Karla (1965)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 128 min.  |   Countries - East Germany, Germany  |  
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In this melodrama, Karla is an idealistic young teacher fresh out of school who is unable to do other than to pay more attention to honoring her student's needs than to the requirements of political correctness. In East Germany in the 1960s, this is a risky course. She is backed up by one of the school supervisors, and is able to utter a few uncomfortable truths before she is silenced by the system and forced to resign. It is evident that the truths she is telling about Stalin and even the Nazis are pretty hard for the authorities to stomach. While the story itself is not too remarkable, what is remarkable is that it was allowed to be filmed, and it is not surprising that this film was kept on the shelf for fifteen years until just before the reunification of Germany, and is yet another sign of the bravery of many Eastern Bloc filmmakers.