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Seven Journeys (In jenen Tagen)

Seven Journeys
Scene from "Seven Journeys" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

A car tells its story and the story of its seven owners during the years of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany. There is the political opponent who has to flee when Hitler seizes power; the composer who is banned from his musical profession; the gallery owner who, together with his Jewish wife, is driven to suicide during the Reichskristallnacht; the member of the resistance who is shot while trying to escape; the soldier in the icy Russian winter; the noble old lady who is persecuted because her son tried to assassinate Hitler; and finally the refugee mother and child who are helped along their way by a young soldier.

Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies and was one of the founding members of the cabaret group "Die vier Nachrichter", which was banned in 1935. Originally working in the theater as an actor and director, he began his film work as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty und die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its "pro-English tendencies". His other films include: Kleider machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Romance in a Minor Key (Romanze in Moll, 1943), Great Freedom No. 7 (Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7, 1944), Seven Journeys (In jenen Tagen, 1947), The Original Sin (Der Apfel ist ab, 1948), The Last Bridge (Die letzte Bruecke, 1953) - winner of a German Film Award in 1954, Sky Without Stars (Himmel ohne Sterne, 1955), The Devil's General (Des Teufels General, 1955), The Captain of Koepenik (Der Hauptmann von Koepenik, 1956) - winner of two German Film Awards in 1957, The Affairs of Julie (Die Zuercher Verlobung, 1957), The Restless Years (Zu jung, 1958), Stranger in My Arms (Ein Fremder in meinen Armen, 1959), Lausbubengeschichten (1964), and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1947
Director Helmut Kaeutner
Screenplay Helmut Kaeutner, Ernst Schnabel
Cinematography Igor Oberberg, Heinz Pehlke
Wolfgang Wehrum
Bernhard Eichhorn
Herbert Kirchhoff
Cast Winnie Markus, Isa Vermehren, Hermann Speelmans, Carl Raddatz, Erica Balque, Franz Schafheitlin, Willy Maertens
Producer Helmut Kaeutner
Production Company Camera-Film/Hamburg
Length 111 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Locarno 1947, Berlin 1958
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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