Our Time: The Duel
(Aus unserer Zeit: Das Duell)
GDR, 1970, 33 min, b&w
In German; no subtitles
Aus unserer Zeit: Das Duell © DEFA-Stiftung
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The communist Bötcher (Wolfgang Kieling) is charged with the implementation of school reform. He attends a preparatory seminar for future teachers, where he meets Professor Winkelfried (Otto Mellies), a teacher schooled in the old traditions who fears a cultural decline in the face of power now shifting to workers and farmers. Bötcher proves the professor wrong and, in doing so, gives the working-class student Helwig a new sense of self-confidence.
This short film, based on a story by Anna Seghers, is the second episode of Our Time.