This is an excellent documentary on one of East Germany's most influential filmmakers, Konrad Wolf (1925-1982). It is fashioned from a skillful weaving together of interviews, clips from films either by Wolf or related to his life and philosophy, and archival footage combined with explanatory narration. As noted in the long biographical segment, Wolf's father Friedrich Wolf was a dramatist and writer who took his family out of Germany in 1933 and settled them in Moscow. Konrad was only eight at the time. Film clips illustrate this period and its influence on Wolf's later work. After he ended his tour of duty in the Red Army during World War II, Wolf went back to Moscow and started his academic training in filmmaking. By 1954 he had moved to East Germany, and in 1965 he was appointed president of the East German Academy of Fine Arts. Today, there is a film and TV school named after him in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
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