The Weissensee saga

The Weissensee saga

Season 3

DVD - 2017 | German
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Autumn, 1989. The Iron Curtain is falling, and the changing political climate takes its toll on the Kupfer family. Martin Kupfer tries to get his daughter back, with the aid of a West German reporter. His brother Falk belongs to a group of hardcore Stasi officers who are prepared to do anything to preserve Communist power. His father, Hans, opposes any movement that has the potential for getting out of control.
Publisher: [United States] : MHZ Networks Home Entertainment, [2017]
Branch Call Number: GER TV WEI
Language Note: German dialogue; English subtitles
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (290 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dec 05, 2017

I have greatly enjoyed all three seasons of Weissensee (White Lake), named after a district in East Berlin. This is an outstanding TV series. Weissensee often approaches brilliance while occasionally it can feel like a Cold War soap opera. Don't let that deter you. We loved the acting, storyline and the effort to accurately depict life in the former GDR. Visually, it was as convincing as a BBC historical drama; the cars and trucks on the street, the clothes people wore, convincing interiors (right down to the wallpaper) and more. One really felt transported back to those days. The heavy climate of political intrigue and repression felt quite accurate, even if it might have been exaggerated. As a young Canadian, i worked in West Germany from 1973-74, but made forays into the German Democratic Republic (or East Germany), once for up to a week. which I too experienced in a very, very mild way. In 1975 I was held back by the GDR border police and Stasi for 6 or 7 hours. The interview of a half hour was classic: the uniformed border policeman was gruff and the Stasi guy was friendly. Finally, not everything about East German life was evil. They sense of solidarity and community-minded thinking was also a reality in these times – thankfully that too was touched on in the series. I highly recommend Weissensee, if you are interested in contemporary German history or the Cold War.

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