Wolfgang Staudte’s film is a realistic portrayal of a German man and woman learning to live and love again among flattened buildings and spiritual emptiness. The first film to be made in Germany after the Second World War, it is worth seeing for the footage of Berlin ruins alone. But it is also a brave and nuanced exploration of German guilt, released only two weeks after the Nuremberg trials indicted senior Nazis for crimes committed in their names. Introduced by Lara Feigel, King’s College London. In association with Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network. Director: Wolfgang Staudte Germany, 1946, 85 min, Cert. PG