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Sperrbezirk is a 1966 German drama film directed by Will Tremper and starring Harald Leipnitz, Suzanne Roquette and Guido Baumann.[1] It is adapted from a story by Ernst Neubach.[2] The film was also known as Sperrbezirk, das Geschäft mit der Unmoral (Sperrbezirk, the business of immorality).[3]

Directed byWill Tremper
Produced byErnst Neubach
Screenplay byWill Tremper
StarringHarald Leipnitz
Suzanne Roquette
Guido Baumann
Music byHeinz Schreiter
CinematographyHans Jura
Edited byUrsula Möhrle
Release date
  • 3 June 1966 (1966-06-03)
Running time
94 min


Young and attractive Ann works in a Berlin drive-in cinema. One day, she meets an eloquent and charming estate agent, Bernie Kallmann, who Ann quickly falls in love with. Unknown to Ann, Bernie's apparent attraction towards her, as with many other women, is because Kallmann is a pimp and a significant member of the ring that controls all prostitution in the city.[4]

When Bernie knows Ann's feelings for sure, he persuades her to work on the streets a prostitute.[4] Bernie makes a big mistake, he falls in love with Ann. Now Kallmann, after he has pushed his beau into prostitution, tries to get Ann out of it. This causes massive conflicts with the rest of the pimp gang. Kallmann has to pay for the rediscovery of his humanity with his own life.



Tremper himself described Sperrbezirk as "A gruesome story of an naive country girl, which becomes a hooker out of love."[5]

The Lexikon des internationalen Films summed the film up as "a draw between mischief, brutality and speculation fluctuating colportage. The implied dispute with prostitution is merely inadequate camouflage."[6]


  1. ^ "Sperrbezirk (1966)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Sperrbezirk". (in German). Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Sperrbezirk". (in German). Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Sperrbezirk". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ "TREMPER: Berliner Trauma". Spiegel Online. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Filmlexikon FILME von A-Z - Sperrbezirk". Zweitausendeins. Retrieved 20 May 2019.

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