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The Architects

Filmed as the GDR crumbled, this somber, finely drawn portrait of life in East Berlin depicts a young architect whose life and goals are strangled by communist dogma represented by the older generation. THE ARCHITECTS was one of the first fiction films to deal with both the GDR and unification period.

Daniel feels like a stranger in his own land. His architectural plans for a new development have been rejected for not complying with standardized designs. His colleagues increasingly leave Daniel to himself. Even Daniel's wife, Wanda, is despondent; like so many others, she wants to move to the West and take their daughter. Daniel is left to wonder what happened to his country and its people.

Comments (4)

Anonymous picture

This was a good film about the daily life and struggles of living in a command economy.

Karlheinz avatar

The US is also a command economy - we push trillions into a failed military industry. Nothing special about the DDR.

Kim avatar

Super film that made me appreciate my freedom and empathize with those controlled by dogma and politics. Love these historical German films about the struggles shared by many of the oppressed.

Anonymous picture

A very interesting film, and one needn't be much concerned with architecture to be engaged with it. One of the few East German (DDR) films that speaks honestly about how it was to live, work and love in that country before the fall of the Wall. Bleak, but compelling.