The late classic of Weimar cinema, conceived by playwright Bertolt Brecht
At the height of the Depression, Anni (Herta Thiele, Mädchen in Uniform) and her family are evicted from their Berlin apartment and forced to move in with her boyfriend, Fritz, at Kuhle Wampe, a lakeside camp on the outskirts of Berlin that now accommodates the ever-growing numbers of the dispossessed.
Often described as the only communist film to come out of Weimar Germany, Kuhle Wampe was a creative collaboration between Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Ottwalt, Slatan Dudow, Hanns Eisler and Georg Höllering. Conceived at the political and artistic watershed of the waning Weimar Republic, it was swiftly banned in 1933 as the Nazis took power.
Exquisitely photographed by Günther Krampf (Nosferatu), this semi-documentary combines inspired montage sequences with intimate realist and comic scenes of Anni’s family life, driven along by Hanns Eisler’s celebrated score. Newly restored in 2K by ARRI Media on behalf of the Deutsche Kinemathek, Kuhle Wampe is presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the UK.