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Santa Fe (1986)

Wohin und zurück - Teil 2: Santa Fé (original title)
Santa Fe begins where Corti's 1982 film God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore leaves off. In 1940, a ship arrives in New York harbor filled with exhausted Jewish immigrants desperate to begin ... See full summary »

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Valda Aviks
Gabriel Barylli ...
Freddy Wolff
Monica Bleibtreu ...
Mrs. Shapiro
Tilli Breidenbach ...
Frau Bauer
Doris Buchrucker ...
Lissa
Anton Duschek
Renée Felden
Joachim Kemmer ...
Binder
Karin Kienzer
Franz J. Klein ...
Dr. Bauer
Peter Lühr ...
Dr. Treumann
Leo Mazakarini ...
Améranth
Herbert Moulton
Dagmar Schwarz ...
Frau Marmorek
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Santa Fe begins where Corti's 1982 film God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore leaves off. In 1940, a ship arrives in New York harbor filled with exhausted Jewish immigrants desperate to begin a new life. Freddy struggles to find work, learn English, and overcome his piercing alienation. His world of refugee acquaintances includes the depressed daughter of a poet/delicatessen owner, an aging surgeon who cannot find work, and a lovable charlatan photographer. A totally absorbing picture, which examines with complete assurance the hopes, doubts, and memories of immigrants who have no place to call home. Corti's trilogy continues with Welcome In Vienna. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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between two worlds
31 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The second part of Georg Stefan Troeller's magnificent 'Where To and Back' trilogy (following the excellent 'God Doesn't Believe In Us Anymore') recreates the immigrant experience in pre-World War II America with low-key but lifelike drama and emotion. The title represents a modern variation of the myth of El Dorado, naming a fabled city of gold always just out of reach over the next horizon, but unlike other films in which life in the European ghettos of New York is either romanticized or trivialized, Troeller and director Axel Corti remove the myth from the melting pot by revealing all the anguish and determination of the displaced population. Using the same straightforward style as its predecessor, the new film joins several tales of survival, confusion, love, pain and compromise, following a boatload of Austrian-Jewish refugees cast adrift in the New World, but unable to sever their ties with the Old. Troeller's reserved (but no less powerful) screenplay reveals the bittersweet truth of exile: there is no sanctuary from false hope or homesickness, and the price of optimism can be a heavy payment of despair. Familiarity with the earlier episode isn't necessary (the second film introduces an entirely new set of characters), but seeing them together adds an extra resonance and sense of continuity to both.


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