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Under the Pavement Lies the Strand

Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand, FRG 1975, directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms, 103 min, rated: 16

Grischa and Heinrich, both actors at the Berliner Schaubühne, strike up a conversation after a performance and fall in love. Disappointed by the outcome of the 1968 student movement, they are both lost and searching for meaning. They move in together. But while Grischa takes on a new self-image and becomes involved in politics, Heinrich grows dissatisfied and jealous. Finally, he leaves her. The conflict between the political and the personal is reflected in the film’s aesthetics. As well as intimate scenes, documentary footage shows, for example, a demonstration against anti-abortion laws.

Featuring: Grischa Huber, Heinrich Giskes, Ursula von Berg, Gesine Strempel, Traute Klier-Siebert, Barbara Finkenstaedt, Heinz Hoenig, Günter Lampe

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