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The Cold Room (1984)

A girl who arrives in modern day East Germany begins reliving the horrifying events that happened to a young girl in 1936.

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Hugh Martin
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Carla Martin / Christa Bruckner
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Lili
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Wilhelm Bruckner
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Frau Hoffman
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Ursula Howells ...
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George Pravda ...
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Lucy Hornak ...
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Gertan Klauber ...
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Stuart Wolfe ...
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Wolf Rüdiger Reutermann ...
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Judich Melische ...
Young Woman
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Erich
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Seventeen-year-old Carla arrives in East Berlin to spend the summer with her estrange historian father, Hugh. She stays in an old hotel that used to be a butcher shop. She soon gets the feeling that something is wrong with her room and that it used to be bigger somehow. There she discovers an old wardrobe with a mirror in it. When she sees an image of a young girl in the mirror instead of her own, she begins suffering from violent visions about the young butcher's daughter, who lived there during the 1930s and helped a Jewish dissident hide from Gestapo in the cold room of her father's shop. However, not only was her father a violent staunch Nazi supporter and Party member but he also raped her on nightly basis. Carla slowly loses the ability to separate these horrifying visions from reality and begins to fear her own father. Hugh tries to help her but things only get worse. Is Carla slowly losing her mind or are the visions trying to tell her something?

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24 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Approximately 71 minutes into the movie, when Heir Bruckner (Warren Clarke) is driving his daughter, Christa (Amanda Pays), home after picking her up from Nazi Headquarters, they are obviously in a British car. Heir Bruckner is driving from the right-hand side of the car, not the left-hand side as it would be in Germany. See more »

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The Cold Room
31 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie lights upon "unfinished" business, as shown from the dreams of Amanda Pays' character. The unfinished business is almost reminding of the Gordon Lightfoot song, If You Could Read My Mind. On a vulture note, a hint of a sub-parallel; a similarity to Seward's Ice Box/Polar Bear Garden - Alaska, USA.

World War, US War History buffs and students pour through info. for study, research and writing. While doing so, watching the movie becomes an opportunity to consider such possible aforsaid symbolism; then, to refine it; to supplicate the history/movie experience.

Whether or not the movie's possible symbolism fits into a template like format, using other content to describe something - like an allegory from symbolism, is interesting. Ambitious history buffs, amateur code breakers and students might find some "meat and potato" substance there.


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