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Kapò (1960)

A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

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Terese
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Karl, German Soldier
Annabella Besi
Graziella Galvani
Eleonora Bellinzaghi
Bruno Scipioni
Dragomir Felba ...
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Mira Dinulovic
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
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Dirjana Dojic
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Kapo is a black and white film that tells the story of a Jewish teenager sent to a concentration camp together with her parents. She manages to survive with the help of a Jewish doctor who gives her the identity of another woman who had died recently. Thus, Edith becomes Nicole and she is no longer a Jew, at least not in the papers. At first she is very sad about her parents' death but as time passed she realized she had to get out of that mood if she wanted to survive. So, she accepts an affair with a German officer even if she is only 14 and she starts getting privileges, becoming with time a Kapo, one of the women prisoners who were in charge with disciplining the other women. She knows it's the only way to survive but same time she lives in deep remorse even though she never shows any feelings. Written by Marina Ionescu

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One of six million UNTOLD stories WE DARE NOT FORGET!

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Gillo Pontecorvo's favorite of his own movies. See more »

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In the opening scene, Edith walks past some shops on her way back home. One of the shops look like it belongs to the booming 1950s than the more austere WWII period. There is a toy car or baby push car in the store window that shows the typical car design of the 1950s. See more »

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Edith, alias Nicole Niepas: [to Sasha] Your mother won't like me, I'm not a good girl, and my name's not Nicole, I'm a Jew.
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Referenced in Password All-Stars: Susan Strasberg vs. Van Johnson (1962) See more »

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Surprisingly Realistic
28 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was not previously aware of this gem. I found it on TCM after it had already been on for about 10 minutes. I kept thinking that the lead actress looked just like SUSAN STRASBERG & for good reason. It was. The fact that it was foreign with sub-titles threw me initially. Very realistic, almost raw, which was surprising considering that this movie was made in 1959.

STRASBERG as 'Nicole' works her way up through a concentration camp to become the woman in charge of her fellow prisoners. Strong language, violent situations, but this is a story about WWII, not the 'Enchanted Forest'. Good storyline, good direction, & a terrific performance by SUSAN STRASBERG that was all the more admirable when you realize that she was all of 20,21 when she made this.


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