English title, Stars
. This 1959 East German
film set in a small Bulgarian village during World War II
concerns the tentative and doomed relationship between "Walter
", a conscience-stricken German corporal, and Ruth, a Greek Jew imprisoned in the nearby concentration camp.
Needless to say, it doesn't end well
This film contains examples of:
- Almost Kiss: Twice. First time they both break it off, and the second time, their lips touch, but Ruth quickly pulls away, saying "It can not be."
- Despair Speech: Walter is fond of these.
- Downer Ending
- False Reassurance
- Faux Affably Evil: We first see Kurt coming to the aid of a tired Jewish woman - by gently lifting her child onto a cattle car for her.
- I Lied: Kurt lies about the deportation schedule. He tells Walter by writing this on the latter's portrait of Ruth.
- Kick the Dog: Kurt's vicious message to Walter that he scrawls on his portrait of Ruth.
- La Résistance: The Bulgarian partisans.
- Love Across Battlelines
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The partisans never learn "Walter"'s real name, and so refer to him by an apparently randomly chosen pseudonym, or as "the Corporal".
- Separated by the Wall: By the wire fence of the camp, in several shots.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Walter, who was previously stationed at Leningrad, shows signs of this.
- Starts With Their Deportation: The first scene of the film shows Ruth and the other inmates being loaded into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz
- Surprisingly Good Bulgarian: One can discern a lot of Walter's character simply by the fact that has gone to the trouble of picking up some Bulgarian.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- Train-Station Goodbye: Particularly gutting example. In the opening scene, Walter hopelessly chases after the train carrying Ruth to her death until it disappears into a tunnel.
- World War II