The Dead Stay Young

(Die Toten bleiben jung)

GDR, 1968, 112 min, b&w
In German; no subtitles
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A depiction of class conflicts in Germany between 1918 and 1945. The Spartacist Erwin is shot by officers in 1918, and his pregant working-class bride Marie begins a new relationship with social democrat Geschke. Erwin's son Hans grows up to be a communist like his father, leading to bitter hatred between him and his Nazi step-brother, while Geschke becomes increasingly resigned to the political situation in Germany.


The three aristocratic officers who shot Erwin many years ago meet again during the Kapp Putsch, but their support for the Third Reich eventually leads each to their deaths. The outbreak of World War II brings the family saga full circle: Hans is shot trying to join the Red Army on the Eastern Front, leaving his pregnant girlfriend Emmi to raise their child alone in Berlin... 


Based on the novel by Anna Seghers.

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