30.09. - 09.10.2021

Anton the Magician German Democratic Republic 1977 | 106 min | OV | Colour | FF 2014

Günter Reisch

Günter Reisch (1927-2014) was known for his DEFA comedies, in which he portrayed the opportunism and sneakiness of everyday life in the GDR amusingly and with fine irony.

rated for 0 + years
Car mechanic Anton Grubske is never short of a trick or two. In 1945 he manages to avoid being sent to a POW camp and returns to his home town in Brandenburg. There, he marries his boss' daughter and brings his workshop up to scratch. At the same time, he and an old girlfriend are active on the lucrative black market and pretty soon Anton is an Ostmark millionaire. Then one day one of his gambles goes wrong. Will his craftiness get him out of trouble this time too? Seen by around 800,000 cinemagoers, this fast-moving comedy with excellent dialogues was one of DEFA's most popular productions.
Original title: Anton der Zauberer
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Section: GDR Deluxe
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Günter Reisch
Screenplay: Günter Reisch, Karl Georg Egel
Cast: Ulrich Thein, Barbara Dittus, Anna Dymna, Erwin Geschonneck, Marina Krogull, Erik S. Klein, Jessy Rameik
Director of Photography: Günter Haubold
Music: Wolfram Heicking
Production Design: Hans-Jörg Mirr
Editor: Bärbel Weigel
Sound: 0
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Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35mm
German Distributor: Deutsche Kinemathek
World Sales: Deutsche Kinemathek, DEFA Film Library (USA)
Production: DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme
Contact: Deutsche Kinemathek, Konstanze Schiller (


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