May 2018, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Present

DAS ZWEITE LEBEN DES FRIEDRICH WILHELM GEORG PLATOW, 1973 (©DEFA-Stiftung)

Actors Christian Steyer and Ulrike Krumbiegel read from the first novel by director and author Siegfried Kühn entitled “Die Erdorgel oder Wunderbare abgründige Welt”. The book describes the story of the life of its protagonist Friedrich, moving from his childhood in Silesia to his jobs working in an East German mine and at the DEFA until reunification. Kühn mixes autobiographical and fictional elements to this end. After the reading, Kühn’s satirical film of the era of the time DAS ZWEITE LEBEN DES FRIEDRICH WILHELM GEORG PLATOW (East Germany 1973) will be shown, the story of 57-year-old railway station worker, played by Fritz Marquardt in wonderfully off-the-wall fashion. Platow, who becomes “surplus to requirement” after the railways are electrified, won’t allow himself to be sidelined and sets out to get additional training. Due to its critical tone and unusual form, the film didn’t receive an official cinema premiere and was handed an export ban. (jh) (7.5.)