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Else (Else - Geschichte einer leidenschaftlichen Frau)

Else

Based on the novel You Are Not Like Other Mothers by Angelika Schrobsdorff, the two-parter Else charts the eventful life of the Jewish woman Else Kirschner. In love with life and bubbling with charm, she is singleminded in her resolve to have a child from every man she loves. Three children from two husbands and a lover is the tally of her loves and passions at the end of the 30s before she comes to know the dark side of life with the beginnings of the persecution of Jews.


Egon Guenther was born in Schneeberg in 1927. After the war, he studied Pedagogy, German and Philosophy at the University of Leipzig and worked as a dramaturg and screenwriter at the DEFA Studios from 1958 to 1964 and moved to West Germany in 1978 after his second film Ursula found little favor with the East German regime. His other films include: Wenn du gross bist, lieber Adam (1965), Abschied (1967), Die Schluessel (TV, 1972), The Third (Der Dritte, 1972), Lotte in Weimar (1974), The Sorrows of Young Werther, (Die Leiden des jungen Werther, 1976), Rosamunde (1989), Stein (1991), Lenz (1992), Schrobbsdorff (1998), Die Braut (1998) and Else - Geschichte einer leidenschaftlichen Frau (TV, 1999).
Genre Drama

Year of Production 1999
Director Egon Guenther
Screenplay Egon Guenther
Cinematography Peter Brand
Karen Fisher
Johannes Brahms
Cast Katja Riemann, Heio von Stetten, Jürgen Holtz, Rita Russek
Producer Bernd Grote
Production Company Tellux-Film/Munich, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 176 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Munich 1999
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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