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Release Date:
19 September 1949 (USA) See more »
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The country is obliterated, the buildings are dilapidated and the people are desolated.
Plot:
A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heidi Blänkner ... Frau Rademaker (uncredited)
Jo Herbst ... Jo (uncredited)
Barbara Hintz ... Thilde (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Karl Krüger ... Il medico (uncredited)
Alexandra Manys ... Amica di Eva (uncredited)
Christl Merker ... Christl (uncredited)
Gaby Raak ... La donna di generale (uncredited)
Inge Rocklitz ... Rifugiata (uncredited)
Hans Sangen ... Herr Rademaker (uncredited)
Babsi Schultz-Reckewell ... La figlia di Rademacher (uncredited)
Franz von Treuberg ... Il generale von Laubniz (uncredited)

Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
 
Writing credits
Roberto Rossellini (screenplay)

Roberto Rossellini  dialogue and
Carlo Lizzani  and
Max Kolpé  dialogue (as Max Colpet)

Sergio Amidei (italian version)

Basilio Franchina  based on an idea by (uncredited)

Produced by
Salvo D'Angelo .... associate producer
Alfredo Guarini .... executive producer
Roberto Rossellini .... producer
 
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Juillard  (as Robert Julliard)
 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Filippone 
 
Production Management
Marcello Bollero .... production supervisor
Alberto Manni .... production supervisor
Alfredo Guarini .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max Kolpé .... assistant director (as Max Colpet)
Carlo Lizzani .... assistant director
Franz von Treuberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kurt Doubrowsky .... sound technician (as Kurt Doubrawsky)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Robin .... camera operator
Emil Puet .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edoardo Micucci .... musical director
 
Other crew
Vincenzo Genesi .... laboratory technician (as V. Genesi)
Giancarlo Campidori .... production secretary (uncredited)
Charles Clement .... subtitler: English (1949 release) (uncredited)
Sonya Friedman .... subtitler (1978 English language version) (uncredited)
Ivo Garrani .... voice dubbing: Ernst Pittschau (Italian version ) (uncredited)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Edmund Moeschke (Italian version ) (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Marco Romano Rossellini .... dedicatee (as Mio figlio Romano)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Germania anno zero" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
78 min | Brazil:71 min | USA:71 min (TCM print)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
According to his autobiography, Klaus Kinski went in to audition for an unspecified part for Roberto Rossellini when he came to Berlin. He claims that after hours of waiting while Rossellini was on the phone with Anna Magnani in another room, Kinski characteristically burst out in anger and cursed Rossellini. The Italian director was reputedly heard saying as Kinski was storming out: "Chi è quello? Mi interessa! Fategli un provino!" (Translation: "Who is he? Interesting! Arrange for a screen test!")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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cairo Year Zero (2014)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Führer of Films!, 26 April 2004

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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