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I'll Show You My Life - Marieluise, A Child of Golzow (Da habt ihr mein Leben - Marieluise, Kind von Golzow)

I'll Show You My Life - Marieluise, A Child of Golzow

Marieluise went to school in Golzow/Oderbruch for ten years. She became a chemical lab technician, but she didn't enjoy the work much. The eldest daughter of six children of a dairy farmer would have preferred to have become a nurse. The 42-year-old is now a dental nurse. A real eye-catcher for the boys even as early as her schooldays, she married late although it wasn't a church wedding because bridegroom Steffen was a regular officer in the GDR people's army. She remained faithful to him despite, or precisely because of, the many problems that presented themselves for the family over the years. For Steffen was subject to all sorts of obligations regarding discipline and secrecy as a member of the government echelon. And they had two daughters. Marieluise heaved a sigh of relief when the Wall fell. Steffen was taken on by the German army. The film ends with the family moving to the West, the only one to do so so far from Golzow.

Winfried Junge was born in 1935 in Berlin. After studies in German at the Humboldt University in Berlin, he transferred to the German Film Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1954. Graduating in 1958, he began work at the DEFA studios. A selection of his films includes: When I Finally Go to School (Wenn ich erst zur Schule geh', 1961), Observations in a First Class (Nach einem Jahr, 1962), Eleven Years Old (Elf Jahre alt, 1966), Anmut sparet nicht noch Muehe (1979), the FIPRESCI Award-winning Lebenslaeufe (1981), Diese Golzower - Umstandsbestimmung eines Ortes (1984), Drehbuch: Die Zeiten (1992), The Life of Juergen from Golzow (Das Leben des Juergen von Golzow, 1994), The Story of Uncle Willy from Golzow (Die Geschichte des Onkel Willy aus Golzow, 1995), Was geht euch mein Leben an. Elke (1996), Da habt ihr mein Leben. Marieluise (1997), Brigitte & Marcel (1998), A Guy Like Dieter - Native of Golzow (Ein Mensch wie Dieter - Golzower, 1999), Jochen - A Golzower from Philadelphia (2001), Actually, I Wanted to Be a Forester - Bernd from Golzow (Eigentlich wollte ich Foerster werden - Bernd aus Golzow, 2006), and If They Haven't Passed Away... The Children of Golzow (Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind... Die Kinder von Golzow, 2006).

Barbara Junge was born in 1943 in Neunhofen and graduated from Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig as an English and Russian translator. From 1969 she worked at the DEFA studio for documentary film in charge of foreign language versions. Since 1978 she has been the archivist of the Golzow-project, has edited all of Winfried Junge's films since 1983 and since 1993 has also co-directed.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1997
Directors Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Screenplay Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Cinematography Hans-Eberhard Leupold, Harald Klix
Barbara Junge
Gerhard Rosenfeld
Producer Klaus-Dieter Schmutzer
Production Company à jour Film/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, ORB/Berlin
Length 141 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 1997 (Forum)
With backing from BMI
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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