Stories of That Night

(Geschichten jener Nacht)

GDR, 1967, 109 min, B&W
In German; no subtitles
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Four directors - four styles - four episodes, all relating the events of a single night which has entered the history books: August 12-13, 1961. There are thousands of complex narratives connected with the frontier drawn through the middle of Berlin and each episode relates the story of a difficult decision made on that night:

  • Episode 1: "Phoenix" ("Phönix") 
  • Episode 2: "The Test" ("Die Prüfung")
  • Episdoe 3: "Materna"
  • Episode 4: "Two Wills" ("Der große und der kleine Willi")

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