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DEFA (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft) was the state-owned film studio of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) throughout the country's existence. Since 2019, DEFA's film heritage has been made accessible and licensable on the PROGRESS archive platform. ()

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Germany, Year Zero(1948)

1h 10min | War, Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 143 votes)

In the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, a twelve-year-old boy is left to his own devices in order to help provide for his family.

Three Wishes for Cinderella(1973)

3.8/5 (with 138 votes)

Popelka, a resourceful and independent young girl, is a servant in her stepmother's house and confides her closest friend the owl. When she comes across three magical acorns, she's granted a single wish for each one of them.

Mirage of Blaze(2002)

2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Mirage of Blaze is a shōnen-ai light novel series by Mizuna Kuwabara, which are published under Shueisha's Cobalt label. It was adapted into an anime TV series directed by Susumu Kudo in 2002 and an OVA in 2004. Difficult to classify, Mirage of Blaze is equal parts melodrama, historical romance, and supernatural fantasy. Japanese history predominates a heavily structured plot, which mainly involves the continued aggression between magic using guardians, or "possessors," and the denizens of a "feudal underworld," or the restless souls of long-dead samurai attempting to re-ignite ancient war on the modern plane. The anime TV series and the OVAs have since been released in North America by Media Blasters, and both have aired on Encore Action and Encore WAM.

Les Misérables(1958)

3h 30min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 41 votes)

Victor Hugo's monumental novel Les Miserables has been filmed so often that sometimes it's hard to tell one version from another. One of the best and most faithful adaptations is this 240-minute French production, starring Jean Gabin as the beleaguered Jean Valjean. Arrested for a petty crime, Valjean spends years 20 in the brutal French penal system. Even upon his release, his trail is dogged by relentless Inspector Javert. Valjean's efforts to create a new life for himself despite the omnipresence of Javert is meticulously detailed in this film, which utilizes several episodes from the Hugo original that had hitherto never been dramatized. Originally released as a single film, Les Miserables was usually offered as a two-parter outside of France.

Ghosts from Outside(1987-1988)

3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

An adventures of a Berlin family spending summer in haunted house.

Zur See(1977)

1h 15min per episode | Drama, Kids & Family
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

Archiv des Todes(1980)

12h 30min per episode | War & Politics
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Archiv des Todes is a 1980 13-part television series German war television film series set during World War II.

Directed by Rudi Kurz

Front Without Mercy(1984)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A story about German resistance group fighting SS units during WWII.

First Spaceship on Venus(1960)

| 1h 19min | Science Fiction
2.3/5 (with 27 votes)

A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it.

The Innocent(1993)

| 1h 59min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man’s best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman who will take him on the dark side of evil.

Snow-White and Rose-Red(1979)

3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

In an enchanted forest, the princely brothers Michael and Andreas get lost and are transformed, by a mountain spirit who jealously guards his underground treasure, into animals until the unlikely event of sincere love from a human. The only persons who may be able to give such love are the local commoner sisters Snow-white and Rose-red, who are kind and helpful by nature and stand to harvest unimagined rewards.

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A Room With a View(1978)

50min per episode | Kids & Family

Little Jette befriends her new neighbor Martin who recently returned after army service.


2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Jette and Johannes have been living together for two years when Johannes suggests that they "legalize" their relationship. Jette loves him, but the proposal of marriage terrifies her.


3h 16min | War
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

The WWII pivotal battle of Stalingrad is shown through the eyes of the soldiers and officers on both sides of the war.

Coming Out(1989)

1h 53min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

Philipp, a closeted teacher, is dating a female colleague to keep up appearances. One night he stumbles into a gay bar and falls for a man. Transformed by this love, he is no longer afraid to face up to who he is.

Liberation: The Fire Bulge(1970)

1h 28min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 8 votes)

The "Fiery Arc" tells of a grandiose battle on the Kursk Bulge in the summer of 1943. Here was the largest tank battle in the history of World War II. Along with the personal fate of the heroes, the film shows battle scenes, the activities of headquarters and intelligence, those who worked at the front and in the rear.

Directed by Yuri Ozerov

The Witches of Salem(1957)

2h 25min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 16 votes)

Salem 1692. The young Abigail, seduced and abandoned by John Proctor, accuses John's wife of being a witch in revenge. A series of tragic trials soon befall Salem as fear and suspicion blur the lines of reality.

Forbidden Love(1990)

1h 26min | Romance / Love, Drama
2.8/5 (with 5 votes)

18-year old Georg and 13-year old Barbara have been playing together as children. Play becomes love later, which leads to a catastrophe , as their parents are hostile leading to file a report to the court, as Barbara is still under age.

Naked Among Wolves(1963)

2h 4min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 9 votes)

Based on a true story of inmates at KZ Buchenwald that risked their lives to hide a small Jewish boy shortly before the liberation of the camp.

Divided Heaven(1964)

1h 56min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

After a breakdown, Rita returns to her childhood village in 1961. As she recovers, she remembers the past two years: her love for the chemist Manfred, ten years her senior; how his enthusiasm about his new chemical process turned to bitter disappointment in the face of official rejection; how he escaped to West Berlin a few weeks before the Wall was built and hoped that she would follow him ….

The Murderers Are Among Us(1946)

3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Chingachgook: The Great Snake(1967)

1h 32min | Adventure, Western
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

Chingachgook, a Mohawk-born Delaware warrior, strives to rescue his wife Wahtawah from the clutches of an enemy camp of Huron. Joined by his trusted huntsman Deerslayer, the two confront racist pioneers and brutal British soldiers in their quest. Deerslayer catches the desire of Judith and thus the jealousy of her suitor, Harry. The action of the story functions like a seesaw, characters continuously traveling back and forth between a house on the lake and the Huron camp until the violent climax.

Seven Freckles(1978)

1h 19min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

East Germany 1978. Karoline and Robert, teenagers who used to live in the same house until Robert's family moved, meet again at this year's holiday-camp. First love, first nude experience, first self-made theatre performance of "Romeo and Juliet". A look at the east-German youth in the late seventies.

King Thrushbeard(1965)

2.9/5 (with 7 votes)

A fairy-tale about a beautiful but very haughty princess Anna who cruelly mocks each of her suitors. Finally she is forced by the king to marry a beggar. The poor life, hard work and love teach the princess a lesson and turn her into a loving and kind person.


1h 30min | War, Drama, Kids & Family
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The story of a young German boy and his father who befriend a Jewish family during WWII.

Jacob the Liar(1975)

1h 40min | History, Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 10 votes)

A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories.

Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria(1985)

3h 2min | History, Drama, War
2.4/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -


2.7/5 (with 12 votes)

Eight space cargo-ships disappear without a trace within three days. And the orbit station "Margot" has suddenly fallen silent. The space council is faced with a mystery and the scientist in charge, Maria Scholl, sees no other solution than ordering a total flight stop to this mysterious sector of space. Her colleague, Prof. Tal seems to be suspicious since he knows things before they are even released. A forbidden look into his personal file brings to light that Tal was part of the Eolomea project that never found approval of the commission in charge.

Trace of Stones(1966)

3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

Bad planning and shortages prevail on an East German construction site. Foreman Hannes Balla uses unconventional methods to overcome the problems. New Socialist Unity Party secretary Werner Horrath is charged with bringing the rough-and-ready builder crew into line. The task seems doomed to fail as the two men compete for the affections of young engineer Kati Klee. But when she gets pregnant by married man Horrath, he is in danger of being expelled from the party, and Balla takes his side...

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