DEFA Film Library
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cinema of East Germany
Silvesterpunsch (New Year's Punch)
1960, color, 89 min.,
After their successful May party, now
the Lehmann family want to throw a New Year's Eve part with punch.
Wilhelm's sons Franz and Paul are brigade leaders at a chemical
factory. One of their brigades consists largely of fanatics of
high culture, while the other consists of sports fanatics. But
the rival brigades must work together in order to throw a successful
New Year's Eve party for the factory, since the occasion requires both
elements: sports and culture. There is an ice show in the
program, the star of which is Wilhelm's granddaughter Suse.
Knispel from the sports-inclined brigade follows Paul's rigorous
training plan for her and stubbornly refuses to let matters of the
heart get in the way. Knispel, along with the pretty Ruth, still
succeed at convincing the iron athlete Paul of the utility of culture
and the collaboration between the two areas. The athletically and
artistically brilliant ice show is a big hit.
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