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Stars (1959)
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The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.


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Credited cast:
Sasha Krusharska ...
Jürgen Frohriep ...
Erik S. Klein ...
Stefan Pejchev ...
Bai Petko
Georgi Naumov ...
Ivan Kondov ...
Ruth's father
Milka Tuykova ...
Shtilyan Kunev ...
Naicho Petrov ...
Police Govenor
Elena Hranova ...
Starata evreyka
Leo Conforti ...
Nervous jewish man
Grigor Vachkov ...
Montyor v rabotilnitzata
Yuriy Yakovlev ...
German officer
Itzhak Finzi ...
Jewish Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgi Bantschew ...


Bulgaria, 1943. A train carrying Greek Jews is bound for the Auschwitz extermination camp and stops over in a small town in southwest Bulgaria. The school is converted into camp. Passing by the barbed-wire fence, the the Nazi army sergeant Walter meets a young Jewess called Ruth and falls in love with her. His buddy, Lieutenant Kurt, who is in charge of the camp, has her brought to a party in the pub. There Walter has a chance to talk with her. Having grown indifferent to people suffering, he is now awakened to unsuspected emotions and experiences a change of heart. When he next meets the girl, Walter convinces her that Nazism and war. Her fate and love make anew man of him. He gives a package of medicine for the inmates of the camp to Petk, a Bulgarian antifascist worker, but the German find them and destroy them. Walter is making arrangements for Ruth's escape. He asks Petko to hide her but it is too late. The train has left. Walter realizes that it is not enough to be ethical only ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <>

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Subdued, intimate gem
21 September 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this modest yet powerful film at Occidental College over a decade ago. There were only about two dozen people in the small classroom. There couldn't be a greater contrast with Hollywood's blockbusters. Instead of tormenting us with the horrors of war, this small screen, black and white film envelops us in a cozy intimacy and tries to reach for our deepest humanity and sense of poetry. We get the feeling that war is above all a profound shame, and that everyone is human. That's much more powerful than seeing a lot of combat footage. Small films like this do not even register on the radar of a jaded public. If they are not promoted by discerning people, they will fade into oblivion. Ironically, the most tragic thing about this film, is that it fails to make an impact. Don't you believe that the cream always rises to the top.

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