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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Divided Heaven DVD Review

Divided Heaven DVD Review



Synopsis: A young woman reflects back on the last two years of her life: her love for Manfred, a talented chemist; his enthusiasm for his success, which turn to bitter disappointment in the face of rejection; his escape to West Berlin a few weeks before the Berlin Wall is erected; and his hope that she will follow.

Based on Christa Wolf's internationally acclaimed novel and criticized in the GDR for questioning the construction of the Wall, Divided Heaven was made during a brief cultural thaw in the early 1960s. Strongly influenced by French Nouvelle Vague cinema, this classic film directed by the legendary Konrad Wolf was praised by critics as one of Germany's 100 Most Important Films.

Review:  I had never had the opportunity to see Divided Heaven prior to this DVD release.  This film is ranked as one of the 100 most important German films.  I would have to agree whole-heartedly.  Based on a book by Christa Wolf and directed by the legend Konrad Wolf, Divided Heaven is a heartfelt tale about the Berlin wall and the real-life affect that it had on the citizens on both sides.  Its a love story with a setting that you don't often get to see.   This film is vital and raw in it's emotion and is an absolute must-see!

Interest Range: Christa Wolf, Konrad Wolf, Germany, Vintage Film