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Director  Kurt Maetzig
Language  German
7.9/10 IMDb

Music director  Gerhard Rosenfeld
Country  East Germany
The Banner of Krivoi Rog movie poster
Cast  Erwin Geschonneck (Otto Brosowski Senior), Marga Legal (Minna Brosowski), Marga Legal (Otto Brosowski Junior), Harry Hindemith (B├╝rgermeister Zonkel), Fred-Artur Geppert (R├╝diger), Eva-Maria Hagen (Elfriede)
Release date  27 October 1967
Writer  Otto Gotsche (novel), Hans-Albert Pederzani
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The Banner of Krivoi Rog (German: Die Fahne von Kriwoj Rog) is an East German film, directed by Kurt Maetzig. It was released in 1967.


The Banner of Krivoi Rog movie scenes


Otto Brosowski, a communist miner, writes to the miners in the Soviet city of Krivoi Rog, telling them of the harsh conditions in which he and his friends work, as the capitalist owners of the copper mine demand harder work. He receives a Red Banner from them. As the Nazis seize power, Otto and his family hide the flag from the authorities, taking great personal risks. At 1945, as the Second World War nears its end, the town is occupied by the Americans, who also wish to steal the Banner. At July 1945, as the Americans retreat and allow the Red Army to take over the area, the Brosowski family takes the flag and heads to meet the Soviets.


  • Erwin Geschonneck: Otto Brosowski Senior
  • Marga Legal: Minna Brosowski
  • Helmut Schellhardt: Otto Brosowski Junior
  • Eva-Maria Hagen: Elfriede
  • Manfred Krug: Jule Hammer
  • Angela Brunner: Frau Bienert
  • Rudolf Ulrich: Bienert
  • Horst Kube: Bartel
  • Horst Giese: Gestapo spy
  • Walter Kaufmann: Lieutenant Stone
  • Perry Friedman: American officer
  • Fred Delmare: Communist driver
  • Production

    The script of The Banner of Krivoi Rog was adapted from Otto Gotsche's popular novel by the same name, which was entered into the East German schools' curriculum. Gotsche's book was based on real events which took place in Gerbstedt before and during the Second World War: a man named Otto Brosowski had hidden a Red Banner he received from the miners in Krivoi Rog. The Banner itself was kept as a symbol of Soviet-German friendship. Maetzig's film was commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution.


    The film was viewed by 2,772,000 people in the two months from its release until the end of 1967, with 750,000 of them in the first two weeks; that figure also included those who saw it in mandatory screenings in collective farms and schools. It became the second most popular East German film of the year, after Chingachgook, the Great Snake.

    Maetzig, writer Hans-Albert Pederzani, actors Erwin Geschonneck and Marga Legal and cinematographer Erich Gusko were all awarded the National Prize, 1st degree, on 3 October 1968. The film also won the Cinema Award of the magazine Junge Welt.

    Heiko R. Blum wrote that "the pathetic style, the hollow words... cannot destroy the picturesque quality of this impressive film, which is modeled after the classical Soviet epics." The German Film Lexicon defined The Banner of Kriwoy Rog as "an fimpressive, historically insightful picture that conveys its propaganda in a humane manner."


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