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Germany Year Zero (1948)
"Germania, anno zero" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 September 1949 (USA)
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Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War has to do all kinds of work and tricks to help his family in getting food and barely survive. One day he ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Moeschke ...
Edmund (as Edmund Meschke)
Ernst Pittschau ...
Il padre
Ingetraud Hinze ...
Eva (as Ingetraud Hinz)
Franz-Otto Krüger ...
Karl-Heinz (as Franz Grüger)
Erich Gühne ...
Il maestro
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Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War has to do all kinds of work and tricks to help his family in getting food and barely survive. One day he meets a man who used to be one of his teachers in school and hopes to get support from him, but the ideas of this man do not lead Edmund in a clearer or safer way of living... Written by Hugo <transit@cam.org>

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The country is obliterated, the buildings are dilapidated and the people are desolated.

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19 September 1949 (USA)  »

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The film is dedicated to Romano Rosselini, Roberto Rossellini's son who died prematurely in 1946. See more »

Quotes

Edmund: Your friend is in the work service?
Il maestro: He clears the ruins.
Edmund: No mandatory labor for you?
Il maestro: Luckily, no.
Edmund: My brother thought he'd have to. He stayed away.
Il maestro: They all should stay away, those that share our ideas. Remember? Long ago, your father falsified a document to get you out of Hitler Youth. But you said right away that it was false. You knew your duty. I should have reported your father for that, but I didn't because I like you.
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3rd part of Rossellini's neorealist trilogy
6 March 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is the third film in Rossellini's war trilogy; the other 2 films are Roma citta' aperta (Rome Open City) and Paisa. I thought this film was of the same quality as Paisa. Rossellini continues to use the same sort of staging and neorealist style as before. It's interesting to see the footage of (mostly destroyed) Berlin... It's interesting to see how a director from a country that was once allied with Nazi Germany decides to portray postwar life in Germany. A bleak film, but very Rossellini-ish: children as important characters, sexual perversion equated with moral turpitude, the telescoped-in time frame. As in his first film, Roma citta' aperta, Rossellini provides an intense story. Neorealism can sound dry--and some of the neorealist films were rather depressing and not exactly fun to watch--but this film is definitely more than watchable.


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