"The Destinies of Women"
Directed by Slatan Dudow
Made at the peak of
cultural and political dogmatism in the GDR, this drama follows a West
German womanizer whose acts of passion result in desperate acts of
unhappiness by the women he seduces. Despite some overt pro-Communist
propaganda, the nuanced and complex characterizations of the women in the
film troubled cultural watchdogs in East Germany, who were uncomfortable
with any shades of gray in portraits of contemporary society. The film
makes wonderful use of montage as its emotional drama is detailed. German with English subtitles. 105 minutes.