Signature Event of Germany @ Canada 2017

Presented by the Goethe-Institut and The Revue Cinema

Did you know that Toronto’s Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue was the go-to place for the German community after WWII? They showed the ever-popular Heimatfilms coming out of Germany in the 1950s and 60s – mostly escapist musicals & romcoms, but also social dramas featuring star actors and some of the best directors of the time. We dug three of those classics that have stood the test of time out of the Goethe-Institut’s own 35mm archive to show you as a “Déjà Revue”:


GERMANY | 1956 | 93 min | STC. Based on true events and the 1931 play by Carl Zuckmayer, it’s the story of the Berlin shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt who donned an old captain’s uniform, “arrested” the mayor of Köpenick and “confiscated” the city treasury containing over four thousand marks. People have been laughing about the daring prank and empathizing with the “Captain from Köpenick”.


GERMANY | 1951 | 100 min | STC. Singer-actress Hildegard Knef had her breakthrough with the controversial role of the prostitute Marina in THE SINNER, the most scandalous movie of 1950s German cinema.


GERMANY | 1956 | 89 min | STC. 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.