One of several Frank Beyer works to run into political difficulties with the censorious East German authorities (Beyer’s The Traces of Stones, The Hiding Place, and Held for Questioning were all also banned or suppressed at one time or another), this 1978 television film was broadcast in the GDR but once, late at night, and then promptly shelved until 1990. Private Party features Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jutta Hoffman as a couple on vacation with their 11-year-old son. When they unexpectedly find themselves the only guests at a resort complex, their holiday becomes the occasion for some difficult soul-searching, as unresolved conflicts and submerged resentments begin to surface, and they are forced to come to terms with the pain they have inflicted on themselves and their child. Private Party offers a contemplative, uncompromising, provocative look at the human struggle with the truth; its intimate tale of one couple confronting problems and conflicts long swept under the carpet was very much intended as an allegory for the larger frustrations and failures of East German society. —Pacific Cinematheque
Frank Beyer (born Frank Paul Beyer, 26 May 1932 – 1 October 2006) was German film director. In East Germany he was one of the most important film directors, working for the state film monopoly DEFA and directed films that dealt mostly with the Nazi era and contemporary East Germany. His film Traces of Stones was banned for 20 years in 1966 by the ruling SED. His 1974 film Jacob, the Liar was the only East German film ever nominated for an Academy Award. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 until his death he mostly directed television films.
Frank Beyer was born as Frank Paul Beyer in Nobitz in Thuringia, Germany to Paul Beyer, a clerk and Charlotte Beyer, a sales clerk. He had a brother, Hermann Beyer (born 30 May 1943) who should have become a successful actor. After the Machtergreifung of the Nazi Party in 1933 his father, a social democrat lost his job and his unemployed for several years. In 1942 he was drafted for military service and was killed one year later at the… read more