Carow, Evelyn


Evelyn Carow was born in Berlin in 1931. She began her film career in 1949 as an apprentice at a film laboratory. After completing her training in 1952, she was hired by the DEFA Studios as an assistant editor. Her first projects were short documentary films produced in DEFA’s Educational Film Department, where she met her husband, director Heiner Carow. When the department closed in 1953, she began a productive training period as assistant to the prolific film editor Putty E. Krafft. By January 1954, Carow was an accomplished professional and, two years later, she moved to the DEFA Studio for Feature Films, where she remained for the rest of her career.


At the DEFA Studio for Feature Films, Carow worked with many renowned directors, including Konrad Wolf, Gerhard Klein, Heiner Carow and Frank Beyer. Evelyn and Heiner Carow’s professional partnership began in 1953, with the short educational film Ein Schritt weiter, and continued until Heiner Carow’s death in 1997. The duo is credited with some of the most important feature film productions in East German film history, including several films about personal relationships, marriage, sexuality and individual self-fulfillment: the cult classic, Die Legende von Paul und Paula; the tragic story of a young married couple, Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet; the first and only GDR feature film about homosexuality, Coming Out; and the Wende-period film, The Mistake, about a German-German love affair. They also worked together on the film Die Russen kommen, which was banned during production in 1968 and only reconstructed and released in 1987.


As of 1957, Carow also maintained a remarkable collaboration with director Gerhard Klein. Klein noticed the young film editor shortly after her arrival at the Feature Film Studio and recruited her to edit Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser, the third of four Berlin films he made with scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase. After the success of this film, Klein worked exclusively with Carow as his editor. In 1966, Klein and Carow experienced the harsh censorship of the 11th Plenum, when the fourth Berlin film, Berlin um die Ecke, was banned after officials saw the rough cut. This rough cut would not be screened until 1987, when the GDR State Film Archive mounted a retrospective of films on Berlin; three years later, Carow and Kohlhaase edited the rough cut for the film’s 1990 theatrical release.


Spur der Steine, a film Carow worked on with director Frank Beyer, was also sidelined by the cultural crackdown after the 11th Plenum; it was removed from theaters shortly after its release, not to screen again until after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years later. Carow also teamed up with director Konrad Wolf. Their first collaboration was on Wolf’s autobiographical film Ich war neunzehn. She continued working with him on most of his subsequent productions, especially those exploring the role of the artist and the individual in socialist society, such as Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz and Solo Sunny.


The dismantling of the DEFA Studios shortly after German unification in 1990 also marked the end of Evelyn Carow’s career. She is recognized as one of the most important editors in East German film history, with more than 50 titles to her name. 


1996 Fähre in den Tod (Ferry to Death, TV)
1993 Inge, April und Mai (Inge, April and May)
1992 Verfehlung (The Mistake)
1991 Miraculi
1990 Der Strass (Rhinestones)
1989 Coming Out
1988 Treffen in Travers (Rendezvous in Travers)
1987 Das Herz des Piraten (Heart of the Pirate)
1986 Käthe Kollwitz – Bilder eines Lebens (Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life)
1986 So viele Träume (So Many Dreams)
1983 Olle Henry (Ole Henry)
1982 Busch singt (Busch sings, doc.)
1980 Pugowitza (Pugovitsa)
1978 Solo Sunny
1978 Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet (Until Death Do Us Part)
1978 Sabine Wulff
1976 Mama, ich lebe (Mama, I'm Alive)
1976 Das Licht auf dem Galgen (The Light on the Gallows)
1975 Ikarus (Icarus)
1973 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz (The Naked Man on the Sports Field)
1972 Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)
1970 Karriere (Career)
1968/87 Die Russen kommen (The Russians Are Coming)
1967 Ich war neunzehn (I Was Nineteen)
1967 Geschichten jener Nacht (Stories of that Night)
1966/70 Der verlorene Engel (The Lost Angel)
1966/90 Berlin um die Ecke (Berlin around the Corner)
1961 Der Fall Gleiwitz (The Gleiwitz Case)
1960 Fünf Patronenhülsen (Five Cartridges)
1958 Die Geschichte vom armen Hassan (The Story of Poor Hassan)
1957 Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser (Berlin – Schönhauser Corner)
1955 Martins Tagebuch (Martin's Diary, doc)
1953 Ein Schritt weiter (A Step Forward, doc)


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