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Europa Europa (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  14 November 1990 (France)
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Solomon Perel ...
Salomon Perel heute (as Salomon Perel)
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Salomon Perel jung
René Hofschneider ...
Isaak
Piotr Kozlowski ...
David
Klaus Abramowsky ...
Vater
Michèle Gleizer ...
Mutter
Marta Sandrowicz ...
Bertha
Nathalie Schmidt ...
Basia
Delphine Forest ...
Inna
Andrzej Mastalerz ...
Zenek
Martin Maria Blau ...
Ulmayer
Wlodzimierz Press ...
Stalin's Sohn
Klaus Kowatsch ...
Schulz
Holger Kunkel ...
Kramer
Bernhard Howe ...
Feldwebel
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Storyline

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

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14 November 1990 (France)  »

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Europa, Europa  »

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$5,575,738 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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The film met with a lukewarm reception in its native Germany, with the local media being less than complementary about it. The German Oscar selection committee did not even include it as a submission for that year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Much embarrassment ensued when it went on to become one of the most successful German films ever released in the US, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

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At one point Salomon narrowly misses being killed in an air-raid, which kills his roommate. Rather than show a World War II aircraft, or even a bomber, stock footage shows a single C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which was not even designed until many years after the war. See more »

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Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: The landowners and the bourgeois keep the people in ignorance. They encourage religious superstitions, and with the help of the popes, priests and rabbis they smother all revolutionary instinct. That's why we call religion the opium of the masses.
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An Amazing Cinematic Accomplishment
22 September 1998 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

When, this summer, I saw "Saving Private Ryan", I was immediately reminded of this film. Using the same kind of camera angles that got Spielberg praise in "Ryan", we see the hollowness of the war-torn psyche and the brutality that emerges in people during warfare. We see hideous indoctrination that the German youth were subjected to, giving them depth beyond a few simple lines. Most of all, however, we see the absurdity inherent in such a large scale, world-shattering conflict. The film communicates its message with a clarity that makes one almost uneasy. As good as "Ryan" was, this is better.


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