From the Postwar Period ... (1946–80)

The first four decades after the end of World War II were characterized by the division of Germany. In the German Democratic Republic, DEFA’s film production was state-controlled. Conflicts with censorship occurred again and again. Almost an entire year’s production was prohibited in 1965, mostly films on current topics.
A younger generation of directors publicly appeared in the Federal Republic of Germany in the mid-1960s. They opposed the predominance of entertainment films. Their work became internationally known under the concept of New German Cinema. Filmmakers in both East and West Germany continued to approach contemporary subjects during the 1970s.
The images of Germany created by the directors on display are exemplary and are facets of an extensive panorama of postwar German film history.

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