The Second Life of Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow
(Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow)
Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow © DEFA-Stiftung
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Refusing to accept that he has become redundant when his job is automated, Platow, a 57-year-old railway crossing guard, embarks on a new life rebelling against the path laid out by society. Pretending to be his son, he enrolls in a training course and starts to live a second youth.
Director Siegfried Kühn was influenced by his mentor, the renowned Russian film director Sergei Gerasimov. Here he experiments with color, separating day-to-day dreariness in b&w, from scenes in color conveying an optimistic, imaginative vitality.
Officials criticized this satirical comedy, with music by the East German rock band The Puhdys, for showing a “distorted image of the working class.” Despite its very limited release, it quickly became an insiders’ tip.
“One of the best DEFA comedies ever, with the outstandingly absurd Fritz Marquardt in the leading role, who channels both Karl Valentin and Buster Keaton.”
—The German Historical Museum, Berlin