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The Island on Bird Street (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 10 June 1998 (France)
Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through ... See full summary »

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Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk ...
Alex
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Boruch
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Doctor Studjinsky
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Goehler
Simon Gregor ...
Henryk
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Freddy
Suzanna Hamilton ...
Stasya's Mother
Sian Nicola Liquorish ...
Stasya
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Bolek
Heather Tobias ...
Mrs. Studjinsky
Leon Silver ...
Mr. Gryn
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Mrs. Gryn
Nigel John Whitear ...
Yanek
Misha Daniel King ...
Avrum
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Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes. Written by Anonymous

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Based on the semi-autobiographical Hebrew book "The Island on Birds Street" (HaI BeRehov HaTziporim), by Israeli author Uri Orlev. See more »

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Alex: A man should never drink alone!
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Island on Bird Street
23 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I came to this film cold. I turned on the TV between housework and getting ready for the family to come home at the end of the day. I missed the very beginning but was soon captured by the film.

I enjoyed it that much I tried to loan the book from my local library but was told it was out of print and not available. I would still like to compare the film with the original book as I often find that by their very nature books deal with thoughts and feelings in more depth.

I feel that the film gives a glimmer of insight into the times and trials of Jewish families during the war. I am someone born over a decade after the war ended, in a European country not really touched by the ravaging of the Jews. Someone who does not know anyone personally touched by these affairs. Someone who is a parent. I'd recommend this film to anyone who meets those criteria.

I re-watched it again on 22nd January and had my 16 year old daughter watch it. I felt it warranted this second watching and my daughter also approved of it. This is the type of film that could be shown to High school students.


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