Berlin Around the Corner

Original title: (Berlin um die Ecke)
GDR, 1966/1990, 83 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

Berlin in the 1960s. Olaf (Dieter Mann) and Horst (Kaspar Eichel) are two young metalworkers, who provoke their older colleagues with critiques of the antiquated equipment and lack of materials... not to mention their love of leather jackets and motorbikes. Olaf and Horst begin to be targeted in the house newsletter, and the generational conflict escalates.


This film is the fourth in the Berlin Film series by the Klein/Kohlhaase team. In 1966, officials banned the rough cut in the aftermath of the SED Party’s 11th Plenum, condemning the film as “dishonest and anti-socialist.” As of 1987, the rough-cut version was shown in arthouse screenings. Scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase and film editor Evelyn Carow revisited the available material after the fall of the Berlin Wall and produced an abridged version that premiered in 1990. This DVD presents the new digitally restored transfer of the 1990 version of the film.

Special features:
  • New digitally restored version
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • “Berlin Chapter IV,” by Henning Wrage, Gettysburg College
  • “Jeans, Leather Jacket, Cowboy Hat: The Costume Design Concept in Berlin around the Corner,” by Annette Dorgerloh, Humboldt University Berlin
  • "Official Decision Statement on Berlin around the Corner (1966)"
  • Interview with Scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase about the Film, 2001, 11 min.

Berlin Around the Corner

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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