Tension Zone

(Im Spannungsfeld)

GDR, 1969, 79 min, B&W
In German; no subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Set Design
Costume Design
Cast

Synopsis

Electronic data processing is an absolute must in the Information Age. Karl Hoppe, the director of a large plant, is aware of this need for modernization and hires mathematician Dr. Jochen Bernhardt to install computerized systems which are supposed to calculate ways in which the plant could be run more effectively.

 

Dr. Bernhardt is so focused on efficiency that he forgets about the human side of work, causing his girlfriend to leave him and several dissatisfied employees to quit their jobs. Through cooperative dialogue, the plant employees gradually learn to accept the new technologies and Dr. Bernhardt recognizes that human beings are much more than accessories to a machine.

Awards

1971 Heinrich Greif Prize, Class 1

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