Spring Takes Time

Original title: (Der Frühling braucht Zeit)
GDR, 1965, 76 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

Was it an act of sabotage or willful negligence? The non-party engineer Heinz Solter is suddenly arrested and accused of approving a defective pipeline that caused a half million loss to his company. At first, the case seems clear-cut for the state prosecutor, but when he probes deeper, he discovers that Solter had acted against his better judgment due to the pressure from his career-driven and authoritarian boss.


The film, based on an actual crime case, was banned shortly after its release for its critical examination of the problems of a planned economy and the extremely stylized avant-garde imagery. The scathing criticism unintentionally complemented the film by accusing it of stylistic affinities to Antonioni and Fellini.


The DVD also includes Monolog for a Taxi Driver (GDR, TV, 1962, dir. Günter Stahnke). Officials labeled the short written by Günter Kunert as Kafkaesque and banned it in 1962. 

Special features:
  • New digitally restored transfer
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Günter Stahnke on His Film, 2014, 12 min.
  • “Synonym and Signal,” by Detlef Kannapin, film historian
  • “Constructive Stylization,” by Annette Dorgerloh, Humboldt University Berlin
  • “The Late Spring,” by Dieter Wolf, former head of artistic group Babelsberg
  • Original Posters (1965 and 1990)
  • Gallery of Sketches. Courtesy of Georg Kranz, set designer.
  • Monolog for a Taxi Driver (GDR, 1962, dir. Günter Stahnke, 37 min, script: Günter Kunert, 37 min, B&W, TV, English subtitles)

Spring Takes Time

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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