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


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Complete credited cast:
Edith, alias Nicole Niepas
Laurent Terzieff ...
Didi Perego ...
Gianni Garko ...
Karl, German Soldier
Annabella Besi
Graziella Galvani
Eleonora Bellinzaghi
Bruno Scipioni
Dragomir Felba ...
(as Felba Dragomir)
Mira Dinulovic
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
(as Semca Sokolic)
Dirjana Dojic


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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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 »


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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"Kapó", debate between the survival and dignity.
28 March 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Edith", (Susan Strasberg) is a French Jewish girl that during the Nazi occupation is detained in a concentration camp, fortunately achieves escape the gas chamber, and pretending to be a dam common is deported to a labor camp in Poland, where reaches the status of "Kapo" Extraordinary and unknown film by one of the pioneers of political film, He was always interesting director Gillo Pontecorvo. Film ahead of its time. It was one of the first films address without scruple, the theme of Jewish holocaust and one of the more realistic in its recreation.

The first part of the film is more descriptive contains some scenes of prisoners being driven to the concentration camps and to the gas chambers, making it clear that seeks the script.

The main actors and bit actors, all of them with some magnificent performances, and the historic value, up its main inducements, The music does not follow nor the rhythm, nor the level of the film. The history of love in the second half, in spite of entertain abandons the principles with which was conceived the production, and the same director recognize him later. The film is benefiting from a wonderful indent, and a remarkable ambiance, which transmits effectively the hardness of the concentration camps.

Resume, the interest of the film lies in being one of the first that addressed openly the horror of the concentration camps, showing particularly the situation of women, and in which analyzes with great crudely psychological adaptation of "Edith" to a terrible reality It's a film essential for interested and scholars of the "Holocaust" during the "WWII".

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