Hostess (film)

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Original title hostess
Country of production GDR
original language German
Publishing year 1976
length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Rolf Römer
script Wolfgang Ebeling ,
Rolf Römer,
Gisela Steineckert
production DEFA , Artistic Working Group "Johannisthal"
music Franz Bartzsch ,
Rainer Böhm ,
Günther Fischer
camera Siegfried Mogel
cut Monika Schindler

Hostess is a German love film by DEFA by Rolf Römer from 1976.


The Berlin hostess Jette and the auto mechanic Johannes have been a couple for two years . They live together in Johannes' simple attic apartment. One morning Johannes realizes that both of them should get married because all couples do so at some point and they would then have to pay less taxes. Jette refuses - not only is the application too flippant. In all the time together, John did not even say that he loved her; In addition, he has gone from being an enterprising, creative person to a “husband” who spends more time in front of the television and with his cars than with her. An argument breaks out and Jette packs her suitcase and leaves. Her first path leads her to her friend and work colleague Conny, with whom she lived in a shared apartment with Johannes before moving in. She would stay, but Conny's first friend Geerd is there on annual leave and so fears that she will be bothered. She moves in with her brother Robert. He has been married to his wife Christa for eight years and they both have a son.

In addition to working as a hostess in the Berlin TV tower , Jette tries to get her life under control. When she wants to get her last belongings from Johannes' apartment, there is a heated argument in which Jette accuses her ex-boyfriend of getting smeared at work by his customers who need rare spare parts for their cars. He, in turn, accuses her of not being able to cook - the two part in anger.

Back at Robert’s eighth wedding anniversary is being celebrated. Robert brings home Peter, who was Jette's first friend years ago. The four of them go to a bar, where Christa notices that the waiter seems to know Robert. It becomes clear that Robert regularly visits this bar with his secret love affairs. Jette leaves the bar with Peter in horror.

The next day at work, she rejects Conny's friend Geerd, who has a crush on her. She does not want to be a substitute for Johannes or betray her young friend. She, in turn, is increasingly making enemies with unconventional actions and her rebellious nature in the workplace, so she decorates the wall newspaper, which she regularly designs, which is ignored by everyone, with the depiction of a bare bottom and the line “The truth is concrete ”. A debate does not bring any result. A short time later, Geerd breaks up with Conny and Jette's persuasion does not change his mind either. In contrast to her and Johannes, according to Geerd, there was no mutual love in his relationship with Conny. Johannes, however, as Jette realizes during a spontaneous visit that resulted from sudden longing, has apparently found a replacement for her in his colleague Milena. However, Johannes quickly realizes that Milena will never understand him as well as Jette. Back at Robert, Jette sees that this marriage can also overcome crises: After Robert's discovery of the affair, the couple had a discussion and the house blessing is up again. Jette gets tearful, especially since everyone tells her that she and Johannes were an ideal couple.

Jette goes to a Nina Hagen concert with Peter . Then she spends the night with him, but he cannot say "I love you" the next morning either. She leaves him and goes to Conny, who has moved out in the meantime. Jette finally packs her things and returns to Johannes. He's at work and she uses the time before his return to completely rearrange the apartment they now share.


Hostess was the second and last feature film director by Rolf Römer , who also appeared as an actor in the film. The film had its premiere on February 12, 1976 in the Berlin “ Kosmos ”. While the film was successful with the audience, it failed the criticism.

The film features compositions by Franz Bartzsch , Rainer Böhm , Günther Fischer , the star combo Meißen and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart . Individual tracks are sung by Veronika Fischer , Nina Hagen and Christiane Ufholz . The tracks were recorded by the star combo Meißen, Veronika Fischer & Band and the Günther Fischer quintet. The titles included:

  • Veronika Fischer & Stern-Combo Meißen: There are days
  • Veronika Fischer: Good afternoon
  • Veronika Fischer & Band: Stop
  • Nina Hagen & Stern-Combo Meißen: Take off your shoes

Parts of the recordings were shot in an apartment and the associated balcony on the banks of the Spree across from Fischerinsel at Wallstrasse 85 in Berlin-Mitte.


Renate Holland-Moritz criticized the film's “superficial, hollow story”: “I liked Angela Brunner and Manfred Karge best as a philistine couple. The two made the only possible thing out of their cliché roles, namely a perfect parody. ”Other critics criticized the fact that the film“ gave the impression of a production for East Berlin tourist advertising with Annekathrin Bürger as a perfectly trilingual city guide ”.

The film-dienst described the hostess as a “thematically interesting contemporary film about problems in partnership relationships. Some openly erotic scenes attracted considerable audience approval in the GDR. Overall, however, the staging is too pleasant and inconsistent. "


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Renate Holland-Moritz. In: Eulenspiegel , No. 13, 1976.
  2. Heinz Kersten 1976, quoted in after Habel, p. 256.
  3. hostess. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used