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Scene from "Rotation" (photo © Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The film focuses on the laborer Hans Behnke, who has finally become a machine supervisor at the rotary press of a big publishing house after long, hard years of unemployment. He does not really like the Nazis, but when they come to power he follows the path of least resistance, ending up a party member. It is not until a confrontation with his brother-in-law, a communist in the active resistance, and the outbreak of war that he begins to think and act. He helps to set up a printing machine for illegal leaflets. His son – entangled in persecution and confusion as a result of a fascist education – denounces him, he is arrested, and sentenced to death. By chance, he survives the war, but his wife is killed. When his son returns from a prisoner-of-war camp, hesitant and uncertain whether his father will take him in, Behnke knows that he must face the future side by side with the young man – as the older generation bears the greater responsibility for the tragedy of the German youth.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1949
Director Wolfgang Staudte
Screenplay Wolfgang Staudte, Erwin Klein
Cinematography Bruno Mondi
Lilian Seng
H.W. Wiemann
Willy Schiller
Cast Paul Esser, Irene Korb, Karl-Heinz Deickert, Reinhard Koldehoff, Werner Peters, Albert Johannes, Theodor Vogeler, Valeska Stock
Producer Herbert Uhlig
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
Sound Technology Optical
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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