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Rotation [DVD] [German] [1949]

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Special Features

  • Interview: film historian Christiane Mückenberger on "Rotation"
  • Newsreels: "The Eye-Witness" reports on director Wolfgang Staudte and making "Rotation"
  • Essay: "1945-65: The Cold War - The Film in Historical Context"
  • About the filmmakers
  • Stills gallery


This powerful, World War II drama frequently cited as one of the most important films in German history tells the heated tale of a family divided over supporting the Nazis or fighting for the equality of all races and creeds. Originally censored by the Soviets for its unwavering message of pacifism, Rotation finds father turning against son as the troubled family patriarch agrees to print up Nazi fliers in hopes of improving the family finances before being betrayed by his Hitler Youth son. When the bombs stop dropping and the bullets stop flying, father and son are forced to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives despite their troubled past. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Reinhold Bernt - Kurt Blank
  • Paul Esser
    Paul Esser - Hans Behnke
  • Werner Peters
    Werner Peters
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