MAMA, I'M ALIVE!
- MAMA, I’M ALIVE!
- (MAMA, ICH LEBE)
- 1977, Konrad Wolf, East Germany, 103 min.
- With Peter Prager, Uwe Zerbe
Wolf’s wide-ranging filmography includes two highly regarded war films (the first being I WAS NINETEEN, 1968) drawing upon his personal experiences as a soldier in World War II. One of the central themes of East German cinema--the nation’s suspended identity between Germany and the Soviet bloc--is neatly encapsulated in this powerful tale of four young German POWs who decide to join the Red Army but find themselves torn by their divided allegiances. (Wolf himself was a German Jew whose family fled to Russia in the 1930s.) East Germany’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In German and Russian with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)