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The Genre Cinema of DEFA

The repertoire of DEFA, the major movie studio of the German Democratic Republic, includes numerous very unusual Genre Films. Those productions were met with skepticism by government officials and received rather luke-warm reviews from contemporary critics, but were often enormously successful at the box office.

Films of the Marshall Plan

Selling Democracy

With 42 educational and advertising films, the Film Archive of the German Historical Museum owns a significant collection of films made as part of the European Recovery Program. We present a selection of these films online.