May 2017, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Presents

ERNST THÄLMANN – SOHN SEINER KLASSE, 1954 (©DEFA-Stiftung / Heinz Wenzel)

For International Workers' Day, the DEFA Foundation presents two classics from the DEFA studio for features about German Communist Party Chairman Ernst Thälmann, who was stylized as a hero after being murdered in 1944 in Buchenwald concentration camp. This monumental epic by director Kurt Maetzig, with a brilliant Günther Simon in the leading role, was shot from a script by Willi Bredel and Michael Tschesno-Hell. ERNST THÄLMANN – SOHN SEINER KLASSE (East Germany 1954) shows the workers’ leader at the 1918 November revolution and ends at the Hamburg uprising in October 1923. The sequel ERNST THÄLMANN – FÜHRER SEINER KLASSE (East Germany 1955) begins in 1930 and shows Thälmann’s struggle to create a united front for German workers against the National Socialists, his arrest after Hitler seized power, and the 11 years he spent in prison. Both Thälmann films, which were created under the strict supervision of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, were an essential program for millions of East Germany citizens. (jh) (1.5.)

arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation Presents

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Ernst Thälmann – Sohn seiner Klasse

Ernst Thälmann – Sohn seiner Klasse Kurt Maetzig GDR 1954
35 mm 126 min

Introduced by Detlef Kannapin
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – The Voice, Language and Speaking in Film

07:30 pm Cinema 1


Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder USA 1950
With Gloria Swanson, William Holden,
Erich von Stroheim, Buster Keaton
DCP OV 110 min

arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation Presents

09:00 pm Cinema 2


Ernst Thälmann – Führer seiner Klasse

Ernst Thälmann – Führer seiner Klasse
Kurt Maetzig GDR 1955 35 mm 139 min