Märkische Forschungen (Exploring the Brandenburg Marches)
1982, color, 96 min., Feature
Director: Roland Gräf
Script: Roland Gräf
Camera: Peter Brand
Music: Günther Fischer
Cast: Hermann Beyer, Kurt Böwe, Jutta Wachowiak, Dieter Franke, Trude Bechermann, Eberhardt Esche.
16mm, no subtitles: renting
The distinguished Professor Winfried Menzel of Berlin has rediscovered
a forgotten poet from the Mark, Max von Schwedenow. He meets a teacher from the country called Pötsch on a trip.
He must later concede that Pötsch is closing in on
Schwedenow's trail, and knows even more about him than Menzel does. He
begs Pötsch to collaborate with him in Berlin, putting him in the
position of assistant. Pötsch is delighted. In his research, he
discovers evidence that puts Menzel's revolutionary portrait of
Schwedenow into question. He had discovered that in his youth,
Schwedenow had worked for the Prussian government as a reactionary
censor - under different names. Menzel wants Pötsch to ignore
this, so as to not jeopardize his own work. As Pötsch persists
with this evidence, Menzel uses his position to bring him down.
Pötsch, however, still hopes for the last word in the matter.