Film Info: Wir Wunderkinder

Aren't We Wonderful? (Wir Wunderkinder)

Aren't We Wonderful?
Scene from "Aren't We Wonderful?" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The city of Neustadt an der Nitze is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig. The event is attended by patriotic groups and all of the Kaiser’s faithful citizens. There are even plans for the flight of a hot-air balloon to mark the special day. Fifteen-year-old schoolboys Hans Boeckel and Bruno Tiches intend to smuggle themselves into the balloon’s basket. Boeckel is caught and punished, but Tiches remains undiscovered. Ten years later, Tiches speculates successfully on the stock-market while the working student Boeckel sells newspapers for a living. In 1933, while Tiches wears the Nazi uniform and is enjoying a successful career, Boeckel has lost his job at the.

After the end of the war, Boeckel – in an altered soldier’s coat – exchanges his last carpet for something to eat. Tiches is doing much better as a business magnate, but is attacked in the newspapers by his childhood friend Boeckel - now a journalist - who criticizes his opportunism. Tiches demands that Boeckel revoke his accusations. But for the first time, Boeckel stands his ground...


Kurt Hoffmann was born in 1910 in Freiburg and died in 2001 in Munich. He began his film career as a camera assistant to Siodmak, Schuenzel and Ucicky. He had his directorial debut in 1939 with Bachelor's Paradise (Paradies der Junggesellen), followed by popular film adaptations based on the literary works of such well-known writers as Thomas Mann, Friedrich Duerrenmatt, und Kurt Tucholsky. His films include: Quax, der Bruchpilot (1941), I Often Think of Piroschka (Ich denke oft an Piroschka, 1955), Confessions of Felix Krull (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, 1957), The Spessart Inn (Das Wirtshaus in Spessart, 1958), Aren't We Wonderful? (Wir Wunderkinder, 1958), The Castle Gripsholm (Schloss Gripsholm, 1963), Praetorius (Dr. med. Hiob Praetorius, 1964), Rheinsberg (1967), and In the Morning at Seven the World Is Still in Order (Morgens um sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung, 1968), among others.
Genre History, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1958
Director Kurt Hoffmann
Screenplay Heinz Pauck, Guenter Neumann
Cinematography Richard Angst
Hilwa von Boro
Franz Grothe
Franz Bi
Cast Robert Graf, Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Ingrid van Bergen, Liesl Karlstadt, Lina Carstens, Horst Tappert, Michl Lang, Pinkas Braun, Wera Frydtberg, Hansjoerg Felmy, Juergen Goslar, Johanna von Koczian, Ingrid Pan
Producers Rolf Thiele, Hans Abich
Production Company Filmaufbau/Goettingen
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Dubbed Versions English, Spanish
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Acapulco 1959, Moscow 1959, Moscow 2012
Awards 2 German Film Awards in Silver 1959, First Prize Acapulco 1959, Gold Medal Moscow 1959, Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film 1960
German Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen/Berlin

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