Kapò (1960)

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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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One of six million UNTOLD stories WE DARE NOT FORGET!


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Release Date:

29 September 1960 (Italy)  »

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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: [dying words] They screwed us over, Karl, they screwed us both over.
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Featured in Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth (1992) See more »

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Excellent Character Study of Lost Innocence
4 February 2005 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

Quite an excellent character study of what people will do to survive. Although not as powerful as other prisoner of war films such as "Seven Beauties" it stands out because of the performances of all the women and especially Susan Strasberg who does a magnificent job starting out as the young innocent girl, hiding the fact that she is Jewish, a bewildering task, and her agonizing evolution into a hardened guard.

Don't look for huge sets and gruesome scenes of gas chambers and ovens here. It's not that type of film. It's a simple story of the slow chipping away of humanity that dire conditions force. Dignity and nobility give way to cruelty and inhumanity and simple survival becomes a thing to justify as time goes on. By telling this type of story through the eyes of a young impressionable person is excellent.

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