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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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Release Date:

19 September 1949 (USA)  »

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Germany Year Zero  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On the occasion of the projection of this film in the Brussels Royal Filmmuseum (recently restyled as "Cinematek.be") on September 7th 1997, the program quoted Belgian filmmaker Henri Storck (1907-1999): "It is a well guarded secret, but during the filming in Berlin Marlene Dietrich - desperately in love - was Rossellini's secretary, typist and translator". See more »

Quotes

Karl-Heinz: Who gave you money to buy cigarettes?
Edmund: It was a gift.
Karl-Heinz: From who? Those bad boys you go stealing with?
Edmund: It wasn't boys. It was a girl.
Karl-Heinz: You should be ashamed of yourself.
Edmund: Why? Everybody does it.
Karl-Heinz: That's not a reason.
Edmund: Her name is Christl. She's all alone, and she sleeps in a basement. She's a nice girl. I like her. She gives cigarettes to all her friends. You should have a woman to take care of you.
Karl-Heinz: A woman? That's all I need. Like this bitch of a life wasn't enough.
Edmund: Don't talk like that! Have courage...
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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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