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Morgen beginnt das Leben

Life Begins Tomorrow

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Musician Robert Sand is released from prison in April 1933, after serving five years for manslaughter. Disappointed not to find his wife Marie waiting for him outside the prison gates, he heads into the city. At the same time, Marie makes her way in the other direction. For one portentous day, they look for each other in the noisy city of Berlin. Doubt, mistrust, and jealousy begin to germinate in Robert’s breast … Made after the end of the Weimar Republic, Morgen beginnt das Leben is a swan song to the qualities of Weimar cinema. With minimal, often deliberately incomprehensible dialogue, Hochbaum’s film puts the focus on a visual experience. It is indebted to the tradition of films showing a cross-section of urban society; using documentary images, expressionist lighting, subjective camera angles, and experimental sound and picture montages, it traces a portrait of the metropolis, as well as the inner conflicts of its protagonist. But in the new dictatorial era, that had a price. In 1993, Karsten Witte wrote “the director, heir to the proletarian films of the Weimar Republic, depoliticised his methods to the same extent that he resurrected the rhetoric of the old avant-garde”.

Werner Hochbaum

Germany 1933


77’ · Black/White · 35 mm

New Print


Erich Haußmann
Hilde von Stolz
Harry Frank
Walter von Lennep
Edith Schollwer
Etta Klingenberg
Alfred Beierle
Gustav Püttjer


Werner Hochbaum
Carl Behr
Herbert Körner
Camera Assistant
Hermann Dey
Marianne Behr
Hansom Milde-Meißner
Eugen Hrich
Set Construction
Gustav A. Knauer, Alexander Mügge
Richard Timm
Emil Unfried

Produced by

Ethos-Film GmbH

Film Print: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin