Four directors - four styles - four episodes, all relating the events of a single night which has entered the history books: August 12-13, 1961.
The mason Materna (Ulrich Thein) swore in 1945 that he would never take up a gun again, but the events of the uprising on June 17, 1953, changed his mind. On the night the Berlin Wall goes up, he is standing guard with his gun.
As the Berlin Wall goes up, a brigade leader tries to leave a young comerade at home that night so he can celebrate his wedding. The young man's insistance on coming reminds his older colleague of a similar situation he experienced in 1933.
Jutta Huth (Jenny Gröllmann) is shocked when her parents announce they want to flee to West Berlin "in order to finally live," as her mother puts it. But the eighteen-year-old sees her future in the East, where she hopes to attend university and has just fallen in love.
Young Will (Jaecki Schwarz) tries to escape to West Berlin in a stolen brigade uniform, but Old Will (Erwin Geschonneck) prevents him.
In this documentary, Karlheinz Mund investigates the fate of the missing painting The Tower of Blue Horses, created by expressionist artist Franz Marc in 1913.
A young couple—both actors—live and work in Berlin before the Wall is built. Agnes is on location in East Berlin and her husband Jochen works at the Westend Theater in West Berlin.
This children’s film opera was made by Günter Stahnke, Günter Kunert and composer Kurt Schwaen—the same team that collaborated on the banned 1962 TV-film opera, Fetzer’s Escape.
In a small town, a hunchbacked old man is teased, taunted and chased by the local children. One day, he manages to hold them spellbound with a story – his own story:
Hassan has nothing else in the world other than his wonderful parrot. When the rich neighbour's dog threatens the bird, Hassan defends it so vigorously that the dog is soon lying dead before him.