Jacob the Liar (1975)
"Jakob, der Lügner" (original title)

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A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vlastimil Brodský ...
Erwin Geschonneck ...
Henry Hübchen ...
Blanche Kommerell ...
Manuela Simon ...
Dezsö Garas ...
Zsuzsa Gordon ...
Friedrich Richter ...
Dr. Kirschbaum
Margit Bara ...
Reimar J. Baur ...
Herschel Schtamm
Roman Schtamm
Hermann Beyer ...
Klaus Brasch ...
Jürgen Hilbrecht ...
Paul Lewitt ...


A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories. Written by c.winter

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17 April 1975 (East Germany)  »

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Henry Hübchen was cast as Mischa only days before filming began - since Frank Beyer had to find replacement for Polish actors who were denied taking part in the film by the Polish government. See more »


Mischa: Listen to me now. I'm glad you're sad he went. You didn't know him.You just knew his snoring. People disappear each day in the ghetto. We can't get worked up about everyone.
Rosa Frankfurter: You are hard and uncaring.
Mischa: I know. If it weren't for curfew at 8, you'd get up and leave right now.
Rosa Frankfurter: Correct.
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A historically very significant east German movie
25 April 2003 | by (Erie, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

The role of Jacob is that he is a Jewish man who lives in Poland at the time of the Nazi-rule. He falsely tells a coworker about a radio he owns and he tells him good news about the Russian Army getting closer and closer everyday. This lie spreads quickly thru the Jewish ghetto and immediately all coworkers ask Jacob daily about news. In desperation Jacob makes up good news and spreads them around the ghetto. As the movie moves along it shows violence and prosecution of the Jewish people. At the end of the movie the ghetto including Jacob leave their home town and head in unknown direction. Jacob lied about the radio and spread good news to keep hope and live in his community. He did not reach his goal because his predictions of freedom of Jews never occurred.

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