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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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Three Wishes for Cinderella(1973)

3.9/5 (with 112 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.

A Room With a View(1978)

50min per episode | Kids & Family

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

Front Without Mercy(1984)

1h per episode | Action & Adventure

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

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
5.0/5 (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

Ghosts from Outside(1987-1988)

3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

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

Germany Year Zero(1948)

1h 10min | War, Drama
3.9/5 (with 98 votes)

The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.

Les Misérables(1958)

3h 30min | Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 31 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 (Bernard Blier). 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.

Naked Among Wolves(1963)

2h 4min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 7 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.

The Witches of Salem(1957)

2h 25min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 9 votes)

Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she is puritanical and cold.) When she finds John and Abigail embracing, she sends the lass from her home and John, feeling damned, agrees. Abigail vows revenge. Her chance comes when she accuses Elisabeth of witchcraft and manipulates younger girls to support her claims of seeing spirits. The town's minister and politicians want a cause: ridding the town of witchcraft is the ideal repression.

The Murderers Are Among Us(1946)

1h 31min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 18 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.

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The Story of Little Mook(1953)

3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck - much like them, but with better manners and a heap of problems. Having lost his father at early age, little Muck is expelled from home by his greedy relatives. He wanders off into the desert hoping to find the merchant who sells good fortune. Amidst the dunes of sand he comes across a small house owned by a wicked woman and her many cats. She wants to make Little Muck her servant, but he manages to escape by stealing a pair of magic shoes which enable him to run faster than any man in the country. From there he heads right into the next set of challenges...

First Spaceship on Venus(1960)

G
| 1h 19min | Science Fiction
2.2/5 (with 20 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.

Chingachgook: The Great Snake(1967)

1h 32min | Adventure, Western
3.0/5 (with 7 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.

Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns(1985)

3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

The tale of young Gritta who lives with her father, an unsuccessful inventor. When her new stepmother tries to put her away in a convent she discovers some dark secrets there.

Directed by Jürgen Brauer - With Nadja Klier, Hermann Beyer, Fred Delmare, Marc Lubosch, Wolf-Dieter Lingk, Peter Sodann, ...

Frau Holle(1963)

3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

The widow has an ugly and lazy daughter, Pechmarie, and a beautiful and hard-working step-daughter, Goldmarie. Because Pechmarie is her real daughter, the widow clearly favors her and makes Goldmarie do all the work. Poor Goldmarie must also sit and spin all day by the well until her fingers bleed. When she tries to rinse out the spindel, it drops into the cold water. Her unsympathetic step-mother tells her to jump in after it. Goldmarie does as she is told, and then wakes up in the middle of a beautiful field of flowers. This is the land of Frau Holle, who welcomes Goldmarie and invites her to stay, as long as she will help with the housework. Marie stays and serves Frau Holle gladly, until she suffers so terribly from homesickness that she asks to go home. Before bringing her back, Frau Holle rewards Marie with a shower of gold. Upon her return, Goldmarie and her gold are welcomed by her greedy step-sister and -mother. Hoping for the same kind of reward, the step-mother sends ...

Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria(1985)

2.4/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

Stalingrad(1990)

3h 16min | War
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

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

Her Third(1972)

1h 47min | Romance / Love, Drama
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

A lonely worker in an East German chemical factory seeks companionship.

The Innocent(1993)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 6 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.

Coming Out(1989)

1h 53min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 13 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.

The Legend of Paul and Paula(1973)

1h 45min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. They meet and discover a strong passion for each other. Life seems like a dream when they're together - but their short flights from the burdens of reality are once and again interrupted by Paul's ties to family and career.

The Kaiser's Lackey(1951)

1h 49min | History, Drama, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. His life motto now runs: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. In this way, he always succeeds: as a student in a duel-fighting student fraternity and as a businessman in a paper factory. He cajoles the obese district administrative president Von Wulkow and wins his favor. He slanders his financial rivals and hatches a plot with the social democrats in the town council. On his honeymoon with his rich wife Guste, he finally finds a chance to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. And when a memorial to the Kaiser is unveiled in the town where Diederich lives and works, he delivers the address. He stands behind the lectern in the pouring rain, saluting his Kaiser. The crowd is dispersed. Everything is laid in ruins...

Five Cartridges(1960)

1h 30min | War, Drama
3.8/5 (with 4 votes)

It is the year 1936 and the Spanish Civil War is raging. When the German commander of an international brigade is badly wounded he gives his five comrades a message which he divides up and secretes into in five cartridges. All five shells must reach the battalion in order for the message to be relayed. But Frenchman Pierre can’t bear the heat of the Sierra. When he leaves their hide-out to drink from a well he is hit by an enemy bullet.

The Dwarf Magician(1960)

1h 13min | Fantasy
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

East German adaptation of Grimm‘s fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin“.

Directed by Christoph Engel, Erwin Anders - With Karl-Heinz Rothin, Karin Lesch, Reinhard Michalke, Nikolaus Paryla, Siegfried Seibt, Peter Dommisch, ...

...And Your Love Too(1962)

1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

On August 13th, 1961 - the night that the Berlin Wall goes up - three people must make a decision that will change their lives forever.

Snow-White and Rose-Red(1979)

3.4/5 (with 10 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.

The Gleiwitz Case(1961)

1h 10min | Drama, History, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

Jacob the Liar(1974)

1h 40min | History, Drama, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 9 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.

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