Der Aufrechte Gang (1976)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Dieter Wittowski (Claus Eberth) is a factory worker who is suddenly put out of work by a strike. When he gives a newspaper interview to a reporter and makes comments supporting his co-workers, his words are edited out of shape into a form which seems to place the issue into a native-Germans versus guest-workers context. When he tries to correct things, he finds that this distortion by the newspaper accurately reflects the views of his family and co-workers, who considered him a sort of hero for saying those things. When the strike fails, he is left with an issue of conscience about whether to return to the job.

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factory, hero, interview, labor-relations, reporter, striker, yellow-journalism