Sikora
Kurt Dunkelmann Kurt Dunkelmann ... Wittig
Ekkehard Schall Ekkehard Schall ... Ekkehart Bröker
Lotte Loebinger Lotte Loebinger ... Die alte Sikora
Otto Saltzmann Otto Saltzmann ... Paderski
Otto Krone Otto Krone ... Palm
Marga Legal Marga Legal ... Elisabeth Bröker

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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

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Trivia

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 »

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Details

Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 February 1957 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Castles and Cottages See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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