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Director:
Writers:
Roberto Rossellini (screenplay)
Roberto Rossellini (dialogue) ...
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Release Date:
19 September 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The country is obliterated, the buildings are dilapidated and the people are desolated.
Plot:
Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War has to do all kinds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(42 articles)
User Reviews:
Fear eats the soul. See more (39 total) »

Cast

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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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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:
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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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fear eats the soul., 30 April 2007
Author: John Primavera (jpseacadets@cox.net) from San Diego, CA, USA

Rossellini's films just after World War II are to be appreciated as both social comment and for artistic advancement in the matter of film. This film, like no other, deals with Germany as a vanquished nation, driven downward toward annihilation. Edmund, a young boy, made to beggar himself in order to survive, gives one of the truly authentic portraits of youth driven to despair ever seen on the screen.

How used to sentimentality we Americans had become by the time Rossellini made this desolate vision of a destroyed post-war Europe.

How coddled and led astray were we by image after image of dimpled, freckled kids clutching hold of their pets. Children the likes of Mickey Rooney or Dean Stockwell. How engaging...and yet how unreal.

Edmund isn't just a child, we learn. But more so, a country.

A nation bombed into rubble and tasting its own ashes. Stripped of everything of any value and reduced to zero. Rejected by everyone and forced into murder...in the end made to stare death in the face.

Germany YEAR ZERO will shock you. Make you wince as the tragedy of a nation corrupted unfolds, and self-destructs.

Edmund is no longer just a boy made to suffer in a world he never made. In the end he's our conscience.

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