Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Released in 1946 as “Mörder Sind Unter Uns”, it was the first German film made in Germany after WW2. Its director, Wolfgang Staude, gave the main part – that of Susanne Wallner – to a young German actress whom he saw perform at the partly bombed Schloss Theater in Berlin-Steglitz.
That performance brought her a 4-page spread in the LIFE Magazine on May 19th, 1947 – Hildegard Knef was the first German to have been honoured this way after the war.
The film itself, produced by the East German state film company DEFA, remains one of the most powerful images of the post-Nazi German society. It was filmed in Munich and in Berlin – all the ruins used as a setting are real.
With English subtitles.