Original title: (Lissy)
GDR, 1957, 89 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

Berlin, early 1930s. Lissy (Sonja Sutter), a young woman raised in a socialist working-class family, marries a clerk who promises her a better life. During the depression, however, he gets fired and can’t find a new job. Desperate for companionship and money, he falls for Nazi propaganda and joins the Storm Troopers. Lissy's brother, who for a time sympathized with the communists, now also wears the SA uniform. When he is killed by the Nazis—because of hisoppositional ideas—Lissy starts questioning things and makes a difficult and potentially dangerous decision.    


This East German classic, created by a young Konrad Wolf (Stars, I Was Nineteen, Professor Mamlock), son of the playwright Friedrich Wolf, prefigures the years of Nazi tyranny. The gripping story is based on the novel Die Versuchung, by Jewish author F.C. Weiskopf, who was able to flee the Nazis in Czechoslovakia and immigrate to the USA with the help of the League of American Writers in 1939.


Special features:
  • New digitally restored transfer
  • Subtitles on/off


Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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