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(Kaninchen bin ich, Das)

Scene from "Das Kaninchen bin ich" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

Maria, a self-confident East German high school girl, is prohibited to go away to university because her brother is serving time in prison for agitation against the state, so she earns money by working as a waitress. Then she falls in love with the judge Paul Diester, unaware that he is the very one who sentenced her brother. Only later does she realize Diester’s opportunistic intentions, who only thinks of his career and misuses Maria and the law to achieve his own goals. She distances herself from him, suffers from his abuse, and is determined to go her own way.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1965
Director Kurt Maetzig
Screenplay Manfred Bieler
Cinematography Erich Gusko
Helga Krause
Reiner Bredemeyer, Gerhard Rosenfeld
Alfred Thomalla
Cast Angelika Waller, Alfred Mueller, Ilse Voigt, Wolfgang Winkler, Irma Muench, Rudolf Ulrich, Helmut Schellhardt, Willi Schrade, Willi Narloch, Maria Besendahl
Producer Martin Sonnabend
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Length 114 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Mono
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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