section A Journey Through Time


  • Erich Engel
  • SBZ
  • 1948
  • 109

The murderer turns an innocent individual into a hunted man: Gabler, criminally-minded and unscrupulous, accuses Jewish factory owner Blum of murdering his accountant. The law courts of the Weimar Republic unanimously consent to the anti-Jewish agitation. Superintendent Bonte, called upon for help, is committed to honesty however. He sees to it that Gabler is convicted as the real murderer. Based on a true story, the film was shot at the DEFA studios.

Sun, 8/15 4:30 p.m. Cinema Delphi Lux / panel discussion: Both a German-Polish journey through time and a comparison of cinematic histories to mark DEFA’s 75th anniversary.

How did both DEFA studio and Polish films deal with Jewish issues during the era of socialism? What was the general political framework, what points of view and taboos stand out? How did the engagement with Jewish issues evolve in both countries? The discussion will take place between the screenings of THE LAST STAGE (PL 1948) and AFFAIRE BLUM (SBZ 1948).


original title THE BLUM CASE

international title THE BLUM CASE

german title AFFAIRE BLUM

JFBB section A Journey Through Time

  • director Erich Engel

country/countries SBZ

year 1948

duration 109

screenplay Robert A. Stemmle

director of photography Friedl Behn-Grund, Karl Plintzner

sound Karl Tramburg

music Herbert Trantow

editing Lilian Seng

production company DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme

actor/s Hans Christian Blech Gisela Trowe Kurt Ehrhardt Karin Evans Helmuth Rudolph Paul Bildt Blandine Ebinger Arno Paulsen Gerhard Bienert Friedrich Maurer Alfred Schieske Hugo Kalthoff Maly Delschaft Ernst Waldow Herbert Hübner