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
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