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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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Vlastimil Brodský ...
Erwin Geschonneck ...
Henry Hübchen ...
Blanche Kommerell ...
Manuela Simon ...
Dezsö Garas ...
Zsuzsa Gordon ...
Friedrich Richter ...
Dr. Kirschbaum
Margit Bara ...
Josefa
Reimar J. Baur ...
Herschel Schtamm
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Roman Schtamm
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Klaus Brasch ...
Najdorf
Jürgen Hilbrecht ...
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Paul Lewitt ...
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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 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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It was not easy for Frank Beyer to convince renown actor Erwin Geschonneck to agree to play Kowalski, since Geschonneck would have liked to play Jakob himself. Eventually, Geschonneck was convinced by the argument that the introverted Jakob should be enacted by a more inconspicuous-looking actor. See more »

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Mischa: I just wanted to say to you... I mean... you know... We're all here... I wanted to ask you and your wife, of course...
Jakob Heym: Speak freely, you're not asking for my hand, are you?
Mischa: I'm asking for Rosa's.
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The original award-winning "Jacob the Liar"
16 August 2000 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This was the first and only East German film ever to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar. It won many other awards, and features three actors, who are still very much active today. It has been re released in video throughout the world. I saw it after ordering it recently from Amazon.com. For all the accolades the film received, I must say that I enjoyed the recent American remake, directed by a Hungarian Holocaust Survivor, much more. I know the critics panned this version, but curiously the same things critics hated about the remake are taken right out of this, the original. In any case, the original is also good, though disappointing if you enjoyed the recent JACOB... The film does offer us the opportunity to see the famous Czech actor, V. Brodsky, still very active in Czech film and TV. We also see a young (late 30s) Armin Mueller-Stahl, prior to his defection from Communist East Germany. Interestingly, he also starred in the recent remake as the sixtyish doctor in the film. The young romantic (played by L. Schreiber in the remake) is played by the still active Henry Hubchen, recently featured in the German hit SONNENALLEE. In my opinion, the film is mostly worthwhile for these hindsight curiosity values. However, many will feel it is indeed a landmark film, on its own. Watch it and decide what you think.


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