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Germany Year Zero (1948)

Germania anno zero (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 19 September 1949 (USA)
A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

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Cast

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Edmund Köhler (as Edmund Meschke)
Ernst Pittschau ...
Il padre
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Eva (as Ingetraud Hinz)
Franz-Otto Krüger ...
Karl-Heinz (as Franz Grüger)
Erich Gühne ...
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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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Drama | War

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19 September 1949 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Eva: Did you get the Number 2 Card?
Edmund: No, they kicked me out because I'm not fifteen yet.
Il padre: I knew that would happen. Still, I'm glad you're not going anywhere. That's too much work for a boy your age.
Edmund: But it would have meant more to eat. For Karl-Heinz, too.
Il padre: Did you hear that, Karl-Heinz? You know that poor Edmund, at his age, can't support all of us. He's still a child. But you, what do you do? You keep hiding. You didn't even register for a food card.
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Neorealist view of post-war Germany, provided through the experiences of a 12-year-old boy
11 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was without a doubt one of the most difficult films I have ever seen. The directing is very much Neorealist, and as such presents a very objective view of the devastation in post-war Germany and the lives of the people therein. I experienced what the characters went through, and grew numb and tired of the harsh reality of such a ravaged world right along with them. In the character of Edmund (main character) is presented a dark individual fallen victim to the consequences of war within a country, and as I as the audience witnessed the desperation of his life I was, dare I say, almost forced to disconnect myself from the experience. Disconcerting on a masterful level. I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in being probed to examine and challenge their natural response to tragedy.


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