MDR begins DEFA series with Manfred Krug in “Spur der Steine”

At the start of the “DEFA 75” series, the MDR is presenting a film that has it all. “Trace of Stones” whirled up dust in the GDR at the time. Today the film with Manfred Krug can be seen on TV.

“Too anti-socialist” was the verdict when “Spur der Steine” was banned in 1966. The ban would last until 1989. From then on, the film won back its audiences and the hearts of its critics. In 1990 it ran again in the cinema. But how did the ban come about?

The film, which was initially classified as “particularly valuable”, suddenly found itself exposed to criticism of the SED’s portrayal in 1966 just a few days after its release. Protests, presumably orchestrated by the party, against the performances of “Spur der Steine” led to the film’s quick cancellation. As a result, it was no longer allowed to be shown in the GDR for 23 years.

The MDR shows “Spur der Steine” today after the “Rvierboat” from midnight as the prelude to its 75th anniversary series of DEFA. You can also read the article on the other films that will run until May as part of the film series. In future they will always be broadcast on Fridays. With this series, the MDR would like to present the GDR era to a younger target group.


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