Old Barge, Young Love (1957 film)

Alter Kahn und junge Liebe (English-language title: Old Barge, Young Love)[1] is an East German (then GDR) romance film directed by Hans Heinrich. It was released in 1957.

Alter Kahn und junge Liebe
Directed byHans Heinrich
Produced byWerner Dau
Written byHans Heinrich
StarringAlfred Maack
Music byGerd Natschinski
CinematographyEugen Klagemann
Edited byHildegard Tegener, Ferdinand Weintraub
Distributed byProgress Film
Release date
  • 22 February 1957 (1957-02-22)
Running time
80 minutes


Skipper Vollbeck leads a small group of barges traveling down the Havel from Berlin to Waren. To meet his debtors' demands, he loaded his ship with cement almost beyond its capability to carry. Horst, the skipper of one of the other boats, and Vollbeck's son Kalle both fall in love with the older skipper's niece Anna, who joined the journey. Eventually, she chooses Kalle and they marry, after the barges manage to make it to Waren.



The film was one of the more light-hearted DEFA productions of the second half of the 1950s, created after a wave of highly ideological films were negatively received by the public. According to author Heinz Kersten, it had only "a modest saying on the matters of society" and was "entertainment".[2] It was Götz George's first major role on the screen.[3]


The West German Catholic Film Service described the film as "having several clumsy moments. Generally, an undemanding piece of entertainment."[4] The World Stage newspaper's critic dubbed as "dramatically dull."[5]


  1. Alter Kahn und junge Liebe on Defa Foundation's website.
  2. Heinz Kersten. Das Filmwesen in der Sowjetischen Besatzungszone Deutschlands. Bundesministerium für Gesamtdeutsche Fragen (1963). ASIN B0000BK48Q. page 90.
  3. Alter Kahn und junge Liebe on cinema.de.
  4. Alter Kahn und junge Liebe on the German Film Lexicon.
  5. Die Weltbühne, no.11, 1957.
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