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Genre  Documentary
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Country  East Germany
Director  Andrew Thorndike
Writer  Andrew Thorndike
Language  German
Der Weg nach oben movie poster
Release date  6 October 1950
Distributed by  Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft
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Der Weg nach oben (The Way Up; Chronicle Of The Rise) is an East German political and economic documentary film directed by Andrew Thorndike. It was released in 1950, premiering on the eve of the first anniversary of the GDR. Critically acclaimed, it won the Best Documentary Film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1951. The film was produced by VEB DEFA Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme. This was Thorndike's first feature-length film.

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The film demonstrates improvements made in East Germany in the late 1940s, including land reform and steel industry developments, the founding of the Socialist Unity Party, the expropriation of war criminals and the first Five-year plan. Simultaneously it is a scathing critique of western involvement in Western Germany in the post-war years, believing that it would lead to economic oppression throughout Europe. Western Germany is depicted as being plagued by unemployment (with over 2 million people out of work), child labour, and female student prostitution. According to John Davidson and Sabne Hake, authors of Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany, "the film describes the most important stations of the young GDR as a 'chronicle of ascension', to quote the working title". By contrast, "the representation of West Germany aims to place the FRG in line with National Socialism, and in that tradition, as a vassal of the Western powers and a servant of imperialist politics, respectively". Davidson and Hake find this clearly illustrated in the opening moments of the film. In the documentary, prominent Nazis are shown at the Nuremberg trials, and a voiceover states that their work is being continued by the likes of Konrad Adenauer, Kurt Schumacher, Winston Churchill, and Harry Truman.

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