GERMANY: Boy Meets Freedom

Flickering klieg lights lit the sky on one spot along an East-West Berlin frontier one night last week. American Movie Director Victor Vicas was shooting a film called No Way Back. The plot: boy soldier in the Soviet zone meets German girl, boy loves girl, boy and girl flee to freedom in the West. Cameras whirred, the "Red" leading man escaped the Vopo extras amidst a spatter of fake bullets, someone yelled "Cut!" and the director got ready for the next scene.

An assistant director beckoned Vicas into the shadowy ruins near by. There stood a trembling, high-cheekboned lad in Soviet...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!