Just Don't Think I'll Cry

Original title: (Denk bloß nicht, ich heule)
GDR, 1965, 91 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

High-school senior Peter considers the adults around him to be hypocritical, self-congratulatory and immersed in the past. He gets suspended for writing an essay that his teachers see as a challenge to the state.


A masterpiece of critical realism. Just Don’t Think I’ll Cry was one of 12 films and film projects – almost an entire year’s production – that were banned in 1965-66 due to alleged anti-socialist elements. Although scenes and dialogs were altered and the end was re-shot twice, officials condemned this film as "particularly harmful." In 1989, cinematographer Ost restored the original version for a screening of the banned films in January 1990.

Just Don't Think I'll Cry

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