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The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)

Die Legende von Paul und Paula (original title)
Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. ... See full summary »

Director:

Heiner Carow

Writers:

Heiner Carow, Anne Pfeuffer (dramatisation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelica Domröse ... Paula (Adam)
Winfried Glatzeder ... Paul
Heidemarie Wenzel ... Die Schöne (Ines)
Fred Delmare ... Reifen-Saft
Rolf Ludwig ... Professor
Käthe Reichel Käthe Reichel ... Frau des Schießbudenbesitzers
Hans Hardt-Hardtloff Hans Hardt-Hardtloff ... Schießbudenbesitzer
Frank-Otto Schenk ... Kollege Schmidt (as Frank Schenk)
Dietmar Richter-Reinick Dietmar Richter-Reinick ... Kumpel
Eva-Maria Hagen ... Die Blonde
Jürgen Frohriep Jürgen Frohriep ... Martin
Christian Steyer ... Colli
Willi Schrade Willi Schrade ... Liebhaber der Schönen
Peter Gotthardt Peter Gotthardt ... Musikerkollege
Marga Legal Marga Legal ... Nachbarin
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Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. They meet and discover a strong passion for each other. Life seems like a dream when they're together - but their short flights from the burdens of reality are once and again interrupted by Paul's ties to family and career. Written by c.winter

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

14 March 1973 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Paul e Paula See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Erich Honecker, political leader of the German Democratic Republic, personally viewed the film just hours before its premiere to give the green light for its release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Forwards Ever! (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Gute Musik auf dem Mont Klamott
Parts of the first movement of the violin concert by Ludwig van Beethoven
Music by Konzertmeister Prof. G. Garay and the DEFA-Symphony Orchestra
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I like the movie's portrayal of love and east Berlin
27 September 2005 | by ryan-olivaSee all my reviews

The Legend of Paul and Paula seems simple yet not boring. However, the film has profound ideas to tell – gender roles, social inequality and escapism. I like the film's way portraying of everyday life in East Berlin. You can almost see and feel the city. The love story between a passionate single mother and a complacent, married bureaucrat is not your typical Hollywood movie. The film also has a psychedelic and hippie feel. The soundtrack suits the film. I like the portions of the film where some elements (like the band that plays music while Paul and Paula are making love) are placed for no reason. The movie has a simple charm that captivates audiences. I guess that the film's success lies in its way of making the ordinary scenes of life extraordinary.


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