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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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Edmund Köhler (as Edmund Meschke)
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Eva (as Ingetraud Hinz)
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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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The film is dedicated to Romano Rosselini, Roberto Rossellini's son who died prematurely in 1946. See more »

Quotes

Eva: You're so selfish. You don't care about getting food. You only care about eating it.
Karl-Heinz: Didn't I tell you to send Edmund to work?
Eva: You don't do anything. You just hide, and yet you want to eat and drink. You don't ask where I go every night. All that matters is that I come back with a couple of cigarettes for you.
Karl-Heinz: Did I smoke them?
Eva: No, but you know that cigarettes are like money.
Karl-Heinz: Should I thank you for that? Nowadays everybody does it.
Eva: They do worse things, too.
Karl-Heinz: You see?
Eva: Then tell me to sell myself!
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totally true and gut wrenching
14 June 2002 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

this is at times an incredibly painful movie to watch as rosselini portrays the struggle of ordinary germans to survive the devastation of post war berlin and rebuild their lives. the protagonist is a 12 year old boy whose childhood has been stolen by war - he tries to live up to the responsibilities that are forced on him but it's all too much for a skinny little boy to handle. the desperation depicted in this movie really shows the horrors of war for all people - even the ones who initiate it and lose. this is a remarkably compassionate film - i cannot recommend it highly enough. 10 stars.


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