GERMANY | 1956 | 89 min | STC

Berlin in the 1950s. No longer able to stand the petty bourgeois tyranny of his father, 19-year-old Freddy has left home. Risen to the top of a youth gang, he leads a life of crime.


One day, while preparing his “biggest coup ever”, his younger brother asks Freddy if he can help out his father, who is badly in debt. But a planned post office robbery goes wrong.

In order to reassert himself as gang leader and to prove to his girlfriend Sissy that he is a man, Freddy breaks into a villa. Surprised by the owner, the situation escalates.

Lead actor Horst Buchholz was firmly established as the German James Dean, the young and rebellious mod rocker who embodied the new, Americanized West Germany after the war. Buchholz quickly went on to Hollywood fame starring in John Sutrge’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) as well as Billy Wilder’s ONE, TWO, THREE (1961).


Director: Georg Tressler
Cast: Horst Buchholz, Karin Baal, Christian Doermer
Language: German with English subtitles


Introduced by John Caffery, a DJ and community worker who engages art in social change.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut and the Revue Cinema in 35mm.


General admission: $12
Members, Students & Seniors: $9

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