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Das Schulgespenst

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The GDR children's film The School Ghost by director Rolf Losansky is a role reversal comedy from 1986. The film is based on the children's book of the same name by Peter Abraham.[1]


Plot Carola Coltsfoot is in the 4th grade. She's not what you would expect from a well-behaved girl. Coltsfoot's parents and the teachers have their worries about Carola. They wish that Carola would be a little nicer.

Her mother would like Carola to wear a nice dress for once. But Carola doesn't want to know anything about all this. Her grades aren't the best, which leads to a fight with her mother. Luckily Carola has her best friend Willi, even if Carola's ideas sometimes get a bit too much even for him. One day in class, when Carola tips over and destroys the chair, she is sent down to the basement to get a new one. It's pretty spooky in the basement, so Carola imagines that there's a ghost there that she'd put in her pocket. Back in her class, she hears a voice coming out of her pocket, right where she had put her imaginary ghost.

The ghost wants Carola to have a body, so she draws a ghost on the blackboard. At first, the ghost is happy that it is now visible. But then it sees how bad Carola is at drawing. The ghost would much rather look cute, with nice bows in her hair and a dress. Of course, Carola can't do anything with such ideas. Finally, they both come up with the idea of ​​swapping. Carola wants to haunt her as a ghost, and the ghost could then wear clothes and go to class inside her body. Carola only wants to go back to her old body during PE lessons and breaks.

By looking into a hand mirror that the teacher had left in the classroom and the "magic" words Bu Hu, they both swap bodies. At first, Carola likes life as a ghost. She haunts the school and plays pranks on the teachers. But then she sees what the spirit is doing in her body.

This is a very ambitious student and makes himself popular with the teachers and their parents. The father would soon like to have his old chummy daughter back. The ghost also behaves very bitchy and uncomradely towards the classmates. Carola then wants to swap bodies again, but the spirit doesn't even think about going back into its old body.

To prevent this from happening, the ghost returns the mirror to the teacher. Carola is now trying everything to get back to the mirror. Luckily she can convince Willi that she is now in the spirit body. Together they manage to outwit the ghost and get to the mirror. So, Carola can change back again. But the spirit also comes off well. They promise to always bring their math homework down to the basement, and Carola will also bring him all her clothes.

Production and Publication[edit]

The school Ghost was shot on ORWO-Color by the artistic working group "Red Circle" and had its world premiere on February 7, 1987, in the Gera Palace Theater. The film was first broadcast on television on September 2, 1989, on the 1st program of GDR television. The film was first shown in Germany on March 3, 1988. The dramaturgy was in the hands of Carmen Blazejewski, the scenario comes from Peter Abraham.[2]



  1. Losansky, Rolf (1987-07-03), Das Schulgespenst (Family, Fantasy), Deutsche Film (DEFA), retrieved 2022-10-07
  2. LISUM, Filmernst-Kinobüro im. "Filmdatenbank | Das Schulgespenst | Inhalt". Filmernst | Das Kompetenzzentrum für Film – Schule – Kino im Land Brandenburg (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2022-10-07.

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