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Ballad of Berlin, The (Berliner Ballade)

Ballad of Berlin, The
Scene from "Berliner Ballade" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek)

The Ballad of Berlin is a satire of post-war reality in Germany, presented as a flashback in the year 2048.

Otto Normalverbraucher, an average German citizen, returns from captivity in 1949 to Berlin and has to come to terms with the new post-war situation. He meets bootleggers and reactionaries, looks for work and food, and in the end even finds his "dream woman".
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1948
Director Robert A. Stemmle
Screenplay Guenter Neumann
Cinematography Georg Krause
Walter Wischniewsky
Werner Eisbrenner, Guenter Neumann
Gabriel Pellon
Cast Gert Froebe, Aribert Waescher, Tatjana Sais, Ute Sielisch, O.E. Hasse, Werner Oelschlaeger, Hans Deppe, Erwin Biegel, Brigitte Mira
Producer Alf Teichs
Production Company Comedia Film/Munich & Berlin
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Venice 1948
Awards Special Prize Venice 1948
German Distributor DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum e.V.

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