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On location in the country, a film director, a screenwriter, and an actor encounter a middle-aged antique dealer and a farm girl who've recently become engaged, and the news sets off a Pirandellian exercise in which each of the filmmakers argues how best to tell a love story amid the ruin of postwar Germany. This clever 1947 comedy, the feature debut of Rudolf Jugert, gleefully mimics various genres and such visual styles as German expressionism, Italian neorealism, and the Russian pastoralism of Alexander Dovzhenko; the differences in class and sophistication between the couple permit some pointed satire about the end of old German society and the search for a new national identity. With Willy Fritsch, Hans Sohnker, and Hildegard Knef. In German with subtitles. 90 min. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Friday, September 6, 8:00, and Monday, September 9, 6:30, 312-846-2800.

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