Die Legende von Paul und Paula
(1974) from Tuna
|Die Legend von Paul und Paula (1974)
would be nothing more than a dated drama, except for where and when it
was made. It is an East German film done during a brief period of
artistic freedom, and one of the most popular ever in the DDR. Viewed
through our eyes, it is a rather pedestrian story of a woman who kicks
out her cheating husband, then falls for a neighbor who himself is in an
unhappy marriage with a cheating spouse. Paula wants him to herself, but
he has a sense of duty, and worries about his son.
Angelica Domröse shows her breasts, and pokes
through several of her outfits. Heidemarie Wenzel, as Paul's
wife, also shows her breasts, and an unknown actress who is
caught by Paula with her first husband also shows her breasts.
|What made this film so daring was a theme
that you should sometimes follow your heart and dare to dream. Paula was
a lower class single mother who worked in a supermarket, while Paul was
a petty government official. She was the dreamer, he full of the notions
of work ethic, loyalty to the state, etc, that were expected of him. His
wife was the daughter of a seedy carnival owner, beautiful but a
complete gold digger, and promiscuous by nature. There were a few
innovative moments I really enjoyed, such as the morning after Paula
first sleeps with Paul. She is still in a satisfied and romantic fog,
and forgets to put her work shirt on before opening the pop bottle
recycling window to the usual crowd of men. In another scene, she is
asked to help at the registers due to a huge rush of angry shoppers. She
starts singing a dirty song, and soon the entire store joins in.
If the context interests you, I am sure you have
already decided to look for it. If not, the story itself is not
compelling enough to win anyone over. It is in German, with
- with their dollars: a mammoth success in
the old East Germany with 3.2 million admissions.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C.
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