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Release Date:
19 September 1949 (USA) See more »
The country is obliterated, the buildings are dilapidated and the people are desolated.
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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  (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)
Marco Romano Rossellini .... dedicatee (as Mio figlio Romano)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Germania anno zero" - Italy (original title)
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78 min | Brazil:71 min | USA:71 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Edmund:Eva, they're cutting the power.
Eva:The power? Why?
Edmund:They discovered someone was stealing it.
Edmund:Rademaker says it was us.
Karl-Heinz:As usual.
Eva:So that's what he was screaming about.
Karl-Heinz:That black marketer. One day I'll smash his head.
Eva:You're such a big talker, but when it comes to helping us, you do nothing.
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Referenced in Made in U.S.A (1966)See more »


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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Grim and accurate, 25 January 2005
Author: Gene Marsh from United States

I must confess to a lingering fascination of the condition of Germany, and the German peoples, immediately following WWII. The country, of course, was broken - destroyed - in ruins. More importantly, so were the people. The real life stories I have read speak to so many aspects of their condition: shame, starvation, disbelief, shock of the revelations of the evil of their own doing, and despair. Always despair. They are stories of how the human spirit can overcome the most horrific nightmares and conditions.

This movie drills to the heart of many of those issues, sometimes subtly, sometimes brazenly. Rossellini was never better.

I consider this movie to be a must view on two levels: First, it is quite frankly one of the best moves ever made. Easy words to throw around, and said too often about too many films. Those words apply here. Second, it is a must view for the understanding it can provide of what the world - particularly Germany and Europe - were like after WWII. It belongs to a small suite of movies (such as Schindler's List) that show real insight, a true view into the world during this bleak time in history.

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