Sonya, an art student, loves the med student Dieter. And Siegi, a factory worker, loves Eddie, a bricklayer. At a lavish Carnival party at the East Berlin art school, an unintentional exchange of partners starts! When everyone takes off their masks, Dieter realizes that he did not spent the evening with Sonya, but with Siegi!
Although director Slatan Dudow was a celebrated proletarian director and collaborator of Bertolt Brecht, East German officials had problems with this film. They saw it as undermining their plan to bring together the intelligentsia and workers; they also objected to the film’s sensuality, which they perceived as a challenge to socialist morality. Campaigns organized against the film, however, could not prevent the light and fanciful romantic comedy from becoming a box office hit. The audience was intrigued by the upbeat musical score, the young, fresh faces on screen and the storyline, which was both sensuous and free of ideology.
- Biographies & Filmographies
- “A Case of Love Confused? Slatan Dudow’s Film as a Meditation on Art and Industry,” by Joshua Feinstein
- “Love Need Not Be Confusing: Youth and the New Socialist Woman in 1950s East Germany,” by Victoria Rizo Lenshyn, Amherst College
- “Making the Carnival Sets for the Film: An Interview with Dietmar Kuntzsch”
- Outer Space and the Everyday: A Short History of DEFA (Germany, 2018, dir. Betina Kuntzsch, 17 min., color, English subtitles)