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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:
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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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Germany Year Zero  »

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

Quotes

Frau Rademaker: His sister goes out every night, too. She's really shameless. You shouldn't let these people near our daughter.
Herr Rademaker: One of these days I'll kick them out.
Edmund: What have you got against my sister? Why are you always mad at us?
Herr Rademaker: You shut up! Get out! Take the scale and don't come back without the money. Is that clear?
Edmund: Yes, Herr Rademaker. I'll come back tomorrow morning.
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An intricate web was weaved with the lives of post World War Two's deprived people amongst the reins of Berlin, Germany and that of mans ultimate struggle for survival. That web is the work of Italian film maker, Roberto Rossellini. His final installation of the war trilogy, beginning with Open City (1945), follow by Paisà (1946), ended with an amazing expression of talent from behind the camera and in front. What is not to be forgotten from the film Germany Year Zero (1947-8) is that time in history when people lived `as if tragedy was natural'. We watch as the social infection of survival of the fittest works its way into the life of a twelve year old, German boy named Edmund Koeler (played by Edmund Moeschke). The challenge of survival begins its grip on young Edmund as a result of dealing with life in post-war consequences. The simply desperate life of Edmund and his family was further brought to life with the cinematography that gives shape to the psychological states of it characters through stylized visuals land marking the film noir derived from German expressionism. Along with several dehumanizing high angle shots, the shadowy look into this family's life makes for a powerful film, as well as a powerful message.


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